Lawmakers Go Public With Budget Agreements Made In PrivateConcrete details about incomplete parts of a new Minnesota government budget are surfacing ahead of a coming special session. An education plan negotiated in private but posted publicly on Friday shows schools are in line for a sizable increase in per-pupil allowances.
Minnesota Corn, Soybean Crop Development Ahead Of AverageAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 95 percent of Minnesota's corn crop has emerged. That's 17 days ahead of last year and 16 days ahead of average.
May Economic Report Suggests Slow Growth Ahead In MidwestSlower economic growth is likely through the end of the third quarter this year for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report issued Monday. The survey report says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 50.4 last month from 52.7 in April.
Good Question: What Does CHS Do?The St. Paul Saints played their first game in their new stadium Thursday: CHS Field. The Inver Grove Heights-based Fortune 500 company bought the naming rights to the ballpark last fall, and acknowledged not many people knew who they are. So, what does CHS, Inc. do?
New Buffer Strip Plan Speeds Implementation, Carries FinesLate changes to a plan seeking stricter rules on buffer zones separating farmland and public waterways speeds the timeline for compliance and carries possible fines of up to $500 for violators.
'Buffer Bully'? Dayton Embraces Title In Clean Water PushGov. Mark Dayton has been labeled "the buffer bully" and run into severe resistance with a plan requiring farmers to leave more space between cropland and sensitive waterways.
Legislators Rally Around Farmers Hit By Bird Flu In BudgetMinnesota lawmakers are hoping to send more help to turkey farmers and the state as they fight a deadly bird flu outbreak.
Iowa Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Response To Bird FluA state of emergency was declared Friday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with nearly 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying or scheduled to be euthanized due to a widening bird flu outbreak.
Minnesota Spring Planting Continues Ahead Of AverageDespite cool, wet weather, Minnesota farmers are continuing a spring planting pace well ahead of last year and the five-year average.
Bird Flu Confirmed At Iowa Farm With 5.3 Million ChickensUp to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.
Good Weather Boosts Minnesota Small Grain PlantingMinnesota farmers have made early strides in planting small grains, thanks to good weather. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers in Minnesota were able to plant over one-third of the expected small grain acreage and over half of the sugar beet acreage during the week ending Sunday.
Minnesota Farmers Get Jump On Small Grain PlantingAlthough only 3.5 days were suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, the U.S. Department of Natural Resources says small grain planting by Minnesota farmers is 3.5 weeks ahead of last year's pace.
Dayton To Visit Worthington, Austin To Tout Buffer StripsGov. Mark Dayton will visit Worthington and Austin to promote his proposal to require farmers to leave 50-foot buffer strips along ditches, streams, ponds and lakes to improve water quality and animal habitat.
Report: Minnesota Livestock Producers Had Profitable 2014Many Minnesota livestock producers enjoyed record profits in 2014 while earnings for crop producers fell for the second straight year, according to a new report that warns both sectors will face tougher times this year.
March 31 Farm Bill Crop Program Signup Deadline ApproachingUniversity of Minnesota Extension officials remind farmers and landowners they have until the end of March to make their crop program choices under the 2014 farm bill. The choices are between the Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage programs.