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Agriculture

  • Record year for Wis. ag exports in 2012
    State officials say Wisconsin exported a record amount of agricultural products in 2012.February 24, 2013
  • Farmer faces more raw milk charges
    Southern Minnesota dairy farmer Michael Hartmann faces three more criminal charges in connection with selling unpasteurized milk and other food products.February 22, 2013
  • Corn shortage idles 20 ethanol plants nationwide
    The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production.February 10, 2013
  • Farm to Cafeteria events planned in Minn.
    A series of workshops across the state will encourage more locally grown food in Minnesota schools and cafeterias. The eight workshops begin Monday and run through April.February 3, 2013
  • Plant fanatics climb up trees hunting for 'witch's brooms'
    Now about brooms -- witch's brooms, to be exact. Small, tightly woven masses of branches that can appear high up in pine trees across northern Minnesota. These "brooms" are actually the genetic source of a lot of the landscape plants and shrubs sold at nurseries. They're not often easy to retrieve.January 29, 2013
  • High Minn. land prices force aspiring farmers to sidelines
    High land prices are making it difficult for young farmers. In one of the most volatile and expensive land markets in history, they generally don't have the financial resources to compete with established producers or investors. For those seeking a start, just renting a few acres is daunting.January 14, 2013
  • Farmers look to South America as crop price indicator
    Farmers are watching agricultural production in South America this winter as they try to predict the direction corn and soybean prices will take in coming months.January 11, 2013
  • USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says. The former Democratic governor of Iowa told farm belt leaders that they need to be more strategic in picking their political fights.December 8, 2012
  • American Crystal could have record year, despite lockout
    Despite a lockout that's lasted 16 months, American Crystal Sugar officials say the company is on track for record sugar production. The lockout's effect on business is "diminishing rapidly," company President David Berg said.December 6, 2012
  • Stalled bill tops agenda at farmers convention
    Members of the Minnesota Farmers Union are planning a strategy to try to persuade the lame-duck Congress to pass the stalled farm bill. The Minnesota farmers are meeting this weekend at their 71st annual convention.November 17, 2012
  • Bioenergy could bring new life to shuttered mill
    There may be hope for a shuttered lumber mill in Grand Rapids. The Ainsworth wood plant has been closed since 2009. Now, a Michigan-based company has signed a purchase agreement for the 120-acre site. Company officials have been tight-lipped about their intentions, but some industry experts predict it could become part of an emerging bioenergy industry.November 16, 2012
  • As food labels multiply, some confuse consumers
    Food labels claim to certify a wide array of sustainable practices. Hundreds of so-called eco-labels have cropped up in recent years, with more introduced every month -- and consumers are willing to pay extra for products that feature them.November 11, 2012
  • ND voters add 'right to farm' to state constitution
    Voters in the ag-dependent state became the first to enshrine the right to farm in their constitution, a move that some say could have far-reaching effects on genetic modification, land use and the way animals are raised.November 8, 2012
  • Farmers wrap up harvest ahead of average
    Minnesota farmers are finishing the corn and sunflower harvests ahead of the five-year average.November 1, 2012
  • Dairy farm safety net dies with farm bill
    Small dairy farmers in the Northeast and Wisconsin say a tough year has been made worse by Congress' failure to pass a new farm bill before the old one expired.October 21, 2012

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