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.


Greenhouse gas readout for dairy expansion near Winona heightens scrutiny of methane

Plans for expansion, changing industry prompt disclosure of emissions.


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.


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.


Trade pact welcomed, cautiously, in Minnesota

Measured optimism from ag community, but long-term market restoration still elusive.


Minnesota soybean production fell by almost 1M acres last year

Soybean acres planted fell in Minnesota and across the U.S. thanks to trade war, poor weather.


'Right-to-repair' fight extends from iPhones to tractors

Farmers' simmering frustration over their inability to repair their own equipment is now front and center in a contentious debate that spreads well beyond the farm.


Land O'Lakes CEO calls for investment in rural America

Beth Ford says small towns, hit by ag challenges, "are rolling up on us."


Corn on the railroad track going viral on Facebook? It's real and in Crystal

The picture raced across social media, leading some to question its authenticity.


For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity

Tractors built in 1980 or earlier cause bidding wars at auctions.


Mpls.' Northern Coffeeworks adding new location, plus mobile coffee shop

Owners of Angry Catfish are expanding roasting capacity as well.