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June 10, 2016

 

How The Futures Market Keeps Your Grocery Bill Down (Video)

The futures market helps both producers and users of a major commodity, such as corn, defend themselves against major prices changes.

June 9, 2016

 

Cuban Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero (left) and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Vilsack: U.S. Relationship With Cuba Begins With Agriculture

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.

May 31, 2016

 

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Student-Run Organic Farm Thrives At Land-Grant University

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.

May 26, 2016

 

Ryan-Bristle

Farmers Get Creative, Frugal To Stay Afloat In Tough Times

Farmers managing the sophisticated businesses that Midwest crop farms have become are spending more time considering business school basics.

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.

March 8, 2016

 

Emmanuel Baziruwile works at a coffee plantation in Rwanda

Rwanda Wants Its Citizens To Drink The Coffee They Grow

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.

March 7, 2016

 

Farmer Kelly Tobin

Low Prices Could Push Corn Country Farmers Into New 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.

March 1, 2016

 

farmers Famuer Rasmussen and Jules Van Thuyne

What Are We Really Talking About When We Talk About GMOs?

When we think we’re talking about GMOs, are we really talking about them at all? Or do they serve more as a proxy?

February 22, 2016

 

Minnesota farmland

More U.S. Farms Close Up Shop, Remaining Ones Grow Larger

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.

February 11, 2016

 

tractor sowing seeds

Obama Budget Would Cut Crop Insurance

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.

January 27, 2016

 

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Restoring Prairie On The Great Plains

The U.S. Department of Agriculture actually pays farmers to convert highly erodible land back to native vegetation with the Conservation Reserve Program.

January 26, 2016

 

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Ethanol Aside, Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking Ag

While many presidential campaigns have published platforms that touch on food and agriculture issues, they’re not often among talking points on the stump.

January 7, 2016

 

Rain

Farmers See Mixed Results From Warm Winter Weather

It was an unseasonably warm December in some parts of the Midwest. What does that mean for farmers?

November 25, 2015

 

former farmworker Angel Castro

Immigrant Farmworkers Face Housing Crisis

Tuberculosis, pesticide exposure and viral breakouts are a few of the threats facing farmworkers living without adequate showers, ventilation and utilities.

October 20, 2015

 

harvesting corn

Massive Corn Crops Necessary To Satisfy Appetite For Meat

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.

October 15, 2015

 

farmers standing in a field

Farmers School Themselves On Soil Health, Revive Dying Dirt

The benefits of no-till and cover crops abound. Still, there are hurdles to making the move away from traditional farming.

October 12, 2015

 

A worker monitors samples at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Arctic Seed Vault Hits Milestone With First Withdrawal

Civil war in Syria has triggered the first withdrawal from a global seed storage bank to replace genetic stock of crucial crops.

October 7, 2015

 

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TPP Trade Deal Could Expand Agricultural Exports

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.

September 25, 2015

 

A female Oriental fruit fly lays eggs in the skin of a papaya

Fruit Fly Threatens Florida Crops

An alien pest was found in Florida last month in Miami-Dade County, where an infestation could devastate its $1.6 billion agriculture industry.

September 24, 2015

 

root vegetables for sale

USDA Finds ‘Local’ & ‘Organic’ Closely Tied In Grocery Carts

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.

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