As we read your story about the dairy census numbers and animal unit caps, we wondered what your objective might be. The data you cited as fact simply don’t suggest that an animal unit cap serves no useful purpose.

H eavy rains across corn- and soybean-producing states has created a timid bullish commodity market. It was assumed, before the weather turned ugly, that more corn and less beans would be planted in 2019.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service is not one of the federal government’s better-known agencies, but it is an invaluable resource for farm financial performance information.

President Donald Trump has promised soybean growers and other farmers impacted by the on-going tariff war with China $16 billion in additional assistance for 2019 financial losses.

Prices for corn and soybeans slid to 10-year lows the first week of May amid trade tensions with China. If past is prologue, China will respond to increased U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports with reciprocal tariff hikes of their own on imports of U.S. soybeans, in particular.

Rep. Jim Hagedorn deserves thanks for supporting farmers in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District by sponsoring the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would provide a two-year extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive.

When it comes to broadband funding, Minnesota’s elected leaders deserve credit for recognizing that access to opportunity is not universal — even if talent in our state is.

T he 2017 Census of Agriculture, which was released on April 11, revealed what farmers already knew — the mid-sized operations that are the backbone of a healthy agriculture sector are dwindling in number.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) wants to remove critical federal protections under the Endangered Species Act from all grey wolves in the lower 48 states. This would be a terrible mistake.

During his campaigns, Rep. Jim Hagedorn spoke of his support of agriculture and small businesses. Now that he’s an elected member of Congress, farmers in the congressman’s 1st District need his leadership to renew the biodiesel tax incentive as soon as possible.

No market-shattering surprises were contained in the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop and marketing report. That’s disappointing for farmers hoping for an elusive something to awaken a long-sleeping bull market.

The farm financial report recently released by Minnesota Extension and the Centers for Excellence within the Minnesota State University systems reveals an undeniable fact — farm operations regardless of size are facing challenges not seen since the mid-1980s.

While it’s not a regular occurrence in southeast Minnesota, there are times when livestock expansion plans become so out of character for a farming community, and begin to threaten the air, water and livelihoods of neighboring farmers that farmers and local neighbors feel the need to stand u…

The Iowa Legislature just showed its true colors by passing a new version of the ag-gag law. In spite of Iowa’s courts ruling the ag-gag law unconstitutional, they feel the need to bend over backwards and kowtow to the factory farm industry.