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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.

January 27, 2016

 

combine in a field

Restoring Prairie On The Great Plains

The U.S. Department of Agriculture actually pays farmers to convert highly erodible land back to native vegetation with the Conservation Reserve Program.

January 26, 2016

 

barn

Ethanol Aside, Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking Ag

While many presidential campaigns have published platforms that touch on food and agriculture issues, they’re not often among talking points on the stump.

January 25, 2016

 

Russ Finch holds up half of a Cara Cara orange

Growing Citrus On The Great Plains

You don’t often see orange trees in Nebraska, but Russ Finch says growing citrus was a way of showing that his geothermal greenhouse could work.

January 25, 2016

 

turkeys

Seven Things To Know About The 2016 Bird Flu

Although this outbreak is so far relatively small, it is a concern because of last year’s devastating avian flu outbreak in the upper Midwest.

January 20, 2016

 

grocery store

Rising Energy Costs Of Convenience In The Kitchen

Our modern food system gobbles up around 10-15 percent of our total energy pie. Much of it goes to the approximate 30,000 food processing plants in the U.S.

January 20, 2016

 

wheat combine

Wheat Belt Farmers Sow Less Wheat

The inflated dollar makes it difficult to trade U.S. goods on the world market and farmers are responding.

January 18, 2016

 

corn field and combine

Growing Renewable Energy To Farm With Less Fossil Fuels

Food production consumes about a fifth of the U.S. energy supply. Some farmers are trying to cut back on the coal and gas used to grow our food.

January 13, 2016

 

harvesting corn

Sharing Economy Comes To The Farm

A site dedicated to leasing and using farm equipment is making available expensive machinery during the times producers need it most.

January 5, 2016

 

wheat floret

Wheat Struggling To Keep Up With Corn, Soybean Technology

Seed companies have poured billions into biotech soybeans and corn that raises more grain with less water. Now, there’s a push to grow wheat research.

December 30, 2015

 

bio methane gas pipe

Making Energy From Waste: The Other Natural Gas

One expert says current technologies could transform organic waste into enough natural gas to replace half the diesel fuel used in the US transportation sector.

December 29, 2015

 

containers of_ammonia fertilizer

More Fertilizer Plants Come Online, Bring CO2 Baggage

Three of the world’s largest facilities are scheduled to come on stream in the next year to produce a variety of nitrogen products.

December 27, 2015

 

hogs

Researchers Worry Last-Resort Antibiotic Is Failing

For years, the antibiotic colistin was known as the best chance to combat antibiotic resistance. But journalist Maryn McKenna says there’s bad news.

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