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.  ApEc Professor Ward Nefstead comments.

Many are left with the impression that eating quinoa in the wealthy North was robbing food off the table in parts of the Global South. Professor Marc Bellemare explains why that's not quite so.

Communities outside of the Twin Cities look to capitalize on Super Bowl LII but Professor Mike Boland isn't so sure their expectations are realistic.

The case for junk food tax in America. Professor Marc Bellemare comments.

"Either do it or shut," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said about tax reform Tuesday at a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Uncertainty has delayed investment." Professor and State Economist Laura Kalambokidis comments.

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Environment and animal rights groups have praised Chipotle for its sustainable and humane practices, but its recent food poisoning outbreaks illustrate the challenges that can come with living up to this image....Professor Bellemare comments.

Near-Perfect Grain Conditions Cause Price Changes

Commodity prices on the whole, not just for grain, are on their way down, including for natural gas, minerals and other commodities, said Ed Usset.


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