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June 16, 2017

 

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American Beef Industry To Send Bull Back Into China’s Shops

China is set to once again import U.S.-raised beef. To take advantage of the massive new market, the U.S. cattle industry is going to have to make some changes.

June 16, 2017

 

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Our Love Of ‘All-Natural’ Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage

There's a global shortage of vanilla beans. Prices have soared, squeezing bakers and ice cream makers alike.

June 16, 2017

 

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To Protect Fruit Crops, Scientists Put Them Into Deep Freeze

In an effort to save irreplaceable varieties from disease and other threats, plant cuttings are being plunged into liquid nitrogen for later revival.

June 15, 2017

 

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Falsely Labeled Organic Imports Alarm Organic Industry

Three soybean and corn shipments from Turkey were falsely labeled "organic" upon arrival in the U.S. earlier this year.

June 14, 2017

 

Customers

Qatar Solves Milk Shortage By Airlifting 4,000 Cows

A businessman will charter some 60 Qatar Airlines flights for the bovines. He aims to jumpstart a dairy industry in Qatar.

June 14, 2017

 

Aldi

German Grocery Chain Aldi Expanding In The U.S.

Aldi's goal is to become the third largest grocery chain in the country, behind only Walmart and Kroger, in the next three years.

June 14, 2017

 

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USDA Reorganization Shakes Confidence In Trump’s Rural Agenda

Many of USDA’s rural development programs are aimed at creating jobs. That can make a difference in towns where agriculture no longer provides as many jobs.

June 13, 2017

 

Beatrice Nandudu

What Climate Change Looks Like To Uganda’s Coffee Farmers

Journalist Tim McDonnell spent three months reporting in Uganda. His photos illustrate climate change's impact on the country's coffee farmers.

June 13, 2017

 

Willow Drive Nursery

How New Roots Are Driving An Apple Renaissance

The apple renaissance of recent years has given us new varieties, but that's only half the story. Another revolution is happening below ground in the roots.

June 12, 2017

 

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Farmers Paid Billions To Save The Soil, But It’s Blowing Away

Right now, the government rents farmland to help protect soil and water. But once the land is farmed again, the benefits disappear.

June 11, 2017

 

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3.6 Percent Of Americans Found To Have Food Allergies

A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital finds that women and people of Asian descent are the most at risk.

June 8, 2017

 

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Rural Areas Still Lag Behind In Digital Technology Adoption

Rural residents are still 10 percent less likely to have broadband access at home than people in cities, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

June 7, 2017

 

cattle

Fairness Rule Divides Cattle Country On Role Of Government

Ranchers worry that a move to delay federal rules that would make it easier for them lodge complaints about unfair treatment may spell the end of the new rules.

June 6, 2017

 

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As Organic Industry Grows, It Edges Toward Mainstream

The counter-culture movement that once agitated the food industry from the periphery has grown much closer to conventional.

June 5, 2017

 

carrots

Do Carrots Really Help Your Vision?

The orange vegetable helps us see — but that's different from improving our vision. That said, carrots are part of a diet designed for eye health.

June 5, 2017

 

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Sustainable Agriculture Research Center Survives Cut, Barely

The Iowa Legislature decided to defund the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, leaving it to rely on money from its existing endowment and grants.

June 4, 2017

 

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Mini Gardens Help Drive The Growth Of Food At Home

Container kits are appealing to people who are interested in home cooking, food-sourcing and the environment.

June 3, 2017

 

pink slime

‘Pink Slime’ Trial Begins, News Media Under The Microscope

In 2012 ABC News revealed the practice. Now a beef company's defamation suit for those reports is finally in court.

June 1, 2017

 

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A Little Chocolate Each Week May Lower Risk Of Heart Flutter

A study finds people who ate small amounts of chocolate several times a week had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation.

June 1, 2017

 

carrot orange salad

Moroccan Carrot Orange Salad

This salad is raw and vegan, but it doesn't skimp on flavor.

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