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June 11, 2015



Monsanto Makes Bid For Swiss Seed Company Syngenta

In an effort to make the world's largest seed and pesticide company, Monsanto has offered to buy Syngenta. But the Swiss company isn't accepting -- yet.

May 28, 2015


Kristin Wolf

Even In The Heartland, ‘Going Local’ Is Tough For Chefs

Finding enough farmers is a challenge for chefs who want to go local, but the infrastructure is growing and more restaurants are overcoming those barriers.

May 5, 2015


McDonald's Taiwan

McDonald’s To Change Financial Structure Globally

McDonald's annouced it will restructure its global business to create a "modern, progressive burger company," according to CEO Steve Easterbrook.

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.

March 3, 2015


frosted flakes

Kellogg Suffers Seventh Straight Quarterly Decline

Cereal sales are in decline and Kellogg's is feeling the slump.

December 31, 2014


Dairy farmer Marty DeHoog

Midwest Recruiting CA Dairies To Pump Up Rural Economy

The thought of moving somewhere with lots of available water and open spaces gets the attention of dairy farmers like Marty DeHoog.

December 29, 2014


farmer Brian Azevedo

California Dairies Look To Midwest’s Greener Pastures

Brian Azevedo’s is one of the dairymen making a move from California to the Midwest for what he hopes will be greener pastures.

December 10, 2014


Onions displayed at a farmer's market

Louisville To Turn Food Desert Into Food Hub

Planners are hammering out the details of an ambitious food hub in Louisville, Kentucky aimed at fertilizing a budding local food system.

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.

September 22, 2014


corn seeds

Heirlooms Passed Down By Seed Savers Exchange

Today’s gardeners likely wouldn’t have access to many of their favorite heirloom plants if it weren’t for the work of the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.

September 19, 2014


Josh Kilbane

Climate And Space Create Challenges For Local Food

Farmers will need to continue to adapt to meet the demand of a new market that increasingly wants local food.

July 15, 2014


Moon Farm owner Dave Moon

States Working Out The Kinks To Keep Ag Tourism Growing

Agritourism is becoming bigger business all over the Midwest, with more than 2,000 farms boasting some kind of agritourism.

June 13, 2014


hemp plant

Canada Jonesing For A Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie

While the conversation about hemp in the U.S. currently focuses on legal issues, our neighbor to the north anxiously waits to talk business.

May 20, 2014


terry glenn with produce

Local Farmers Try To Tap Bigger Markets

Local food sales numbers are hard to come by, but direct-to-consumer sales accounted for just 0.8 percent of food agricultural sales in 2007.

February 10, 2014

Food Gets Tech 


Virtual Marketplace Connects Small Farms, Local Restaurants

On, farmers can list the products they're selling and restaurants can purchase local ingredients directly from the growers.

December 23, 2013

Vital Signs 

Workers cutting squash

Outlook Good For Food Hubs In 2014

Researchers see promise in businesses that connect local food makers to larger wholesale markets like restaurants and schools.

July 20, 2013

Cluck Cluck 

backyard chicken

Backyard Chickens Exposed, Goat Cheese Galore

Three backyard chicken farmers talk about what it's like to raise a flock. Daniel Orr cooks with goat cheese. At a local pie shop, community is on the menu.

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