The futures market helps both producers and users of a major commodity, such as corn, defend themselves against major prices changes.
Cuba is an important ally for the U.S. on some hot-button international agriculture issues, such as food safety and animal health regulations, Vilsack said.
Though large-scale production of corn and soybeans can seem to be the primary crop interests at Iowa State University, the organic farm is wholly embraced.
Farmers managing the sophisticated businesses that Midwest crop farms have become are spending more time considering business school basics.
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.
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.
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.
When we think we’re talking about GMOs, are we really talking about them at all? Or do they serve more as a proxy?
Farming has been moving in this direction since World War II. Midsize farms get bigger. They consolidate. The ones that don’t survive close up and sell.
The budget would make cuts to the crop insurance system, allocate more funds for agricultural research and fund a summer program to provides free meals to kids.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture actually pays farmers to convert highly erodible land back to native vegetation with the Conservation Reserve Program.
While many presidential campaigns have published platforms that touch on food and agriculture issues, they’re not often among talking points on the stump.
It was an unseasonably warm December in some parts of the Midwest. What does that mean for farmers?
Tuberculosis, pesticide exposure and viral breakouts are a few of the threats facing farmworkers living without adequate showers, ventilation and utilities.
Our appetite for meat, which began growing exponentially in the U.S. after World War II, is one of the reasons farmers in the Midwest grow so much corn.
The benefits of no-till and cover crops abound. Still, there are hurdles to making the move away from traditional farming.
Civil war in Syria has triggered the first withdrawal from a global seed storage bank to replace genetic stock of crucial crops.
The TPP is expected to give U.S. farmers easier access to markets in countries like Japan and Australia by reducing tariffs on products like beef and rice.
An alien pest was found in Florida last month in Miami-Dade County, where an infestation could devastate its $1.6 billion agriculture industry.
Certified organic farms in the U.S. sold $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014. California remains an organic powerhouse, nabbing the top spot in sales.