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.
Water levels have fertilizer shippers scrambling to get their product to market before low water dries up their most important shipping route.
A downward trend in milk consumption and the specter of a lapsed farm bill have the dairy industry worried.
Corn and soybean farmers are adding a cover crop season – whether they have cattle to graze on the green or not.
Marginal land might only produce a profitable harvest with traditional crops, like corn or soybeans, once or twice every five years.
Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top.
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.
Hydroponics involves growing plants without dirt. Plants receive nutrients from water solutions that drip directly into the root system.
About 2 million acres of Aquamax corn were planted across the Corn Belt this year, making it the first drought-resistant lineup to be widely available.
Stephanie Solomon says protecting your soil is key to maintaining a healthy garden during lousy weather. She tells us other tips for fall gardening success.
Thanks to a rainy spring season and hot summer temperatures, I started harvesting pumpkins from my garden in July. I'm using one in which to bake a chicken.
Who needs tropical weather? With the help of a greenhouse, Susan Welsand grows 1,600 varieties of chiles on her farm in Bloomington, Indiana.
Spicy food on the brain today. Chef Daniel Orr makes a pepper relish. Then we visit a local chile farmer and a pop-up garden next to a downtown fire station.
The drought has dried up pastures and devastated grain crops, increasing demand and a lowering supply of livestock feed.
Our story begins where the drought does, at the Arkansas’ headwaters and follows the river to its demise on sunbaked Kansas prairie.
Indiana's corn and soybean crop yields are some of the hardest hit in the U.S.
The worst drought in 25 years has caused the corn and soybean supply to dwindle. Is help on the way?
The drought means less food on the vine, which leaves less food to be donated to Indiana food banks.
While economists fear what rising food costs might do to a weak global economy, they predict prices will fall by the end of the year.
Thanks to weird summer weather, Chef Daniel Orr has already harvested pumpkins from his garden. He uses one in which to bake a chicken.