Tom Meersman | Star Tribune
Reporter | Agriculture

Tom Meersman covers farmers and farming.


Proposed new penalty for Minnesota's buffer law decried by farmers, legislators and Gov. Dayton

State agency apologizes, says fines were meant to help with compliance.


Rowbots Systems help bring the future to farming

"Rowbots" can fertilize crops more efficiently and precisely, and hopefully in the future, plant some seeds.


Minnesota has millions at stake as China targets soybean exports

Minnesota is the nation's third largest producer of soybeans. The crop accounts for 30 percent of the state's agricultural exports. The state shipped more than $2 billion worth of soybeans abroad in 2016. More than half went to China.


Albert Lea Seed House thrives as it adjusts to a changing farm industry

The third-generation company provides a wide variety of seeds that farmers can't find through co-ops.


Minnesota median farm income down again

Low commodity prices caused another year of "slow bleeding" in 2017.


China's volley in trade war may first hit hog farmers in Minnesota, Midwest

China's retaliatory moves to penalize pork, ethanol will have outsized impact in the state.


CHS sues ex-manager, claiming conflict of interest with Mexican grain broker

Officials said a former CHS grain marketer did not disclose his financial ties to a Mexican company.


Minn. farmland prices down in 2017, but they may be stabilizing

Prices for farmland declined across Minnesota in 2017, another sign of a weak farm economy that's been plagued by low crop prices and reduced incomes for the past four years.


George Farr, DFL political leader and local theater performer, dies at age 93

George Farr had a gift for performing and carried it with him throughout a diverse life that included teaching, heading the state DFL Party during…


CHS sells headquarters campus for $55 million

The company will lease back the space from Trust Equity Funding.