INFORUM: Minnesotans in Cuba: Obstacles preventing trade

EXCERPT: “A Minnesota trade delegation in Cuba says the country is hungry for American farm products, but obstacles must be overcome first. ‘Some things need to happen,’ Jim Zenk of the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotional Council said from a sunny and humid Havana during a Thursday, June 22, conference call with reporters. President Harold ...

Wastewater challenges in small Minnesota communities

May 2017 In 2014, the Center took a serious look at the issue of water in Minnesota. Can the Land of 10,000 Lakes really have a problem with its water supply? It turns out that yes, it can. In a follow-up to this article, we partnered with the Center for Small Towns at the University ...

Reuters: China’s Pork Demand Hits a Peak, Shocking Producers, as Diets Get Healthier

EXCERPT: China’s frozen dumpling makers are finding there’s a quick route to winning new sales – increase the vegetable content, and cut down on the meat. This departure from traditional pork-rich dumplings is a hit with busy, young urbanites, trying to reduce the fat in diets often heavy on fast food. “They like to try to eat more ...

University of Minnesota study: To save planet, humans must alter diet and farming methods

EXCERPT: “Earth won’t be able to support growing human populations without significant changes in human diets and farming efficiency. That’s the conclusion of a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. Scientists suggest shifts in food production systems — a move from conventional to organic agriculture — won’t be enough to stave off environmental ...

NYFC: 2018 Farm Bill make or break for millennial farmers

EXCERPT: “Millennial farmers and members of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) took time away from their farms and ranches last week to address key issues for young farmers in the upcoming farm bill with several legislators in D.C. “The 2018 Farm Bill is make or break for millennials who want to farm,” said Lindsey Lusher Shute, ...

Feedstuffs: Shrimp industry to gain foothold in Minnesota

EXCERPT: “The trū Shrimp Co. announced June 14 that it has signed a letter of intent to locate its first $50 million-plus shrimp production facility, known as Luverne Bay Harbor, in Luverne, Minn. Trū Shrimp has also issued a letter of intent to locate the first shrimp hatchery, Marshall Cove Hatchery, in Marshall, Minn . . ...

Hutchinson Leader: Peterson weighs in on farm programs

EXCERPT: “President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which calls for $231 billion in reductions to spending, shouldn’t scare anyone. But the cuts it suggests are red flags. That’s the take of U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Blue Dog Democrat who represents Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District. He was in Hutchinson Friday for Dairy Day, and stopped by the ...