Agribusiness

Landwehr dairy cow barn

Roughly one in ten of the country’s 100 largest Ag co-ops operate out of Minnesota, including the two largest: CHS and Land O’Lakes.  Read More
Some of my earliest memories were at my grandmother’s dairy farm in Stockholm, Wisconsin. I remember being attacked by a chicken. I was defeated for the moment, but I’ve had revenge numerous times over the years, aided and abetted by BBQ sauce and mesquite smoke. Read More


This week will see another step in the development of the expanding Minnesota craft brewing industry, but it won’t involve anything foamy. Read More

Alander Rum Punch

More than five hours northwest of the Twin Cities, amid endless table-flat rye and canola fields, sits the aptly named Far North Spirits. Read More

Bryan Boll and family

“The fact that I’m involved in an industry that feeds the world is exciting to me,” says Bryan Boll, owner of Boll Farms, a 5,000-acre operation in the northwestern area of the state where he grows corn, soybeans, wheat, sugar beets, dry beans and alfalfa. Read More
The Midwest Farm Energy Conference, June 17-19 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris, focuses on showcasing renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in agriculture, but also presents practical information for home and business owners who are considering installing renewable energy sy Read More

The Hometown BioEnergy plant. Photo courtesy of Hometown BioEnergy

In our February 2015 issue, we highlighted the Hometown BioEnergy plant in Le Sueur, Minnesota. The award-winning facility converts agricultural and food-processing waste into electricity for the local distribution system. Read More

A real crush: Peter Hemstad demonstrates the use of a grape crusher at the University of Minnesota’s research facility in Excelsior 

When the New York Times released its “United States of Thanksgiving” piece last November, many Minnesotans were outraged over their entry: a grape salad recipe. The Twitter hashtag #grapegate summed up the indignation of the wild-rice-hotdish state at being represented with — of all things — grapes. Read More
Looking to get more precise about precision agriculture? On Jan. 19-20, the 4th Precision Agriculture Action Summit in Jamestown, North Dakota, focuses on not only the technological aspects of precision agriculture, but also on the methodology behind it. Session topics include production ag robots, crop data management, and managing imagery from unmanned aircraft systems. Read More