Agribusiness

Farmers fret and wait as US-China trade war escalates

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Many anxious American farmers are delaying purchases and investment while hoping for a truce in a U.S.-China trade war that has left their crops at a competitive disadvantage overseas. The longer the Trump ...

Issues arise around North Dakota’s cottage foods law

By JACK DURA Bismarck Tribune BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lori Martin is passionate about local foods. As a vendor and founding board member of BisMarket, she sells vegetables, baked goods and canned items at the farmers market in Bismarck. But some of the produce she cans wasn't allowed for ...

Sleepy Eye FFA attends Timberland Leadership Camp

Twenty-seven Sleepy Eye FFA members attended Timberland Leadership Camp at Sibley State Park, near New London, June 4-7. Sleepy Eye FFA Advisors, Mary Hoffmann and Nathan McMullen, along with the Sleepy Eye Summer Intern, Donavan Phoenix attended the camp. Members from the Tracy, RTR, and ...

Low milk prices contributing to loss of Indiana dairy farm

By LIZ RIETH The Goshen News GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Milking cows has been a lifelong dream for Richard Thomas. At Leann Acres, he lives out his dream each day. Thomas starts his mornings at 4:30, milking until 8:30. He then milks again from 3:30-7 p.m. — every day, regardless of weekends ...

Milford 4-H club looking for old records

NEW ULM — The Milford 4-H club celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, and club members would like the residents of Brown County’s help in trying to piece together the club history prior to the 1990s, where current records start. The club, which is currently the largest 4-H club in ...

Farmers, homeowners, contractors bogged down by wet weather

By Tim Krohn Mankato Free Press MANKATO — Tell people you're doing a story on the wet weather and no one needs any prodding to jump right in. Farmer Angela Guentzel: "Rain, rain and more rain." Blue Earth County Public Works Director Ryan Thilges: "Rain, rain go away." Farmer Kevin ...

America’s Dairyland hurting; Wisconsin seeks solutions

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — America's Dairyland is hurting and a new task force plans to spend the next year figuring out how to save the industry that's integral to Wisconsin's economy and identity. Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday announced creation of the task ...

Critics say US sugar program a sour deal for consumers

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Food processors, soft drink manufacturers and candy makers are squaring off against the U.S. sugar industry in a familiar battle over a program that props up sugar prices. The sugar program, a web of price supports, loans and tariffs that ...

People, power costs keep indoor farming down to Earth

By RYAN NAKASHIMA AP Technology Writer SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — There's a budding industry that's trying to solve the problem of the limp lettuce and tasteless tomatoes in America's supermarkets. It's full of technologists who grow crops in buildings instead of outdoors, ...

Sleepy Eye FFA takes on State FFA Convention

By Cassidy Hoffmann Chapter Reporter SLEEPY EYE — Fifty-six Sleepy Eye FFA Members traveled to the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus, where they participated in the 89th Annual Minnesota FFA State Convention. More than 3,600 FFA members, advisors and guests from throughout the state ...

New Ulm FFA succeeds at State FFA Convention

NEW ULM — The New Ulm FFA Chapter attended the MN State FFA Convention on April 22-24th, 2018. Attending were 35 FFA Members to compete in Career Development Events. The youth leadership convention attendance totaled over 3,500 attendees. Each Contest has nearly 200 contestants from the ...

Guatemalan worker arrested on dairy farm

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — A dairy farmer says seven federal immigration officers came onto his property without permission, arrested a Guatemalan worker without producing a warrant and handcuffed the farmer when he video-recorded their actions. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, tweeted that she ...

Crop progress, condition report out

ST. LOUIS -- A cold, wet week slowed most producers’ field work to light planting and anhydrous ammonia application. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 15. The average temperature was 47.3 degrees, 3.2 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 1.17 ...

Program to help food-related startups picks St. Paul for office

By Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune A new program aimed at spurring innovation and technology in food and agriculture will reside in St. Paul, something city boosters are calling a victory in the quest to attract entrepreneurial businesses. The Farm to Fork Accelerator Program, run by ...

Cargill squeaks through winter with slight gain

But new tax law erodes bottom line By Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune Cargill Inc.s operating results improved over the winter even while commodity price pressure grew, but its bottom line was stung by the impact of the new federal tax law. The Minnetonka-based agribusiness on Thursday ...

California judge says coffee needs cancer warning labels

By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has determined that coffee companies must carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said Wednesday that Starbucks and other ...

Land Stewardship report calls for crop insurance changes

MINNEAPOLIS — The nation's biggest farm "safety net" has evolved into a program that harms family farms, the land and rural communities, while bolstering profits for major insurance companies, including one headquartered in Minnesota. That's the conclusion of "Crop Insurance: A Torn Safety ...

Sleepy Eye Chapter celebrates National FFA Week

From Feb. 17-23, 2018, FFA members across the nation celebrated National FFA Week. FFA Week is an exciting week for all members and alumni nationwide, as it celebrates traditions in the FFA that have taken place in the past 90 years. Members at the local, state, and national levels ...

Researchers seek to use imagery to cut tobacco use

By Jeremy Olson Star Tribune Tobacco companies used American Indian imagery and stereotypes for decades to sell cigarettes to the nation’s white majority. Now Minnesota researchers hope that awareness of this insensitive marketing will motivate American Indians to quit smoking. Ads ...

Schroeder receives Hub Club Service to Ag Award

COURTLAND — A January 22 blizzard postponed the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club’s annual meeting and banquet by a week, but it didn’t dampen enthusiasm. More than a hundred members and guests attended the event Monday, January 29 at the Courtland Community Center. Highlight of the evening ...

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