The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday gave the ethanol industry a long awaited boost, approving 15 percent ethanol blends in gasoline, up from the current limit of 10 percent. But the decision was roundly criticized.
Minnesota farmers are watching grain prices soar as they push to finish the fall harvest. Corn prices alone rose for the fourth day in a row yesterday and are up 21 percent since last week. The rally started after the size of the nation's corn harvest was scaled back.
Federal officials will examine the role of large institutional investors in grain markets -- institutions such as pension systems and hedge funds. Their role in the grain trade has grown steadily over the past few years, and can lead to wide swings in the prices that farmers get for their crops.
Officials are still calculating the damage, but some farmers are reporting heavy losses. Many fields are flooded and may not be harvested until they freeze.
The next few months are likely to be critical for the ethanol industry as two key subsidies for the alternative fuel expire in December -- and it's unclear if Congress will renew them.
The dairy farmer accused of selling E. coli-contaminated raw milk took the witness stand Tuesday, and provided explanations for some of the bird carcasses and other unsanitary conditions state officials say they found.
Farmers in Minnesota who had the bad luck to sell corn to a bankrupt ethanol company are now being asked to repay most of the money they earned.
The fate of a powerline project in western Minnesota seemed to be tied to a coal-fired power plant that was nixed. But, the powerline is still moving forward.
A virulent strain of Newcastle disease, a virus killing hundreds of wild birds in Minnesota, poses a threat to Minnesota's poultry flocks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
A supervisor for the Minnesota Agriculture Department testified yesterday Wednesday that raw milk cheese found on the Michael Hartmann farm is contaminated with E. coli.
Testimony continues Wednesday in a Sibley County District Court trial about raw milk products made at a dairy farm linked to an E. coli outbreak.
A dairy consultant testifying on behalf of a Gibbon dairy farmer testified in court Friday that he believes "quality milk products and safe products can be produced on that farm." However, he acknowledged that higher-than-allowable levels of bacteria were found recently in some milk samples taken from the farm.
A Sibley County farmer wants to resume selling unpasteurized dairy products after state officials banned him from selling the products, alleged his farm was the source of E. coli bacteria that sickened eight people. A dairy inspector with the Department of Agriculture, testified Thursday that the farm did not meet state standards for cleanliness.
The forecast calls for more rain in eastern South Dakota over the next day or so, and that has sparked fears of water problems for Sioux Falls, which has already seen record rainfall of more than 18 inches so far this summer.
The USDA estimates the Minnesota corn crop at 1.25 billion bushels, slightly better than last year's high-water mark.