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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



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



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



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.

October 28, 2014


Lorrae Moon of Yampa Valley Fiberworks coils alpaca fiber into a neat stack.

Like Food, Yarn Goes Local, Too

Some sheep ranchers have taken advantage of the local food movement to sell wool to customers at farmers markets.

October 27, 2014


Melissa Garcia works with a classmate on a chicken-wing dissection

Children Of Latino Immigrants Forge Paths In Agriculture

The children of Latino immigrants may be uniquely qualified to lead the future of the Midwest’s agricultural economy.

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