The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply
SEE ALSO: - Minnesota's average low temperature rose faster than any other state's since 1970, says new study- Al Franken declares Minnesota sweet corn the best in the worldRemember all those corn cobs at the state fair last weekend? Well, Minnesota's corn crop is the strongest in the country, the U ... More >>
Carol Isaak found comfort in what she took to be a sign from above that everything will be alright. The administrator of the Potato Association of America isn't so sure.Newport resident Isaak, 67, cracked open a bag of ripple-style Clancy's chips the night before Easter. She had just gotten her snac ... More >>
Two greenhouse tomatoes: Which is tops?My tomato plants have flowers, but, alas, no fruit. It's just a little to early in the growing season to savor the juiciness of a homegrown Sweet 100 or Cherokee Purple. In anticipation of August, I had a hankering for tomato-cucumber-chickpea-red onio ... More >>
You might call it a shroom boom
It's Earth Day, and Rep. Keith Ellison is taking note by announcing that he's introducing a House bill to ban a herbicide that's long been the target of environmentalists: Atrazine. The news comes ahead of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Panel meeting next week tha ... More >>
Caribou Coffee may be a distant second in coffee production in the nation, but the Minneapolis-based company plans to be first when it comes to ethically grown beans. But it depends on how you look at it. Caribou announced today that it will be the first major U.S. coffeehouse to sell 100 perce ... More >>
A dead zone free of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico is expanding rapidly, and scientists say corn production here is a primary culprit.
Some of the world's best java comes through the Minnesota town
Earlier this month Rep. Michele Bachmann, visited Iraq. This was particularly newsworthy because the freshman Republican had previously made waves by announcing that Iran had a secret plan to take over our Middle East colony.
It is a universal axiom of modern politics that no politician with presidential ambitions can talk honestly about the very real problems of the government's slavish promotion of corn-based ethanol. In the corn belt states, of course, it is impossible to talk honestly about corn-based ethanol if you ... More >>
Minnesota's state Senate today failed to pass a bill that would have prohibited lawmakers from lobbying at the Legislature for one year after they leave office. The bill, which failed on a vote of 33-33, was sponsored by Roseville Sen. John Marty, faithful author of years of good-government legislat ... More >>
Pork, sugar, and other political commodities With theories on free trade and protectionism spanning the ideological spectrum (and creating some of the strangest political bedfellows in history), it's a pretty sure bet no member of Congress relishes an upcoming vote on a trade pact. Especially not ... More >>
Coleman and Dayton partner up to bring home the bacon
The University of Minnesota's genetic research on wild rice goes against the grain
At the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, commodity traders are an endangered species
Is the debate over genetically modified crops being nipped in the bud at the state capitol?
The farm crisis was supposed to be over a decade agowhen the TV crews packed up and the celebrities went home. But in places like Renville County, farmers have been harvesting hard times ever since.