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April 14, 2015

 

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What Dropping Cuba Trade Embargo Could Mean For U.S. farmers

In 2014, Cuba imported more than $2 billion worth of food products – much of which is bought in bulk from countries in Asia or South America.

April 13, 2015

 

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Rainy Weather Delays Crops, But Agronomists Say Not To Worry

Purdue agronomy professor Robert Nielsen says historical data doesn’t show a strong correlation between planting dates and crop yields.

April 10, 2015

 

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More Of Indiana’s Honeybees Survive The Winter

A Purdue University investigation found that about 29 percent of Indiana’s honeybees died off this past winter.

April 10, 2015

 

Tomatoes displayed at a farmer's market in Burlington, Vermont.

Group Releases New State Local Food Rankings

A "locavore" advocacy group has released this year’s index ranking states in order of their best access to local food.

April 9, 2015

 

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New Bird Flu Strain Infects Minnesota Turkeys

Minnesota, the country's largest turkey producer, has seen nine farms diagnosed with bird flu infections.

April 9, 2015

 

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Mandatory Drought Regulations Affect Farms, Lawns

For the first time in state history, California has instated mandatory water regulations.

April 8, 2015

 

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Urban Farming Is Taking Root In Wide Open Spaces

There’s been an unexpected push recently to create hyper-dense farms in the land of wide open spaces, Wyoming.

April 6, 2015

 

Tracy Dethlefs and her husband, Shawn Rademacher,

Research Could Help Answer Questions About Rural Cancer

Doctors and researchers want to understand more about why cancer is more likely to be fatal for rural residents than most city residents.

April 2, 2015

 

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Study Says Pesticides Spur Antibiotic Resistance

New research shows for the first time that bacteria exposed to small amounts of household herbicides can become resistant to antibiotics.

April 1, 2015

 

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Kraft Singles Will Be Stripped Of ‘Kids Eat Right’ Logo

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has agreed to pull the "Kids Eat Right" logo from Kraft Singles after members threatened to leave the group.

April 1, 2015

 

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Some Farmers Warming Up To The Affordable Care Act

Studies done before the ACA’s enactment found that farmers were among the groups least likely to have health insurance.

March 31, 2015

 

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Fed. Bill To Block State GMO Labeling Efforts Reintroduced

A Kansas congressman reintroduced a bill last week outlawing state GMO labeling laws, an effort critics promptly called "Monsanto's dream bill."

March 26, 2015

 

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Ketchup Maker Heinz Buys Kraft Foods

The newly formed Heinz Kraft Co. will be the third-largest American food company and the fifth-largest food company in the world.

March 26, 2015

 

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Could Roundup Cause Cancer?

Here are five things you should know about the World Health Organization saying Roundup could cause cancer.

March 25, 2015

 

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Would Consumers Be Safer With One Food Safety Agency?

Altogether, 15 federal agencies play a role in food safety, from the EPA to the Centers for Disease Control.

March 24, 2015

 

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Amy’s Kitchen Recalls Products For Listeria Concerns

Nearly 74,000 Amy's Kitchen organic products have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada for potential listeria contamination from spinach.

March 23, 2015

 

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Deadline Approaches To Sign Up For Farm Bill Crop Insurance

The new farm bill includes three crop insurance options for farmers – this is the first time there's been more than one choice.

March 19, 2015

 

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Coca-Cola ‘Simplifies’ Milk In A Bid To Boost Profits

Coca-cola has seen its profits tumble in developed nations and instability in its developing markets. So what is a soda giant to do?

March 19, 2015

 

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Researching What’s Inside Honey Bees Could Help Save Them

To find out what's inside a healthy queen bee, an IU Biology professor and other researchers looked at queen bees’ gut bacteria — called a microbiome.

March 19, 2015

 

Farmers Jason and Natalie Condon

Factions Clash Within The Organic Food Industry

Checkoffs have been the subject of Supreme Court cases, where farmers have argued that a mandatory payment for advertising infringes on free speech.

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