After two failed farmland purchase agreements, Naima Dhore recently signed a lease to begin farming land in Alexandria, Minnesota, which she'll transition her small-scale organic operation to in February.
A small organic farm family near Le Sueur, Minnesota, and a larger, non-GMO farmer near Kasson, Minnesota, are among those hit hard by the Pipeline Foods bankruptcy, which sent shockwaves through the region’s organic markets. The company is asking the courts to let them sell inventory grain to pay off the secured creditors, not the farmers who deliver it. The case leaves farmers wondering whether the state does enough to protect farmers and verify the financial soundness of grain traders.
First discovered in Minnesota in 1990, wild parsnip, a noxious plant, has slowly found its way into Douglas County. The plant's sap reacts with UV rays from the sun and can cause third-degree burns to one's skin after contact.
A run-in with wild parsnip can turn a fun summer outing into a nightmare. In this episode of NewsMD's podcast, Health Fusion, Viv Williams has info on how to identify it and what to do if you have a close encounter.
Farmers dedicated to conservation like Joan Heim-Welch and direct assistance from local conservation offices have put the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program in the spotlight as one of the best of its kind in the country.