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July 2, 2015

 

flooded farmland

After Stormy Spring, Farmers Could Face More Violent Weather

This season's storms aren't a fluke. They're one consequence of a century long pattern in which the Midwest has gotten as much as two degrees warmer.

June 25, 2015

 

A woman picks coffee in Aceh, Indonesia.

USDA Predicts Rebound For Global Coffee Crop

The USDA forecasts that the world’s overall coffee production will bounce back from a downward slope after record crops in key countries.

June 9, 2015

 

Farmer Brian Fleischmann

Farmers With Prosthetics Face Durability Challenges

According to the National Safety Council, 1 out of every 10 agriculture injuries results in amputation.

June 8, 2015

 

Food waste ferments in a compost bin

France Tackles Food Waste, Fight Goes Global

The French government has passed a law requiring supermarkets to give unsold food to charities. Activists are pressuring the UN to follow suit.

April 23, 2015

 

corn on the stalk

Corn Lawsuits Underscore China Influence On Midwest Farmers

The real problem, say some farmers and federal officials, is that the American and Chinese regulators don’t approve new technologies at the same time.

April 15, 2015

 

Farmer Levi Greuel

To Close Subsidy Loophole, USDA Wants To Redefine ‘Farmer’

The government’s current definition of a farmer includes owning land or equipment, and doing at least 1,000 hours of manual labor a year.

April 9, 2015

 

drought

Mandatory Drought Regulations Affect Farms, Lawns

For the first time in state history, California has instated mandatory water regulations.

March 25, 2015

 

usda office building

Would Consumers Be Safer With One Food Safety Agency?

Altogether, 15 federal agencies play a role in food safety, from the EPA to the Centers for Disease Control.

February 27, 2015

 

Street sign displaying K Street and Evacuation Route

Food And Ag Lobbyists Reap Seats At Congressional Table

Former food and agriculture lobbyists have taken staff posts in the Senate Agriculture Committee as Congress prepares to move on a new legislative agenda.

February 17, 2015

 

drone flying over a field

Grounded, Farmers Wait On Drone Rules

While some farmers see drones as a way to help their bottom line, others see them as a potential invasion of privacy.

February 2, 2015

 

Micro-meteorologist Andy Suyker says

Corn Belt Farming Boosts The Global Carbon Cycle

About 20 years ago, scientists realized peaks and valleys of the carbon cycle are reaching higher and lower levels. The Corn Belt may be contributing to that.

January 26, 2015

 

hemp sprouts

Vague Laws Can Stand In The Way Of Unlocking Hemp’s Benefits

Scientists studying industrial hemp say it holds a tremendous amount of promise. But to unlock its potential there’s very basic scientific research to be done.

January 14, 2015

 

Mark Bernards holds hand sprayer

Concerns Remain Over Super Chemical To Fight Super Weeds

Farmers who switch from Roundup to Enlist will be nearly doubling the amount of chemicals they pour on their land.

January 12, 2015

 

indiana farmland

Indiana Bill Would Block Local Control Over Factory Farms

An Indiana state senator has introduced a bill that would remove local counties' ability to block large-scale livestock operations within their jurisdiction.

January 8, 2015

 

cows

Will The USDA Advise Us To Eat Less Meat?

Eat less meat for the environment? A draft recommendation for the USDA says so.

December 22, 2014

 

cows at Abbey of St. Walburga

Prayer And Work Go Hand In Hand At This Colorado Ranch

In their simple farm clothes, it can be easy to forget the women are nuns - save for the fact they still wear the familiar fitted white coif.

December 12, 2014

 

Tom Vilsack

At USDA, Vilsack Focused On Rural Development

Vilsack is widely credited with rallying the support that ultimately made the 2014 farm bill one of the few major bipartisan successes in this Congress.

December 8, 2014

 

Farm workers picking broccoli in Oregon

Immigration Order Affecting Farm Workers Under Siege

Seventeen states want to block an immigration order that advocates say would lift fear of deportation for up to 450,000 undocumented farm workers.

November 13, 2014

 

farmer Grant Curtis climbs down from his combine

Failing Prices Put Young Farmers’ Dreams On Hold

With corn selling for nearly half of what it did in 2012, grain farmers are in the midst of a downturn and it’s hitting beginning farmers hardest.

November 5, 2014

 

cary-fowler

Seed Banks Guard Against Uncertain Food Future, Not Doomsday

When the vault first came to the public’s attention, Cary Fowler says the apocalyptic structure was enticing to writers, far more than a frozen gene depository.

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