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April 5, 2017

 

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Watch: Many Midwest Farmers Wary Of Changes To NAFTA

With the prospect of the deal being re-worked or scrapped, some farmers are wondering why the President wants to mess with what they perceive as a good thing.

April 3, 2017

 

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Neb. Plan Could Be Model For Cleaning Up Groundwater Pollution

The plan is to help farmers adopt practices that reduce the amount of nitrates getting into the groundwater and implementing more efficient irrigation methods.

April 2, 2017

 

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Not Just Compost Anymore

Coffee grounds might already be making your garden incredible, soon they might be cleaning your ground water.

March 31, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue, right, greets Jack Kingston

Sonny Perdue One Step Away From Becoming Agriculture Secretary

The Senate has a busy calendar both before and after its scheduled April 10-21 recess. When Perdue will get a vote before the full Senate remains to be seen.

March 31, 2017

 

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In U.S. Restaurants and Bars, ‘Modern Slavery’ Persists

A new report highlights victims of human trafficking in the food industry, from farm workers to restaurant cooks and wait staff.

March 30, 2017

 

Danielle Coons serves beer

U.S. Breweries Top 5,300, Craft Beer Rides Double-Digit Gains

Just five years ago, there were only about 2,000 U.S. craft brewers. More than 800 opened for business in 2016 — and they're finding a changing market.

March 30, 2017

 

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EPA Will Not Ban Pesticide Despite Its Own Evidence Of Risk

New EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has decided not to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on produce.

March 29, 2017

 

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Deportation Fears Prompt Immigrants To Cancel Food Stamps

Groups that help low-income families get food aid report a big drop in the number of immigrants seeking help.

March 29, 2017

 

Advocate Jamie Manzer, right, with reporter Mike Tobias

Sex Trafficking In Small Towns: ‘It Happens Virtually Anywhere’

Fighting sex trafficking is a challenge throughout Nebraska. A recent report described the services landscape for trafficking victims in Nebraska as “bleak.”

March 28, 2017

 

Camellia sinensis are planted on the Salem, Oregon

Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing

Most of the world's tea comes from China, India and Sri Lanka, but dozens of farms have sprouted across the U.S. producing small-batch tea sold at a premium.

March 28, 2017

 

Farmer Don Batie

In Rural Trump Country, Trade Policy Divides

Rural voters overwhelmingly chose President Donald Trump, but when it comes to trade, rural voters are not necessarily in sync with the administration.

March 27, 2017

 

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Beer Brewers Test A Taboo, Using Recycled Water

When a brewery made a beer made from recycled water, at least one headline asked, "Would You Drink It?"

March 27, 2017

 

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Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers

When infants and young kids grow up in homes without enough to eat, they're more likely to perform poorly in kindergarten, a study shows.

March 27, 2017

 

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Brazil Beef Industry’s Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Week

It started on March 17 with raids on two meatpacking plants in Brazil. The country’s biggest beef companies stood accused of egregious food safety violations.

March 26, 2017

 

Meals on Wheels

Food Is Just One Serving Of What Meals On Wheels Gives Seniors

The service delivers meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities and could be facing big cuts in the Trump budget.

March 25, 2017

 

cow in the field

Why More Farmers Are Making Switch To Grass-Fed Meat, Dairy

Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it's better for the environment and the animals. But there's another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium.

March 24, 2017

 

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U.S. Can’t Really Know If Farmers Cutting Back On Antibiotics

New FDA rules limit how farmers can give antibiotics to animals raised for meat. But a report says FDA doesn't collect data to know if that policy is working.

March 24, 2017

 

sonny perdue

Trump’s USDA Pick Gets Capitol Hill Hearing But No Vote Yet

Sonny Perdue was the last cabinet secretary Trump nominated, back on Jan. 19.

March 23, 2017

 

Cans of tuna at Whole Foods Market

Grocers Want To Make Sure Canned Tuna Was Caught Responsibly

Whole Foods this month became the latest retailer to adopt a policy to ensure the canned tuna it sells is caught with methods that don't decimate fish stocks.

March 23, 2017

 

sign at one of the gates of Sunset Farms in Harris

USDA On Alert For Deadly Strain Of Avian Flu Found In China

The USDA’s head veterinarian stresses that it's impossible to predict how far a particular bird flu strain may travel or mutate.

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