Agribusiness

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 ...

Rainy weather leads to large mushroom haul

By CHERYL RICHARDSON The Newburyport Daily News BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Dugie Russell opened the back end of his hatchback to reveal a trove of treasures, but it wasn't what you might expect. Inside were enormous mushrooms, two of which weighed about 30 pounds each. Russell tottered a ...

Hayes family honored as 2018 Nicollet County Farm Family of the Year

Farm, family and community have been Tom and Patti Hayes’ way of life. They were also named Nicollet County Farm Family of the Year. The farm The farm in rural Lafayette was started in 1906 by Claus August Hed. When Tom was young, his family raised chicken, beef, hogs and sheep. The ...

Trapshooting Season Wraps Up for Sleepy Eye FFA

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter has completed its trap shooting season. There are three shoots for the season: Springfield, Mt. Lake, and then the State Shoot at Marshall. Trap shooting and sporting clays are two of the three major forms of competitive clay pigeon shooting. The ...

Scientists: US military program could be seen as bioweapon

By CANDICE CHOI and SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon. In an ...

2 wolves moved from mainland to Isle Royale National Park

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two gray wolves have been relocated from the Minnesota mainland to Isle Royale National Park, kicking off a multiyear effort to restore the species on the Lake Superior island chain, officials said Thursday. The National Park Service said a 4-year-old female and ...

Cargill’s net profit rises 5 percent, but adjusted earnings are flat

Cargill Inc.’s net profit rose 5 percent during the summer months but its adjusted earnings were flat as only one of its four business units reported a gain. The Minnetonka-based agricultural processing and products company said it earned $1.02 billion in June-through-August period, the ...