Agribusiness

Corn, soybean prices rise

Dan Gunderson MPR News MOORHEAD, Minn. — Corn and soybean prices are rising as a result of wet conditions that delayed spring planting in much of the Midwest, creating uncertainty about this year's harvest. The situation may be propitious for Minnesota crop farmers because they've been ...

Ohio farmers: It will take years to recover losses from rain

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Farmers who have been unable to plant their soybeans and corn because of this spring's never-ending rains told Ohio's governor on Wednesday that it will take years to recover their losses. They also said the impact will be felt ...

Mankato sees more interest in community supported ag farms

By DAN GREENWOOD Mankato Free Press KASOTA, Minn. (AP) — As another round of snow fell on south-central Minnesota, blanketing the landscape in early April, bright green leaves of lettuce already were popping up, shielded by a tunnel-shaped frame covered in clear tarp. While freezing ...

How Trump tariffs on China and Mexico could hurt US economy

By PAUL WISEMAN and JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten billion here, ten billion there: President Donald Trump's escalating tariffs on imports to the United States have begun to amount to serious money — and potentially to imperil one of the most resilient ...

Iowa tech startup tests autonomous tractor in Nebraska

By MATT OLBERDING Lincoln Journal Star LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — If you had driven past Shane Bristol's farm south of York last month, you might have seen a construction yellow-colored tractor with a planter attached tooling around his soybean field. The tractor looked like any other tractor ...

EU rejects US demand that agriculture be part of trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top trade official insists that the agricultural sector cannot be included in negotiations on a new trade agreement with the United States, as the U.S. has demanded. After receiving the backing of EU ministers in Brussels Monday, Trade Commissioner ...

Trade impasse: Trump pledges $16B for farmers; markets slump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rolled out another $16 billion in aid for farmers hurt by his trade policies, and financial markets shook Thursday on the growing realization that the U.S. and China are far from settling a bitter, year-long trade dispute. U.S. Agriculture Secretary ...

Sleepy Eye FFA takes on State FFA Convention

SLEEPY EYE — Fifty-seven Sleepy Eye FFA Members traveled to the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus, where they participated in the 90th Annual Minnesota FFA State Convention. More than 3,700 FFA members, advisors and guests from throughout the state gathered for the convention from ...

4-H Golden Rose Riders receive donation

Members of the 4-H Golden Rose Riders Club receive a check from Steve Lax, Central Region Cooperative Board of Directors member. Brown County 4-H Federation recently received a grant of $2,500 from CHS, Inc. with a match from Central Region Cooperative to make improvements to exhibit areas on ...

Michigan House targets unlicensed pot shops still operating

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are intervening in a long-running legal dispute over unlicensed medical marijuana shops, pushing to enact a firm deadline by which the businesses must close or risk their ability to get a license. The House voted ...

Dairy safety net program expected in June

By LISA RATHKE Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An insurance program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June, the U.S. Farm Service Agency says, but farmers say it won't tackle the underlying challenges they face. Dairy farmers are in ...

Some Minnesota farmers brace for Red River flooding

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers and rural residents in the Red River Valley are preparing for floodwaters that could cover roads and leave them isolated for days. Noreen Thomas is constantly monitoring the Buffalo River's flow from her farm near Moorhead. Thomas told Minnesota ...

Agriculture report shows fewer but larger farms in US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms and ranches in the U.S. has fallen but the remaining operations are larger and are responsible for a higher percentage of agricultural sales. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2017 Census of ...

Ruth Reichl chats about chicken soup and Gourmet magazine

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Memoirist no more? It's hard to believe, but "Save Me the Plums" just might be the last such narrative for Ruth Reichl. Her latest, after "Tender at the Bone," ''Comfort Me with Apples" and a lifetime's worth of others, has Reichl taking ...

Flooding halts rail service to area co-ops, others

LAKE CRYSTAL — Floods in the Missouri River Valley are reducing rail service to much of south central Minnesota. Jeff Spence, vice president of grain operations at Crystal Valley Co-op, said they haven't been able to get Union Pacific cars to many of their locations. "The UP has been ...

Beef Quality Assurance Certification Class offered

LAFYETTE — The University of Minnesota Extension Service is hosting a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification Class on Tuesday, April 2, at the Lafayette Community Center, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Packing houses and sales barns are requiring all beef sold to be BQA Certified. This class will ...

Horse Bowl

Brown County collaborated with kids from Blue Earth, Watonwan and Cottonwood Counties to form two Horse Bowl teams. Horse Bowl is the second most attended event all year within the 4-H competition! Patterned after the golden-oldie television show College Bowl, 4-H Project Bowls challenge teams ...

Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land. The secretarial order comes ...

US moves to lift remaining gray wolf protections

By MATTHEW BROWN and JOHN FLESHER Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gray wolves in the U.S. would be stripped of federal protection and subject to hunting and trapping in more states under a proposal released Thursday that declares the predators recovered following a decades-long ...

Research shows tainted Wisconsin water tied to animal waste

By SARAH WHITES-KODITSCHECK of Wisconsin Public Radio, COBURN DUKEHART of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. undefined KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) — Scientists are one step closer to understanding how dangerous contaminants from fecal matter are entering private wells in a ...