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October 21, 2016


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Pepsi Pledges To Cut Sugar In Drinks

PepsiCo this week announced new targets for reducing sugar, salt and fat drinks and snacks by 2025.

October 20, 2016


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Hurricane Matthew Latest Catastrophic Event To Hit N.C. CAFOs

Hurricane Matthew floodwaters killed millions of chickens and pigs and potentially flooded lagoons that retain millions of pounds of hog waste.

October 19, 2016


donald trump and hillary clinton

Trump And Clinton May Agree On Food Stamps, Conservation

The campaigns agree on food policy in some surprising ways. Most notable: both campaigns say that food-stamp benefits should remain a part of the Farm Bill.

October 19, 2016


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Cut Down On Bee-Killing Pesticides? Easier Said Than Done

In Canada, the province of Ontario is trying to crack down on pesticides called "neonics," with mixed results.

October 18, 2016


tomatoes in the refrigerator

The Tomato Debate: To Refrigerate Or Not To Refrigerate

In the great household debate about refrigerating tomatoes, there's new scientific evidence on the no-fridge side, but some taste testers are not convinced.

October 18, 2016



Wasabi Is The “Hardest Plant To Grow,” Just As Hard To Find

Somewhere between 90 and 95 percent of wasabi sold in restaurants is fake. It’s just a mixture of horseradish, green food coloring and dry mustard.

October 17, 2016


Geologist Carrie Elliott in a boat

Researching New Ways Farmers Can Fight Gulf’s ‘Dead Zone’

Upstream farmers can’t just stop using fertilizer all together. Researchers are looking at plant-based strategies to help mitigate the dead zone.

October 17, 2016


A worker holds a handful of blueberries

Berry Pickers Form Union, Taste Victory

Berry pickers in Washington state have formed one of the first farmworker unions to come along in many years.

October 12, 2016



Perdue Goes Antibiotic-Free

The announcement marks the end of 14 years of efforts to eliminate antibiotics in Perdue's chicken products.

October 11, 2016



WHO Urges Nations Around The Globe To Tax Soda

A World Health Organization report recommends fiscal policies, including taxes, that hike the retail price of sugary drinks to fend off obesity and diabetes.

October 11, 2016


just mayo

USDA: Egg Board Campaign Against Mayo Company ‘Inappropriate’

San Francisco-based Hampton Creek makes several types of plant-based mayo products.

October 11, 2016


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Cities Cope With Ag Runoff, Create Their Own Pollution, Too

A stunning 90 percent of US urban streams contained concentrations of pesticides, most of which were used to keep bugs out of our homes and away from our yards.

October 10, 2016


Tom Troxel

In Rural Indiana, Farm Veterinarians In Short Supply

Indiana's 200 or so veterinarians do a lot of driving, and starting in January, they'll need to do even more.

October 10, 2016



Backyard Chickens Linked To Record Salmonella Infections

So far this year, 895 people from 48 states have gotten sick, and a few hundred were hospitalized. One person died.

October 8, 2016


First lady Michelle Obama participates in a White House Kitchen Garden harvest in June.

Michelle Obama’s Garden Will Keep Blooming After She Leaves

Whether future occupants of the East Wing decide to get their hands dirty in the garden, its future has been cemented on the White House South Lawn.

October 7, 2016


cooking at home

Lower Food Prices Keep People Cooking At Home

Low prices at grocery stores have created the largest gap between restaurant and grocery prices in the last decade.

October 6, 2016


A harvester deposits corn into a storage bin.

Farm Groups Reject Proposed Atrazine Rules

Farmers’ associations are fighting proposed EPA restrictions on the herbicide atrazine, saying new rules would drive up costs and reduce yields.

October 4, 2016


yellow-faced bee

Bees Added To U.S. Endangered Species List For 1st Time

Seven species of the yellow-faced bee, which is the only bee native to Hawaii, have been designated as endangered.

October 4, 2016


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Farmers Dabble In Voluntary Measures To Stop Harmful Runoff

While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, they have little muscle in combating agricultural runoff.

October 3, 2016


Alan Fabrizius with tractors

Low Wheat Prices Mean Lean Times For Wheat Belt Farm Economy

As harvest of winter wheat got underway in June in Kansas, the price began plummeting.

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