Minnesota Lost 300 Farms In 2016Minnesota has slightly fewer farms than a year ago but the ones that remain tend to be getting larger, following national trends.
Families Seek 'Century Farm' RecognitionOwners of 119 Minnesota family farms beat the application deadline to be recognized as a Century Farm. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation is expected to receive more applications that are postmarked April 1.
Issues Remain As Buffers Move From Capitol To CroplandState officials are moving to implement new requirements for setbacks between cropland and waterways passed by the Legislature this year, but concern and confusion among farmers and lawmakers surrounding the new law makes it clear — the buffer battle in Minnesota isn't over.
Grain Surplus, Strong Dollar Could Hamper Record Growing SeasonAs a stiff, southern breeze shimmers a ripening field of soybeans, fall harvest cannot be far behind. This summer's growing season is about as close to perfect as it gets for grain farmers like Bruce Peterson of Northfield.
WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Farmers Market In MinnesotaWith buzz words like "sustainable," "grass-fed" and "natural," farmers markets are truly farm to table. And your favorite place to eat the food grown in rural Minnesota is right in the heart of our urban center -- the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Farmers markets give us a chance to buy food fresh and local.
Lawmakers Want Programs To Curb Great Lakes Farm PollutionTwo members of Congress introduced legislation Tuesday that encourages states in the Great Lakes region to develop voluntary programs aimed at reducing farm pollution that causes harmful algae blooms.
Pizza Farms Offer Reverse Twist In Farm-To-Table MovementAs the farm-to-table movement connects more consumers with local farmers, some farms have shortened the distance between the plow and the plate. They're inviting customers over for pizza.
Hemp Welcomed Back Into Minnesota Crop Mix On Small ScaleA once-banished crop could soon sprout legally again in select Minnesota farm fields. Minnesota lawmakers have given a small nod to growth of hemp plants that lead to oils, lotions, seeds, rope fibers and other industrial uses.
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?
Dry Spring Has Farmers Ahead Of ScheduleDry conditions continue to plague much of Minnesota, with seasonal rainfall far below normal. The problem is most severe in the northwestern part of the state, where farm fields are crying for much-needed moisture.
Minnesota Turkey Farmer Shares Story Of Stress, HopeMinnesota turkey farmers are on edge, trying to stop the spread of an avian flu that's killed millions of birds. Scott Heymer is the owner of Red Bridge Farms in Princeton. He's been in the turkey business for nearly 40 years, with about 60,000 turkeys on his farm
Dayton Outlines Possible Loan Program For Turkey FarmersGov. Mark Dayton says the state may set up a low-interest loan program for farmers hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak. Fifty-six farms had been hit with the virus as of Tuesday, costing farmers more than 3.3 million birds.
Lawmakers Shore Up Response Funds As Bird Flu Wracks StateMinnesota lawmakers are aiming to provide extra money as the state struggles to get a bird flu outbreak under wraps.
Minn. Farmer's Invention May Help Cut Down On Soil ErosionA Minnesota farmer-turned-inventor thinks he has a solution for cutting down on soil erosion. Over the years, he became concerned about soil erosion on farm fields. So, he invented a piece of equipment that he says is good for both the environment and for crops.
Minnesota Farmers Expect To Plant Record Soybean AcreageMinnesota farmers plan to plant a record amount of soybeans this spring, as well as more corn than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota soybean producers expect to plant 7.5 million acres of soybeans, compared with 7.35 million acres last year. That's in line with national projections for record high soybean acreage this year.