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February 26, 2014

Historic Drought 

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Drought In California Bumps Supermarket Prices

Some parts of California haven't seen rain since July 1. This week, farmers were told they will not receive water from government reservoirs.

September 21, 2013

Black Beauties 

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Food School With Christine Barbour, Eggplant, Kansas Drought

Christine Barbour teaches students that food choices are political choices. Eggplant caviar and fries in the kitchen. Kansas copes with 3 years of drought.

September 14, 2013

Get Local 

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Turtle Soup, Big Red Eats Green, Okra From The Garden

Turtle soup in southern Indiana. Okra fresh and raw. Growing food with less water. And, a local food party on campus. Take a listen!

September 13, 2013

The Wet Stuff 

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Farmers Confront Challenges Of Drying Aquifer

The 39,000 irrigation wells in Kansas pump long and hard in growing season. If you want a visual for that much water, picture Niagara Falls.

September 6, 2013

The Wet Stuff 

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Farmers Look To Do More With Less Water

The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.

August 29, 2013

Black Gold 

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Report: Government Could Have Avoided $1 Billion Crop Payout

The Natural Resources Defense Council suggests farmers could avoid major losses if they used practices that promote soil health.

July 8, 2013

Time For A Rain Dance 

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Tough Times For Midwest Wheat Farmers

It’s been a tough year for winter wheat farmers. Battling dry times in an often dry region has many farmers fearing a historically low harvest.

May 13, 2013

Wet And Wacky 

Careful What You Wish For: Farmers Seek Dry, Warm Weather

Farmers are hoping for a break in the rain so they can get this year’s crops in the ground and try to lock in good yields at harvest.

May 9, 2013

Too Much Of A Good Thing 

Tire tracks through an empty, muddy field.

Wet Spring Delays Planting Season

During last year's drought, farmers begged for rain. This spring, they wish it would stop.

April 23, 2013

Thirsty Crops 

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Thirsty Cities Drain Colorado Farmland

Farmers throughout the Great Plains are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. Limited irrigation resources pose a particular problem in Colorado.

April 2, 2013

Spring Weather 

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Farmers Expect Typical Growing Season This Year

At this time last year, farmers in Indiana were already preparing and planting for the season because of record-breaking temperatures.

March 28, 2013

Spring Snow 

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Blizzards Bring Moisture To Happy Kansas Farmers

Two big snowstorms produced some very broad smiles in farm country because in a place as dry as Kansas has been lately, a blizzard can be a blessing.

December 28, 2012

Who Could Forget? 

The second hand on an analog clock approaches the 12.

2012: The Year In Food News

From droughts to hurricanes, 2012 has been rocky one for farmers and foodies alike. Here's our annual roundup of the year's major food news stories.

December 24, 2012

Drought Drama 

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Fertilizer On Fast Track Up Mississippi River

Water levels have fertilizer shippers scrambling to get their product to market before low water dries up their most important shipping route.

December 14, 2012

Got Milk? 

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Sales Slump And Lack Of Farm Bill Threaten Dairy Industry

A downward trend in milk consumption and the specter of a lapsed farm bill have the dairy industry worried.

November 20, 2012

Winter Blanket 

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More Farmers Running For Cover Crops

Corn and soybean farmers are adding a cover crop season – whether they have cattle to graze on the green or not.

October 23, 2012

No Mow Zone 

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On Marginal Land, These Grasses May Be Greener

Marginal land might only produce a profitable harvest with traditional crops, like corn or soybeans, once or twice every five years.

October 16, 2012

Let It Rain 

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Water Resources Are Stretched

Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top.

October 12, 2012

Fall Foods 

A field of orange pumpkins over dry ground.

In A Dark Year For Agriculture, Pumpkins (Mostly) Glow

While most crops suffered under the intense heat of this summer’s drought, some farms throughout the Midwest and the South have reported booming pumpkin crops.

October 11, 2012

Alt Farming 

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Drought And Heat? Some Farmers Try Hydroponics

Hydroponics involves growing plants without dirt. Plants receive nutrients from water solutions that drip directly into the root system.

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