• Minn. kicking off 2012 agricultural pest surveys
    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is conducting its annual surveys for new and emerging pests in some of the state's key crops.July 14, 2012
  • Southern Wisconsin's corn crop in danger
    An agronomist says much of southern Wisconsin's corn crop could be lost unless the region gets a significant amount of rain in the next week.July 13, 2012
  • Food stamps, not subsidies, focus of House farm bill debate
    The House Agriculture Committee met Wednesday for a contentious debate on the size of the food stamp program while generally signing off on the size and scope of commodity programs for farmers.July 11, 2012
  • Parents defend putting children to work on farms
    Some farmers say the U.S. Labor Department was misguided in its attempts to protect children from farm accidents and are relieved the agency dropped its plans this spring and has promised not to take up the matter again.July 10, 2012
  • Congress debates the scope of this year's farm bill
    This week, Congress will again turn its attention to the farm bill. The Senate passed its version of the bill last month. This time, it's the House Agriculture Committee that will begin considering a different draft of the bill that covers farm subsidies and nutrition programs for the poor. Reporter Brett Neely discussed the key issues in the debate with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.July 9, 2012
  • Corn drive-through: as convenient as fast food
    A farmers market in Apple Valley is putting a twist on selling a summer treat. Pahl's Market is opening its annual corn drive-though.July 8, 2012
  • 'Knee-high by 4th of July' corn not good enough now
    "Knee high by the Fourth of July." There's no clear explanation when, where or why the phrase started. It sticks around as a simple rhyme that people love to say. But the phrase has outlived its usefulness.July 6, 2012
  • House unveils its five-year farm and food bill
    The House Agriculture Committee is unveiling its approach to a long-term farm and food bill that would reduce spending by some $3.5 billion a year, almost half of that coming from cuts in the federal food stamp program.July 5, 2012
  • Northwest Minnesota counties experiencing drought
    While much of Minnesota is a bit soggy after a great deal of rain, the northwestern part of the state is seeing drought conditions take hold. Some crop damage is already reported and experts say unless widespread rain falls this week, the area could soon be in severe drought.July 3, 2012
  • Minnesota's corn crop looks promising
    Recent rains have boosted Minnesota corn farmers' prospects for 2012 and drought conditions elsewhere could drive up the prices they will be able to get this fall.June 29, 2012
  • Debate over hog stalls rages
    Minnesota's $2.5 billion hog industry is on the defensive, with farmers under growing pressure to change how they raise pigs. At issue is the widespread practice of housing pregnant sows in stallsJune 25, 2012
  • New St. Croix bridge could bring big changes to western Wisconsin
    State officials are expected to announce soon the firm that will design a new bridge over the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. In and around Houlton, Wis., residents are speculating about the changes the new crossing may bring to the largely rural area.June 8, 2012
  • Farm bill debate begins
    The debate over the farm bill begins as farmers are flush with money due to high crop prices and as talk of fiscal austerity has taken over Washington. The bipartisan bill spends nearly a trillion dollars over the next 10 years but phases out direct payments to farmers and expands federally backed crop insurance.June 7, 2012
  • Participation up in farm land conservation
    Minnesota's Farm Service Agency director said she's pleased with participation in recent Conservation Reserve Program signup.June 6, 2012
  • USDA could deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture may deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets, a move that would allow farmers to plant the genetically modified seeds without restriction.June 4, 2012

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