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April 27, 2016


cows in rotary parlor

How A Cheese Factory Can Change A Landscape

When a big food company builds a factory, it doesn’t just bring in new industry. Farmers change what they grow, expand their herds and buy new land.

April 18, 2016



Farmers Back TPP Deal To Stay Competitive

Free trade agreements open the door to get more American beef, soybeans and rice into other countries at more competitive prices.

April 13, 2016



Are Farmers Doing Enough To Control Antibiotic Resistance?

Federal agencies are changing some of the rules for how antibiotics are used on farms, which is raising questions about when antibiotics are really necessary.

March 15, 2016


Cattle on an organic farm graze on silage.

Meat Giant Pledges To Cut Antibiotics On Four Farms

Global agriculture behemoth Cargill has announced plans to reduce the use of key antibiotics on farms in Texas, Kansas and Colorado.

March 4, 2016


french breakfast radishes

Dissecting GMO Debate, Radish Snack, Earth-Friendly Cattle?

Nicolette Hahn-Niman wants ranchers to change their practices to meet consumer demand. Radishes and kale on the plate. And, the GMO debate in Colorado.

February 9, 2016


dairy cattle

America’s Cows Are Churning Out More Milk Than Ever

Like nearly everything in agriculture, the increase in milk production doesn’t come without a few trade-offs.

November 10, 2015



Meat Alternatives Want A Part Of Your Dinner Plate

The people pushing insect cuisine make compelling arguments. They say insects are high in protein and calcium, and they’re easier on the environment.

October 13, 2015


slicing meat

Choice Cuts: Making Room For More Meat

By the time 2050 comes around, the meat on your plate may not be that different, but the story of how it got there could be.

September 12, 2015



After Idaho Ruling, More Ag-Gag Challenges To Come

In the last decade ag gag laws have proliferated. Now, with Idaho’s law declared unconstitutional, seven states have some form of an ag gag law on the books.

August 24, 2015


JBS sign

Why Aren’t Robots Slicing And Dicing Our Beef?

Many manufacturers have gone to automated machines to process food. Yet it still takes thousands of workers to keep a modern beef plant up and running.

May 11, 2015


Phanaeus vindex, a common dung beetle

Midwest Farmers Look To Dung Beetles For Help

Healthy dung beetle populations can make a cow pie disappear in a matter of hours, but dung beetle populations have been declining for decades.

April 20, 2015


Research technician, Bradley Boyd

Beef Industry Not Sold On E. Coli Vaccine

An E. coli vaccine has been on the market for years that could reduce the risk of getting sick. It’s a vaccine for cows, but not many cows are getting it.

January 20, 2015


Kansas rancher David Pfrang with cows

Ranchers Rebel Over Beef Checkoff

The federal “beef checkoff” mandates a $1 payment every time a head of cattle is sold. Opponents have fought the checkoff all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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 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 2, 2014


cows in a snowy pasture

For Ranchers, A Grass Land Rush

Drought caused ranchers to cull herds, pushing up prices for cattle. Higher prices give ranchers incentive to raise more calves and creates a grassland rush.

November 26, 2014


hands holding healthy soil

Author Judith Schwartz, Baked Brie, Crop Dusting

Judith Schwartz and the inherent wealth in our environmental economy. Fire-baked brie. Women farmers finally get counted. "Tamale Lady" Chef Erika Yochum.

November 18, 2014


nicolette hahn niman and defending beef

“Defending Beef” Means More Grass

Author and rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman says her book "Defending Beef" is a constructive criticism of the beef industry.

November 14, 2014


cows on grass

Defending Beef, Soylent For Breakfast, Salmon And ‘Shrooms

Nicolette Hahn Niman wants to see more cattle raised on grassland. Chef Daniel Orr cooks up salmon on a cedar plank. And, food for people who don't like to eat.

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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