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March 6, 2017

 

Kansas farmer Phil Holman-Hebert

In Search Of Profit, Some Conventional Farmers May Go Local

Despite Kansas’s place as a prime farm state, just a tiny fraction of the produce consumed there is produced locally. That represents opportunity for farmers.

February 9, 2017

 

corn

Farm Income Forecast To Drop For Fourth-Straight Year

The price of foundational crops like corn and wheat have slipped dramatically in recent years, leaving many farmers struggling to break even.

January 28, 2017

 

Robin Hood restaurant in Madrid

‘Robin Hood Restaurant’ Charges The Rich, Feeds The Poor

As Spain reels from its financial crisis, a new restaurant lets paying daytime customers foot the dinner bill for homeless people to dine with dignity.

January 18, 2017

 

tractor on a field

Down Times In Farm Country Persist, But Not Yet A ‘Crisis’

The USDA expects payments from government safety net programs to reach $12.9 billion for 2016, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous year.

December 19, 2016

 

Fermin Domingo

The Final Days Of Hawaiian Sugar

The sugar industry dominated Hawaii's economy for over a century, but it has shrunk in recent years. Hawaii's last sugar mills wrapped up its final harvest.

November 28, 2016

 

ISU extension agronomist Angie Rieck-Hinz and farmer Edwin Johnson

Farmers Rely More On Agronomists In Down Economy

Midwest farmers are once again facing low commodity prices. Agronomists can give feedback and advice on where producers can cut costs and maximize profits.

November 18, 2016

 

A corn field in rural Weld County, Colorado.

Rural Economy Still Struggles To Shake Off Great Recession

Rural America at a Glance 2016 underlines the economic distress many rural residents, and voters, have felt since the Great Recession.

October 29, 2016

 

Joel McKinney

In Coal Country, Farmers Get Creative To Bridge Produce Gap

In one West Virginia county, two farmers are finding new ways to help their neighbors sell the food they grow and eat more healthfully.

October 3, 2016

 

Alan Fabrizius with tractors

Low Wheat Prices Mean Lean Times For Wheat Belt Farm Economy

As harvest of winter wheat got underway in June in Kansas, the price began plummeting.

August 1, 2016

 

Kristie and Drew Harper

Rural Towns Banking On More Than Just Farming To Survive

Rural towns like Brookfield, Missouri are trying to sell businesses on their assets, including a ready workforce, central location and affordable land.

July 23, 2016

 

blueberries

For Pickers, Blueberries Mean Easier Labor But More Upheaval

Many farm workers call blueberries their favorite crop to pick, but it's a short season, and workers and their families have to keep moving.

June 1, 2016

 

farm field

Farmers Wait For Guest Workers Amid H-2A Visa Delays

For the third year in a row, the H-2A visa program is running behind. That's left farmers waiting for workers even as the harvest season is well underway.

April 25, 2016

 

farm machine

For Farmers, Every Planting Season Is A High Stakes Bet

As farmers put seeds in the ground -- and their confidence in another season -- they know they get just one shot at making their business profitable this year.

February 1, 2016

 

Terry Work

The Clock Is Ticking For A Million Food Stamp Recipients

For unemployed adults in 22 states, they have two months to find a job or lose their food assistance.

January 11, 2016

 

ear of corn

TPP Could Mean More Global Trade Of GMOs

TPP would make it harder for countries to prevent GMOs from entering their markets if they’re already approved in the U.S.

December 7, 2015

 

barren cornfield

Boom Leaves Farmers Stuck With High Property Taxes

Some states base property tax rates on income potential. Others go by rental rates or recent land sales. However they’re calculated, the results are similar.

November 24, 2015

 

midas-header

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.

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