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November 10, 2015


hemp conference

Grassroots Group Hosts Hemp Symposium In Noblesville

The Indiana Hemp Industries Association hosted four speakers who talked about the many obstacles preventing hemp from going mainstream in the state.

October 20, 2015


harvesting corn

Massive Corn Crops Necessary To Satisfy Appetite For Meat

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.

August 21, 2015



Crop Insurance Claims Jump Due To Unusual Weather

Bloomberg News released a study showing crop insurance claims have jumped 48 percent, but analysts remind the season isn't over yet.

June 11, 2015


Nick Dice with marijuana plants

Colorado’s Pot Industry Is On Its Own With Pesticides

The parts of the federal government that regulate agricultural pesticide use want nothing to do with legalized marijuana.

February 4, 2015



Protecting Farmland, Water Supply With Cover Crops

Cover crops, like crimson clover and hairy vetch, grow during the winter when everything else freezes.

January 28, 2015


corn field

EU Law Now Allows Nations To Write Their Own GMO Bans

The European Union has decided to allow individual nations to ban GMOs on grounds including town and country planning.

October 13, 2014


Heirloom tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos

Tomatoes Are (Still) The Taste Of Oregon Farmers Markets

From the rolling hills of southern Indiana, I head to the Pacific Northwest’s Willamette Valley for a taste of new terrain. And it tastes like tomatoes!

October 12, 2014


produce for sale at farmers market

Best Of The Season: Portland

Here's a snapshot of the seasonal food scene in Portland as experienced through the city's farmers markets.

July 25, 2014


Palmer Amaranth

Farmers Struggle Against Chemical-Resistant Weeds

At least 28 states have confirmed the presence of Palmer amaranth. And many are struggling with strains resistant to common herbicides.

June 2, 2014


tractor plowing miscanthus

Miscanthus: A Growing Energy Crop

Miscanthus is a tall, stalky grass native to Southeast Asia. Researchers want to blend miscanthus with existing fuel sources.

May 1, 2014

Food Labels 

A model of a DNA strand on display at an art gallery

Vermont Lawmakers Approve GMO Label Bill

Vermont is in striking distance to pass the country's first law to require labels on GMO foods – and they're already bracing for lawsuits.

March 31, 2014


farmers looking at ag drone

Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You?

Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

March 5, 2014

Growing Similarity 

packages french bread with Chinese label

Global Diets Become More Similar

We aren't so different after all, and that could be a bad thing when it comes to the global food supply.

April 25, 2013

April Showers 


Farmers Planting Crops Later Because Of Rain

With high seed and fertilizer prices, agriculture experts say there is little room for error when it comes to planting crops.

March 8, 2013

Farm Forecast 

wet farmland

Wet Winter Weather May Mean A Better Spring For Farmers

Wet winter weather means wheat forecasts are looking up.

January 21, 2013

Growing Organics 

Patchwork of colorful farmland, viewed from the sky.

Organic Farmland Expanding Worldwide

The global area farmed organically has expanded by 300 percent since 1999, but the United States lags behind the curve.

August 8, 2012

More Of The Same 


Drought Strikes Corn Supply — With Global Implications

The worst drought in 25 years has caused the corn and soybean supply to dwindle. Is help on the way?

July 6, 2012

Hot And Dry 


Indiana’s Drought Could Be The Worst In 30 Years

Purdue experts say they do not know how long Indiana's drought will last.

June 29, 2012

Hot And Dry 

drought with feet

Midwestern Drought Threatens Crops, Food Prices

With corn prices up about 27 percent in the past month and no sign of rain in Midwestern states, dry weather could force food prices across the country to rise.

June 5, 2012

Gone With The Wind 

wind sock

Researchers Against The Wind

For many Midwesterners, wind is an occasional nuisance. For farmers, though, the wind’s impact can be huge — drying out crops and eroding topsoil.

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