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.
Bill Would Boost Marketing Of Agriculture Exports To CubaSeeking to fan agriculture exports to Cuba, a Minnesota House panel took initial steps Tuesday to spend state money on promoting the shipment of goods to the island nation amid improving relations with the United States. The bipartisan bill that the House Agriculture Finance Committee kept in the budget mix would designate $100,000 to promote marketing exports to Cuba.
Bill Would Boost Marketing Of Agriculture Exports To CubaTalk of a new Minnesota trade mission to Cuba is in the air. The House Agriculture Finance Committee kept a bill in the mix Tuesday that would designate $100,000 to promote agriculture exports to Cuba. Its sponsor says half of that could defray costs from a state trade trip to the island nation.
Klobuchar: Cuba Holds Economic Opportunity For Minn.Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to lift the Cuba trade embargo. She just got back from a visit to the island country, and at a summit Monday morning in St. Paul, the Democrat talked about how ending the embargo could help farmers and businesses here.
Vilsack Visits Minnesota To Talk About Export OpportunitiesU.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Minnesota to discuss efforts to expand trade. Vilsack will meet Friday in St. Paul with officials from the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council and other business leaders to talk about increasing exports as a strategy for creating job opportunities in Minnesota.
Farm Rescue Accepting Applications For Spring Planting HelpThe nonprofit Farm Rescue is accepting applications from farmers who need help with spring planting.
Minnesota To Get $9M For Agricultural Water Quality ProgramMinnesota will get $9 million under an initiative announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday. The agency has approved 115 proposals nationwide for the first round of funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was part of the 2014 farm bill.
Seed Libraries Struggle With State Laws Limiting ExchangesGardeners at hundreds of spots around the country are sharing seeds as part of an increasing interest in locally grown food, but some agriculture officials say the well-meaning effort violates state laws.
U.S. Agriculture Has Big Appetite For Cuba TradeU.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.
Peterson, Leading Voice On Agriculture, Fights To Keep JobFor 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.
Minnesota Tops Nation In Elk Farming Minnesota is tops in the nation when it comes to elk farming, but the Minnesota Elk Breeders Association says there's room for growth. The USDA Census of Agriculture shows that Minnesota leads the U.S. in farmed elk production and is home to 141 elk farms raising more than 4,200 elk.
Franken Hosts US Ag Secretary In MinnesotaMinnesota Sen. Al Franken is hoping for an election-season bump on an issue he's tried to build into a cornerstone of his campaign: agriculture.
US To Spend $328M On Conservation EasementsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $328 million in funding Monday to protect and restore farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country.
Twin Cities Schools Launch Minnesota ThursdaysStudents 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.