Adam Belz | Star Tribune
Minneapolis reporter | City Hall

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.

Minn. farmers brace for another miserable year amid trade fight

Soybean growers will likely need a government bailout for a second year.

Corn planting is behind schedule in Minn., again

State's corn farmers still have time, but more rain is in the forecast.

Landscapers, pest control firms lash out at Minnesota bill that lets 4 cities enforce pesticide rules

Pest control companies oppose the bill, saying it would create a "crazy-quilt" of regulation.

Lawsuit accuses Cargill, Tyson and other meat producers of price-fixing

Minnesota cattlemen's association says it's not sure "why this lawsuit is necessary."

Invasive weed that threatens corn, soybean crops is spreading in Minnesota

Palmer amaranth proliferates quickly, can grow up to 8 feet tall and has a woody stem thick enough to damage farm equipment.

Minnesota farmers kick around big ideas to save small dairies

The trend is the same across the country. Since 2000, more than 64,000 dairies with fewer than 200 cows have closed. Over that same period, the number of mega-dairies — those with 1,000 or more cows — has more than doubled.

Wrenching video from Minn. dairy farmer highlights desperation on the farm

Mark Berg, 26, posted the video on his Facebook page with a note "To the Dairy Community, I know you are hurting, hang in there if you can."

For farmers, April snow brings more headaches

Farmers were already worried the soil wouldn't be dry enough for on-schedule planting.

Service workers union leader, a key player in DFL politics, steps down

He turned a sleepy janitors' union into a potent political force.

Farmland prices reach historic highs in Upper Midwest

Minnesota's farmers have made little money for several years, but their wealth is holding up because land remains valuable and in high demand.