• Hog beatings cause SD plant to shut briefly
    A Sioux Falls meatpacking plant was shut down briefly because a truck driver was beating the hogs that he was bringing to be slaughtered.October 7, 2012
  • Minn. corn harvest dodges worst of drought
    Minnesota's crop season started and ended in drought this year, but in between things weren't too bad for most farmers. Despite the hurt production, the damage to Minnesota's $7 billion corn crop wasn't as serious as in other areas.October 3, 2012
  • Tough harvest this year for Minnesota apple growers
    Apple lovers may have a hard time finding locally-grown Honeycrisp apples this year. Unusually warm weather in March and hard frost in April killed off apple blossoms. The thousands of apples that remained on trees were damaged by summer hail storms and drought.September 26, 2012
  • Dry weather helps along harvest work
    Progress on the Minnesota harvest continues well ahead of normal, aided by dry weather.September 17, 2012
  • Ag Dept. wins grant for food safety
    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is getting federal help to more quickly trace contaminated food to grocery stores and other distribution points.September 15, 2012
  • FDA warns Iowa egg firm over bacteria
    An Iowa egg producer diverted eggs from the food supply after a recent inspection discovered salmonella in two of its barns.September 9, 2012
  • Changes wanted to crop insurance rules
    Some upper Midwest farmers who thought they caught a break when the federal government eased crop insurance rules for land hit by prolonged flooding are finding it isn't as easy to cash in as they first thought.September 6, 2012
  • Minn. dairy farmers squeezed by high drought-related feed prices
    Minnesota dairy farmers these days are watching corn and soybean prices almost as closely as the price of milk. High costs for cow feed brought on by drought have made some farms unprofitable. But the tough times are also boosting milk prices.September 4, 2012
  • In Minn., new effort to get the farm to the food shelf
    Millions of pounds of that produce go to waste in Minnesota each year. Hunger relief organizations are stepping up their efforts to capture it -- and get it on the plates of those who need it.September 4, 2012
  • Health safety advocates want melon farm identified
    Food safety advocates called on federal officials Tuesday to release the name of an Indiana farm that recalled its cantaloupes amid a salmonella outbreak that's killed at least two people and sickened dozens of others in 20 states.August 22, 2012
  • USDA: Rain, cooler weather helping corn, soybeans
    Cooler weather and rain in the middle of the country have slowed the deterioration of the nation's corn and soybean crops, but experts said the drought isn't over and the recent respite won't make much of a difference.August 14, 2012
  • For Minn. corn farmers, a patchwork of lean vs. plenty
    While there are some dry spots around Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the state's farmers will produce slightly more corn this year than last year.August 13, 2012
  • Minn. crop harvest expected to buck poor projections
    The harvest forecast for the nation's corn and soybean crop doesn't look good, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed today, but Minnesota is managing to buck the trend.August 10, 2012
  • Geography is destiny for crop farmers in dry year
    The weather, especially the drought, has been a major topic at Farmfest, the big agricultural trade show that wrapped up Thursday.August 10, 2012
  • Salmonella: Iowa farmer issues tomato recall
    An organic farmer from northern Iowa is recalling grape tomatoes distributed in stores in three states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin because they may contain salmonella.August 9, 2012

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