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Public News Service - MN: Rural/Farming

For the first time, the soybean crop in Minnesota this year is as big as the corn crop. (United Soybean Board)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new weed killer could be damaging the crop it's supposed to protect. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it's fielding a record number of complaints about the newest version of an herbicide called dicamba. It is designed for use with dicamba-resistant soybean

In the upper Midwest, prices have been down the last few years, but yields have been good. (FranksWorldPics)

MORGAN, Minn. - Only three listening sessions have been scheduled in advance of the new farm bill in Congress, and one of those is Thursday in Morgan, near Redwood Falls. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Minn., is convening the meeting so that House Agriculture Committee chairman Michael Conaway, R-T

More of Minnesota's children have access to fresh produce as a result of the Market Bucks program. (Jesse Davis)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's the time of year when local farmers are busy selling fresh fruits and vegetables they've worked hard to grow, and hunger-fighting advocates are hoping a state-funded program will help lower-income Minnesotans purchase that produce. When SNAP recipients buy at farmers markets

Rural Minnesota farmers worry they'll suffer under a plan by the nation's new Secretary of Agriculture and President Trump's proposed budget. (usda.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Advocates for rural America are scrutinizing a plan by new U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and say it puts agribusiness ahead of small farmers and rural communities. Just two weeks into the job, Perdue announced a major reorganization to expand the role of t

Under the Farm to School program children learn early about good nutrition. (iatp.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A coalition of public health groups, farmers' organizations, school nutrition advocates and businesses has launched a campaign to pass a statewide Farm to School bill in Minnesota. The legislation (HF 2049 and SF 1657) would reimburse schools for their farm to school progra

Rural farmers want their voices heard about immigration and changes to trade policies. (state.mn.us)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Agriculture and trade groups are voicing their concerns over President Donald Trump's stance on immigration and his threats to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump's calls to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and possibly institute a tax on Me

When rural schools in Minnesota pass tax levies, farmers say they're the ones who pay the lion's share of the bill. They're asking for help from the Legislature.  (health.state.mn.us)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Farmers in Minnesota are keeping their eyes on the State Capitol, hoping this is the year they, and rural schools, get some assistance from lawmakers. Last session, the Legislature approved a 40 percent tax credit for agriculture landowners, but Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the

Farmers say the price of fruits and veggies will go up if Donald Trump's plan to deport undocumented workers is carried out. (usda.gov)

MINNEAPOLIS – A big part of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign platform was immigration with a promise to deport 11 million people who are undocumented, but some farm groups are saying, "Not so fast." The American Farm Bureau Federation said about half of all farm workers in this country

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