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.


CHS profit fell amid trade troubles and a refinery shutdown

International uncertainty, poor weather are blamed.


Minnesotans were No. 3 recipients of trade bailout for farmers

Producers got $681 million in trade war aid, with some skirting payment caps.


Climate change surprise: It's helping grow more corn, soybeans in Minnesota

Higher temperatures and heavier precipitation have increased yields for corn and soybeans in much of Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas.


Organic farmers stalk fraudulent imports that taint market

As organic food sales continue to skyrocket, U.S. consumers might be buying products that were tainted in their growing and feeding. Grain fraud investigators like John Bobbe are trying to turn back that rising tide of counterfeit imports.


Hailstorm damaged thousands of acres of Minnesota crops

A hailstorm that ripped through southwest Minnesota last week left thousands of acres of corn and soybeans damaged or destroyed — in many cases too late in the season for farmers to replant their crops.


Corn prices rise, easing some concerns of a bad planting season

Farmers will be closely watching the report on Friday, which could result in more improvement.


U gets grant to develop better corn-based plastic

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association hopes to create new markets for corn, and greener plastic.


U.S. agriculture official: Ball in China's court on trade

Steve Censky gave state's farmers little reason for optimism that the trade war will end soon.


Corn and soybean planting wrapping up in Minnesota, USDA says

Ohio, Indiana, Illinois farms are still lagging far behind, and corn prices are on the rise.


To beat the first frost, Midwestern farmers switch to faster-growing seed

Because of the cool, wet spring and delayed planting, farmers all over the Midwest had to make last-second decisions on what type of seed to plant.