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August 25, 2016

 

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley

Senate Plans Hearing On Big Ag Mergers

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee plans to examine proposed mergers among agricultural chemical and seed companies in a September hearing.

August 24, 2016

 

making jam in a pot

What Can The Sharing Economy Do For Local Food?

Commercial kitchen space can be hard to come by and expensive to build. One tech startup is trying to fix that, using concepts from the sharing economy.

August 22, 2016

 

tom vilsack

Vilsack Hopes Next Administration Continues Diverse Scope

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is the only remaining member of President Obama’s original cabinet, and has been at the helm of USDA since 2009.

August 22, 2016

 

barn weather vane

Old Barns Are Turning Into Hot Decorating Product

While the dilapidated barn might be a nuisance for farmers, reclaimed barn wood is a hot decorating trend from Manhattan to Manhattan Beach

August 16, 2016

 

Auctioneer Spanky Assiter

Buy And Dry: Farmers Sell Water Rights To Thirsty Cities

Increasingly, water in Colorado is more valuable coming out of lawn sprinklers and bathroom faucets than growing sugar beets.

August 8, 2016

 

farmer Tom Willis

Kansas Farmers Try New Irrigation System To Save Water

Kansas Water Office is teaming with farmers to demonstrate that new irrigation methods can reduce the demand on the Ogallala Aquifer without sacrificing yields.

August 8, 2016

 

insects in a hand

Watch: The Insect Factory That Breeds Better Bugs

Colorado’s Insectary began in response to a peach pest called oriental fruit moth that devastated the local crop in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

August 3, 2016

 

Taryn Riediger

Despite Changing Gender Roles, It’s Sons Who Go Home To Farm

The tradition of sons returning home to take over the farm remains a strong one. Gradually, though, women are starting to notice some changes.

August 1, 2016

 

Kristie and Drew Harper

Rural Towns Banking On More Than Just Farming To Survive

Rural towns like Brookfield, Missouri are trying to sell businesses on their assets, including a ready workforce, central location and affordable land.

July 28, 2016

 

072216_Urban_Rudisill-garden

Studying The Benefits Of Urban Agriculture

There may be limitations to the benefits of urban agriculture.

July 21, 2016

 

071816_Insectary_facility

The Insect Factory That Breeds Better Bugs

Colorado's "Insectary" is developing insects that will combat pests, without the aid of chemicals.

July 19, 2016

 

best dressed chicken

Beaks On Fleek: Meet This Town’s ‘Prettiest Chickens’

We take you inside a "silly animal contest" in Colorado, where chicken owners hope their bird is crowned Prettiest Chicken.

July 18, 2016

 

Miscanthus

Perennial Grasses On Cropland Could Reduce Gulf’s Dead Zone

A new study supports planting perennial grasses on current cropland as a way to reduce nutrient loss from farm fields.

July 15, 2016

 

pretzels

Food Companies, Farm Groups Happy With Looser GMO Label Bill

Many food companies began labeling food that has genetically-modified ingredients in anticipation of a Vermont law that kicked in July 1.

July 11, 2016

 

soybean plants

New Genetically Modified Crops Push Old Regulations

The last time government agencies updated biotech regulations was 1992. Today a wave of new discoveries is breaking out of the old regulatory framework.

July 8, 2016

 

gmo label on oats

5 Big Questions About The US Senate GMO Label Bill

The bill outlaws states’ efforts to labels foods made with genetically-modified organisms and instead gives companies more leeway in disclosing GMOs.

June 28, 2016

 

JBS Marshalltown Pork

What A Slaughterhouse Looks Like From The Inside

While touring JBS Marshalltown Pork Plant, reporters were forbidden from taking photos, making audio recordings or quoting the company without permission.

June 27, 2016

 

aronia berries

Midwest Aronia Growers Hope To Capitalize On Superfood Trend

Aronia is the modern name for the native black chokeberry and it’s billed as a “superfood." A growing cadre of Midwest farmers is trying to get in on the craze.

June 24, 2016

 

gmo food label

Senators Reach Deal On National GMO Labeling Bill

The new bill would require companies to disclose genetically modified ingredients in foods. Critics dislike that the info does not have to appear on the label.

June 23, 2016

 

meat

More Must Be Done To Make Slaughterhouses Safer

OSHA is trying to learn more about injuries as they happen. The agency set a rule in 2015 that requires companies to report serious injuries within 24 hours.

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