The USDA recently put $10 million behind grants to establish environmental markets, including one in Iowa to reduce nitrogen runoff.
The TPP is expected to give U.S. farmers easier access to markets in countries like Japan and Australia by reducing tariffs on products like beef and rice.
American farmers are the world’s largest soybean exporters and China is the largest buyer. If that market collapsed it would trigger a global decline in prices.
In central Nebraska, the Platte River was at or near flood stage for close to two months, submerging crop fields near the river and damaging bridges and fences.
Certified organic farms in the U.S. sold $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014. California remains an organic powerhouse, nabbing the top spot in sales.
There’s no such thing as a government-sanctioned certification for organic marijuana in large part, because growing or using marijuana is still a federal crime.
Fearing backlash from customers, companies like Coke, Nestle and General Mills, are pressuring farmers to reduce their contribution to water pollution.
Bringing monitoring technology to farmer’s fields means the farmer instantly knows how much fertilizer that area needs. They can then avoid applying too much.
The USDA is predicting the largest single-year drop in farm income since 1983. The irony is, some farmers are seeing the best crop they’ve ever grown.
In the last decade ag gag laws have proliferated. Now, with Idaho’s law declared unconstitutional, seven states have some form of an ag gag law on the books.
After criticisms of their response to the spring outbreak, USDA officials say they have a plan for this fall that could handle twice as many infections.
A study found that farmers who go organic are often subject to a “weedy field bad farmer” mentality in their communities.
Many manufacturers have gone to automated machines to process food. Yet it still takes thousands of workers to keep a modern beef plant up and running.
Farmers have reached a milestone in the recovery from the massive avian flu outbreak last spring. Birds are back in the barns at this Iowa farm.
In the past few years, Monsanto has purchased weather analysis companies and big data firms. The company now wants to buy the Swiss chemical company, Syngenta.
The fight over food containing genetically modified ingredients is at a fever pitch. It includes a little science, lots of money and a food system under fire.
Farmers use nearly 900 million pounds of pesticides every year. Sometimes those chemicals drift to neighboring property, which can ruin crops on organic farms.
Huge companies and start-ups alike are investing in technology designed to support and improve agriculture and, in the process, they’re creating new jobs.
Farmers fighting herbicide-resistant weeds will likely look to spray more chemicals. Researchers are trying to determine which herbicides could cause cancer.
Many farmers rely on a stable supply of migrant laborers to return year after year. That’s an incentive to provide safe housing.