State's farm incomes surged in 2012

  • Article by: Mike Hughlett , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 11, 2013 - 11:53 PM

Livestock and grain farmers missed the nationwide drought and saw yields and profits surge in 2012.

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gopher68Apr. 11, 1312:41 PM

Great news. I hope the next story is about farmers returning all of the goodies they got from taxpayers as part of the farm bill. They obviously don't need them.

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jphaunApr. 11, 13 1:04 PM

As the stewards of the land, here's hoping they don't fill every marginal acre with corn this year.

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dirtydogsApr. 11, 13 1:07 PM

Agree, no need for tax subsidies. Let the free market rule.

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paarsvoldApr. 11, 13 2:50 PM

Good for the farmers!! They have suffered through enough bad times as the Gov't has closed off markets due to sanctions,etc. Also, most of these farmers will be reinvesting in their communities as they update their machinery and operations. It is estimated that money earned from Dairy Farmers changes hands 7 times in the out-state communities.

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crestliner62Apr. 11, 13 3:21 PM

Gotta laugh, good for the farmers, but the whole drought thing is getting old. First, stop draining every wetland and putting in tiling for more corn. The people who keep perpetuating the drought thing are saying "Don't believe your eyes, we know its been snowing and raining for three months...but were still in a drought!!"..gotta keep them prices up for Monsanto ya know!

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piratehawkApr. 11, 13 3:53 PM

Look out farmers! I see a Dayton/DFL tax coming you way. You didn't grow those crops and shouldn't be allowed to keep those obviously obscene profits.

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piratehawkApr. 11, 13 3:54 PM

Dirtydogs---Let the free market rule---Should we allow that to apply to other things such as alternative energy?

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agproducerApr. 11, 13 4:25 PM

congratulations Minnesota farmers on a very profitable year. You are known to reinvest your profit aggressively in machinery, buildings etc. that benefit every segment of the Minnesota economy. I say to all you nay sayers--Quit bashing an industry that is important to us all. Hope 2013 treats your industry as well.

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jimmy11Apr. 11, 13 4:30 PM

A dean at a college was surprised by how well the livestock farmers did because of high feed prices.Apparently he hasn't seen the price of hamburger and other meat in the grocery store.

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la55122Apr. 11, 13 4:44 PM

So last years corn crop was the largest since 1936, based on acreage planted nationally. How did they manage back then without Roundup and GMO seeds? Maybe Monsanto is really evil. All the farm ads insinuate that we can't ever to back to "the way it was".

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