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January 19, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue

Trump To Tap Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

If nominated and confirmed, Sonny Perdue will take charge of the USDA, an agency with nearly 100,000 employees and a $150 billion budget.

January 18, 2017

 

tractor on a field

Down Times In Farm Country Persist, But Not Yet A ‘Crisis’

The USDA expects payments from government safety net programs to reach $12.9 billion for 2016, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous year.

January 17, 2017

 

tom vilsack

Former Ag Secretary Vilsack To Head Dairy Industry Trade Group

Tom Vilsack announced that his first job outside the Cabinet will be heading up a dairy industry trade group that pushes for access to foreign markets.

January 16, 2017

 

cooked sweet potatoes

Why We’re Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

In 2000, Americans ate about 4 pounds of sweet potatoes per person. Today, it’s nearly double that, at 7.5 pounds per person.

January 14, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack portrait USDA

Agriculture Secretary Lone Trump Cabinet Post Without Nominee

The next Agriculture Secretary will be charged with shepherding a new Farm Bill through Congress. Work on the law is slated to begin almost immediately.

January 10, 2017

 

student at a salad bar

Some Students Develop An Appetite For Healthier School Meals

When Cheryl Johnson visits school cafeterias, she sees kids eating more fruits and vegetables, but the amount of food thrown away has not increased.

January 6, 2017

 

A ranch foreman unloads a trailer of Red Angus

$2.6 million Missing From Oklahoma Beef Council

News of the alleged embezzlement and the attempt by the council to keep it secret gave critics of what’s called the beef check-off program more fodder.

January 5, 2017

 

piglets

New Rules for Antibiotics On The Farm May Not Reduce Usage

In the past, farmers could buy feed containing antibiotics at a local feed store without consulting a vet. Now, they need to obtain a Veterinary Feed Directive.

January 4, 2017

 

corporate headquarters of Cabela’s

Cabela’s Merger Puts A Rural City At An Economic Crossroads

Nearly one-third of Sidney, NE works at the headquarters of the outdoor retailer Cabela’s. Residents wonder what’s next as Cabela’s merges with a competitor.

January 3, 2017

 

Melissa Morris

Why Is Opioid Epidemic Hitting Rural U.S. Particularly Hard?

Research shows some of America’s most rural areas are particularly at-risk for opioid addiction and abuse, and many expect the problem to only get worse.

January 2, 2017

 

equipment to monitor water quality

Environmental Groups Re-Focus On States After Federal Court Decision

Environmentalists argued the EPA should establish maximum levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, and then have a means to penalize states that exceed those amounts.

January 1, 2017

 

cherry tomatoes

Ag Department Commissions Local Direct Farm Sales Survey

The largest chunk of sales in 2015 were made to local schools, hospitals and wholesalers.

December 27, 2016

 

students posing in corn field

Fantasy Farming: A Lesson On The Risks In Agriculture

This is the fourth year Monsanto has hosted fantasy farming competitions. Schools that produce the highest yield and generate the most profit win cash prizes.

December 20, 2016

 

barn

Majority Of America’s Farms Still Family-Owned

Corporation-owned farms do exist, the USDA notes, but they’re far out-produced and outnumbered by the country’s family farms.

December 19, 2016

 

Randy Ruppert

Where The Meat Industry Meets Environmental Concerns

A proposal that would jumpstart the chicken business in Nebraska has some residents concerned about the potential impact on the environment.

December 19, 2016

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Proposed Organic Livestock Welfare Rule Not Guaranteed

Some of the country’s largest farm organizations are lobbying the incoming administration to drop rules that would change the production of organic meat.

December 14, 2016

 

monsanto research campus

Monsanto Shareholders Approve Merger With Bayer

The merger of the two companies is projected to close by the end of 2017 and is awaiting anti-trust approval.

December 12, 2016

 

rail tank car

Ethanol Spills On The Rise In The Midwest

From 1985 to 2015, 1.3 million gallons of ethanol spilled nationwide. At more than 760,000 gallons, the Midwest accounts for almost 60 percent of this total.

December 12, 2016

 

hydroponics farm

Organic Industry Debates Necessity Of Soil

Some organic farmers worry that cheaper produce harvested year-round from hydroponic farms in warehouses will undercut organic prices.

December 11, 2016

 

Milk Crates

Bill To Expand School Meal Programs Dies In Negotiations

The bill also would have extended eligibility for the WIC program to age 6, bridging a gap that left many low-income families without enough food.

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