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May 26, 2017

 

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Global Seed Vault Totally OK But Not OK

Record high temperatures and rainfall last year caused unusually large leaks in a global backup system meant to protect against climate change.

May 25, 2017

 

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Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs

Some 55 percent of families with kids on SNAP have jobs — they just don't earn enough to live on.

May 25, 2017

 

Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, Food Donations Aren’t

Pantries in southwest Virginia will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

May 24, 2017

 

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Congress And Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

The Trump administration wants to cut both food aid to the poor and subsidies for the nation's farmers.

May 23, 2017

 

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NAFTA Renegotiation Puts Agriculture Groups On Edge

While it’s difficult to pin a dollar figure on how NAFTA has directly affected farmers and ranchers in the U.S., it has opened up markets for certain products.

May 23, 2017

 

Clostridium botulinum

Nacho Cheese Sauce Tainted With Botulism Kills California Man

An outbreak of botulism caused by nacho cheese sauce from a gas station has hospitalized nine people and killed one man in northern California.

May 23, 2017

 

Cattle rancher Mike John

Farmers Looking For New Markets Worry They’re Losing Out On Trade

Even more disconcerting is news that Japan has pitched the idea of a mini-TPP, which would exclude the U.S. and lower tariffs among competitors.

May 22, 2017

 

A backyard chicken sits in its coup in Seattle

Backyard Chicken Movement Outfoxes Restrictions

As the ranks of backyard chicken enthusiasts grows across North America, municipalities are wrestling with ways to keep it safe and legal.

May 22, 2017

 

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Big Data Is Transforming How Breeders Create Better Seeds

The time-honored tradition of crossbreeding plants to get the best traits is no longer the primary way science is done. Now, we harness the power of Big Data.

May 21, 2017

 

Author Michael Ruhlman

Grocery Stores: ‘The Best And Worst Of America’

In his new book, Michael Ruhlman explores how and why Americans have changed from corner-store customers to insatiable consumers of every edible product.

May 19, 2017

 

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Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers

Government statistics show a big increase in the number of foreign guest workers approved to work on American farms this year.

May 18, 2017

 

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Scientists Say Don’t Cut Costs On Weed Control

Farmers have a chance to prevent a newly-arrived threat from becoming a permanent fixture. It’s an aggressive weed that’s been devastating crops in the Midwest.

May 18, 2017

 

Puerto Rican sugar refinery

Puerto Rico Lost Its Home-Grown Food But Might Find It Again

A local food movement is taking root in Puerto Rico. Hopeful farmers are leasing long-abandoned land, but why was the land abandoned in the first place?

May 17, 2017

 

chicken

Chinese Chicken Is Headed To U.S. But It’s Really About Beef

The U.S. has given the green light for China to send cooked poultry to America. It's part of a trade deal that opens China's huge market to U.S. beef producers.

May 17, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue in Cincinnati

Plan To Shakeup USDA Worries Rural Advocates

The Trump White House proposed a 21 percent cut to USDA’s discretionary funding, and rural advocates are worried.

May 16, 2017

 

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Americans Are Drinking Less Cow’s Milk, Its Appeal Has Curdled

In the 1900s, nutritionists and dairy producers helped convince Americans that cow's milk was nature's perfect food. But the science and tastes have changed.

May 16, 2017

 

Michelle Obama

What Michelle Obama Thinks About Trump’s School Lunch Rules

The former first lady got fired up talking about the issues she championed during her eight years in the White House.

May 16, 2017

 

bunker pool

Apocalypse-Proof Bunkers On Great Plains Sell For $3 Million

The business of helping people prepare to survive the next big calamity has changed substantially in the age of President Donald Trump.

May 15, 2017

 

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New Kansas Farm Hopes To Cultivate A Future For Veterans

S.A.V.E. Farm stands for Service member Agricultural Vocation Education. It offers veterans the opportunity to learn the business of farming.

May 11, 2017

 

Barack Obama eats a peach

Barack Obama Gives Food Security Warning At Milan Summit

Former President Barack Obama called for big changes in agriculture and food policy to help curb climate change during a sustainability summit in Milan, Italy.

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