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Farmers Lobby For Right To Repair Tractors


Farmers fixing their own equipment would be an obvious blow to the business of tractor dealers who have cornered the market on repair.

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Months After Nomination, Perdue Confirmed As Ag Secretary

Then-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

Perdue earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine and has had a long career operating family agribusiness and transportation companies.

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Midwest Farmers Feel Prepared For Next Bird Flu Outbreak

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Two years after a devastating bird flu outbreak in the Midwest, many farmers here say they now have a better idea of how to keep bird flu at bay.

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Farmers’ Patience Tested As Ag Secretary Confirmation Awaits

Maass family

With a declining farm economy and trade with vital global markets in disarray, Sonny Perdue confronts an agriculture industry in search of stability.

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Vegan Cookbooks Spill The Beans About Aquafaba


The discovery that the liquid from canned beans can be whipped into an egg white substitute has taken the vegan world by storm.

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Fair-Trade Label Comes To U.S. Farms

Wholesum Harvest

Since 1998, Fair Trade USA has been certifying farms overseas that met its standards for workers and the environment. Now, the group is looking closer to home.

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When Gluten Is The Villain, Could Common Virus Be The Trigger?

bob's red mill gluten-free

About 30 percent of Americans are predisposed to celiac disease but only 1 percent get it. A common virus may play a role in determining who gets the disease.

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Vegan Viennese Whirls

lavender viennese whirls

There's nothing out of the ordinary on the ingredient list. The trick with making Rainbow Bakery's Viennese Whirls is how difficult it is to form the cookies.

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Solar Boom Sparks Worry Over Lost Crop Land

Workers install solar panels on the roof of a barn.

With solar companies offering top dollar to rent farmland, ag officials are concerned converted farmland could be permanently lost.

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Study: Climate Change Forces New Choices For Farmers


The study measures the difference in number and occurrence of field working days the climate becomes more volatile to agriculture.

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Indiana Egg Producers Scramble To Meet Cage-Free Demand

chicken worker

Going cage-free is a costly, time-consuming process for even the biggest egg producers, like Indiana's Rose Acre Farms.

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Growing A Prairie In The Shadow Of An Agribusiness Legacy

Rob Fleming

The names Wallace and Garst loom large in the modern history of farming. Some descendants of these agriculture titans are trying to leave a different legacy.

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Former Ag Secretary Worried About Lack Of Rural Focus

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack is particularly troubled by the proposed elimination of a program that gives grant money to small towns to upgrade water treatment facilities.

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Obesity Shifts To Low Income Families In Mexico

fried food

Historically, prevalence of obesity in Mexico was associated with higher socioeconomic status. A new study shows that's changing, and impacting teen girls.

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