Tom Meersman | Star Tribune
Reporter | Agriculture

Tom Meersman covers farmers and farming.


Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish says 2018 pivotal year for agriculture

The Farmers Union represents about 10,000 farmer members in the state, and advocates for state and federal agricultural programs and policies.


'Unintended consequence' of new tax law could hurt Cargill, small grain elevators

Change gives farmers a break for selling to co-ops instead of private firms.


CHS earnings down in first quarter of fiscal 2018

The nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative was helped by fuel business, affected by negative agriculture trends.


Newsprint trade dispute causing heartburn for many U.S. newspapers, printers

A paper company in Washington state claims that Canada is selling the product at unfair trade prices, but others disagree.


Career advisers say tight job market could be good time to switch companies

With the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, now may a good time for Minnesotans to think about changing jobs.


Farm census has big implications for states, rural areas

Upcoming farm census offers hard data, look at ways agriculture is shifting in the state.


Monsanto facing stricter rules nationally and in Minnesota for dicamba pesticide

Farmers are hoping that new pesticide restrictions will prevent a repeat of soybean damage in 2018.


Jack Goodwin, longtime writer and editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, dies at age 91

Jack Goodwin started writing about sports at the Minneapolis Star newspaper right out of college, hired as a summer replacement. As he liked to tell…


Minnesota corn growers looking for innovation that protects the environment

Grants allow Minnesota farmers to field-test conservation ideas.


Seven Tim Hortons restaurants in Minnesota sued for breach of contract

The Canadian restaurant chain says it has not received payments from several of its Minnesota franchisees.