Federal government aid has long served as a safety net for family farmers. But given recent increases in crop revenues, Congress could end the program that pays farmers money whether crop prices are high or low.
FBI, police investigating bank robbery at Edina's 50th and France
An ATM technician was robbed by four men at a U.S. Bank.
Paralyzed Bloomington football player begins rehabilitation in Colorado
Ethan Glynn is at a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital.
Man killed, woman seriously injured in Hastings boating collision
The incident remains under investigation.
Owner of St. Cloud bar gets 6 years for arson, ordered to repay $3M
A February 2020 fire at the Press Bar and Parlor was later determined to be an insurance job.
Bloomington, Richfield districts tighten security ahead of weekend football
Enhanced safety measures will be in place this weekend.
Walz sends MN first responders to help with hurricane recovery in Florida
Eight members of the Minnesota All Hazards Incident Management Team will travel to Florida.
Eyota, Minnesota, losing its last bricks-and-mortar bank location
Bremer Bank is exiting the small city in December.
It was the driest September in Twin Cities modern history
Less than a quarter inch of rain fell in September.
Treadmill helps Minneapolis shelter dogs burn off steam
Puttin' the "go" in doggo.
Mercado Central board asks Jensen to remove its image from campaign ad
Mercado Central does not endorse candidates.
Sauk Rapids man pleads guilty to making, selling ghost guns
The 21-year-old would sell unserialized guns, silencers, auto-sears, and high-capacity magazines.
Squirrel blamed for Friday power outage impacting over 5,000 homes
There's no telling when or where the squirrels will strike next.
Farmers' safety net is now a money bag
Designed as a safety net, crop insurance was meant to cushion farmers from the multitude of risks that farming is famous for, from hailstorms to floods, the Star Tribune reports. But now, about 80 percent of the country's crop insurance policies are revenue policies, protecting farmers not only from weather and yield losses, but also from drops in prices.
High commodity prices have a side effect for farmers: a shortage of seeds
Strong crop prices have farmers around the country planting more acreage. Ag officials are advising growers to get their seeds now because the most popular varieties of corn may not be available later.
Minnesota farmers hit record in 2011
The Pioneer Press reports the median net farm income was up one percent to hit a record $123,000 last year. Crop farmers were "still very profitable," but saw a slight decrease despite record-high crop prices. The dairy sector as well as hog and beef producers all saw improvements, according to the annual report released Wednesday.
SHELBY SHARES: As planet temperatures rise, Minnesota farmers watch soil vanish
Minnesota farmers have seen an increasing amount of their rich soil washed and blown away in recent years. As the planet gets hotter, and Minnesota gets warmer and wetter, soil erosion is critical problem. But farmers have part of the answer, and it is right outside their windows.
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