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March 17, 2016

 

The US Capitol building under repair in February, 2016.

Senate Blocks Bill To Nullify State GMO Label Laws

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted down federal legislation that would make state GMO label laws invalid.

March 17, 2016

 

Eric Williams

In Fish Fry Season, Oil Finds Another Use As Homemade Fuel

The Omaha Biofuels Co-op collects from 25 restaurants around the city but also gathers about 1,000 gallons of fry oil from churches’ seasonal Lenten fish fries.

March 16, 2016

 

cannabis plant

Is Cannabis The Next Commodity Crop?

As more states legalize certain types of cannabis, the industry turns to traditional farmers for help transforming the plant into America's next big cash crop.

March 15, 2016

 

Cattle on an organic farm graze on silage.

Meat Giant Pledges To Cut Antibiotics On Four Farms

Global agriculture behemoth Cargill has announced plans to reduce the use of key antibiotics on farms in Texas, Kansas and Colorado.

March 15, 2016

 

pig with feed

Deadly Pig Virus Can Survive In Feed

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus found in this country closely matched the version circulating in China, fueling speculation that the virus came from there.

March 14, 2016

 

Scott Jackman, left, and Casey Adams

Ag Tech Start-Ups Show Explosive Growth In The Billions

Investment in food and agriculture technology startups reached $4.6 billion in 2015. The leading driver of that growth was investment in drones and robotics.

March 10, 2016

 

A selection of emojis is displayed on a cell phone

Instagram And Emojis Tapped For Food Science

Researchers are using social media tools to analyze everything from kids’ nutrition to food deserts.

March 9, 2016

 

orange, potato and apple

Misfit Fruits And Veggies Coming To Whole Foods

Whole Foods and Giant Eagle say they're ready to pilot sales of wonky produce that fails to meet retail beauty standards.

March 9, 2016

 

cottonseed

U.S. Cotton Growers Struggle With Changing Demand

A few years ago, more than 40 percent of U.S. cotton exports ended up in China. Last year, it was down to 6 percent.

March 8, 2016

 

corn field

Syngenta Suit Could Become Class-Action

Hundreds of lawsuits against seed company Syngenta could develop into a major class-action, potentially involving almost every corn farmer in the country.

March 8, 2016

 

A farmer sprays pesticides on a field from a tractor

EU Mulls New License For Weed Killer

The European Union is drawing battle lines over whether to renew a license for glyphosate, an herbicide the World Health Organization says is linked to cancer.

March 8, 2016

 

Emmanuel Baziruwile works at a coffee plantation in Rwanda

Rwanda Wants Its Citizens To Drink The Coffee They Grow

While the country is renowned for its high-quality Arabica Bourbon beans, both cost and culture have kept Rwandans from imbibing one of their top cash crops.

March 7, 2016

 

Farmer Kelly Tobin

Low Prices Could Push Corn Country Farmers Into New Crops

Because the prices for corn and soybeans have dropped, this might be a good time for farmers to look at growing crops that can help soil or protect water.

March 4, 2016

 

food pantry

SNAP Benefits Aren’t Enough To Keep Many Recipients Fed

About 23 million American households rely on SNAP, but nearly one-third of them still have to visit a food pantry to keep themselves fed.

March 3, 2016

 

labeling on meat

USDA Removes Labeling Requirements From Beef And Pork

Congress repealed mandatory labeling on beef and pork late last year, after the U.S. lost a World Trade Organization dispute with Mexico and Canada.

March 3, 2016

 

A sign is posted outside a Monsanto facility

House Bill Could Shield Monsanto From PCB Lawsuits

A chemical safety bill that the US House passed last year includes a provision that could help Monsanto get lawsuits dismissed.

March 2, 2016

 

Ashara Manns

Doctors In Flint Push A Healthy Diet To Fight Lead Exposure

Even low levels of lead in kids can cause learning or behavioral problems, but foods with calcium, iron and vitamin C can help reduce the absorption of lead.

March 2, 2016

 

Senator Pat Roberts speaks at a Senate Agriculture meeting.

Ag Committee Passes Voluntary GMO Label Bill

The Senate Agriculture Committee voted in favor of a bill that would make labels voluntary for foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

March 1, 2016

 

farmers Famuer Rasmussen and Jules Van Thuyne

What Are We Really Talking About When We Talk About GMOs?

When we think we’re talking about GMOs, are we really talking about them at all? Or do they serve more as a proxy?

February 29, 2016

 

salmonella

New Device Could Make It Easier To Identify Food Pathogens

A pathogen-screening device created by Purdue scientists could improve the process of identifying harmful food pathogens.

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