(Prairie Pothole Region outlined in blue. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.) Land use in the Prairie Pothole Region of the upper Midwest has been shifting at an extraordinary rate in recent years, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey. Land enrolled in the Federal Conservation Reserve Program continues to decline at a rapid Read more →
Last year was one of the best in history for Minnesota farmers, and organic farmers shared in the bounty. The University of Minnesota’s Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) analyzed economic data from about three dozen organic farms around the state. They showed a median net income for 2012 of just over $85,000, more Read more →
American Crystal Sugar Company officials say this years crop is breaking records for sugar content.
Minnesota has 13 of the top 100 agricultural cooperatives in the nation. Only Iowa has more. According to USDA data, fIve of the top 10 earning cooperatives are located in Minnesota.
There’s still lots of hand work involved in harvesting native prairie plant seeds.
Farm equipment exports continue to grow and next week Dahl will be appointed Honorary Consul of the Upper Midwest to the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Net income for organic farms fell last year, but 2011was a strong year for larger organic farms, according to a Minnesota Department of Agriculture report.
The upshot is that USDA recommends full deregulation of Roundup Ready Sugar beets. The agency will now take public comment for 30 days before releasing it’s final decision.
A research scientists aims to to control weeds with a fine grit propelled through specially designed compressed air nozzles.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minneapolis, has reintroduced legislation to ban the controversial herbicide atrazine.