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March 15, 2017

 

abandoned home

Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On Great Plains

Starting in 1910, Dearfield began attracting hundreds of black homesteaders. They came to the town for opportunity.

March 8, 2017

 

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Cocoa Crisis For Ivory Coast’s Farmers

A bumper crop combined with a fall in the global demand for chocolate and a dip in cocoa prices are hurting Ivory Coast cocoa farmers.

March 5, 2017

 

Cacao pods

Reviving Puerto Rico’s Cocoa Farms

Cocoa plantations in Puerto Rico were wiped out centuries ago. Now, local pride and the sheer love of chocolate are bringing back local cocoa.

March 2, 2017

 

loaves of bread

What’s The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread?

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

February 28, 2017

 

Liz Graznak and her daughter Sylvia

Student Debt Poses Obstacle For Young Farmers

Student loans in the U.S. have run grads into $1 trillion of debt. For young people trying to start their own farm, student debt can put their dreams on hold.

February 21, 2017

 

Taylor Hutchinson with chickens

Health Insurance Woes Add To The Risky Business Of Farming

Farming is grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one often-ignored aspect: health care costs.

February 10, 2017

 

pig farm

Dirt Under Your Fingernails And A Strong Sense Of Pride

Iowa is the largest pork producer in the country. Melissa Block visits a pig farm for NPR's series "Our Land."

February 6, 2017

 

Washu chocolate

Save The Monkeys, Save The Trees, Sell The Chocolate

An enterprise-minded ecologist from England is helping endangered brown-headed spider monkeys in Ecuador by connecting their preservation to high-end chocolate.

January 6, 2017

 

By Returning To Farming’s Roots, He Found His American Dream

David Fisher's farm is a kind of American Dream. Not a conventional one of upward economic mobility, but an uncompromising pursuit of difficult agrarian ideals.

January 3, 2017

 

Cover crops in South Dakota

Hoosier Farmers Increasingly Turning To Cover Crops

Hoosier farmers planted more than one million acres of cover crops this year, up from virtually none in 2004.

January 3, 2017

 

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Battles Over Farm, Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy, but the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.

December 12, 2016

 

hydroponics farm

Organic Industry Debates Necessity Of Soil

Some organic farmers worry that cheaper produce harvested year-round from hydroponic farms in warehouses will undercut organic prices.

December 7, 2016

 

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Drought-Stricken Southern Madagascar Teeters On The Edge Of Famine

Fighting extreme poverty and failing crops caused by a three-year drought, U.N. food agencies are struggling to keep the region from succumbing to starvation.

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 9, 2016

 

spraying roundup

Why Scientists Disagree On Cancer Risk From Glyphosate

After dueling reviews of research studies, scientific panels are having a hard time agreeing whether the most common weed killer in the U.S. can cause cancer.

October 19, 2016

 

donald trump and hillary clinton

Trump And Clinton May Agree On Food Stamps, Conservation

The campaigns agree on food policy in some surprising ways. Most notable: both campaigns say that food-stamp benefits should remain a part of the Farm Bill.

October 10, 2016

 

Tom Troxel

In Rural Indiana, Farm Veterinarians In Short Supply

Indiana's 200 or so veterinarians do a lot of driving, and starting in January, they'll need to do even more.

August 22, 2016

 

tom vilsack

Vilsack Hopes Next Administration Continues Diverse Scope

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is the only remaining member of President Obama’s original cabinet, and has been at the helm of USDA since 2009.

August 2, 2016

 

soybeans

How Monsanto And Scofflaw Farmers Hurt Soybeans In Arkansas

A new type of genetically engineered crop is tempting farmers to use a weedkiller illegally. The illicit chemical use has damaged nearby crops.

July 11, 2016

 

confined animal feeding operation

In Tiny, Rural Hope, Large Hog Farms Spark Economic Fears

Bartholomew County's new ordinance says farms with more than 600 pigs must be 500 feet from homes. The county's smallest CAFOs contain twice that many hogs.

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