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August 6, 2014

 

Farmer John Schweiser

Farmers On The Prairie Work Through Modern Day Dust Bowl

While big swathes of the Great Plains have partially recovered from the extreme 2012 drought, some sections are still desperately dry.

August 4, 2014

 

Farmer Jeff Jones feeds cows

‘Right To Farm’ Pits Farmer Against Farmer

The amendment has become a hot button issue. On one side: commodity groups. On the other: animal rights groups.

August 1, 2014

 

Dairy cows

Forensic Technology Can Tell If There Are Drugs In Milk

Farmers often treat sick cows with antibiotics, but no one wants to ingest any medicine with their cold glass of milk.

July 18, 2014

 

Farmer Kate Potter shows chef Terrah King

On The Farm, Chefs Learn The Basics Of Food Production

Chefs learn about everything from keeping bees to butchering chickens to maintaining healthy soil at Chef Camp.

July 15, 2014

 

Moon Farm owner Dave Moon

States Working Out The Kinks To Keep Ag Tourism Growing

Agritourism is becoming bigger business all over the Midwest, with more than 2,000 farms boasting some kind of agritourism.

July 9, 2014

 

Mutton busters look on as a participant loses his grip on the sheep.

Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids

For first-timers, the prospect of hopping on the back of a sheep for a wild ride can stir a range of emotions.

July 7, 2014

 

Kurt Rosentrater with workers in Bangledesh

Feed The Future Seeks Hunger Solutions From The Heartland

One goal of Feed the Future is to help farmers increase yields and production efficiency—and those are lessons the ag schools can share.

July 1, 2014

 

paddock of cattle

Drought Re-Shaping The Cattle Map

Missouri, which housed about 6 percent of the nation’s beef cattle at the start of the drought, lost roughly 8 percent of its herd.

June 19, 2014

 

waterways-barge

Farmers Hope For River System Improvements

The federal government would cover half the cost of river construction while the rest of the money would come from a tax on the diesel fuel used by barges.

June 18, 2014

 

horse outside a barn

Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm

Farmers markets continue to grow. Community gardens are now mainstream. The next extension of that is to actually get onto a working farm and participate.

June 13, 2014

 

hemp plant

Canada Jonesing For A Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie

While the conversation about hemp in the U.S. currently focuses on legal issues, our neighbor to the north anxiously waits to talk business.

June 9, 2014

 

hemp seedlings

Now Appearing: Hemp, For First Time In Decades

With signals from Congress and the federal government, it may not be long before some of America’s amber waves of grain get a little greener.

June 3, 2014

 

beekeeper with hives

Is Corn Dust Killing Bees?

Farmers have used insecticides on their crops for decades, so many farmers are skeptical that these seed coatings are now killing bees.

June 2, 2014

 

tractor plowing miscanthus

Miscanthus: A Growing Energy Crop

Miscanthus is a tall, stalky grass native to Southeast Asia. Researchers want to blend miscanthus with existing fuel sources.

May 26, 2014

 

Dairy farmer Tom Weighner with cows

Integrated Local Food System Can Grow The Market

From the launch of the local food effort, producers have worked alongside buyers to push for a system that integrates local food into everyday life.

May 20, 2014

 

terry glenn with produce

Local Farmers Try To Tap Bigger Markets

Local food sales numbers are hard to come by, but direct-to-consumer sales accounted for just 0.8 percent of food agricultural sales in 2007.

May 13, 2014

 

Teresa Wiemerslage

Public, Private Partners Key To Local Food Success

Increasingly, farm businesses are starting as operations intended to provide produce for schools and other institutional markets in the local area.

May 9, 2014

 

tilapia swimming in fish tank

Aquaponics Brings Produce And Fish Under One Roof

Starting an aquaponics operation requires a large investment in equipment – fish tanks, greenhouses, climate-control equipment and the like.

May 5, 2014

 

Rancher Sharon Harvat with cattle

Brazil Beef Imports Too Risky, Ranchers Worry

USDA officials say little risk exists of the disease hitching a ride to the U.S. on packages of meat, but many U.S. ranchers are still wringing their hands.

April 21, 2014

 

sod house wall

Unlocking Prairie Secrets From A Sod House

Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19th century.

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