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October 17, 2016

 

A worker holds a handful of blueberries

Berry Pickers Form Union, Taste Victory

Berry pickers in Washington state have formed one of the first farmworker unions to come along in many years.

October 12, 2016

 

Chickens

Perdue Goes Antibiotic-Free

The announcement marks the end of 14 years of efforts to eliminate antibiotics in Perdue's chicken products.

October 11, 2016

 

soda

WHO Urges Nations Around The Globe To Tax Soda

A World Health Organization report recommends fiscal policies, including taxes, that hike the retail price of sugary drinks to fend off obesity and diabetes.

October 11, 2016

 

just mayo

USDA: Egg Board Campaign Against Mayo Company ‘Inappropriate’

San Francisco-based Hampton Creek makes several types of plant-based mayo products.

October 11, 2016

 

gallon jug of water

Cities Cope With Ag Runoff, Create Their Own Pollution, Too

A stunning 90 percent of US urban streams contained concentrations of pesticides, most of which were used to keep bugs out of our homes and away from our yards.

October 10, 2016

 

Tom Troxel

In Rural Indiana, Farm Veterinarians In Short Supply

Indiana's 200 or so veterinarians do a lot of driving, and starting in January, they'll need to do even more.

October 10, 2016

 

chicken

Backyard Chickens Linked To Record Salmonella Infections

So far this year, 895 people from 48 states have gotten sick, and a few hundred were hospitalized. One person died.

October 8, 2016

 

First lady Michelle Obama participates in a White House Kitchen Garden harvest in June.

Michelle Obama’s Garden Will Keep Blooming After She Leaves

Whether future occupants of the East Wing decide to get their hands dirty in the garden, its future has been cemented on the White House South Lawn.

October 7, 2016

 

cooking at home

Lower Food Prices Keep People Cooking At Home

Low prices at grocery stores have created the largest gap between restaurant and grocery prices in the last decade.

October 6, 2016

 

A harvester deposits corn into a storage bin.

Farm Groups Reject Proposed Atrazine Rules

Farmers’ associations are fighting proposed EPA restrictions on the herbicide atrazine, saying new rules would drive up costs and reduce yields.

October 4, 2016

 

yellow-faced bee

Bees Added To U.S. Endangered Species List For 1st Time

Seven species of the yellow-faced bee, which is the only bee native to Hawaii, have been designated as endangered.

October 4, 2016

 

water drain

Farmers Dabble In Voluntary Measures To Stop Harmful Runoff

While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, they have little muscle in combating agricultural runoff.

October 3, 2016

 

Alan Fabrizius with tractors

Low Wheat Prices Mean Lean Times For Wheat Belt Farm Economy

As harvest of winter wheat got underway in June in Kansas, the price began plummeting.

October 3, 2016

 

Kind Bars

FDA Is Redefining The Term ‘Healthy’ On Food Labels

Last year, the FDA told the maker of Kind bars some of its nut-filled snacks couldn't be labeled as "healthy." Now the agency is rethinking what healthy means.

September 29, 2016

 

Rain falls on a McDonald's restaurant.

LA Teachers Join Call To End ‘McTeacher Nights’

A teacher’s union in Los Angeles has added to the list of educators who want to stop school fundraisers at McDonalds.

September 28, 2016

 

Courtesy of Hudson Gardens

Beekeepers Benefit From The Hive Mind In Community Apiaries

Modeled after community gardens, the sweet setups allow beekeepers to maintain hives in public spaces.

September 28, 2016

 

growing places indy

Bill Would Extend Farm Safety Net To Urban Growers

A Michigan senator is introducing legislation that would let urban farmers access the traditional agricultural safety net.

September 27, 2016

 

A patch of rye planted as a cover crop

Farmers Feel Pressure To Fight Agricultural Water Pollution

Planting cover crops and spoon-feeding fertilizer are two ways to cut agriculture’s contribution to nitrates in water, but not enough farmers are buying in yet.

September 26, 2016

 

corn

In The Face Of Uncertain Future, Ag Industry Titans Pair Up

The prospect of fewer, larger companies controlling so much of the basic food supply is giving some farmers and anti-trust advocates heartburn.

September 26, 2016

 

Corn rootworm beetle larvae feed on maize root and seed.

Biotech Companies Promise New Insect-Killing Genes

Scientists have discovered a soil microbe with a gene that kills the corn rootworm, an insect that farmers spend $1 billion each year trying to control.

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