ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, Nov. 26, announced the cutoff date for using dicamba products during the 2020 growing season. Department officials said Minnesota farmers would be barred from using the herbicide on dicamba-tolerant soybeans on June 20 of next year. Dicamba formulations XtendiMax by Monsanto, Engenia by BASF, FeXapan by DuPont and Tavium by Syngenta will be subject to the state cutoff.
ST. PAUL — Bevan Beck set down his mug of coffee Saturday morning and listed out to Minnesota's agriculture commissioner the setbacks that had befallen his crops this year. The wet spring delayed planting. For the first time in the Ogilvie, Minn., farmer's life, he tried to go back and replant, to no avail. Bugs crept into the wheat crop. And only half his corn had been harvested less than a week before Thanksgiving. "We've had everything go wrong that can go wrong," Beck told Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen. "Hardest year ever."
ST. PAUL — Longtime U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Minn., says he's holding out until next year to decide whether he'll seek another term representing Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, a move aimed at deterring a bruising campaign a while longer. But that hasn't stopped possible GOP challengers from entering the fray and setting up a deep bench of possible opponents to take on Peterson, one of the first Blue Dog Democrats, in the 2020 contest.
MINNEAPOLIS — Farmers in northwest Minnesota need emergency assistance to deal with difficult — if not impossible — harvest conditions, Gov. Tim Walz wrote in a letter to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota farmers and manufacturers on the front lines of ongoing U.S. trade wars on Wednesday, Nov. 6, put a number to the financial damage to their businesses inflicted by U.S. tariffs on imports and split on the best path to eliminating them. Executives from two Minnesota manufacturing companies as well as two farmers said tariffs on Chinese imports and retaliatory tariffs placed on exported Minnesota goods had hit their bottom lines. And they called for an end to the taxes on imports and retaliatory tariffs on exports as part of ongoing trade deals.
ST. PAUL — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made a push for their new North American trade deal, urging Minnesotans to ask their representatives to approve the agreement. Trump has aggressively attempted to convince Congress to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is set to replace the former North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But the deal has met opposition from Democrats who control the House of Representatives.
PLATO, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz on Monday, Sept. 16 signed an executive order establishing a Minnesota Biofuels Council, a body that will assess growth opportunities in the industry and advise the administration on potential policy changes. Surrounded by agriculture officials at a farm an hour outside the capital, the first-term governor said the state needs to take the lead in discovering new uses for Minnesota corn and expand ones that have been successful.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota trade mission to Japan and South Korea will likely yield positive results for the state, Gov. Tim Walz said Friday, Sept. 13, after his six-day trip. But the demands for agricultural products won't be enough to fill the gap left by China amid ongoing trade wars.
ST. PAUL — Two Midwestern governors on Wednesday, Sept. 4, co-authored a letter to the president asking his administration to tap the brakes on the number of small refinery hardship waivers it issues as farmers and renewable fuel plants struggle with the impact of foreign tariffs. Gov. Tim Walz, a Minnesota Democrat, and Kristi Noem, a South Dakota Republican, in their letter raised their concerns about the growing number of waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard granted since 2016. Walz and Noem are the chair and vice-chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition.