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May 22, 2017

 

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Big Data Is Transforming How Breeders Create Better Seeds

The time-honored tradition of crossbreeding plants to get the best traits is no longer the primary way science is done. Now, we harness the power of Big Data.

May 18, 2017

 

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Scientists Say Don’t Cut Costs On Weed Control

Farmers have a chance to prevent a newly-arrived threat from becoming a permanent fixture. It’s an aggressive weed that’s been devastating crops in the Midwest.

May 17, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue in Cincinnati

Plan To Shakeup USDA Worries Rural Advocates

The Trump White House proposed a 21 percent cut to USDA’s discretionary funding, and rural advocates are worried.

May 16, 2017

 

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Apocalypse-Proof Bunkers On Great Plains Sell For $3 Million

The business of helping people prepare to survive the next big calamity has changed substantially in the age of President Donald Trump.

May 15, 2017

 

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New Kansas Farm Hopes To Cultivate A Future For Veterans

S.A.V.E. Farm stands for Service member Agricultural Vocation Education. It offers veterans the opportunity to learn the business of farming.

May 8, 2017

 

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Watch: What Are Pesticides And How Are They Used?

Conflicting interpretations of scientific research have led various authorities to issue different levels of concern over pesticide use.

May 6, 2017

 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Here’s What Sonny Perdue Said On Climate Change, Immigration

Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe sat down with the Secretary of Agriculture to talk about Trump Administration’s priorities for our food system.

May 2, 2017

 

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Some Rural Immigrants Take Steps Toward Citizenship

Immigrants choose to go through the naturalization process for many reasons, including gaining the right to vote and to rest easy about immigration status.

May 1, 2017

 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Perdue: Trump Open To Immigrant Farm Workers Staying In U.S.

Ag Secretary Perdue says he’s hired a labor lawyer to help design the program that can help keep undocumented workers here, but remove criminals.

May 1, 2017

 

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Kansas Town Anxiously Waits For Water Regulations To Change

Residents of Pretty Prairie, Kansas are concerned about how federal budget cuts might affect their ability to pay for a new water treatment system.

April 29, 2017

 

Rancher Gena Kirk

Great Plains Ranchers Look To Rebuild In Wake Of Wildfires

The USDA set aside $6 million in aid to help farmers and ranchers affected by the fires.

April 26, 2017

 

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Tyson Announces Better Conditions And Safety For Meat Workers

An investigation found that the more than 500,000 slaughterhouse and meat processing plant workers have some of the most dangerous factory jobs in America.

April 25, 2017

 

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Farmers Lobby For Right To Repair Tractors

Farmers fixing their own equipment would be an obvious blow to the business of tractor dealers who have cornered the market on repair.

April 25, 2017

 

Then-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

Months After Nomination, Perdue Confirmed As Ag Secretary

Perdue earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine and has had a long career operating family agribusiness and transportation companies.

April 24, 2017

 

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Midwest Farmers Feel Prepared For Next Bird Flu Outbreak

Two years after a devastating bird flu outbreak in the Midwest, many farmers here say they now have a better idea of how to keep bird flu at bay.

April 24, 2017

 

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Farmers’ Patience Tested As Ag Secretary Confirmation Awaits

With a declining farm economy and trade with vital global markets in disarray, Sonny Perdue confronts an agriculture industry in search of stability.

April 19, 2017

 

Rob Fleming

Growing A Prairie In The Shadow Of An Agribusiness Legacy

The names Wallace and Garst loom large in the modern history of farming. Some descendants of these agriculture titans are trying to leave a different legacy.

April 17, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack

Former Ag Secretary Worried About Lack Of Rural Focus

Tom Vilsack is particularly troubled by the proposed elimination of a program that gives grant money to small towns to upgrade water treatment facilities.

April 11, 2017

 

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How A Lack Of Farm Data Could Hurt Farmers

Fewer farmers are responding to USDA surveys, which could throw off data, leaving farmers to fend for themselves when making choices for their businesses.

April 5, 2017

 

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Watch: Many Midwest Farmers Wary Of Changes To NAFTA

With the prospect of the deal being re-worked or scrapped, some farmers are wondering why the President wants to mess with what they perceive as a good thing.

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