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August 15, 2016


hops in hand

Indiana Hops Farmers Go All-In On Trendy Specialty

The booming craft beer industry is encouraging more and more upstart Indiana growers to invest long-term in hops.

August 14, 2016



Should We Make Room For Worms On Our Dinner Plate?

Earthworms are a source of protein, calcium and much more. But they may not be the top option for feeding a hungry world.

August 11, 2016


watermelon pickers

Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

Farmworkers in South Texas marched 200 miles for better wages and working conditions, but the strike failed and workers today are still systematically underpay.

August 7, 2016



Most Of Us Think We Eat Healthy, Evidence Says We’re Wrong

80 percent of American adults don't eat enough fruits, veggies and whole grains. Yet a Truven Health Analytics poll suggests we eat with blinders on.

August 6, 2016


egg cartons

Organic Food Fights Back Against ‘Non-GMO’ Rival

Sales of food labeled "non-GMO" are booming, and it's starting to annoy organic food companies.

August 5, 2016


chicken mcnuggets

McDonald’s Serves Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics, Mostly

The fast-food chain's suppliers are still allowed to use certain types of antibiotics that aren't used to treat people.

August 4, 2016


4-H participant and cow

As Agriculture Modernizes, County Fairs Work To Keep Pace

It's fair season in Indiana. This means lots of 4-H activities happening around the state -- but they might not be the ones you're picturing.

August 2, 2016


Ripe summer hops good for making beer

Hop Growers Cheer Craft Brewers For Saving Ailing Industry

The spike in demand for small-batch beers has infused new life into small, family owned hop farms that were teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

August 2, 2016


Cypress tress in wetlands

Indiana Conservation Practices Affect Gulf Of Mexico

Nutrient runoff isn’t a concern in Indiana because nutrients move away with water. When they settle in Lake Erie, for instance, is when they become a problem.

August 2, 2016



How Monsanto And Scofflaw Farmers Hurt Soybeans In Arkansas

A new type of genetically engineered crop is tempting farmers to use a weedkiller illegally. The illicit chemical use has damaged nearby crops.

July 27, 2016


cut spring onions

Slice, Dice, Chop, Julienne: Does The Cut Change The Flavor?

When it comes to produce, the answer is yes, experts tell us. But the reasons are complicated and sometimes mysterious.

July 23, 2016



For Pickers, Blueberries Mean Easier Labor But More Upheaval

Many farm workers call blueberries their favorite crop to pick, but it's a short season, and workers and their families have to keep moving.

July 19, 2016


French chef Stephane Jégo (left) poses with Syrian refugee chef Mohammad El Khaldy

In Paris, Refugee Chefs Show What They Have To Offer

In a weeklong festival, refugee chefs teamed up with their French counterparts to serve up feasts that fuse their culinary traditions.

July 14, 2016


bagged salad

As Bagged Salad Kits Boom, Americans Eat More Greens

Americans buy twice as many packages of bagged salad greens as heads of lettuce these days. Is the bagged stuff just as good?

July 11, 2016


confined animal feeding operation

In Tiny, Rural Hope, Large Hog Farms Spark Economic Fears

Bartholomew County's new ordinance says farms with more than 600 pigs must be 500 feet from homes. The county's smallest CAFOs contain twice that many hogs.

July 5, 2016



Many Children Still Hungry For Summer Food

With commuting, and other lifestyle changes, a growing number of low-income children now live outside the neighborhoods that qualify for federal assistance.

July 5, 2016


corn crops

Should Corn Be Knee High By The Fourth Of July? Not Anymore

Changes in how we farm means taller corn by Independence Day.

July 2, 2016


Maria Isabel Andrade

Orange Sweet Potato Wins Researchers The World Food Prize

A public health campaign to sell Africans on the virtues of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes — bred for higher Vitamin A levels — has helped combat malnutrition.

June 30, 2016


wild rice and sweet corn pancakes

Pancakes Get A Corn And Wild Rice Upgrade

Start with a simple pancake recipe, then get creative. That’s when you have the chance to wow people.

June 28, 2016


chickens on perches

Perdue Farms Shifts How Its Chickens Live And Die

One of the largest poultry companies in the country says it will change its slaughter methods and some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups cheer.

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