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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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Farmers In Midwest Warned To Buy Crop Insurance

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.

02/17/2012

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USDA Closing Minneapolis Office

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is shutting down 259 offices, labs and facilities across the country.

01/10/2012

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More Young People See Opportunity In Farming

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.

12/21/2011

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Minn. Farmer To Testify On MF Global Collapse

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.

12/13/2011

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Organic Food And Farming Leader To Speak At ‘U’

A national leader in the organic food and farming movement will speak at the University of Minnesota about water and the challenges facing agriculture.

11/09/2011

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USDA Declares 11 Minn. Counties As Disaster Areas

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.

10/26/2011

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Milk Output In Minn., Wis. Hints At Positive Trend

Wisconsin’s dairy industry is continuing a modest turn-around in production, and Minnesota is inching closer to its own positive reversal.

10/25/2011

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Despite Rain Break, Minn. Rapid Harvest Continues

Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on harvesting, despite a brief rainfall interruption.

10/17/2011

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