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March 29, 2016

 

Farmer Aubrey Fletcher

For Some Female Farmers, Stepping Up Means Finding Support

Groups designed for farm women are not just about the social and emotional support. They serve an educational role as well.

March 17, 2016

 

Eric Williams

In Fish Fry Season, Oil Finds Another Use As Homemade Fuel

The Omaha Biofuels Co-op collects from 25 restaurants around the city but also gathers about 1,000 gallons of fry oil from churches’ seasonal Lenten fish fries.

March 16, 2016

 

cannabis plant

Is Cannabis The Next Commodity Crop?

As more states legalize certain types of cannabis, the industry turns to traditional farmers for help transforming the plant into America's next big cash crop.

March 15, 2016

 

pig with feed

Deadly Pig Virus Can Survive In Feed

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus found in this country closely matched the version circulating in China, fueling speculation that the virus came from there.

March 14, 2016

 

Scott Jackman, left, and Casey Adams

Ag Tech Start-Ups Show Explosive Growth In The Billions

Investment in food and agriculture technology startups reached $4.6 billion in 2015. The leading driver of that growth was investment in drones and robotics.

March 9, 2016

 

cottonseed

U.S. Cotton Growers Struggle With Changing Demand

A few years ago, more than 40 percent of U.S. cotton exports ended up in China. Last year, it was down to 6 percent.

March 8, 2016

 

corn field

Syngenta Suit Could Become Class-Action

Hundreds of lawsuits against seed company Syngenta could develop into a major class-action, potentially involving almost every corn farmer in the country.

March 1, 2016

 

farmers Famuer Rasmussen and Jules Van Thuyne

What Are We Really Talking About When We Talk About GMOs?

When we think we’re talking about GMOs, are we really talking about them at all? Or do they serve more as a proxy?

February 29, 2016

 

farm equipment auction

Farm Economy Stuck In The Mud

Farm debt is projected to pass $372 billion this year. Adjusting for inflation, that’s the most farm debt since the late 1970s.

February 24, 2016

 

Campbell’s soup can with gmo label

Five Important Places In The GMO Labeling Fight

The latest showdown in the GMO labeling battle is set for Thursday when U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts plans to force a vote on a draft bill in the Senate Ag Committee.

February 24, 2016

 

Bernie Sanders

Sanders: Allow States To Label GMOs

While presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders supports allowing states to require GMO labels, his campaign says he “does not believe that GMOs are necessarily bad.”

February 23, 2016

 

Sara Carrillo

Unaccompanied Minors Join Rural Immigrant Communities

We meet 17-year-old Diego, one of the 20,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America who made the journey through Mexico to the U.S. border last year.

February 22, 2016

 

Minnesota farmland

More U.S. Farms Close Up Shop, Remaining Ones Grow Larger

Farming has been moving in this direction since World War II. Midsize farms get bigger. They consolidate. The ones that don’t survive close up and sell.

February 15, 2016

 

locust

In Argentina, A Locust Plague For The Ages

As a major agricultural player, Argentina is a place whose rural problems raise eyebrows in U.S. farm country.

February 11, 2016

 

tractor sowing seeds

Obama Budget Would Cut Crop Insurance

The budget would make cuts to the crop insurance system, allocate more funds for agricultural research and fund a summer program to provides free meals to kids.

February 9, 2016

 

beekeeper

New Research Shows People Help Move Deadly Bee Virus

Researchers explain that moving bee hives across long distances, as is common in the U.S. to pollinate crops, speeds up the process of disease spread.

February 9, 2016

 

dairy cattle

America’s Cows Are Churning Out More Milk Than Ever

Like nearly everything in agriculture, the increase in milk production doesn’t come without a few trade-offs.

February 5, 2016

 

Meat products at a grocery store in Fairfax, Virginia

Food Safety Rules To Target Salmonella In Poultry Products

USDA has had success cutting the proportion of whole chickens found with salmonella. Now it’s focusing on cut-up chicken parts and ground chicken and turkey.

February 4, 2016

 

cashing out at grocery store

This Rural Nebraska Grocery Store Is ‘More Than A Store’

Circle C Market serves the village of Cody, Nebraska. During the school day, local students perform tasks at the store as part of their classwork.

February 2, 2016

 

piglets

Genetically Engineered Animals Could Come To Plate Near You

Researchers have developed a new breed of pig that is resistant to an incurable disease that plagues hogs barns, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome.

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