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January 4, 2017

 

corporate headquarters of Cabela’s

Cabela’s Merger Puts A Rural City At An Economic Crossroads

Nearly one-third of Sidney, NE works at the headquarters of the outdoor retailer Cabela’s. Residents wonder what’s next as Cabela’s merges with a competitor.

January 3, 2017

 

Melissa Morris

Why Is Opioid Epidemic Hitting Rural U.S. Particularly Hard?

Research shows some of America’s most rural areas are particularly at-risk for opioid addiction and abuse, and many expect the problem to only get worse.

January 2, 2017

 

equipment to monitor water quality

Environmental Groups Re-Focus On States After Federal Court Decision

Environmentalists argued the EPA should establish maximum levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, and then have a means to penalize states that exceed those amounts.

January 1, 2017

 

cherry tomatoes

Ag Department Commissions Local Direct Farm Sales Survey

The largest chunk of sales in 2015 were made to local schools, hospitals and wholesalers.

December 27, 2016

 

students posing in corn field

Fantasy Farming: A Lesson On The Risks In Agriculture

This is the fourth year Monsanto has hosted fantasy farming competitions. Schools that produce the highest yield and generate the most profit win cash prizes.

December 20, 2016

 

barn

Majority Of America’s Farms Still Family-Owned

Corporation-owned farms do exist, the USDA notes, but they’re far out-produced and outnumbered by the country’s family farms.

December 19, 2016

 

Randy Ruppert

Where The Meat Industry Meets Environmental Concerns

A proposal that would jumpstart the chicken business in Nebraska has some residents concerned about the potential impact on the environment.

December 19, 2016

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Proposed Organic Livestock Welfare Rule Not Guaranteed

Some of the country’s largest farm organizations are lobbying the incoming administration to drop rules that would change the production of organic meat.

December 14, 2016

 

monsanto research campus

Monsanto Shareholders Approve Merger With Bayer

The merger of the two companies is projected to close by the end of 2017 and is awaiting anti-trust approval.

December 12, 2016

 

rail tank car

Ethanol Spills On The Rise In The Midwest

From 1985 to 2015, 1.3 million gallons of ethanol spilled nationwide. At more than 760,000 gallons, the Midwest accounts for almost 60 percent of this total.

December 12, 2016

 

hydroponics farm

Organic Industry Debates Necessity Of Soil

Some organic farmers worry that cheaper produce harvested year-round from hydroponic farms in warehouses will undercut organic prices.

December 11, 2016

 

Milk Crates

Bill To Expand School Meal Programs Dies In Negotiations

The bill also would have extended eligibility for the WIC program to age 6, bridging a gap that left many low-income families without enough food.

December 9, 2016

 

cattle

Colorado-Based Meat Industry Giant JBS To Go Public

JBS is a giant in the meatpacking industry, churning out beef, pork, chicken, lamb and leather in factories across the country and around the world.

December 8, 2016

 

fin gourmet

Fin Gourmet Gives Asian Carp, Addicts A Second Chance

Fin tackles the problem of invasive species by selling high-end Asian carp products while employing some of their community's most vulnerable members.

December 7, 2016

 

pigs

Resistance To Important Antibiotics Found On U.S. Swine Farm

The CDC had already called carbapenem-resistance an "urgent threat" to human health that is responsible for about 600 deaths a year.

December 6, 2016

 

Taylor holds two mating black soldier flies

These Voracious Flies Could Limit Food Waste, Feed Chickens

Mad Agriculture takes fly larvae and puts them in bins full of food waste – pulp from a local juice company – and lets them chow down for days.

December 2, 2016

 

A barn sits near Boulder County's Parks and Open Space Department

Colorado County Board Votes To Ban GMO Crops On Public Land

The vote puts in place a transition plan to remove GMO corn and sugar beets from public land within the next 5 years.

November 30, 2016

 

cider taps

Hard Cider: The Midwest’s New Alcoholic Specialty

Nationally, hard apple cider has enjoyed of renaissance of sorts over the past few years. Sales growth neared triple-digits just a few years ago.

November 29, 2016

 

cattle

Get Ready For Lower Meat Prices This Holiday Season

It typically takes a while for changes in commodity prices to reach consumers but they're reaping the benefits of an improved situation for livestock producers.

November 28, 2016

 

ISU extension agronomist Angie Rieck-Hinz and farmer Edwin Johnson

Farmers Rely More On Agronomists In Down Economy

Midwest farmers are once again facing low commodity prices. Agronomists can give feedback and advice on where producers can cut costs and maximize profits.

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