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August 11, 2016

 

watermelon pickers

Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

Farmworkers in South Texas marched 200 miles for better wages and working conditions, but the strike failed and workers today are still systematically underpay.

August 8, 2016

 

berries

Driscoll’s Berry Pickers Organize Boycotts, Protests

Workers at Sakura Bros. farms in Washington state are locked in a years-long battle with their employer for better working condition and wages.

August 8, 2016

 

farmer Tom Willis

Kansas Farmers Try New Irrigation System To Save Water

Kansas Water Office is teaming with farmers to demonstrate that new irrigation methods can reduce the demand on the Ogallala Aquifer without sacrificing yields.

August 8, 2016

 

insects in a hand

Watch: The Insect Factory That Breeds Better Bugs

Colorado’s Insectary began in response to a peach pest called oriental fruit moth that devastated the local crop in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

August 7, 2016

 

spaghetti

Most Of Us Think We Eat Healthy, Evidence Says We’re Wrong

80 percent of American adults don't eat enough fruits, veggies and whole grains. Yet a Truven Health Analytics poll suggests we eat with blinders on.

August 6, 2016

 

egg cartons

Organic Food Fights Back Against ‘Non-GMO’ Rival

Sales of food labeled "non-GMO" are booming, and it's starting to annoy organic food companies.

August 5, 2016

 

chicken mcnuggets

McDonald’s Serves Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics, Mostly

The fast-food chain's suppliers are still allowed to use certain types of antibiotics that aren't used to treat people.

August 4, 2016

 

Packages of chicken and other meats line the shelves of a supermarket

Poultry Company Calls Antibiotics-Free Labels A ‘Gimmick’

The country’s third-largest poultry producer has launched an ad campaign to defend its use of antibiotics and slam competitors for using “misleading” labels.

August 4, 2016

 

4-H participant and cow

As Agriculture Modernizes, County Fairs Work To Keep Pace

It's fair season in Indiana. This means lots of 4-H activities happening around the state -- but they might not be the ones you're picturing.

August 4, 2016

 

food

Study Says Grocery Tax Affects Low-Income Families

The three states with the highest level of food insecurity are Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama - and all three states have a high grocery tax in place.

August 3, 2016

 

Taryn Riediger

Despite Changing Gender Roles, It’s Sons Who Go Home To Farm

The tradition of sons returning home to take over the farm remains a strong one. Gradually, though, women are starting to notice some changes.

August 2, 2016

 

Ripe summer hops good for making beer

Hop Growers Cheer Craft Brewers For Saving Ailing Industry

The spike in demand for small-batch beers has infused new life into small, family owned hop farms that were teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

August 2, 2016

 

Cypress tress in wetlands

Indiana Conservation Practices Affect Gulf Of Mexico

Nutrient runoff isn’t a concern in Indiana because nutrients move away with water. When they settle in Lake Erie, for instance, is when they become a problem.

August 2, 2016

 

soybeans

How Monsanto And Scofflaw Farmers Hurt Soybeans In Arkansas

A new type of genetically engineered crop is tempting farmers to use a weedkiller illegally. The illicit chemical use has damaged nearby crops.

August 1, 2016

 

Kristie and Drew Harper

Rural Towns Banking On More Than Just Farming To Survive

Rural towns like Brookfield, Missouri are trying to sell businesses on their assets, including a ready workforce, central location and affordable land.

July 28, 2016

 

A Gold Medal sign towers over a flour mill

Flour Recall Expands As E. Coli Outbreak Claims More Victims

General Mills has recalled an additional 15 million pounds of flour after investigators found a second strain of E. coli in samples.

July 28, 2016

 

Coffee beans ripen on the bush

Coffee Flour Grinds Down Food Waste

A new startup is making an edible product out of fruit pulp from coffee plants that farmers usually dump.

July 23, 2016

 

blueberries

For Pickers, Blueberries Mean Easier Labor But More Upheaval

Many farm workers call blueberries their favorite crop to pick, but it's a short season, and workers and their families have to keep moving.

July 21, 2016

 

Bayer

Monsanto Says No To New Bayer Buyout; Open To Talks

Despite a "sweetened" deal totaling $64 billion, the agrochemical giant rejected the new "incomplete and financially inadequate" Bayer offer.

July 19, 2016

 

French chef Stephane Jégo (left) poses with Syrian refugee chef Mohammad El Khaldy

In Paris, Refugee Chefs Show What They Have To Offer

In a weeklong festival, refugee chefs teamed up with their French counterparts to serve up feasts that fuse their culinary traditions.

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