Our appetite for meat, which began growing exponentially in the U.S. after World War II, is one of the reasons farmers in the Midwest grow so much corn.
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.
American farmers are the world’s largest soybean exporters and China is the largest buyer. If that market collapsed it would trigger a global decline in prices.
The USDA is predicting the largest single-year drop in farm income since 1983. The irony is, some farmers are seeing the best crop they’ve ever grown.
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.
Let your kids experiment with making food. Sarah Elton tells us why. We tap maple trees. Kale and chocolate for our snacks. And, carbon in the Corn Belt.
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.
Demand can’t keep up with the jump in supply. Grain prices are at their lowest level since 2009.
Farmers have used insecticides on their crops for decades, so many farmers are skeptical that these seed coatings are now killing bees.
With rootworms building resistance to GM corn that makes its own pesticide, seed companies are working on new crops that target the insects’ genes.
Farmland prices all over the Corn Belt have been sky-high lately, in part thanks to corn prices topping $8 a bushel.