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Agriculture

  • USDA: Wet spring won't affect predicted corn crop
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture shocked farmers, grain analysts and market traders Friday with a report that shows no reduction in the number of acres planted in corn, despite a soggy spring.June 28, 2013
  • What the rise of cage-free eggs means for chickens
    The typical life of an egg-laying chicken is beginning to change dramatically. Animal welfare groups have long been campaigning against cages. They are succeeding, and this is where the change starts.June 28, 2013
  • Wet week holds up Minnesota crop progress
    Another week of wet weather has held up crop progress across Minnesota.June 24, 2013
  • PED virus threatens piglets, farm finances
    Minnesota hog farmers have a new disease to worry about, a virulent form of diarrhea that is deadly to young pigs.June 21, 2013
  • USDA rule on potatoes incites industry ire
    Americans love to pile on the potatoes - we consumed a whopping 112 pounds per capita last year. But according to the National Potato Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture "discriminates" against fresh, white potatoes.June 20, 2013
  • Dayton requests federal aid for livestock farmers
    Aid for Minnesota livestock farmers who have lost nearly a million acres of alfalfa this year is being requested from the federal government by Gov. Mark Dayton.June 17, 2013
  • How the Senate farm bill would change subsidies
    The centerpiece of that policy is an expanded crop insurance program, designed to protect farmers from losses, that some say amounts to a highly subsidized gift to agribusiness. That debate is set to continue in the House.June 11, 2013
  • Members become lenders at Wrenshall produce farm
    After a financial crisis, a farm owned by Rick and Karola Dalens is back on solid ground. With more than 100 member-customers, Northern Harvest Farm is one of 15 Community Supported Agriculture produce farms that have sprouted in the Northland. CSA farms are different than traditional market farms because farmers earn an established income from members buying shares at the beginning of each growing year.June 10, 2013
  • Farmers warned after anthrax kills Minn. cow
    A cow in northwest Minnesota has died from anthrax, the first case in Minnesota in five years. Anthrax spores occur naturally in the ground, and recent heavy rains may have brought the anthrax to the surface.June 9, 2013
  • Millions of acres of alfalfa lost to drought, winterkill
    It's been a difficult spring for thousands of dairy farmers across the Midwest who rely on protein-rich alfalfa to feed their cows.June 5, 2013
  • Photos: Farmers scramble to buy feed for cattle
    Farmers in the upper Midwest are scrambling to buy feed from Colorado, South Dakota and other states. They're also stretching what they have now while they plant more seed. But even that's proving to be a challenge.June 5, 2013
  • Grain markets watch spring planting delays
    Minnesota farmers are near finishing spring planting, but it's been a struggle. Rain has delayed work in many parts of the state. Farmers in other states face the same problem and grain traders are starting to worry that the harvest may be affected.June 4, 2013
  • Cold, wet weather bogs down MN field work
    Another week of cold, wet weather has bogged down field work in parts of Minnesota.June 3, 2013
  • Wet weather slows planting in Minnesota
    A stretch of wet weather has slowed planting of crops in Minnesota.May 29, 2013
  • Planting conditions improve in Minnesota
    A miserable start to spring planting for Minnesota farmers has greatly improved with a stretch of better weather.May 21, 2013

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