Agriculture

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Cooler Weather Gives Minn. Farmers A Break

Cooler weather has given Minnesota farmers a break from the heat. In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that statewide, temperatures for the week averaged 6.7 degrees below average. Despite the cooler weather, 5.9 days were suitable for field work last week.

07/29/2013

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Armyworms Turn Up In Central Minn. Cornfields

Armyworms are being blamed for damaging a number of central Minnesota cornfields in recent days, though experts aren’t sure about the extent and severity of the infestation.

07/25/2013

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MN Urges Farmers To Reduce Nitrate Runoff

State regulators blamed farming for rising nitrate levels in southern Minnesota surface waters in a new report Wednesday, citing the increasing use of drainage tiling as a major reason.

06/26/2013

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Check Out The Official Art For The 2013 State Fair

The new official commemorative art for this year’s State Fair was unveiled on Wednesday. Minneapolis artist Marie Olofsdotter unveiled her creation on Wednesday on the state fairgrounds.

06/05/2013

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MN Farmers Who’ve Delayed Planting Face Decisions

Minnesota farmers who have had trouble completing their spring planting due to a muddy May are facing some important decisions this month, and grain prices are rising as traders worry that yields will be hurt by the late finish to the planting season.

06/04/2013

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Honey Production, Fruit Picking Delayed By Late Spring

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, farmer’s markets are back in business. But, you may not see some of your favorite foods right away. Fresh fruits and the honey supply will be delayed this year. Step into the packing facility for Ames Farm Unlimited, and it seems like business as usual. But owner Brian Fredricksen says all the jarred honey, candles and honeycomb are leftovers from last summer.

05/18/2013

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Check Cold-Hardiness Before Buying Plants For MN

As Minnesotans start to think about yard work, the state has some words of caution.

05/01/2013

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Power Outages Tough On SW Minn. Livestock Producers

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — The spring storms that knocked out power in parts of southwestern Minnesota have been hard on livestock producers. Erin deKoning says she’s glad the power came back Monday at her farm […]

04/16/2013

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USDA: Highest Corn Acreage Since 1936 Expected

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.

03/28/2013

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The Local Food Myth: Why Locavores May Be Getting It Wrong

Hitching health and greener planet hopes to the local food movement? You may want to reconsider.

02/20/2013

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Midwest Bankers Survey Suggests Continued Growth

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.

01/17/2013

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Minnesota Organic Conference To Open In St. Cloud

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.

01/11/2013

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Farm Bill Extension Not Popular In Upper Midwest

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.

01/03/2013

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Drought Holds Its Grip As Growers Pivot To Wheat

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.

10/25/2012

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Minnesota Projected To Harvest Record Corn Crop

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.

10/11/2012

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U.S. Drought Grows To Cover Widest Area Since ’56

The drought gripping the United States is the widest since 1956, according to new data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

07/16/2012

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Sessions To Assess Ag Work Force Needs

Seven listening sessions will be held across Minnesota this month to assess employers’ work force needs in agriculture and agribusiness.

07/15/2012

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Upper Midwest Farmers Have Unique Problems

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.

05/25/2012

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U Of M Earns Top Grade For Organic Agriculture

The University of Minnesota has earned a top grade for its organic agriculture programs.

05/03/2012

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State Fair Opens New Horse, Livestock Arena

The Minnesota State Fair is several months away, but it’s celebrating a new attraction already.

04/27/2012

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Rybak To Sign Amendment To Expand Urban Farming

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.

04/02/2012

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Klobuchar Staffers Hold Meetings On 2012 Farm Bill

Staffers for Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be holding a series of regional meetings this week to get public input on the 2012 Farm Bill.

03/20/2012

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‘U’ Honors 3 For Excellence In Agriculture

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.

03/08/2012

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Animal Agriculture Worth $8 Billion To Minnesota

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.

03/08/2012

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Upper Midwest Winter Wheat Lacks Snow, Still OK

The lack of snow in the Upper Midwest is causing some concern among winter wheat farmers.

02/20/2012

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