Adam Belz | Star Tribune
Minneapolis reporter | City Hall

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.


This Minnesota company wants to be the Cargill of organic food

Pipeline Foods has five elevators dedicated to storing and moving organics.


U.S. farmers are facing a new risk: Global spread of African swine fever

The virus has spread from Africa to domestic and wild pigs in China, Japan and Europe.


Corn farmers begin pressing for tax break on land put aside as vegetation buffers

Farmers want their mandated conservation easements to be discounted from property taxes


Trade war draws a line between Minnesota soybean farmers, and a wide price gap appears

The trade war with China is falling hardest on soybean farmers west and northwest of the Twin Cities, who are being offered substantially less money…


Minnesota workers, companies scrutinize revised NAFTA deal

Trump's revised trade deal has Minnesota farmers, workers cautiously optimistic.


Roseville gene-editing firm Calyxt announces deal with soybean processor

The high-tech soybeans have been stripped of the gene that creates trans fats.


In western Minnesota, a hack to the food supply chain could help local farmers

Experiment finds room in the back of empty trucks returning to distribution hubs.


With First Kiss, University of Minnesota apple growers find their sweet spot

David Bedford bites into 500 apples a day in peak season, so he knows a thing or two about taste and texture. And when the…


$1.5M settlement for Muslim workers fired by Cargill in prayer dispute

Fired Colo. meatpackers say they were denied prayer breaks, will share a $1.5M payout.


Trade war's pain has Minnesota farmers weighing U.S. help

The escalating trade war is imposing new burdens on Minnesota's vast and economically important agricultural sector.