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January 2, 2017

 

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Environmental Groups Re-Focus On States After Federal Court Decision

Environmentalists argued the EPA should establish maximum levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, and then have a means to penalize states that exceed those amounts.

January 1, 2017

 

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Ag Department Commissions Local Direct Farm Sales Survey

The largest chunk of sales in 2015 were made to local schools, hospitals and wholesalers.

December 27, 2016

 

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Fantasy Farming: A Lesson On The Risks In Agriculture

This is the fourth year Monsanto has hosted fantasy farming competitions. Schools that produce the highest yield and generate the most profit win cash prizes.

December 25, 2016

 

Joe DiMaggio

When Mr. Coffee Was Must-Have Christmas Gift For Java Snobs

Few coffee aficionados are putting a Mr. Coffee machine on their wish list. But 40 years ago, it would've been at the top.

December 22, 2016

 

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Food Regs Uncertain As White House Changes Hands

As the White House ramps up for a profound transition in January, many questions remain about the fate of food and agriculture legislation under new leadership.

December 22, 2016

 

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Study Says Pig Farms Speed Flu Season

New research indicates that massive hog farms in North Carolina serve as breeding grounds for flu bugs before they jump from pigs to humans.

December 22, 2016

 

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Tainted Asian Seafood Continues to Find Its Way Into U.S.

A new Bloomberg report says tainted seafood from China, long banned in the U.S., is being rerouted through other countries, like Malaysia and Ecuador.

December 21, 2016

 

Agrihood, planned community

Detroit Grows First Urban ‘Agrihood’

The agrihood includes gardens, an orchard, free produce for local organizations, and agriculture education.

December 21, 2016

 

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If It’s Not From A Cow, Can You Legally Call It Milk?

Some members of Congress say the "milk" label on food is legally reserved for only one beverage source: cows.

December 20, 2016

 

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New Study Casts Doubts On Sugar Guidelines

Public health experts call the controversial findings an industry attempt to undermine scientific consensus.

December 20, 2016

 

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Majority Of America’s Farms Still Family-Owned

Corporation-owned farms do exist, the USDA notes, but they’re far out-produced and outnumbered by the country’s family farms.

December 19, 2016

 

Randy Ruppert

Where The Meat Industry Meets Environmental Concerns

A proposal that would jumpstart the chicken business in Nebraska has some residents concerned about the potential impact on the environment.

December 19, 2016

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Proposed Organic Livestock Welfare Rule Not Guaranteed

Some of the country’s largest farm organizations are lobbying the incoming administration to drop rules that would change the production of organic meat.

December 19, 2016

 

Fermin Domingo

The Final Days Of Hawaiian Sugar

The sugar industry dominated Hawaii's economy for over a century, but it has shrunk in recent years. Hawaii's last sugar mills wrapped up its final harvest.

December 16, 2016

 

hops

Craft Beer Boom Boosts Spain’s Hops Growers

When Germany halted exports in WWII, Spanish brewers asked farmers to plant hops. Now, this town produces almost all hops used by Spain's craft beer industry.

December 15, 2016

 

asparagus

We Unravel The Science Mysteries Of Asparagus Pee

Many have noted the distinctive smell asparagus gives urine, but most of us lack the ability to sniff it out and not everyone may produce it.

December 15, 2016

 

Craig Watts

After A Long Fight, New Rules Defend Small Farmers. For Now

The U.S. has issued regulations to protect farmers from mistreatment by big meat companies. But will the rules survive under the Trump administration?

December 14, 2016

 

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Fishermen Team Up With Scientists To Make More Selective Net

A trawling experiment in the Gulf of Maine aims to scoop up abundant and profitable flatfish, while bypassing once plentiful but now depleted cod population.

December 14, 2016

 

monsanto research campus

Monsanto Shareholders Approve Merger With Bayer

The merger of the two companies is projected to close by the end of 2017 and is awaiting anti-trust approval.

December 14, 2016

 

Blue Seal ice cream sign

Blue Seal: The GI Ice Cream That Okinawans Made Their Own

Blue Seal ice cream was launched after World War II for American soldiers in Okinawa, Japan. Today, its fusion of tastes is loved by locals and tourists alike.

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