Season's Lack Of Snow Shouldn't Hurt FarmersMore than 60 percent of Minnesota has less than two inches of snow cover. That's causing climatologists to keep a close watch.
Bill Would Cut Farmers' Property TaxesRural 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.
Dayton Proposes More Compensation To Farmers For Wolf LossesNow that wolves are back on the endangered list in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal includes more money to compensate farmers for livestock losses. The governor's budget would provide $125,000 annually for wolf depredation compensation.
ND Officials Eager To Expand Trade With CubaOfficials from North Dakota are applauding the Obama administration's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Midwest Farmers Putting Lots Of Food On Thanksgiving TablesFarmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin are to thank for many of this year's Thanksgiving feasts. The Department of Agriculture says Minnesota is number one producer of turkey this year. Of the 242 million birds raised worldwide, Minnesota farmers raised 45 million of them.
Turkey Prices Low, Despite High Production CostsTurkey time is right around the corner, and the country is in the middle of a turkey shortage. The number of birds being raised on farms in the U.S. is the lowest it's been in nearly three decades.
Minnesota To Pay Farmers For Leaving Corn StalksMinnesota officials are offering to pay farmers who leave corn stalks standing along highways this winter to help keep snow from drifting. The state Department of Transportation says stalks can break the wind's force and limit snow from blowing onto roads.
Lawmakers Call Congested Freight Rails A 'Growing Crisis'Minnesota lawmakers are turning up the heat on the state’s major railroads to do something to alleviate congestion that's costing the state millions of dollars.
Pesticide Drift Is Persistent Problem For FarmersThe 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.
State Opens Applications For Medical Pot Producers Farmers, pharmacists and entrepreneurs, take note: It's time to apply to grow and cultivate marijuana for the state's new medical marijuana program. Minnesota is seeking two manufacturers to grow, cultivate and supply the drug to patients starting in July 2015. The state was expected to post its request for applications Friday.
Hail Devastates Waverly FarmsSevere storms rolled through parts of the state Wednesday morning. The worst weather hit Wright County with damaging winds and large hail. For farmers there, the storm was devastating. Piles of hail up to a foot deep is an incredible sight to a meteorologist, but it's a sight that farmers in Waverly, Minn. hope to never see, especially at harvest time.
Despite The Wet Spring, This Looks To Be A Record Year For CornMinnesota farmers are helping to contribute to record breaking harvest predictions for the year. The federal government predicts that Minnesota farmers will produce 1.34 billion bushels of corn this year.
Minnesota To Produce 1.34 Billion Bushels Of Corn The federal government predicts Minnesota farmers will produce 1.34 billion bushels of corn this year, up 40 million bushels from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's production outlook for Minnesota also predicts corn yields averaging 168 bushels per acre, up eight bushels from 2013.
State Hosts Medical Marijuana Meet-UpWant to grow a few plants for Minnesota' new medical marijuana program? It's not so simple.
MN Farmers Brace For Russian Food BanMinnesota 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.