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  • Online map helps Minn. organic farmers avoid pesticide drift
    The Minnesota Agriculture Department is encouraging use of a new mapping system to protect organic crops from pesticide drift.April 13, 2013
  • Drought eases in farm belt but not over yet
    With the farm belt's soil recharged by melted snow and spring rains, farmers are anxious to start working the fields and planting seed for the 2013 crop season.April 12, 2013
  • Survey: Minn. farmers earned record income in 2012
    A survey of more than 1,300 crop farms in Minnesota shows they earned record income in 2012.April 11, 2013
  • Photos: Lambing season in Minnesota
    Spring brings new life to the landscape. MPR visited a small Minnesota farm near Pelican Rapids, to experience a yearly ritual, the birth of a new crop of lambs.April 10, 2013
  • Minn. farmers getting off to slow start
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota farmers are getting off to a slow start because of the persistent winter.April 8, 2013
  • CSA farms boom in Minnesota
    This year, there are more CSAs here than ever before, 100 compared to just eight in 2004 and 42 in 2009, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture,April 2, 2013
  • In a Chicago suburb, an indoor farm goes 'mega'
    Farming in abandoned warehouses has become a hot trend in the Midwest -- with varying degrees of success -- as more entrepreneurs worldwide experiment with indoor growing systems in attempts to grow more food locally. Now one facility, FarmedHere LLC in suburban Chicago, is attempting to take indoor warehouse farming to the "mega farm" level.March 30, 2013
  • Minn. farmers to plant more corn in response to rising prices
    Minnesota grain farmers will respond to rising corn prices by increasing corn planting this year. Farmers here will increase will increase corn acres by 3 percent. Nationally, corn crop is expected to grow by only 1 percent.March 29, 2013
  • Farmers favor corn over soybeans this year
    The U.S. Agriculture Department says Minnesota farmers intend to plant more corn this year than they did in 2012.March 28, 2013
  • Southern Minn. ethanol plant may be sold
    An ethanol company says it may sell a plant it owns in Fairmont, in southern Minnesota. It's the latest indication of the ethanol industry's financial troubles.March 27, 2013
  • USDA forecast likely to show more corn acreage
    The U.S. Agriculture Department will give a preview on Thursday of how many acres of corn and other major crops farmers in Minnesota and elsewhere intend to plant this year.March 24, 2013
  • Snow and rain improve farming outlook
    The start of spring means the crop planting season is not far away. While the two-year drought is a worry, there have been signs of hope recently. Increased precipitation has helped boost farmers' outlook for this year's crop.March 21, 2013
  • Minn. farmers urged to check crop insurance
    Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is urging farmers to make sure they have enough crop insurance to deal with another possible year of drought.March 9, 2013
  • Climatologist: Snow won't help farmers much
    Parts of Minnesota have as much as five inches of moisture in the current snowpack, but that doesn't mean the drought is over.March 5, 2013
  • Fewer requests for farm loan mediation
    The number of mediation requests for troubled farm loans fell again last year, reflecting strong grain prices.March 3, 2013

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