Tom Meersman | Star Tribune
Reporter | Agriculture

Tom Meersman covers farmers and farming.


Mental health issues cropping up as financial stress continues on farms

Years of low commodity prices have loaded producers with debt and anxiety.


Minnesota corn and soybean farmers had a good year for production, but profits may not follow

Corn, soybean production declined slightly in a year when worldwide harvests are 'hitting on all cylinders'


University of Minnesota researchers are blasting weeds with corncob grit to protect raspberries and other crops

Researchers are studying how to pulverize weeds with abrasive grit as an alternative to herbicides or hand pulling


University of St. Thomas ratchets up its entrepreneurship programs on campus

With a new leader, the University of St. Thomas ratchets up its entrepreneurship training effort


Cargill will purchase Diamond V animal health and nutrition business

The acquisition expects to accelerate the support of healthier animals and more wholesome food.


Time for hooky: Minnesota soaks up picture-perfect days

More Minnesotans may be calling in sick this week. Blame it on a string of higher than normal temperatures that has folks keeping their shorts…


New insect pest changing the way Minnesota fruit is grown

Scientists race to find fix as losses pile up for berry farms, wineries


Minnesota's organic farming industry shows steady growth, USDA survey shows

Minnesota ranks ninth nationally in organic production and sales with double-digit growth that mirrors trends around the country


Land O'Lakes opens $40 million innovation center in Wisconsin

The facility in River Falls, Wis., will develop products for its WinField United division.


Farmers, Syngenta reach settlement over Agrisure Viptera corn seed

The pending settlement is subject to court approval and would establish a fund to compensate corn farmers for economic losses incurred when China would not accept U.S. exports.