In a 2018 file photo, the cover crop of winter rye is beginning to emerge from the soil on Martin Larsen’s farm near Byron.

Carbon farming takes root at Land O'Lakes subsidiary

Truterra, owned by ag giant Land O'Lakes, launched a carbon program in 2021, paying farmers to adopt other earth-friendly farm practices. Truterra sells those credits to Microsoft in a carbon-offsetting deal.

Cottonwood County farmer charged in $46 million organic grain fraud scheme

July 11
A flame cultivator at work on an organic grain farm in Minnesota. Federal prosecutors say a southwestern Minnesota farmer reaped up to $46 million in
The top federal prosecutor in Minnesota announced an indictment on Monday of a Jeffers man for marketing non-GMO grains as organic.

Federal assistance OKed for Minnesota spring storm damage

July 9
Homes along Maple Lake sustained heavy damage when a severe Memorial Day storm hit the area.
Extension requested to seek federal support for Memorial Day tornadoes as damage assessment continues.
Local
July 23
A drought-damaged field near Cannon Falls, Minn., in summer 2021.

Parts of Minnesota slip back into severe drought

Minneapolis and St. Paul had one of their driest Junes on record.
Agriculture
July 22
A report funded by the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Farmers Union and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture proposes one-year paid apprentices

Minnesota's meat lockers need apprentices to solve bottlenecks, report says

Some shoppers turned to local farmers and butcher shops during the pandemic, but smaller producers are stretched thin.
Agriculture
July 22
Farmer Frank Matejcek of Grand Forks, N.D., worries that the city has not been transparent about plans for the Fufeng Mill.

A North Dakota city attracted a corn mill. Then came questions about its Chinese owners

Officials in Grand Forks are enthusiastic about the potential benefit to the economy, but the connection to China stoked a backlash.
Business
July 19
Holstein dairy cows feed on silage in a large free-stall farm barn. Once the aid money to the dariy industry starts to dry up, many producers will con

Minnesota dairy farmer advocates for regenerative ag at congressional hearing

A Minnesota dairy farmer from Fillmore County testified to a House oversight subcommittee on Tuesday about regenerative agricultural practices that aid water and soil health.
Business
July 16
Crop supplies in the U.S. are steadying and prices have been falling in recent weeks as a result. That suggests an imbalance that has persisted for ne

Falling prices of corn and soybeans begin to align with demand outlook

The weather in coming weeks will determine whether market conditions continue heading to a balance.
Agriculture
July 15
A file photo of Thom Peterson, now Minnesota Agriculture Department Commissioner, when he was a lobbyist for the Minnesota Farmers Union.

Minnesotan agriculture leaders to join USDA trade trip to Philippines

The state's crop lobbies, as well as the top ag official, will join agriculture and food groups from around the country on a three-day mission to Manila.
Business
July 7
A CHS truck carrying fuel.

CHS reports half-a-billion in quarterly profit as war in Ukraine roils grain and fuel markets

Strong demand for oil, higher commodity markets drove profits for the nation's largest agribusiness cooperative, headquartered in Minnesota.
St. Cloud
July 6

Man becomes trapped in grain bin and dies

He was at his farm about 6 miles south of Freeport in central Minnesota.
Business
July 6
Trailers sit outside the Cargill Inc. beef plant in High River, Alberta, on May 4, 2020.

Meatpackers still face price-fixing complaints in federal court in Minnesota

Smithfield's settlement doesn't end the lawsuit, which also names Minnesota's Hormel. A similar suit against the "Big 4" beef packers, including Cargill, is before the same judge.
Business
July 6
General Mills executives and employees visited Stoney Creek Farm in 2021 to learn about how the farm is adopting regenerative practices. The company i

General Mills remains on track to meet 2030 regenerative ag goal

The company is monitoring 175 million acres of farmland to better measure the success of regenerative practices.
Inspired
July 1
Zack Koscielny raises beef cattle, pigs and chickens using methods that mimic native prairie.

'Stop fighting Mother Nature': How farmers are adapting to extreme weather

Farm on the Canadian prairie practices regenerative agriculture to buffer wild swings in weather.
Agriculture
July 1
Wheat sold for $13 a bushel in Roseau, Minn., on May 16, but this week it was closer to $9.

Ag commodity prices cool after late-spring spikes

Corn prices hit $8 a bushel in the spring, but have since retreated. The same is true with wheat and soybeans as Brazil harvests, shipments escape the Black Sea and hedge funds drop ag commodities.
Agriculture
July 1
A Midwest cornfield.

Will the corn be 'knee-high by the Fourth of July'? Maybe, this year

The outdated slogan may be relevant this year after heavy rains and cold temperatures delayed Minnesota's corn crop season.
St. Cloud
June 30
Gov. Tim Walz lauded the bipartisan cooperation that helped get the ag bill passed in May while visiting Roadside Acres farm near Foley. Also pictured

Gov. Walz lauds bipartisan ag bill that boosts families, food security, economy

The bill includes grants for drought relief as well as money to expand broadband in the state.
Agriculture
June 28
Jochum Wiersma, a University of Minnesota Extension small grains specialist, discusses predecessor lines of wheat used to create the latest variety re

New wheat variety honors small Minnesota town

University of Minnesota is rolling out a hard red spring wheat called MN-Rothsay — a tip of the hat to the town straddling Wilkin and Otter Tail counties.
Agriculture
June 11
John Deere’s Waterloo, Iowa, assembly plant.

John Deere tapping into Apple-like tech model to drive revenue

Firm developing self-driving equipment loaded with software that is harvesting a new kind of bumper crop: data
Agriculture
June 10
The U.S. cut the the soybean outlook for the year.

U.S. cuts soy supply outlook, raises corn, wheat stocks view

However, weather will determine the final output, analysts said.
Agriculture
June 9
The planned beef processing plant in Rapid City, S.D., would have the capacity to slaughter 8,000 head of cattle a day.

$1.1B beef plant — largest in U.S. — planned for South Dakota

The private enterprise would compete with the big meatpackers, including Cargill, and would be built starting in 2023 in Rapid City.
Agriculture
June 6
The Corn Plus ethanol plant on May 22, 2015, in Winnebago, Minn. President Biden is under pressure from the ethanol industry to reinstate a Trump admi

USDA sends $700 million to pandemic-affected ethanol, biodiesel facilities

The pandemic marked a dramatic downshift in demand for biofuels. Some plants, including in Minnesota, needed to slow operations. Now, the plants are seeing long-awaited grant funding.
East Metro
June 3
Fields vs. housing: After the Metropolitan Council ordered Lake Elmo to connect to a regional sewer system, developments sprang up, changing the area�

Surging Lake Elmo is state's fastest-growing city

Farm fields are plowed under for houses as the surge of new arrivals pushed the city's population up 13.6 percent from July 2020 to July 2021, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates.