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April 20, 2017

 

field

Study: Climate Change Forces New Choices For Farmers

The study measures the difference in number and occurrence of field working days the climate becomes more volatile to agriculture.

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 16, 2017

 

cover crops

How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting cover crops. In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.

March 16, 2017

 

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue

Questions Linger Over Ag Secretary Nominee

Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, has pledged to sever business ties amid ongoing delays in his confirmation.

March 14, 2017

 

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students Liz Hada, left, and Melissa Garcia Rodriguez

Diversify The Landscape By Diversifying Who Works It

Agronomy enrollment at Iowa State has more than tripled since 2006, when there was just one student who identified as other than white. Today, 23 students do.

February 15, 2017

 

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Corn Made This Society Big, A Changing Climate Destroyed It

Mississippian American Indian culture rose to power by farming corn. New evidence suggests dramatic change in climate might have led to its collapse in 1300s.

February 13, 2017

 

farmer with millet

A Forgotten Group Of Grains Might Help Indian Farmers

Faced with water shortages, one Indian state is re-introducing drought tolerant millets to people's diets.

January 23, 2017

 

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Watch: 5 Ways Drones Help Bring Food To Your Table

Drones are seen by many as part of the next generation of “precision agriculture” tools. Here are five ways drones are already impacting the food system.

January 18, 2017

 

tractor on a field

Down Times In Farm Country Persist, But Not Yet A ‘Crisis’

The USDA expects payments from government safety net programs to reach $12.9 billion for 2016, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous year.

January 12, 2017

 

organic produce at a grocery store

Why Going Organic Just Got Easier For Farmers

Farmers have to follow organic rules for three years before they can sell their food as certified organic.

January 9, 2017

 

jeff bailey

Young People Joining Agriculture Industry Face Tough Conditions

Young farmers are necessary to sustain the agricultural economy in the state, but they face a difficult farming environment.

December 20, 2016

 

barn

Majority Of America’s Farms Still Family-Owned

Corporation-owned farms do exist, the USDA notes, but they’re far out-produced and outnumbered by the country’s family farms.

December 15, 2016

 

Craig Watts

After A Long Fight, New Rules Defend Small Farmers. For Now

The U.S. has issued regulations to protect farmers from mistreatment by big meat companies. But will the rules survive under the Trump administration?

December 1, 2016

 

american flag on a barn

Farmers Are Courting Trump, But They Don’t Speak For All Of Rural America

With Donald Trump's victory, farmers are hoping to profit. But most rural Americans aren't farmers. Small towns have their own priorities.

November 29, 2016

 

leaf cutter ants

Who Invented Agriculture First? It Sure Wasn’t Humans

Ants in Fiji farm plants and fertilize them with their poop, and they've been doing this for 3 million years, much longer than humans.

November 10, 2016

 

U.S. Marines deliver supplies from a World Food Programme truck in Haiti on October 11.

Haiti Still Battling Hunger After Hurricane

The UN says Hurricane Matthew’s toll on food stores in Haiti has left 800,000 people hungry one month after the storm struck.

August 4, 2016

 

4-H participant and cow

As Agriculture Modernizes, County Fairs Work To Keep Pace

It's fair season in Indiana. This means lots of 4-H activities happening around the state -- but they might not be the ones you're picturing.

August 1, 2016

 

Kristie and Drew Harper

Rural Towns Banking On More Than Just Farming To Survive

Rural towns like Brookfield, Missouri are trying to sell businesses on their assets, including a ready workforce, central location and affordable land.

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.

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