Agriculture

In this Friday, April 17, 2020, photo, Chris Petersen looks at a Berkshire hog in a pen on his farm near Clear Lake, Iowa. COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has created problems for all meat producers, but pork farmers have been hit especially hard. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
AP
April 21, 2020 - 7:30 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After enduring extended trade disputes and worker shortages, U.S. hog farmers were poised to finally hit it big this year with expectations of climbing prices amid soaring domestic and foreign demand. Instead, restaurant closures due to the coronavirus have contributed to an...
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The Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., is seen Wednesday, April 8, 2020, where health officials reported more than 80 employees have confirmed cases of the coronavirus (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)
AP
April 09, 2020 - 9:26 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota will temporarily close for cleaning after more than 80 employees were confirmed to have the coronavirus, the company announced Thursday. Smithfield Foods plans to suspend operations in a large section of the Sioux...
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In this Feb. 21, 2020 photo, a worker pushes a cart inside an Amazon Go Grocery store set to open soon in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Following the opening of several smaller convenience-type stores using an app and cashier-less technology to tally shoppers' selections, the store will be the first Amazon Go full-sized cashier-less grocery store. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
AP
February 25, 2020 - 5:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to kill the supermarket checkout line. The online retailing giant is opening its first cashier-less supermarket, where shoppers can grab milk or eggs and walk out without waiting in line or ever opening their wallets. It's the latest sign that Amazon is serious about...
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This undated image provided by Michelob ULTRA shows U.S. farmers in a scene from the company's 2020 Super Bowl NFL football spot. Michelob Ultra Pure Gold, promises to create more organic farmland for every six-pack sold. (Michelob ULTRA via AP)
AP
February 02, 2020 - 8:44 pm
Here's the latest on what's happening with ads during the Super Bowl. All times EST. 9:30 p.m. Another Super Bowl, another head-scratching ad about beer and agriculture. Last year, it was Bud Light insulting U.S. corn farmers when it made fun of rival brands that use corn syrup in their beers. One...
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Melrose Turkey Farms (11/26/2019)
Mark Freie - News Talk 830 WCCO
Mark Freie
November 28, 2019 - 1:53 pm
Turkey will highlight the menu on Thursday when millions of Americans sitting down to Thanksgiving Day meals. For some, that turkey holds a little bit more meaning, especially in Minnesota. In 2018, Minnesota turkey farmers produced 42.5 million turkeys, leading the nation in turkey production...
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Mary Creek, of Hagerstown, Md., feeds hay to six-month old Alyshire calves Wednesday morning, Oct. 30, 2019, at Palmyra Farm south of Hagerstown, Md. The farm was recently named Washington County Farm of the Year for 2019. Mary Creek and her brother Ralph Shank own the family run 300-acre dairy farm with their herd of registered Alyshire, Holstein and Jersey cattle. (Colleen McGrath/The Herald-Mail via AP)
AP
November 12, 2019 - 7:24 am
Milk still has a place in the American refrigerator, but it's now sharing that space with juices, flavored soda waters and a myriad of other options. On Tuesday Dean Foods, one of the nation's most well-known milk sellers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it may sell the company...
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Entercom
Blois Olson
August 07, 2019 - 2:47 pm
WCCO's Blois Olson was at Farmfest this week, presented by Minnesota's Corn Growers, to participate in a forum about the state of rural Minnesota and the agriculture industry. Blois was joined by panel host Thom Petersen, the MN Commissioner of Agriculture, and Farmfest forum coordinator Kent...
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Fallen trees line the roads leading into the small community of Learned, Miss., Thursday, April 18, 2019. Several homes were damaged by fallen trees in the tree lined community. Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, topping trees and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
April 19, 2019 - 3:21 am
LEARNED, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. National Weather Service forecasters said they believe...
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This undated image provided by Anheuser-Busch shows a scene from the company's Bud Light 2019 Super Bowl NFL football spot. (Anheuser-Busch via AP)
February 04, 2019 - 7:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bud Light is touting that it doesn't use corn syrup, but that doesn't make it nutritionally much different from its competitors. The best-selling beer in the U.S. ran a medieval-themed Super Bowl ad on Sunday night that mocked rivals Miller Lite and Coors Light for using the...
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This undated image provided by Kia Motors America shows an image from the company's 2019 Super Bowl NFL football spot. (Kia Motors America via AP)
February 03, 2019 - 8:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the ads of the Super Bowl (all times EST): 8:45 p.m. Anheuser-Busch InBev has touched a nerve with its corn syrup-themed attacks ads. Several Super Bowl spots boasted that Bud Light does not use corn syrup, while trolling rival brands that do. The ads earned a rebuke...
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