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Agriculture

  • Economist challenges idea of aging farmer crisis
    Agriculture economists have long warned that farmers are getting old and staying on their land longer, delaying the turnover to a younger generation. But an Ohio State University professor argues that those fears are overstated.November 30, 2013
  • Organic farmers bash FDA restrictions on manure use
    Many organic farmers are hopping mad right now at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and their reason involves perhaps the most under-appreciated part of agriculture: plant food, aka fertilizer. Specifically, the FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure.November 21, 2013
  • Ethanol: Good for farmers. But everyone else?
    Ethanol pollutes. A lot. That's the takeaway from an Associated Press investigation into the environmental damage caused by the effort to use corn to fuel an alternative to the effects of gasoline.November 12, 2013
  • Big corn harvest may put growers in the red, help ethanol
    The big crop has sent the price of corn plummeting, and that's cut costs for the beleaguered biofuel industry and others that rely on the grain.November 8, 2013
  • Bad news for Minnesota sugar beet farmers
    A glut of sugar in the world market will mean a big cut in the price farmers are getting for their sugar beets, American Crystal Sugar leaders told farmers this week.November 5, 2013
  • Why are pig farmers still using growth-promoting drugs?
    It's one of the most controversial practices in agriculture: feeding small amounts of antibiotics to animals in order to make them grow faster. There's some good evidence that they don't even work very well, at least in pigs.November 5, 2013
  • Minn. corn harvest now ahead of average
    Minnesota's corn harvest is now ahead of the five-year average for the first time this season.November 4, 2013
  • Propane shortage for corn drying persists
    Gov. Mark Dayton signed an emergency order Oct. 23 to allow truckers to work longer hours than normal delivering propane. That effort has helped, but not everywhere.November 3, 2013
  • Are farm veterinarians pushing too many antibiotics?
    Any time antibiotics are used, it increases the likelihood that bacteria will evolve resistance to them. Such drug-resistant bacteria can migrate, raising the risk of infections that doctors can't treat as easily.November 1, 2013
  • Appetites: The decline of bees could change the way we eat
    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl joined MPR's Tom Crann about what she learned writing about the decline of bees for Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine.October 30, 2013
  • Farmers make rapid harvest progress
    Minnesota farmers are making rapid progress on the fall harvest after a slow start to the growing season.October 28, 2013
  • Food stamps, milk prices on table in farm talks
    Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. If they don't finish it, dairy supports could expire at the end of the year and send the price of a gallon of milk skyward.October 28, 2013
  • Report: Meat producers ignore pleas for health, environmental reform
    The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future this week scolded the animal agriculture industry again with a review of how it has fared in the five years since the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released its original report.October 25, 2013
  • Propane supplies tighten, prompt emergency order
    Minnesota's corn crop is coming in much later than last year and the harvest is much more wet, which puts more pressure on propane supplies used to fuel dryers.October 24, 2013
  • Arkansas aims to make edamame as American as apple pie
    A Texas-based Asian foods importer chose Arkansas to build its company, called American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame Inc., here. Raymond Chung, the chief financial officer, says one reason is because plenty of local farmers are willing to grow the non-genetically modified vegetable soybeans.October 16, 2013

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