Reporter | Agriculture

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.


Dodie Green, co-owner of St. Paul Bagelry, dies at 58

She and her sister bought the business in 2007 and built it into a beloved local brand.


Battle over 160-year-old Minnesota dairy hinges on whether big is bad

Winona County family farm fights for permission to expand


Hemp rules give Minnesota farmers little room for error with law enforcement

Rules meant to keep THC levels low keep farmers on the edge of breaking law.


Dredging down the Mississippi may lift crop prices in Minn.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will devote $85.4 million to deepening the mouth of the river to 50 feet, enabling oceangoing ships to load more grain at terminals upriver.


U.S. farm income will drop by 9% in 2020, USDA forecasts

Biggest factor affecting profits will be the end of trade bailout payments.


Farm Bureau members ratchet up 'right-to-repair' pressure

Farm Bureau adopts new policy that introduces the threat of legislation


Farm bankruptcies keep rising in Minnesota, U.S.

Farm bankruptcies in Minnesota and across the U.S. rose again in 2019, as poor weather and the ongoing trade war with China prolonged a slump…


Even after trade-war detente, prices for U.S. crops didn't get a lift

Perhaps the biggest problem for farmers, one that won't go away soon, is an oversupply of grain — and competition from other parts of the world.


Hemp farmer near Lanesboro settles with state after THC dust-up

But Luis Hummel still faces criminal charges in Fillmore County.


Minnesota hog farmers will attend White House USMCA signing Wednesday

The two Minnesota pork producers said the deal provides reassurance.