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Adam Belz is the agriculture reporter for the Star Tribune. He previously spent one-and-a-half years reporting at Minneapolis City Hall and four years covering economics. Before that, he reported for the Des Moines Register and Cedar Rapids Gazette.

A native of Iowa, Belz lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two young children. They spend a lot of time at playgrounds. In his free time, usually late at night, he watches soccer.


In SE. Minnesota, swollen river threatens to reclaim cropland

Heavier rainstorms in the last 10 years have made the Zumbro more volatile. The river is punching holes in berms up and down the valley, destroying crops and making the land more difficult to farm.


This weekend's snow and cold will top off a miserable year for Minnesota farmers

Many late-planted crops haven't reached maturity, and a frost could cut into profits.


CHS admits to role in Mexican bribery scheme

Customs brokers paid bribes to help expedite rail shipments for the giant Inver Grove Heights-based ag cooperative, the company admitted.


Organic-grain complaint raises questions about major Argentine supplier

Company in Argentina is scrutinized over its practices.


During Minnesota visit, Ag Secretary Perdue says 'ball is in China's court'

Ag chief tells Minnesota farmers that a deal on tariffs was close in April, but it fell apart.


In another blow to farmers, Chinese to halt U.S. farm imports

In Minnesota, soybean exports have sharply declined. Pork and other goods may soon halt.


In a terrible summer, another fear stalks Minnesota corn farmers: an early frost

After spring planting delay, growers need crop to stay in ground as long as possible.


CHS chief financial officer to step down

Timothy Skidmore has been with the cooperative for six years.


Millions of unplanted acres mean billions in crop insurance payouts this year

The wet spring prevented Minnesota farmers from planting on vast areas, and insurance will cover only part of the lost revenue.


DNR penalizes northern Minnesota taconite firm over creek flow

The half-built Mesabi Metallics taconite mine must resume pumping water to restore flow of Oxhide Creek.