Category: Agriculture

State of Rural Minnesota, 2018

Each year, the Center for Rural Policy and Development produces the State of Rural Minnesota report, a brief update on the economy and demography of rural Minnesota. As policy discussions concerning rural Minnesota unfold, it is important to understand the past, present, and potential futures of our rural regions.

Agweek: Farm Bureau, Farmers Union team up to confront rural opioid addiction

EXCERPT: “Seventy five percent of farmers and farm workers surveyed in conjunction with an online study say they are or have been directly impacted by opioid abuse — compared to less than half of all rural residents. Only 31 percent of all survey respondents indicated they know that rural communities are affected most by the opioid ...
BOB WORTH

Forum News Service: Suicides make farm crisis real

EXCERPT: “Bob Worth barely kept his composure as he revealed two close friends, both fellow farmers, recently committed suicide. They killed themselves over agriculture stresses, he said, speaking as part of a panel discussion about challenges of farming. “Don’t ever do that to your family,” he urged farmers in the Tuesday, Aug. 1, audience at Farmfest ...

National Corn Growers Association: CORN FARMERS CALL FOR FASTER ACCESS TO NEW TECHNOLOGY

EXCERPT:  “Farmers attending last week’s National Corn Growers Association Corn Congress called for faster access to new biotechnology-enhanced crop traits.  The move reflects growing frustration among NCGA members over excessive regulatory delays in the international marketplace . . . The NCGA’s new policy supports the commercialization of new biotechnology-enhanced corn traits that: a) have been ...

Forum News Service: Young Minnesota producer in unexpected career

EXCERPT: “A new program, one which (Hoffman, MN farmer Andrew) Barsness worked to create, should help beginning farmers in Minnesota. The program, approved this spring, gives a state income tax credit to landowners when they sell or rent land or other ag assets to beginning farmers. The credit equals 5 percent of the sale price, or ...