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September 12, 2016


Dungeness Crabs wriggle in a crab pot

California Crabbers Hope For Better Season

Toxic algae blooms put a pinch on this year's Dungeness crab harvest in California, but signs say the fishery could bounce back this year.

September 9, 2016


handing over food

Big Drop In Number Of Hungry U.S. Kids Last Year (USDA)

The government says the number of hungry U.S. kids has dropped to the lowest level since before the Great Recession.

September 8, 2016



Monsanto Rejects New Bayer Bid, Talks “Nearing Consensus”

The German pharmaceutical and crop chemical company’s most recent offer to acquire Monsanto was $65 million, a 2 percent increase on its previous offer.

September 8, 2016


seaweed farming

U.N.: Seaweed Production Needs More Regulations

A new report from the U.N. shows little regulation of the seaweed industry and growing concern for the spread of diseases that can disrupt ecological balance.

September 7, 2016


bucket of hops

Midwest Farmers Brew Up Hops For Local Craft Beer

There are several reasons why getting a start in commercial hop growing can be daunting, from expensive start-up costs to intensive labor demands.

September 6, 2016


Rich Mort is a farmer in Pendleton, Indiana.

Air Quality Control Creates Unintended Consequence For Crops

An effort to decrease air pollution is impacting the food on our plate. Now, agriculture experts and farmers are using different practices to find a solution.

September 6, 2016


machines spraying pesticides

How GMOs Cut Pesticide Use, And Perhaps Boosted It Again

Genetically modified crops replaced insecticides, and, at first, some herbicides. But herbicide use has rebounded.

September 6, 2016


Gary Wenig in his high tunnel

Farmers Look To Chickens And Bugs As Natural Pesticides

Researchers are looking at ways to combat pests by introducing predatory bugs, but there is danger in introducing a new species to an ecosystem.

September 2, 2016


cocoa beans

Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health

Chocolate lovers may agree cocoa is the food of the gods, but how strong is the evidence that it boosts heart health?

September 1, 2016


cattle feeding

USDA: New Non-GMO Label Rules for Poultry, Beef Products

The federal agency says beef and poultry products may now be labeled as "non-GMO."

September 1, 2016



Study: Mussels Disappearing From New England Waters

Last week, thousands of dead mussels washed up on the shore of Long Island.

September 1, 2016


sheep eating sprouts

Water In Short Supply, California Ranchers Grow Feed Indoors

The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them, growing feed for sheep indoors using hydroponics.

August 31, 2016


Bruce Hincks of Meadowood Farm

Northeast Farmers Grapple With Worst Drought In A Decade

This year, many fields are bone dry and that has many farmers in the region thinking about how to manage their land, their animals and the water that is there.

August 31, 2016


bear wood sculpture

At Fair Time, Chainsaws Create A Buzz

From carnival barkers and Ferris wheels, to snorts and moos of livestock, county fairs are noisy affairs. Add to the din this season: chainsaws buzzing.

August 31, 2016


sign on a tree

For-Profit Mushroom Pickers In Montana Go Underground

Last year's forest fires have produced a bumper crop of morels, but the Forest Service isn't issuing commercial licenses in some prime picking spots.

August 30, 2016



Why The USDA Is Buying $20 Million Worth Of Cheese

The federal agency is buying 11 million pounds of cheese to combat a weak market and stock food banks across the country.

August 30, 2016


soba noodles

Japan’s Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

Making soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat is an ancient technique being adapted to modern times.

August 29, 2016


combine in a field

Can Oats Improve Bottom Lines In The Corn Belt?

Oats are a popular cover crop. Typically they're killed when it’s time to plant the cash crop. Giving oats a full season would offer farmers a product to sell.

August 26, 2016


Breads baked at the Elmore Mountain Bread use freshly stone milled flour.

Bread Grains: The Last Frontier In The Locavore Movement

A small but growing number of bakers, chefs and pasta makers are making their own flour with the age-old method of stone milling.

August 25, 2016


U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley

Senate Plans Hearing On Big Ag Mergers

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee plans to examine proposed mergers among agricultural chemical and seed companies in a September hearing.

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