Mark Steil

Mark Steil is a reporter for MPR News. He's based in Worthington.

Stories by Mark Steil

Farm push for immigration reform

<p>The debate over immigration reform is heating up in scores of Minnesota crop fields, livestock barns and farm homes. As Minnesota Milk Producers Association President Patrick Lunemann puts it, &#8220;we&#8217;re struggling to find labor.&#8221; Lunemann employs immigrants as part of the work force on his 700-cow dairy farm near the central Minnesota town of Clarissa. <a class="more-link" href=""><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

Farm mediation requests decline

<p>The recent good times on the farm are paying off at the bank. The University of Minnesota extension service has released its most recent numbers covering the state&#8217;s farmer-lender mediation program. The state mediation program is designed to find ways to keep a farmer in business after financial troubles lead to a default on a <a class="more-link" href=""><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>