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  • FDA nixes 'corn sugar' label for syrup
    The Food and Drug Administration has rejected the Corn Refiners Association's bid to rename high fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar." The FDA says it defines sugars as a solid, dried and crystallized food -- not a syrup.May 30, 2012
  • Corn crop could hit record, but also depress prices
    Minnesota's corn crop is off to a good start and could contribute to a record U.S. harvest. But uncertainty over prices has farmers wondering if a bountiful harvest might cost them more than they can sell their corn for.May 24, 2012
  • Government support could shift for farmers
    Government support has long served as a safety net for farmers. But Congress could end the program in the farm bill that pays farmers that money whether crop prices are high or low.May 18, 2012
  • Pesticide drift confirmed from some Minnesota farm fields
    People in some Minnesota communities are routinely exposed to pesticide drift from nearby farm fields, according to a new study released Thursday. The chemical in question, a commonly used fungicide called chlorothalonil, is under increasing scrutiny.May 17, 2012
  • Minn. apple crop mostly survives untimely frost
    The sudden cold snap that interrupted Minnesota's warm spring five weeks ago doesn't appear to have been as big a disaster for the state's apple crop as first feared, but it still has left some growers hurting and worried.May 17, 2012
  • Jennie-O wants to raise more turkeys in Minn. barns
    The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is weighing whether to allow turkey producer Jennie-O to raise thousands more birds in barns at five of its existing sites. Some residents are critical of Jennie-O's plans.May 12, 2012
  • With favorable conditions, nearly half of corn crops planted
    With favorable weather most of last week, Minnesota farmers have planted nearly half their corn as the pace of spring planting continues ahead of normal.April 30, 2012
  • Study finds organic yields trail conventional farming methods
    A new study published today in Nature, the international weekly journal of science, concludes that organic farming methods produce less food per acre than conventional practices.April 25, 2012
  • Spring plant on track for Minn. farmers
    The latest crop report says through last Sunday farmers had planted 56 percent of their spring wheat. One year ago none of the crop was in the ground.April 18, 2012
  • University agriculture school grows in new areas
    Demographics at the University of Minnesota's agriculture school are changing. A different breed of student is filling the classroom.April 17, 2012
  • Study: Farm runoff costly for small towns to clean up
    Some Minnesota towns face high costs to clean up their drinking water because of pollution runoff from farms, according to a report today from an environmental group.April 12, 2012
  • Apple growers worry cold could kill crop
    Minnesota apple growers worry that a recent cold snap could kill new buds on their apple trees after early warm weather this spring.April 12, 2012
  • Spring planting picks up, but some farmers hold off
    The pace of spring planting is picking up across Minnesota now that an important deadline for crop insurance coverage has passed. But the push to plant the state's $7 billion corn probably won't be the all-out rush expected a few weeks ago.April 11, 2012
  • Apple orchard uses helicopters to help save crop
    Cathy Wurzer talks with Afton Apple Orchard's Michael Fleming. The farm is working to save its apple crop from frosty weather.April 11, 2012
  • Farm bill faces austere future
    Farmers may face some uncertainty by harvest time as Congress grapples with rewriting the farm bill before it expires in September. On the table are big cuts in federal farm spending.April 9, 2012

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