ST. PAUL — Regional elected officials, agricultural groups and biofuel supporters on Tuesday, Jan. 28, applauded a U.S. court of appeals decision vacating a trio of small refinery waivers issued to oil and gas refineries. The reactions come after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals late last week struck down three small refinery exemptions issued to oil and gas refineries in Wyoming, Utah and Oklahoma, saying they were improperly issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.
ST. PAUL — Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg is set to visit a southern Minnesota soybean farm as part of a three-state campaign tour on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The billionaire and former New York City mayor will announce policy aimed at helping people "shortchanged by Donald Trump," Bloomberg's campaign said in a statement. And as part of that effort, Bloomberg is set to speak with Wells, Minn., farmer Darin Johnson and community members in the area about rural economic issues. Wells is about 20 miles west of Albert Lea.
ST. PAUL — U.S. House Democrats on Tuesday, Dec. 10, announced they'd struck a deal with the White House to accept a new iteration of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The news broke a months-long disagreement about labor, climate and prescription drug provisions in the trade deal that kept Democrats in leadership from advancing the proposal.
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.