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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



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.

June 27, 2016


aronia berries

Midwest Aronia Growers Hope To Capitalize On Superfood Trend

Aronia is the modern name for the native black chokeberry and it’s billed as a “superfood." A growing cadre of Midwest farmers is trying to get in on the craze.

April 13, 2016


bee on a dandelion

Garden Giant Ditches Class Of Pesticides That May Harm Bees

Ortho is part of the Miracle-Gro family. The company says it decided to phase out neonics from its home and garden products.

April 4, 2016


hands holding quinoa

Your Quinoa Habit Did Help Peru’s Poor, But Trouble Ahead

Headlines once warned the quinoa boom was putting the crop out of the reach of those who grow it. New studies put those fears to rest, but bad news looms.

April 4, 2016



State Beef Checkoffs Creating Rift In Cattle Country

Ranchers in California decided against adding a state checkoff in 2012. Now, some beef producers are lining up against adding required contributions.

March 16, 2016


cannabis plant

Is Cannabis The Next Commodity Crop?

As more states legalize certain types of cannabis, the industry turns to traditional farmers for help transforming the plant into America's next big cash crop.

February 26, 2016


CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

Hoosier Popcorn, Which CSA Will You Choose, Two Pickles

What does it take to run a successful community supported agriculture program? A look at Indiana's popcorn industry. And, two types of pickles for spring foods.

February 12, 2016


david tallent at IU traditions catering

Chef’s Career Change, Cold Weather Citrus, Chocolate Dessert

Chef David Tallent now spends his work days in a different kind of kitchen. Cold weather growing takes some ingenuity. And, chocolate for dessert.

January 26, 2016



Ethanol Aside, Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking Ag

While many presidential campaigns have published platforms that touch on food and agriculture issues, they’re not often among talking points on the stump.

January 20, 2016


wheat combine

Wheat Belt Farmers Sow Less Wheat

The inflated dollar makes it difficult to trade U.S. goods on the world market and farmers are responding.

January 4, 2016


Baby turkeys in barn

As Recovery Continues, Farmers Prepare For More Bird Flu

Another outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest remains likely, even if farms and public health systems are more prepared to deal with it.

December 16, 2015


packing up fresh-cut Christmas tree

Growers Rally Around Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees

Farmers are pooling their money to advertise and promote their fresh-cut trees. It’s an effort to reach consumers who value a convenient (plastic) Christmas.

November 23, 2015


crop field

No Taxpayer Savings In Farm Bill Commodity Payouts

Many farmers are receiving their first government payments under the new Farm Bill enacted last year, and taxpayers are spending more than projected.

October 9, 2015



Beets, Historic Food Books, Conservation and Farming

American cookbooks throughout the years, with Vivian Halloran. Pickled golden beets. And, giving farmers incentives to think about conservation when they farm.

October 9, 2015


corn on the husk

Environmental Markets Could Sell Farmers On Conservation

The USDA recently put $10 million behind grants to establish environmental markets, including one in Iowa to reduce nitrogen runoff.

September 17, 2015


picture of the Pfantz family homestead

Food Companies Begin To Pressure Farmers To Reduce Runoff

Fearing backlash from customers, companies like Coke, Nestle and General Mills, are pressuring farmers to reduce their contribution to water pollution.

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