Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA’s spring planting survey said Thursday. The survey said the 2013 corn planting forecast is up slightly from last year’s 97.2 million acres.
Hitching health and greener planet hopes to the local food movement? You may want to reconsider.
A new survey of rural bankers suggests that growth in farmland prices, cash rents and farm equipment sales remain strong despite the continuing threat of drought in some Midwestern and northern Plains states.
The 12th annual Minnesota Organic Conference is expected to draw more than 500 people to St. Cloud. The farmer-focused conference runs Friday and Saturday at the River’s Edge Convention Center.
Leaders of many farm groups in the Upper Midwest aren’t pleased that Congress has extended the current farm bill rather than pass new legislation.
The worst U.S. drought in decades showed little sign of easing last week as farmers closed out their corn and soybean harvests and turned their attention to winter wheat, which has been struggling to break through the moisture-starved soil in some states, according to a weekly report.
Despite the drought that parched much of the rest of the country, 2012 is shaping up as a pleasant surprise for many Minnesota farmers who are expected to harvest record corn and sugarbeet crops.
The drought gripping the United States is the widest since 1956, according to new data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Seven listening sessions will be held across Minnesota this month to assess employers’ work force needs in agriculture and agribusiness.
The mild winter and early spring that were a boon for Upper Midwest farmers are contributing to headaches they are starting to deal with now.
The University of Minnesota has earned a top grade for its organic agriculture programs.
The Minnesota State Fair is several months away, but it’s celebrating a new attraction already.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is expected to sign an amendment that will make it easier to grow and sell fresh food in the city.
Staffers for Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be holding a series of regional meetings this week to get public input on the 2012 Farm Bill.
The University of Minnesota on Thursday awarded its annual Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture to a longtime state agriculture commissioner, an economist who works to improve agricultural productivity around the world, and a wheat farmer with a long record of community service.
As farmers across the county mark National Agriculture Day on Thursday, the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council is sharing new data on the importance of agriculture to Minnesota.
The lack of snow in the Upper Midwest is causing some concern among winter wheat farmers.
A relatively snow-free winter in the Upper Midwest has some officials worried about damage to agriculture if the dry weather persists into spring planting.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is shutting down 259 offices, labs and facilities across the country.
A Wisconsin factory worker worried about layoffs became a dairy farmer. An employee at a Minnesota nonprofit found an escape from her cubicle by buying a vegetable farm. A nuclear engineer tired of office bureaucracy decided to get into cattle ranching in Texas.
A Minnesota farmer told a Senate panel Tuesday he wants to know what became of $253,000 of his money that’s gone missing in the collapse of commodities trading firm MF Global Inc.
A national leader in the organic food and farming movement will speak at the University of Minnesota about water and the challenges facing agriculture.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 11 Minnesota counties as disaster areas because of the combined impacts of excessive rain, high heat, strong winds, tornadoes and an early fall frost this year.
Wisconsin’s dairy industry is continuing a modest turn-around in production, and Minnesota is inching closer to its own positive reversal.
Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on harvesting, despite a brief rainfall interruption.