Rural lawmakers are aiming to cut farmers’ property tax bills for construction projects. A group of legislators from greater Minnesota says farmers pay $10 for every $1 city residents pay when schools, cities and counties charge for new projects because farmers own more land. They’re introducing a bill that would only tax a farmer for his or her house, garage and one acre of land in those situations.
A “Pheasant Summit” was held Saturday n Marshall with Gov. Mark Dayton to discuss ways Minnesota can keep birds in play. Earlier this week, I took “Maxi Cam” to South Dakota. And with the help of guide Ryan Sauter, I found out that they know how to keep the pheasant population up.
For the first time in two decades, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson finds himself having to fight hard to keep his job and to avert a loss that could cost Minnesota one of Congress’ most influential voices on farm matters. Peterson is the ranking minority member and former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. He has represented western Minnesota’s 7th District for nearly 24 years and says it benefits from his clout.
The roar of combines filled the air across much of Minnesota as farmers made rapid progress on the corn harvest. Thanks to favorable weather last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday the state’s corn harvest is 41 percent complete, compared with 16 percent a week earlier and is running only 10 days behind average.
A freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region’s corn and soybean fields are not quite ready for harvest.
The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office says a 61-year-old man died Monday afternoon when the tractor he was operating flipped over on top of him. At 5:18 p.m., deputies were called to the farming accident on the 8500 block of State Street in Clear Lake, Minn.
The winter of 2013 was the coldest in 50 years. And before it was over, businesses and homeowners faced a fuel crisis like never before. That’s why the Gov. Mark Dayton called a “Propane Summit” with industry reps, railroads and farmers on Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $328 million in funding Monday to protect and restore farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country.
The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor’s corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham’s central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for three years will reach about $74,000, and they’re now working with the sprayer’s insurance company.
Students in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools will eat lunch food that comes from Minnesota farmers on the first Thursday of every month. School administrators say Minnesota Thursdays stems from the Farm to School programs at both districts.
Gov. Mark Dayton is urging the federal government to step in on railroad delays hitting Minnesota grain farmers. A growing backlog of railroad shipments cost corn, wheat and soybean farmers $109 million in lower prices this spring, according to a University of Minnesota study.
The stalks in Minnesota’s corn fields are close to 7 feet high. The kernels are still developing and if the weather holds up, the ears reach maturity in about a month and a half. That’s when harvesting starts and there are indications of yet another bumper crop.
Widespread rains have slowed Minnesota’s small grain harvest but also have improved row crop and pasture conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 4.5 days were suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota during the week that ended Sunday.
The Farm Rescue nonprofit in the Upper Midwest is approaching another milestone. The volunteer organization based in North Dakota will help its 300th farm family in the region by the end of the year.
Minnesota’s crops caught some much-needed rain over the weekend in an otherwise dry week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crops progress and condition report for Minnesota that six days were rated suitable for fieldwork across the state last week.
Northern Crops Institute in Fargo plans to hold an open house this week to celebrate the completion of an equipment upgrade at its Feed Production Center. Eighteen livestock feed manufacturers from China will also attend hands-on training with the new equipment at the center during a weeklong visit.
A small organic dairy in southern Minnesota has prevailed in forcing a buyout by a utility that’s building high-voltage power lines along the property. The case involving the Cedar Summit Farm near New Prague was seen as an early test of Minnesota’s revised “Buy the Farm” law.
Minnesota farmers are bracing after Russia imposed a U.S. food ban in reaction to sanctions. Exports are important for Minnesota farmers, who grow more food than they can use. The ban, which is now in effect, means even more surplus food and lost revenue.
The Minnesota State Fair is just weeks away and the most popular food is not in great supply. It’s just been in the past few weeks that local corn is being sold at places like the Minneapolis Farmers market. That’s at least two weeks later than normal.
Minnesota farmers were able to get a lot of field work done last week, thanks to the lack of rain. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there were 6.2 days suitable for field work in Minnesota for the week ending Sunday. That marks the most days suitable for any week so far this season.
On Thursday, Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas headed east to New Richmond, Wis. where they visited the Heritage Center, went kayaking on the Apple River, explored Willow River State Park, enjoyed the 45th Parallel Distillery and visited Star Prairie Trout Farm.
Isaac and Terri Savaryn looks at his losses while surveying row upon row of his Marquette variety of grapes, growing on a hillside overlooking Lake Waconia. Despite most of the vines appearing lush and green, they hold half the grape clusters that would be growing in a normal year.
A new report estimates that delays in railroad shipping have cost Minnesota corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $100 million. The report was released Thursday at a conference in Alexandria organized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Edward Usset of the University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management estimates rail delays cost Minnesota corn growers $72 million from March to May. He puts the losses at $18.8 million for soybean growers and $8.5 million for wheat growers.
Widespread rain in the past week has delayed Minnesota farmers who are trying to finish planting. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the rain has left soil saturated and stressed crops. Wet fields also are hampering crop spraying and the first cutting of hay.
Water woes aren’t getting any better for some Minnesota farmers and lake residents. In a normal year on his Locke Lake home, Loren Hafterson’s boats would be out of storage and in the water. But it’s anything but a normal year.