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November 24, 2015



USDA’s MIDAS Computer Program Tarnished

So far, USDA has spent $430 million on the system, a project known by the acronym MIDAS for Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems.

August 13, 2015


Students stock shelves at a food pantry

Campus Food Banks Grow, Fight Stereotypes

The number of food banks serving students on college campuses has climbed in recent years as more students seek a road out of poverty.

April 14, 2015


flooded rice fields

What Dropping Cuba Trade Embargo Could Mean For U.S. farmers

In 2014, Cuba imported more than $2 billion worth of food products – much of which is bought in bulk from countries in Asia or South America.

March 26, 2015


tomato ketchup

Ketchup Maker Heinz Buys Kraft Foods

The newly formed Heinz Kraft Co. will be the third-largest American food company and the fifth-largest food company in the world.

March 19, 2015


marked queen bee

Queen Bee Microbiome, Yams, Resistance To Organic Checkoff

Researchers analyze a queen bee's gut. Problems with an organic checkoff. Yams for dinner. A look at one Pakistani-American family's hybrid food traditions.

December 31, 2014


Dairy farmer Marty DeHoog

Midwest Recruiting CA Dairies To Pump Up Rural Economy

The thought of moving somewhere with lots of available water and open spaces gets the attention of dairy farmers like Marty DeHoog.

October 21, 2014


whole foods

Whole Foods Launches National Commerical Campaign

As sales slump for the organic retailer, Whole Foods seeks to expand its audience with a nationwide commercial campaign.

October 20, 2014



Farmers Gear Up For Record Harvest, Brace For Lower Prices

Demand can’t keep up with the jump in supply. Grain prices are at their lowest level since 2009.

June 24, 2014



Nearly A Century Old, Panama Canal Still Vital To Midwest Economy

A massive expansion of the Panama Canal to meet the demand of the 21st Century is set to open as soon as early 2015.

June 18, 2014


horse outside a barn

Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm

Farmers markets continue to grow. Community gardens are now mainstream. The next extension of that is to actually get onto a working farm and participate.

June 11, 2014


Bag of Tyson's frozen chicken nuggets

Tyson Foods Wins High-Priced Bid For Hillshire Brands

Drought and disease have driven up the prices of beef, pork and chicken, scoring big profits for meat processing companies.

May 20, 2014


terry glenn with produce

Local Farmers Try To Tap Bigger Markets

Local food sales numbers are hard to come by, but direct-to-consumer sales accounted for just 0.8 percent of food agricultural sales in 2007.

April 23, 2014


panera bread

Fast Food: Evolve Or Get Left Behind

Millennials hold a significant amount of buying power, which can make or break fast food restaurants.

April 16, 2014

Organic Matters 

farmer hauling greens on tractor

Walmart Goes Organic: What Does It Mean For The Industry?

Walmart's announcement last week that it would sell organics at prices comparable to conventional foods has been met with skepticism.

April 14, 2014



Wal-Mart Partners With Wild Oats On Organic Line

Researchers for Wal-Mart found that 91 percent of their customers would buy organic foods for the right price.

February 20, 2014

Rising Need 


More Military Families Using Food Stamps

Food stamp use at military groceries has risen for the sixth straight year.

February 8, 2014


farmers market transaction

Shop Like A Chef, Finally Farm Bill, Broccoli Soup

Shopping as a way of connecting with your town. Lawmakers reached a compromise on the farm bill. Uplands Peak rescues farm animals. Broccoli soup for dinner.

December 11, 2013

To Be Continued 

Snow covers a fallow field

Farm Bill Kicked To Next Year

Lawmakers decided to reconvene in January to hammer out a deal on a new five-year farm bill.

December 5, 2013

Farm Bill Fiasco 


Danger Ahead: Another ‘Dairy Cliff’

Doubling dairy prices loom as Congress makes its way back into session to focus on a myriad of issues, including the farm bill.

October 18, 2013

Cash For Corn 


Expected Bumper Crop Has Price Of Corn Dropping

Corn farmers have been riding high prices for the last few years. But an expected bumper crop has prices falling this harvest season.

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