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February 27, 2015

 

Farmer Jeff Jones

Right To Farm Amendment Challenged In Missouri Supreme Court

Missouri is the second state to add the right to farm to its constitution, behind North Dakota.

February 26, 2015

 

redbud dessert

Get Warm! Five Posts To Prepare For Spring

For some of the nation, it's hard to believe spring can be around the corner. Get your mind in a warmer place with five spring-related posts.

February 24, 2015

 

Sara Creech with chicken

Back From War, On To The Farm

Veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to be unemployed than both civilians and veterans of other wars.

February 19, 2015

 

velveeta cheese

Shifting Priorities In Health Sound Alarm For Packaged Foods

Remember how everything was "low-fat" in the 1990s? Today's shift from low-fat, packaged foods to fresh, healthier food is worrying the packaged food industry.

February 18, 2015

 

Iowa Power Farming show

Farm Payment Projections Growing

Crop insurance, which is heavily subsidized with public money, is meant to function as the main farm support program.

February 17, 2015

 

drone flying over a field

Grounded, Farmers Wait On Drone Rules

While some farmers see drones as a way to help their bottom line, others see them as a potential invasion of privacy.

February 17, 2015

 

Ranchers drive longhorn cattle through the streets of Fort Worth, Texas.

Meat Industry Drops Lawsuit Against ‘COOL’ Labels

Meat industry groups have dropped a lawsuit against the USDA's rules requiring labels that identify country of origin for meat products.

February 13, 2015

 

eggs

Government Considers Reversal in Cholesterol Guidelines

Let them eat eggs, says the top U.S. nutrition advisory panel.

February 11, 2015

 

pouring raw milk

To Limit Sales, States Propose Legalizing Raw Milk

Despite health warnings, some states have proposed legalizing raw milk sales in order to impose strict regulations on the risky - and growing - market.

February 10, 2015

 

organic produce

Eat Organics For Lower Levels Of Pesticides

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found lower levels of pesticides in those who consume organic foods.

February 9, 2015

 

dairy operation

Without Immigration Fix, Dairies Struggle To Find Employees

Finding workers to don coveralls, muck boots and endure the occasional splash of manure, or spritz of urine is not as simple as putting an ad in the newspaper.

February 4, 2015

 

rye

Protecting Farmland, Water Supply With Cover Crops

Cover crops, like crimson clover and hairy vetch, grow during the winter when everything else freezes.

February 3, 2015

 

raw burger

Single Food Safety Agency Proposed Under 2016 Budget

The FDA and USDA split food safety responsibilities currently. A total of 12 agencies enforce about 30 different laws.

February 3, 2015

 

baby food on the shelf

Toddler Meals Contain Too Much Salt And Sugar

According to a new study, consuming too much salt and sugar from packaged foods starts at a young age.

February 2, 2015

 

Micro-meteorologist Andy Suyker says

Corn Belt Farming Boosts The Global Carbon Cycle

About 20 years ago, scientists realized peaks and valleys of the carbon cycle are reaching higher and lower levels. The Corn Belt may be contributing to that.

January 29, 2015

 

McDonald's sign

McDonald’s CEO Steps Down

Don Thompson is officially retiring, but many speculate pressure from investors helped make the decision.

January 29, 2015

 

seattle garbage cans

In Seattle, Your Trash Can Is No Place For Food Waste

It is now illegal for Seattle residents to throw food waste into garbage bins. Penalties will start in July.

January 29, 2015

 

Vince Orcutt harvesting fish

What Farming Fish ‘Organically’ Could Mean

The organic food market is exploding and many fish farmers and retailers want in. But some in the organic industry say “not so fast.”

January 28, 2015

 

corn field

EU Law Now Allows Nations To Write Their Own GMO Bans

The European Union has decided to allow individual nations to ban GMOs on grounds including town and country planning.

January 26, 2015

 

hemp sprouts

Vague Laws Can Stand In The Way Of Unlocking Hemp’s Benefits

Scientists studying industrial hemp say it holds a tremendous amount of promise. But to unlock its potential there’s very basic scientific research to be done.

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