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December 16, 2015

 

packing up fresh-cut Christmas tree

Growers Rally Around Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees

Farmers are pooling their money to advertise and promote their fresh-cut trees. It’s an effort to reach consumers who value a convenient (plastic) Christmas.

December 14, 2015

 

Nate Storey and Swiss chard

Fuel: It’s What’s For Dinner

Up to a fifth of our nation’s total energy use goes into growing, transporting, processing and preparing our food, but those energy inputs are often hidden.

December 10, 2015

 

lunch at Carve

Why Fast-Casual Restaurants Are Surging

In the three years after the 2008 recession, fast-casual visits rose 17 percent, while other sections of the restaurant industry lagged.

December 8, 2015

 

beef in a package

WTO: COOL Could Lead To $1 Billion Tariffs

Canada and Mexico could impose tariffs on more than $1 billion-worth of U.S. goods as a way to compensate for losses brought on by a U.S. labeling law.

December 7, 2015

 

barren cornfield

Boom Leaves Farmers Stuck With High Property Taxes

Some states base property tax rates on income potential. Others go by rental rates or recent land sales. However they’re calculated, the results are similar.

December 3, 2015

 

soybean crops

EPA Seeks To Pull New Herbicide From The Market

EPA received new information that suggests the herbicide Enlist Duo is more toxic to plants than the agency previously thought.

December 2, 2015

 

Andrew Scaboo and Tony Stafford

University-Made Roundup Ready Seeds Ready For Market

Imagine your fancy multi-vitamin goes generic. Then the local university adds in extra vitamins that are particularly important for people living in your area.

November 30, 2015

 

monarch butterfly on a red flower

In The Fields, A Search For Monarch Butterflies

An Iowa State University report estimated an 81% decline in the Midwest monarch population 1999-2010, with a 58% decline in milkweed presence at the same time.

November 25, 2015

 

former farmworker Angel Castro

Immigrant Farmworkers Face Housing Crisis

Tuberculosis, pesticide exposure and viral breakouts are a few of the threats facing farmworkers living without adequate showers, ventilation and utilities.

November 25, 2015

 

Green bean casserole

Classic Green Bean Casserole Turns 60 Years Old

Despite its status as a Midwest holiday staple, Green Bean Casserole didn’t originate in the Midwest. Dorcas Reilly created it in 1955 in New Jersey.

November 24, 2015

 

midas-header

USDA’s MIDAS Computer Program Tarnished

So far, USDA has spent $430 million on the system, a project known by the acronym MIDAS for Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems.

November 23, 2015

 

crop field

No Taxpayer Savings In Farm Bill Commodity Payouts

Many farmers are receiving their first government payments under the new Farm Bill enacted last year, and taxpayers are spending more than projected.

November 18, 2015

 

hens in a cage

Housing Hens Ruffles Some Feathers In The Egg Industry

There's more to housing hens than square inches. Some egg farmers argue the cage-free barns are less humane than traditional hen housing.

November 16, 2015

 

Students at Colorado State University greenhouse

There Are Jobs In Ag, Just Not Enough New Grads To Fill ‘Em

Part of the problem in filling these jobs is location. Many recent college grads look to major cities for their first jobs, not the rural Midwest.

November 10, 2015

 

mealworms

Meat Alternatives Want A Part Of Your Dinner Plate

The people pushing insect cuisine make compelling arguments. They say insects are high in protein and calcium, and they’re easier on the environment.

November 10, 2015

 

rye grass and old corn crops

Nitrates A Costly, Persistent Problem For Small Towns

Nitrogen fertilizer on farm fields helps crops grow, but if there’s too much left over in the soil, it can pollute water supplies as nitrates.

November 3, 2015

 

Farmer Erik Terstriep

‘Combine Karaoke’ And Cursing: Sounds Of Harvest In Midwest

Some farmers make business calls behind the wheel or listen to sports radio. One man in Illinois has gotten attention for writing poetry while harvesting.

November 3, 2015

 

cattle

Farmers Raising Meat Look To Keep Up With Your Changing Diet

The most recent dietary guidelines recommend most Americans eat about .21 pounds of meat per day. Most Americans average about .36 pounds of meat per day.

October 29, 2015

 

raw chicken for sale

Consumers Should Demand Better Treatment Of Poultry Workers

Oxfam America released a report calling on consumers to help better working conditions for the people who work at the four largest poultry producers.

October 28, 2015

 

Jonathan Lundgren

USDA Whistleblower Claims Censorship Of Pesticide Research

Jonathan Lundgren’s work has included extensive examination of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides widely used by farmers to control pest damage to corn.

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