It’s just one more chapter in a long line of agricultural speculative bubbles, from emus to chinchillas to Berkshire hogs to Dutch tulips.
To ensure we still have antibiotics to treat diseases in both humans and livestock, doctors and farmers need to use them carefully.
In a surprise move, some U-S Senate Democrats have joined Republicans in support of a bill that requires labeling food with genetically-modified ingredients.
Our appetite for meat, which began growing exponentially in the U.S. after World War II, is one of the reasons farmers in the Midwest grow so much corn.
“We have all these people from other places in the world and we have one thing in common: soccer," says Nick Ng, soccer coach at Fort Morgan High School.
The benefits of no-till and cover crops abound. Still, there are hurdles to making the move away from traditional farming.
By the time 2050 comes around, the meat on your plate may not be that different, but the story of how it got there could be.
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.