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National Potato Giant Uses Obscure Leasing Scheme To Skirt Environmental Oversight in Minnesota

One of the nation’s largest industrial agriculture operations is hiding behind a small family farm to try to avoid environmental oversight of a plan to clear-cut pristine Minnesota forestland for a huge expansion of its potato-growing acreage, EWG charged in formal comments to the state’s Department of Natural Resources. R.D. Offutt Farms, headquartered in Fargo, N.D., is the nation’s largest potato grower, with 190,000 acres spread over several states, including North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin. It is tied for first place as the largest farm in the U.S., according to The Land Report’s 2019 ranking. Its annual profits are estimated at $2.5 billion.  Read more.....



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