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February 6, 2017

 

farmers with cows

How Fancy Cheese May Save Some Small-Scale Dairies

Increasing demand for upscale, local foods has created a market for on-farm cheesemakers. Profit is not guaranteed and the up-front investment is significant.

February 6, 2017

 

Washu chocolate

Save The Monkeys, Save The Trees, Sell The Chocolate

An enterprise-minded ecologist from England is helping endangered brown-headed spider monkeys in Ecuador by connecting their preservation to high-end chocolate.

January 31, 2017

 

researchers in a field

Watch: How Farmers Are Trying To Protect The Soil

Winter cover crops have been used by farmers for centuries, but over the last decade or so they have once again started to become more popular.

January 31, 2017

 

non-dairy milks on grocery shelves

A War Over Words Erupts In The Dairy Industry

Dairy farmers say milk comes only from a mammal, which is backed up by the FDA. Plant-based milk companies say foods amount to much more than legal definitions.

January 25, 2017

 

Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins, Colorado

Ag Department Lifts Gag-Order On Taxpayer-Funded Research

The Agricultural Research Service rescinded its initial directive in an email to employees Tuesday evening.

January 25, 2017

 

USDA science researcher

USDA Scientists Told Not To Publicly Share Their Work

The directive comes as President Donald Trump begins his term and before his nominee for Agriculture Secretary undergoes U.S. Senate confirmation hearings.

January 24, 2017

 

cows

Farm Groups Anxious As Trump Pulls U.S. Out Of TPP Trade Deal

The American Farm Bureau Federation claimed in its analysis that the TPP could have increased U.S. agricultural exports by billions of dollars a year.

January 23, 2017

 

aerial drone image

Watch: 5 Ways Drones Help Bring Food To Your Table

Drones are seen by many as part of the next generation of “precision agriculture” tools. Here are five ways drones are already impacting the food system.

January 19, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue

Trump To Tap Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

If nominated and confirmed, Sonny Perdue will take charge of the USDA, an agency with nearly 100,000 employees and a $150 billion budget.

January 18, 2017

 

tractor on a field

Down Times In Farm Country Persist, But Not Yet A ‘Crisis’

The USDA expects payments from government safety net programs to reach $12.9 billion for 2016, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous year.

January 17, 2017

 

tom vilsack

Former Ag Secretary Vilsack To Head Dairy Industry Trade Group

Tom Vilsack announced that his first job outside the Cabinet will be heading up a dairy industry trade group that pushes for access to foreign markets.

January 16, 2017

 

cooked sweet potatoes

Why We’re Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

In 2000, Americans ate about 4 pounds of sweet potatoes per person. Today, it’s nearly double that, at 7.5 pounds per person.

January 14, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack portrait USDA

Agriculture Secretary Lone Trump Cabinet Post Without Nominee

The next Agriculture Secretary will be charged with shepherding a new Farm Bill through Congress. Work on the law is slated to begin almost immediately.

January 10, 2017

 

student at a salad bar

Some Students Develop An Appetite For Healthier School Meals

When Cheryl Johnson visits school cafeterias, she sees kids eating more fruits and vegetables, but the amount of food thrown away has not increased.

January 6, 2017

 

A ranch foreman unloads a trailer of Red Angus

$2.6 million Missing From Oklahoma Beef Council

News of the alleged embezzlement and the attempt by the council to keep it secret gave critics of what’s called the beef check-off program more fodder.

January 5, 2017

 

piglets

New Rules for Antibiotics On The Farm May Not Reduce Usage

In the past, farmers could buy feed containing antibiotics at a local feed store without consulting a vet. Now, they need to obtain a Veterinary Feed Directive.

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.

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