Minnesota Department of Agriculture

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    New law eases food sampling restrictions at farmers markets

    Recent legislation could make your farmers market experience a little less intimidating and a whole lot tastier. The new law, which Governor Dayton approved earlier this month, will allow for cooking demonstrations and more extensive food sampling at farmers markets across the state. Formerly, loca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Minnesota's camel milk black market

    It felt like a drug deal. "Stay in the car. I'll be right back." We were sitting in the back of a limousine, our fingers crossed that this would be our last stop. It had been three days, and we hadn't seen a trace of the elusive substance. "Turn the music up. What CD is he playing?" We nodded our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Belgrade Meat Center recalls 300 pounds of meat

    Last week, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture put out a public advisory for several products produced by the Belgrade Meat Center in Belgrade, Minnesota. The advisory was put out as a response after random, routine sampling turned up instances of Listeria monocytogenes in several of the compani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Heartland serves local, sustainable, organic for $12 or less

    What's in Heartland's basket for less than $12?​We should all be so lucky to live in Lenny Russo's neighborhood. As the executive chef of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, which he co-owns with his wife, Mega Hoehn, Russo focuses his efforts locally--on the people who live and work cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Larry Schultz organic eggs linked to salmonella

    Organic eggs sicken six​At least six people have been reported as falling ill with salmonella Enteritidis. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health are investigating. Five of the six who were sickened reported eating Larry Schultz's organic eggs bought from ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Minnesota hires wasp assassins to kill emerald ash borers

    This sick little bastard is now on the state's payroll.​Emerald ash borers are real punk insects. They have no respect for Minnesota's trees, and at about an inch long as adults, they're pretty hard to round up by human hand.As recently leaked documents show, the Minnesota Department of Agricultur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Tom Hackbarth won't be charged in armed search for girlfriend

    Tom Hackbarth parks at Planned Parenthood, and his career takes a turn for the worse.​St. Paul police suspected Republican state Rep. Tom Hackbarth of stalking and harassment the day he strapped a loaded gun to his hip, parked his pickup truck next to Planned Parenthood in Highland Park, and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Rep. Tom Hackbarth's loaded-gun story unravelling

    Authorities want to open the door on Hackbarth's mystery date.​When Rep. Tom Hackbarth was confronted by St. Paul Police as he lurked in the Planned Parenthood parking lot with a loaded gun on his hip, he gave a perfectly reasonable explanation. He wasn't a crazed anti-abortionist -- he was s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Traditional Foods Warehouse controversy continues

    Alma GuzmanTraditional Foods in trouble...again.​After an E Coli outbreak this spring linked to raw milk, the Traditional Foods Warehouse buying club featured in Dish last year--a source of raw milk, kombucha, and other natural foodies favorites--was raided by Minnesota Department of Agricultu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Keith Ellison introduces bill to ban Atrazine

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Minneapolis chops ash trees before emerald ash borer strikes

    ​ We've heard from a couple concerned residents who saw what seemed to be healthy trees meeting their fate shortly after being spray-painted with the green ring of death. Apparently the city decided to clear out the ash trees in the city before the emerald ash borer even has a chance to strike. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Home brewers rejoice... er, not so much

    New basement brewing law turns out to be a big ol' "PSYCH!" on home brewers.

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    Top 5: most memorable food news stories of the year

    We compiled the Twin Cities' Top 5 most memorable food stories of the year. Don't worry, the Au Bon Pain mouse isn't one of them.

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Beekeeping closer to being legal in Minneapolis

    A Minneapolis City Council committee has approved an ordinance that would allow beekeeping within city limits.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Salmonella outbreak strikes Minnesota

    Thirty cases of poisoning have been confirmed in ... More >>

  • News

    July 23, 2008

    Minnesota helps solve salmonella mystery

    State agriculture department traces strain that sickened 1,251 to jalapeños from Texas

  • News

    July 16, 2008

    Brazil: The future of biofuel in Minnesota?

    Ethanol may be king in these energy-strapped times

  • News

    June 11, 2008

    Pawlenty flip-flops on Cuba just in time to cozy up to McCain

    Is Gov. Tim Pawlenty's change of heart politically motivated?

  • News

    February 1, 2006

    Big Cow Factory on the Prairie

    In Swift County, residents cry foul over a mega dairy and the state agency that can't say no

  • News

    August 25, 2004

    The Spreading Stain

    The long, slow fight to clean up one of northeast's largest polluted sites

  • Books

    September 13, 2000


    Did the power that lights your lava lamp begin as a pile of cow manure?

  • News

    October 6, 1999
  • News

    April 29, 1998

    Something Rotten

    For more than a decade, Ramsey County officials blew off Ralph Sletten's complaints about the local compost site. Then a test found Agent Orange in the water.