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.
Beneficial bacteria can help prevent you (or a cow) from getting sick. If they protect the animals from infection, farmers will need fewer antibiotics.
Like nearly everything in agriculture, the increase in milk production doesn’t come without a few trade-offs.
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.
Elite-cattle breeders and commercial beef and dairy producers use embryo transfer to reproduce dozens of calves a year from their genetically superior heifers.
Cali. drought has not meant new opportunities for Midwest farmers. Nicolette Hahn Niman has ideas for how the beef industry can do it better. And, kale salad.
Abigail Carroll describes how the American breakfast has evolved. Daniel Orr makes steel-cut oats. And, kids form community over their food allergies.
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.
Despite health warnings, some states have proposed legalizing raw milk sales in order to impose strict regulations on the risky - and growing - market.
The thought of moving somewhere with lots of available water and open spaces gets the attention of dairy farmers like Marty DeHoog.
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.
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.
Tyson Foods announced it would suspend purchases of cattle treated with a controversial drug. Concerns for animal welfare or for sales in other countries?
Conventional wisdom tells you, if ranchland ground has less grass, the problem is too many cows. But that’s not always the case.
Kathleen Crews of Buffalo Run says bison are fairly easy to raise as long as they have plenty of grass and water. But be sure to keep them away from ostriches.
An internal newsletter published on the USDA website mentioned how Meatless Mondays could help the environment. The beef industry couldn't have disagreed more.
As food production has become more industrialized, food factories have found ways to continue to recycle massive amounts of would-be food waste.
Harvest Public Media’s Jessica Naudziunas visits with beef and dairy farmers to ask how today’s Scarlet A - antibiotics - fits into their healthy cow equation.
Organic milk is growing in popularity, but that may not be the reason why consumers are having a hard time getting their hands on a carton.