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October 9, 2015


corn on the husk

Environmental Markets Could Sell Farmers On Conservation

The USDA recently put $10 million behind grants to establish environmental markets, including one in Iowa to reduce nitrogen runoff.

October 7, 2015



TPP Trade Deal Could Expand Agricultural Exports

The TPP is expected to give U.S. farmers easier access to markets in countries like Japan and Australia by reducing tariffs on products like beef and rice.

October 6, 2015


farmer Richard Oswald

China Slowdown May Squeeze Midwest Soybean Farmers

American farmers are the world’s largest soybean exporters and China is the largest buyer. If that market collapsed it would trigger a global decline in prices.

October 5, 2015


Water flooding near a shed

High Water Changes Platte River Landscape

In central Nebraska, the Platte River was at or near flood stage for close to two months, submerging crop fields near the river and damaging bridges and fences.

October 5, 2015


Egg-laying hens confined in battery cages

Battle Wages On In Massachusetts Cage-Free Match

An egg industry group says it plans to fight a Massachusetts proposal to ban meat and eggs raised in close confinement.

September 24, 2015


root vegetables for sale

USDA Finds ‘Local’ & ‘Organic’ Closely Tied In Grocery Carts

Certified organic farms in the U.S. sold $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014. California remains an organic powerhouse, nabbing the top spot in sales.

September 23, 2015



What’s Organic? In Marijuana Industry, It’s A Hard Question

There’s no such thing as a government-sanctioned certification for organic marijuana in large part, because growing or using marijuana is still a federal crime.

September 17, 2015


picture of the Pfantz family homestead

Food Companies Begin To Pressure Farmers To Reduce Runoff

Fearing backlash from customers, companies like Coke, Nestle and General Mills, are pressuring farmers to reduce their contribution to water pollution.

September 14, 2015


road through corn field

Farm Income Falling, Putting The Rural Economy On Edge

The USDA is predicting the largest single-year drop in farm income since 1983. The irony is, some farmers are seeing the best crop they’ve ever grown.

September 12, 2015



After Idaho Ruling, More Ag-Gag Challenges To Come

In the last decade ag gag laws have proliferated. Now, with Idaho’s law declared unconstitutional, seven states have some form of an ag gag law on the books.

August 31, 2015


baby turkeys

Officials, Farmers Prepare For Fall Bird Flu Outbreak

After criticisms of their response to the spring outbreak, USDA officials say they have a plan for this fall that could handle twice as many infections.

August 26, 2015


farmers gathered under a tent

Organic Farmers On The Social Stigma Of ‘Dirty’ Fields

A study found that farmers who go organic are often subject to a “weedy field bad farmer” mentality in their communities.

August 24, 2015


JBS sign

Why Aren’t Robots Slicing And Dicing Our Beef?

Many manufacturers have gone to automated machines to process food. Yet it still takes thousands of workers to keep a modern beef plant up and running.

August 20, 2015



Turkeys Back In Barns After Bird Flu

Farmers have reached a milestone in the recovery from the massive avian flu outbreak last spring. Birds are back in the barns at this Iowa farm.

August 5, 2015


Monsanto research campus

Monsanto Sets Off A Corporate ‘Feeding Frenzy’

In the past few years, Monsanto has purchased weather analysis companies and big data firms. The company now wants to buy the Swiss chemical company, Syngenta.

August 3, 2015


GMO event

GMO Labeling Becomes A ‘Proxy’ For Consumer Preferences

The fight over food containing genetically modified ingredients is at a fever pitch. It includes a little science, lots of money and a food system under fire.

July 27, 2015


grape leaf damage

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Farmers use nearly 900 million pounds of pesticides every year. Sometimes those chemicals drift to neighboring property, which can ruin crops on organic farms.

July 22, 2015


Heath Gerlock of Farmobile

Technology, Growth Spur Ag Jobs Far From The Field

Huge companies and start-ups alike are investing in technology designed to support and improve agriculture and, in the process, they’re creating new jobs.

July 20, 2015


soybean plants

Farmers Watch As Scientists Weigh In On Common Herbicides

Farmers fighting herbicide-resistant weeds will likely look to spray more chemicals. Researchers are trying to determine which herbicides could cause cancer.

July 14, 2015


worker in a field

Changes To Farmworker Housing Rules Worry Farmers, Advocates

Many farmers rely on a stable supply of migrant laborers to return year after year. That’s an incentive to provide safe housing.

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