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  • Farmers could harvest second-largest crop in Minnesota history
    Minnesota farmers are expected to harvest slightly smaller corn and soybean crops this fall than last year, in part because fields in some parts of the state have been hurt by too much spring rain, followed, by streak of cool temperatures.August 12, 2013
  • Emergency hay harvest will be chosen by DNR lottery
    Today is the last day that farmers can apply for the state's emergency hay harvest on wildlife management areas.August 9, 2013
  • DNR offers livestock producers emergency haying
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering emergency haying for livestock producers because of a hay shortage.August 1, 2013
  • Farm laborers get foothold with their own organic farms
    A program that helps field workers start their own farms and businesses is starting to yield a few success stories.August 1, 2013
  • Farmers adjust fertilizer for cleaner water at home and downstream
    Farmland is the source for 70 percent of the nitrates in state surface waters, according to a recent study. Reducing the amount of nitrate that enters rivers and streams is a daunting job, but there are signs that some of the changes made on farms already are taking hold.July 23, 2013
  • Crop insurance rule causing confusion for some
    Last year's drought has contributed to confusion over crop insurance rules for some Upper Midwest farmers who couldn't get a crop in the ground this past spring due to the opposite weather extreme -- too much moisture.July 21, 2013
  • How to better protect farmworkers from pesticides: Spanish
    Farm-use pesticides carry warning labels that spell out health risks and how workers should protect themselves -- but those labels are usually in English.July 19, 2013
  • Are antibiotics on the farm risky business?
    Activist groups, as well as prominent medical organizations, are calling for stricter rules on how these animal antibiotics are used. At the moment, there are few restrictions on agricultural use; farmers can buy most antibiotics for the animals over the counter.July 12, 2013
  • Old farm machinery harvesting high prices
    For a good example of what might seem an out-of-control tractor market, one need only look to a chilly, rain-soaked auction last March in southwest Minnesota.July 10, 2013
  • Meat groups sue USDA over meat labeling rule
    Requiring meat labels to have more details about a product's origins is too costly and serves no public health or safety benefit, industry groups said, announcing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.July 10, 2013
  • EU-U.S. trade: GMO crops a thorny issue
    Genetically modified crops will be one of many thorny issues taken up when the U.S. and the European Union sit down to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership -- or T-TIP -- in Washington this week. The ambitious free-trade deal could form the world's largest single market. It promises to create thousands of new jobs and generate tens of billions of dollars of additional trade.July 9, 2013
  • Use of robot milkers on the rise in Minnesota dairies, despite costs
    In a small room inside Gary Kieffer's dairy barn, a cow walks into a metal box. It's milking time on the farm. Humans are not required.July 1, 2013
  • Corn prices fall after USDA planting report
    Corn prices fell after the U.S. Agriculture Department indicated farmers have planted more acres nationwide than estimated earlier.June 29, 2013
  • Avocado-fed pork? Why animal feed is going gourmet
    Peanuts, flax, sprouts and avocados: It's not the menu at a health food deli, but the menu inside some barns. What's more, many farmers experimenting with these gourmet feeds are growing the ingredients themselves.June 28, 2013
  • Farmers warn of high milk prices without farm bill
    Dairy farmers expressed frustration this week with Congress' failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the federal milk program.June 28, 2013

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