Agribusiness

Petal to metal: Rose inspections didn’t stop during shutdown

By JENNIFER KAY Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Throughout the five-week government shutdown, one essential government service continued at Miami International Airport: checking for exotic bugs in bunches of roses destined for Valentine's Day bouquets. U.S. Customs and Border Protection ...

Hemp legalization nationwide spurs push for crop in Nebraska

By GRANT SCHULTE Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two months after President Donald Trump signed a law to legalize hemp, Nebraska lawmakers and state agency officials are working together to help farmers get a piece of the market. Lawmakers heard public input Tuesday on a bill that ...

Elk hoof disease found in Idaho for 1st time, officials say

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A disease that afflicts elk and leaves their hooves broken and deformed has been found in Idaho for the first time, officials said. The state Department of Fish and Game has confirmed a case of treponema associated hoof disease in an animal killed by a hunter near White ...

Cover crops, grazing improve soil health and profitability

Farmers who implement cover crops in the upper Midwest see financial benefits, according to new research backed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Eight farms, six in Minnesota, used a diverse mix of cover crops on fields that had never grown cover crops from 2015-2017 growing ...

FFA leaders engage with state leaders at ag policy experience

SAINT PAUL — Forty high school students from Minnesota FFA Chapters attended the Ag Policy Experience (APEX) Conference in Saint Paul, MN on January 27-29. These elite chapter leaders met elected officials, hosted a legislative reception and developed their own policy agendas. Members from ...

Faribault-based Living Greens expands, looks to control North American market

By Jacob Swanson Randal Hauptmann’s apartment door in Monterey, California, opened up to the beach, with temperatures ranging in the 50s and 60s during the winter. Still, he moved to Faribault, Minnesota. He left bagged-salad pioneer Fresh Express after more than a decade to take a ...

Hemp sees high interest from Minnesota farmers, city leaders

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Organizers of Minnesota's hemp program say they have been inundated with calls from farmers, municipal leaders and producers looking to invest in the newly legal crop. Hundreds of Minnesota farmers have expressed interest in growing hemp in the month since Congress ...

Private pesticide applicator recertification workshops

WORTHINGTON Minn. — If you need to renew your Private Pesticide Applicator certification, you can do so by attending one of the upcoming recertification workshops sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension. These workshops offer a great opportunity to review regulations and safety issues ...

Register now for ‘Strategic Farming’ workshops

In crop production, what is the likelihood of seeing a positive economic return from a foliar fungicide application or a “build and maintain” soil fertility program? Which strategies are worth the time and money when managing soybean aphid? What seed and technology trait decisions are the ...

Hemp gets green light from farm bill; offers value

Decades of hemp prohibition came to an end Thursday as President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill. Under the legislation, hemp will no longer be under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice but will fall under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2014, President ...

USDA moves to tighten work requirements for food stamps

By JULIET LINDERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year's farm bill didn't: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday proposed a rule ...

Tainted romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have traced a food poisoning outbreak from romaine lettuce to at least one farm in California. But they cautioned Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing ...

Farm bill exempts pure maple, honey from added sugars label

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The new farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday prevents maple syrup and honey producers from being required to list their pure products as containing added sugars on their nutrition labels — a plan proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration months ago ...

Idaho to pay $260,000 in legal fees in dairy spying lawsuit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An animal welfare group on Tuesday applauded a court ruling ordering the state of Idaho to pay $260,000 to attorneys for animal rights groups after federal courts said the state's law banning spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights. "We ...

Lawsuit claims Kansas “Ag-Gag” law violates free speech

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas law banning secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalizes free speech on matters of considerable public concern, a coalition of animal rights and consumer protection groups argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. At ...

McConnell’s year-end wish: Getting Congress to legalize hemp

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Pressed for time and pushed to move quickly on a border wall and criminal justice reform, the Senate's top leader has his own priority in Congress' lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana ...

Deere profit soars as company lays out upbeat outlook

NEW YORK (AP) — A boost in construction equipment sales drove profit higher for Deere & Co. in the fourth quarter, but the results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The weaker-than-expected results sent shares lower as the market opened, but the stock quickly recovered as the ...

California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide

By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it ...

Newly elected Cramer to farmers: Trump will help you

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The day after his election to the U.S. Senate, Republican Kevin Cramer assured North Dakota farmers that he has President Donald Trump's ear on trade and that Trump will get them a good — and maybe even a great — deal. "This is a priority for me," Cramer told The ...

Jennie-O launches Turkey Tracker

WILLMAR — Jennie-O Turkey Store, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods, announced this week the launch of its online Turkey Tracker where consumers can track their fresh or frozen JENNIE-O® whole turkey back to its originating farm. Each fresh and frozen turkey package now includes a ...