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  • Minnesota farmers see bountiful harvests and lower profits
    For livestock producers, the trends are a welcome relief after some tough years. They buy a lot of grain to feed their animals and the falling prices will reduce their costs and boost profits. But for grain farmers, slipping prices will shrink profit margins.October 15, 2013
  • Shutdown hinders S.D. ranchers devastated by blizzard
    A freak blizzard earlier this month killed tens of thousands of cattle in South Dakota. The number of animals is hard to confirm, in part, because the federal agency tasked with tallying livestock losses after a disaster is closed during the partial government shutdown.October 14, 2013
  • Can millet take on quinoa? First, it'll need a makeover
    The grain hasn't quite taken off yet, partly because of perception issues. But farmers are optimistic that the grain, which is high in protein and gluten-free, can compete with quinoa.October 2, 2013
  • Report: Cargill got Colombian land meant for small farmers
    Deals for more than 124,000 acres in recent years violate the spirit of Colombian policies intended to encourage family farming, Oxfam said in a recent report.September 27, 2013
  • Rooftop farming is getting off the ground
    While farmers in post-industrial cities like Detroit and Cleveland are claiming unused land for cultivation, in New York and Chicago, land comes at a high premium. That's why farmers there are increasingly eyeing spaces that they might not have to wrestle from developers: rooftops that are already green.September 25, 2013
  • Ocean Spray releases cranberry harvest estimate
    This year's cranberry harvest is expected to be about 11 million barrels worldwide, or about the same as last year's.September 23, 2013
  • How to edit a cow
    A University of Minnesota genomics scientist is hard at work to sell a new way to change the genetics of livestock. He's even started a company, Recombinetics, based in St. Paul.September 18, 2013
  • American farmers say they feed the world, but do they?
    "We feed the world," is high-tech agriculture's claim to the moral high ground. Farmers say they farm the way they do to produce food as efficiently as possible to feed the world. But is it true?September 17, 2013
  • Apple growers look forward to bountiful harvest
    The apple harvest will be a couple of weeks late this year, but the orchards are full of sweet fruit and producers are looking toward an exceptional harvest. Minnesota apple growers are expected to produce nearly 20 million pounds of fruit this year.September 17, 2013
  • Drought hurts Minnesota's soybean crop
    Even though Minnesota's corn crop is doing well, the state's agricultural economy is facing a roughly $175 million loss from a projected smaller soybean crop.September 12, 2013
  • Minnesota organic farm profits jump
    The University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management analyzed economic data from about three dozen organic farms around the state. They showed a median net income for 2012 of just over $85,000, more than double the $38,000 organic farms earned the year before.September 4, 2013
  • Nitrogen fertilizer management plan comment period opens this week
    The Minnesota Agriculture Department holds the first of six public meetings this week on it's new nitrogen fertilizer management plan for state farmers. The plan's goal is to prevent or minimize the impact of nitrogen fertilizer on drinking water.September 3, 2013
  • Photos: State Fair kids and their animals
    MPR's Nikki Tundel documented some of the many young people who showed their animals at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair.September 2, 2013
  • Corn, soybean crops behind schedule; at risk of early freeze damage
    The warmer weather forecast for the next week, including some 90 degree temperatures, should speed crop maturity, and lessen the risk of damage from a frost a little.August 19, 2013
  • Blueberry bounty has growers feeling blue
    The blueberries on your morning cereal are less expensive this year. That's because farmers are harvesting a bumper crop this summer. It's good news for berry lovers, but the bounty might wreck some blueberry growers.August 17, 2013

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