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Agriculture

  • USDA closing 5 offices in Minn.
    Five USDA county offices are closing in Minnesota this week.August 5, 2012
  • Corn farmers struggle to cope with rootworm resistance
    On top of a punishing drought, corn rootworm is adding to crop damage in parts of Minnesota and elsewhere -- even though the plants are supposed to be immune from the bug.August 3, 2012
  • Drought squeezes livestock producers
    More than half the United States is in drought, including parts of southern and western Minnesota. But even in areas where there's been enough rain, the dry weather is causing severe financial pain in Minnesota's $6 billion dollar livestock industry.July 27, 2012
  • New site links MN farmers to drought info
    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has rolled out a new website providing information and resources to help farmers cope with the drought conditions that are deepening across southern and western Minnesota.July 27, 2012
  • Drought: USDA forecasts higher food prices
    The federal government has slightly increased its forecast for food price inflation because of the Midwest drought.July 25, 2012
  • Drought takes toll on corn crops in southwest Minnesota
    In some parts of Minnesota, crops continue to deteriorate because of hot, dry weather. The worst-hit areas of southwest Minnesota have corn fields that will yield half the crop that had been expected -- or less.July 24, 2012
  • Vilsack: House must pass drought help in farm bill
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pushed Monday for Congress to act on a farm bill that would reinstate expired disaster assistance programs for farmers experiencing the worst drought in nearly seven decades.July 24, 2012
  • Report show corn, soybean crops declining slowly
    A report released this afternoon shows continued slow decline in Minnesota's corn and soybean crops because of dry weather.July 23, 2012
  • Vilsack: Drought aid needed in farm bill
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Congress has no more important work now than to pass a farm bill that reinstates expired disaster assistance programs. Farmers are now experiencing the worst drought in decades.July 23, 2012
  • Nonprofit seeks help for apple harvest
    A Twin Cities nonprofit has put out its first call of the season for volunteer apple pickers.July 23, 2012
  • Drought's bright side: flavorful produce
    The heat and drought across the upper Midwest have taken a toll on corn and soybeans, but the weather has helped make other vegetables more flavorful.July 21, 2012
  • Report: Fewest cattle in 4 decades
    A new report shows the U.S. with the fewest cattle in at least four decades as a widespread drought forces ranchers to sell off animals.July 20, 2012
  • Drought brings concern for crops and livestock
    MPR's Mark Steil speaks with Tom Crann of All Things Considered regarding the drought that affects parts of northwest, southwest and southeast Minnesota.July 20, 2012
  • Minnesota crops starting to suffer from drought
    Drought conditions in the Midwest are intensifying and starting to affect Minnesota crops, as both corn and soybeans took a step backwards over the last week.July 17, 2012
  • Sessions to assess ag workforce needs
    Seven listening sessions will be held across Minnesota this month to assess employers' workforce needs in agriculture and agribusiness.July 15, 2012

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