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September 27, 2016

 

A patch of rye planted as a cover crop

Farmers Feel Pressure To Fight Agricultural Water Pollution

Planting cover crops and spoon-feeding fertilizer are two ways to cut agriculture’s contribution to nitrates in water, but not enough farmers are buying in yet.

September 26, 2016

 

corn

In The Face Of Uncertain Future, Ag Industry Titans Pair Up

The prospect of fewer, larger companies controlling so much of the basic food supply is giving some farmers and anti-trust advocates heartburn.

September 21, 2016

 

Monsanto chief technology officer Robb Fraley

Senate Committee Hears Both Sides On Proposed Ag Company Mergers

Supporters and opponents of several proposed mergers among agricultural seed and chemical companies are making their case to lawmakers in Washington.

September 20, 2016

 

headwaters of the South Platte River

How Are Nitrates Ending Up In Drinking Water Supplies?

Crop farms and livestock operations are the biggest contributors to nutrient problems in the Gulf of Mexico

September 16, 2016

 

carton of eggs with labels

Organic Industry Wants To Define Humanely Raised Meat

Organic animal welfare standards are expected to be finalized by year's end. It could clear up some questions for consumers but leave division behind the plate.

September 7, 2016

 

bucket of hops

Midwest Farmers Brew Up Hops For Local Craft Beer

There are several reasons why getting a start in commercial hop growing can be daunting, from expensive start-up costs to intensive labor demands.

September 6, 2016

 

Gary Wenig in his high tunnel

Farmers Look To Chickens And Bugs As Natural Pesticides

Researchers are looking at ways to combat pests by introducing predatory bugs, but there is danger in introducing a new species to an ecosystem.

August 29, 2016

 

combine in a field

Can Oats Improve Bottom Lines In The Corn Belt?

Oats are a popular cover crop. Typically they're killed when it’s time to plant the cash crop. Giving oats a full season would offer farmers a product to sell.

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

 

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Studying The Benefits Of Urban Agriculture

There may be limitations to the benefits of urban agriculture.

July 21, 2016

 

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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.

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