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Trump buries the hatchet with former rival Ted Cruz. Also on the Tuesday rundown: New Mexico voters face a tough choice over diversifying the state's economy; and Florida’s environmental concerns prompt a new institute to inform the public.

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Public News Service - MN: Sustainable Agriculture

Cover-cropping has made inroads with farmers but government funding has lapsed without passage of a new farm bill. (lwvumrr.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - While midterm elections dominate the news, Midwest farmers are left guessing when Congress will pass a new farm bill - or at least extend the current bill. The 2014 bill expired Sept. 30, but some programs such as SNAP food assistance continue until a new bill is in place. Others

Together, the world's five largest meat and dairy companies emit more greenhouse gases than BP, ExxonMobil or Shell, says a new report. (Oikeutta eläimille/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The world's growing meat and dairy industries are undermining global efforts to combat climate change, according to a new report. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and GRAIN analyzed greenhouse gas emissions from the world's 35 largest meat and dairy companies,

The Conservation Stewardship Program is the largest federal conservation program by acreage administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (landstewarshipproject.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With debate over the farm bill expected to resume soon, more than 150 Minnesota farmers and ranchers have asked Rep. Collin Peterson to defend sustainable-agriculture efforts during its final drafting. The letter to Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Co

Farmers in Minnesota count on the Conservation Stewardship Program to help them with conservation projects on almost 13 percent of the state's farmland. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Some Minnesota farmers are voicing concerns that one version of the Farm Bill now in Congress would gut a program they say is vital to the state's ag industry. The Conservation Stewardship Program, or CSP, partially offsets the costs of things like cover crops that keep soi

The Good Food Access Program helps Minnesota grocery stores, coops and mobile food purveyors get healthy foods to communities that need more of them. (American Heart Association)

STAPLES, Minn. — The name says it all: the Good Food Access Program helps small food retailers reach people in parts of the state with limited access to healthy and affordable foods. The retailers can be mom-and-pop grocery stores, food co-ops or mobile kitchens. Innovation is part of the pl

Critics of the Trump budget proposal warn it could reverse efforts to get healthy, local foods to low-income Minnesota families. (Marco Verch/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Trump budget proposal would cut almost $20 billion next year from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), once commonly known as food stamps. More than 600,000 Minnesotans benefit from SNAP and could be affected, according to Colleen Moriarty, executive directo

Eric Sannerud (right) and his partner Ben Boo are among the first and biggest hops farmers in Minnesota. (Mighty Axe Farms)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Community food systems are a growing trend in Minnesota - farmers markets are just one example. Erin McKee with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy runs a program that helps schools and day care centers buy from local farmers. She'd like to expand the system, but

Cover crops such as winter rye are a good way to reduce runoff from fertilizer. (LSDSL/Wikipedia)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota is the first state in the nation to try telling farmers how to apply fertilizer to their crops. The state’s Department of Agriculture has drafted a rule meant to cut down on nitrogen runoff. Nitrogen fertilizer is the main source of nitrate pollution in th

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