With public money drying up, agricultural schools have had to turn to the private sector for research grants. Those for-profit firms are more likely to support research to benefit their bottom line.
St. Paul, Minn.
One billion people remain chronically hungry. "It's a problem of poverty, it's a problem of entitlement, it's a problem of inequality. It's also a problem of waste."
Less than a day after a stinging defeat that saw her party lose control of the Senate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., could still find policy priorities she thinks she can work jointly with Republicans when they take control of the Senate in 2015.
Among them are subjects that have eluded a search for common ground in past years, including trade, hunger and climate change.
Catholics, and not just farmers, should consider "what could be the meaning of a vocation to agriculture," said the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
In remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday as part of a conference in St. Paul called "Faith, Food & the Environment: The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader," Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson said Jesus expected those who listened to him to know about agriculture or at least be exposed to it.
In June 2013, Toua Vang became the first Hmong man in the world to be ordained an Episcopal priest, and is now pastor of the only Hmong-majority Episcopal church anywhere.
His roots are in Catholicism, but the Episcopal church offered an option for non-celibate priesthood. "I come from the Hmong culture, and men are expected to have a family," he said.
College students and sisters gathered at St. Catherine University to begin an oral history project to bring sisters' stories to a new generation.
The task force, made entirely of laypeople, will review the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' policies and "any and all issues" related to clergy sexual misconduct.
The archdiocese is accused of placing images of child pornography found on a priest's laptop in a church-owned vault.
The "full social and legal effects" of state lawmakers' decision to legalize same-sex marriage "will begin to manifest themselves in the years ahead," said the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
"Today the Minnesota Senate voted to redefine marriage in Minnesota. The outcome, though expected, is no less disappointing," the conference said in a statement.
The state Senate in a 37-30 vote gave final approval Monday to a same-sex marriage bill. The state House passed the measure May 9. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed it Tuesday.