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April 6, 2016

 

Seed labels from the J.C. Robinson Seed Company

Big Seed: Consolidation Shrinking The Industry Even Further

Over the past century, small-town seed businesses have given way to global enterprises. How a small seed company in Nebraska helps explain the transformation.

April 4, 2016

 

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Your Quinoa Habit Did Help Peru’s Poor, But Trouble Ahead

Headlines once warned the quinoa boom was putting the crop out of the reach of those who grow it. New studies put those fears to rest, but bad news looms.

April 4, 2016

 

cattle

State Beef Checkoffs Creating Rift In Cattle Country

Ranchers in California decided against adding a state checkoff in 2012. Now, some beef producers are lining up against adding required contributions.

March 31, 2016

 

shelf of drinks

Philly Soda Tax: Third Time’s A Charm?

In the U.S., soda taxes haven't had the impact activists had hoped for, but globally it's a different story.

March 31, 2016

 

A bunch of red bananas glistens in the light

Activists: GMO Bananas Do Not Appeal

Activists are demanding an end to research on GMO bananas designed to fight vitamin A deficiency.

March 30, 2016

 

chicken

Why Whole Foods Wants A Slower-Growing Chicken

A modern broiler, or meat chicken, grows incredibly fast. The bird suffers as a result. Now Whole Foods wants its suppliers to shift to slower-growing breeds.

March 30, 2016

 

farmland

When Rivers Can’t Be Controlled, Farmers Are Left In Limbo

Rivers are unpredictable and they can’t always be contained. That can leave farmers and residents of the floodplain in the midst of a confusing situation.

March 29, 2016

 

A Kellogg's logo is emblazoned on the side of a factory

Food Companies Pledge To Add GMO Labels Nationwide

After a GMO labeling bill was blocked in the US Senate, big food companies announced plans to comply with Vermont's label law.

March 29, 2016

 

Farmer Aubrey Fletcher

For Some Female Farmers, Stepping Up Means Finding Support

Groups designed for farm women are not just about the social and emotional support. They serve an educational role as well.

March 28, 2016

 

campbell soup can

How Little Vermont Got Big Food Companies To Label GMOs

General Mills, Kellogg and Mars will start labeling foods produced with genetic engineering. That's all because of a Vermont law set to take effect July 1.

March 24, 2016

 

Tom Vilsack talks with Cuba's Provincial Agriculture Deputy, Julio Martinez.

Cuba Trade Could Bring Organic Produce To U.S. Shores

More agricultural trade and cooperation with Cuba could bring a glut of organic produce from the island nation.

March 21, 2016

 

chipotle restaurant

Chipotle Rethinking Food Safety Changes

Chipotle may be stepping back from food safety measures adopted after the restaurant's disease outbreaks.

March 17, 2016

 

empty factory farm

Fossil Fuels And Factory Farms, Advocates Support Divestment

Some animal welfare and food safety advocates think divestment is the key to large-scale change in the factory farm industry.

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.

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