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May 8, 2017

 

Insecticides

Watch: What Are Pesticides And How Are They Used?

Conflicting interpretations of scientific research have led various authorities to issue different levels of concern over pesticide use.

May 7, 2017

 

organic milk cartons

Just How Organic Is Your Milk? It Depends On The Dairy

Is there a difference between organic milk bought in a grocery store and milk bought straight from farmers? Reporter Peter Whoriskey talks about his findings.

May 6, 2017

 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Here’s What Sonny Perdue Said On Climate Change, Immigration

Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe sat down with the Secretary of Agriculture to talk about Trump Administration’s priorities for our food system.

May 5, 2017

 

Rosa Parks'

Rosa Parks’ Pancake Recipe Helps Us See Human Side Of A Hero

Parks jotted the recipe down on the back of an envelope. A Library of Congress curator says "this recipe is quintessentially African-American."

May 4, 2017

 

A Burger King sign displays calorie counts

White House Kicks Calorie Count Labels To Next Year

The FDA has put off a rule requiring calorie counts on menus at big food chains until May next year.

May 4, 2017

 

Bruce Barritt with apple tree

Washington Apple Growers Sink Their Teeth Into Cosmic Crisp

A new apple variety is on its way. It's called Cosmic Crisp, and farmers in Washington state are planting these trees by the millions.

May 3, 2017

 

dairy cow

How Canadian Dairy Farmers Escape The Global Milk Glut

President Trump recently accused Canada of unfairly blocking imports of milk from the U.S. He was taking aim at a system that defiantly rejects the free market.

May 3, 2017

 

avocados

California Is On Its Way To Having Avocado Crop Year-Round

Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year; many came from Mexico. California researchers are working to change that.

May 2, 2017

 

Student Gabriela Cardenas, left, with instructor Marissa Velazquez

Some Rural Immigrants Take Steps Toward Citizenship

Immigrants choose to go through the naturalization process for many reasons, including gaining the right to vote and to rest easy about immigration status.

May 1, 2017

 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Perdue: Trump Open To Immigrant Farm Workers Staying In U.S.

Ag Secretary Perdue says he’s hired a labor lawyer to help design the program that can help keep undocumented workers here, but remove criminals.

May 1, 2017

 

water tower and school bus

Kansas Town Anxiously Waits For Water Regulations To Change

Residents of Pretty Prairie, Kansas are concerned about how federal budget cuts might affect their ability to pay for a new water treatment system.

April 29, 2017

 

Rancher Gena Kirk

Great Plains Ranchers Look To Rebuild In Wake Of Wildfires

The USDA set aside $6 million in aid to help farmers and ranchers affected by the fires.

April 28, 2017

 

cows

Why Aren’t More Farms Putting Poop To Good Use?

Digesters convert livestock manure into electricity, but some have found the technology too pricey to maintain.

April 27, 2017

 

grain

Study: Grow More Crops, Store More Carbon In The Soil

New research shows breeding plants with larger root systems may be the key to storing more carbon in the soil, especially in large agricultural operations.

April 26, 2017

 

schisandra berries

A Wild Berry Helps Protect China’s Giant Pandas, Countryside

Schisandra is made into soups and jams and prized as a medicinal plant. Now the berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.

April 26, 2017

 

Poultry-worker

Tyson Announces Better Conditions And Safety For Meat Workers

An investigation found that the more than 500,000 slaughterhouse and meat processing plant workers have some of the most dangerous factory jobs in America.

April 25, 2017

 

combine

Farmers Lobby For Right To Repair Tractors

Farmers fixing their own equipment would be an obvious blow to the business of tractor dealers who have cornered the market on repair.

April 25, 2017

 

Then-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

Months After Nomination, Perdue Confirmed As Ag Secretary

Perdue earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine and has had a long career operating family agribusiness and transportation companies.

April 24, 2017

 

bird flu sign

Midwest Farmers Feel Prepared For Next Bird Flu Outbreak

Two years after a devastating bird flu outbreak in the Midwest, many farmers here say they now have a better idea of how to keep bird flu at bay.

April 24, 2017

 

Maass family

Farmers’ Patience Tested As Ag Secretary Confirmation Awaits

With a declining farm economy and trade with vital global markets in disarray, Sonny Perdue confronts an agriculture industry in search of stability.

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