Drought caused ranchers to cull herds, pushing up prices for cattle. Higher prices give ranchers incentive to raise more calves and creates a grassland rush.
According to the National Agricultural Aviation Association, 18 to 20 percent of commercial cropland receives some sort of aerial application.
Even while the total number of farmers is dropping nationwide, women are taking up a larger piece of the pie.
In bad years, higher premiums and higher payouts cost taxpayers more. When prices are lower and premiums are lower, the public is not out as much.
Country of Origin Labeling rules require meat labels to list where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
With corn selling for nearly half of what it did in 2012, grain farmers are in the midst of a downturn and it’s hitting beginning farmers hardest.
Voters in Colorado resoundingly rejected the labeling of foods that contain the derivatives of genetically modified – or GMO – crops.
Some sheep ranchers have taken advantage of the local food movement to sell wool to customers at farmers markets.
The children of Latino immigrants may be uniquely qualified to lead the future of the Midwest’s agricultural economy.
Farming is already more ethnically diverse than it was even a decade ago and immigrants of all stripes are working the land.
Demand can’t keep up with the jump in supply. Grain prices are at their lowest level since 2009.
When asked if Dick Humes thought picking corn by hand was in his blood, he laughed and said, of course. “It’s an art. A dying art."
Many schools are finding that giving kids a say in what they eat can cut down on what ends up in the trash.
Historically, produce like bananas with brown spots would be headed for the landfill because shoppers often expect their fruits and veggies to be immaculate.
A United Nations Report found that in developing countries, more than 40 percent of food waste happens on the farm or in the processing part of the food chain.
Food is the largest single source of waste in the U.S. More food ends up in landfills than plastic, more than paper.
Today’s gardeners likely wouldn’t have access to many of their favorite heirloom plants if it weren’t for the work of the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.
Farmers will need to continue to adapt to meet the demand of a new market that increasingly wants local food.
In the months since retail marijuana sales began, problems with potency have made headlines, turning into public relations headaches for the marijuana industry.
Food safety advocates, members of Congress and even some inspectors contend the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is in disarray.