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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.

September 17, 2015


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It’s Time To Get Serious About Reducing Food Waste, Feds Say

The government's first ever national target to reduce food waste will encourage farmers to donate more of their imperfect produce to the hungry.

August 21, 2015



Crop Insurance Claims Jump Due To Unusual Weather

Bloomberg News released a study showing crop insurance claims have jumped 48 percent, but analysts remind the season isn't over yet.

August 19, 2015


Puget Sound

Washington Drought Worst Since 1977

Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have put into place a voluntary water reduction call, asking residents to cut water usage by 10 percent.

July 28, 2015



‘Farm To Food Bank’ Promises Fresh, Local Produce

Indiana's food banks are starting a new Farm to Food Banks program that aims to get more fresh produce to low-income Hoosiers.

July 22, 2015


Heath Gerlock of Farmobile

Technology, Growth Spur Ag Jobs Far From The Field

Huge companies and start-ups alike are investing in technology designed to support and improve agriculture and, in the process, they’re creating new jobs.

July 20, 2015


soybean plants

Farmers Watch As Scientists Weigh In On Common Herbicides

Farmers fighting herbicide-resistant weeds will likely look to spray more chemicals. Researchers are trying to determine which herbicides could cause cancer.

July 2, 2015


flooded farmland

After Stormy Spring, Farmers Could Face More Violent Weather

This season's storms aren't a fluke. They're one consequence of a century long pattern in which the Midwest has gotten as much as two degrees warmer.

May 11, 2015


Phanaeus vindex, a common dung beetle

Midwest Farmers Look To Dung Beetles For Help

Healthy dung beetle populations can make a cow pie disappear in a matter of hours, but dung beetle populations have been declining for decades.

May 5, 2015


red chicken

Chicken Farmers Weigh End-Of-Life Decisions For Their Birds

Hens can live up to ten years but they only lay eggs for about five. That’s when most birds end up on the chopping block. But in cities, it’s more complicated.

April 30, 2015


three chickens from behind

Chickens From Beginning To End, Swiss Chard, Burn Your Field

Jana Wilson gives tips for raising chicks. What about birds at the end of their lives? Swiss chard plus cheese, with Daniel Orr. Why farmers burn their fields.

April 20, 2015


Research technician, Bradley Boyd

Beef Industry Not Sold On E. Coli Vaccine

An E. coli vaccine has been on the market for years that could reduce the risk of getting sick. It’s a vaccine for cows, but not many cows are getting it.

April 9, 2015



Mandatory Drought Regulations Affect Farms, Lawns

For the first time in state history, California has instated mandatory water regulations.

April 6, 2015


Tracy Dethlefs and her husband, Shawn Rademacher,

Research Could Help Answer Questions About Rural Cancer

Doctors and researchers want to understand more about why cancer is more likely to be fatal for rural residents than most city residents.

April 1, 2015


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Some Farmers Warming Up To The Affordable Care Act

Studies done before the ACA’s enactment found that farmers were among the groups least likely to have health insurance.

February 11, 2015


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To Limit Sales, States Propose Legalizing Raw Milk

Despite health warnings, some states have proposed legalizing raw milk sales in order to impose strict regulations on the risky - and growing - market.

January 13, 2015


Black Welsh Mountain sheep

Colo. Farmers Work To Ensure Diversity In Rare Sheep Breed

Oogie McGuire sends and receives sheep from across the U.S., one way to ensure that her flock and others are getting new blood.

November 26, 2014


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Crop Dusting Pilots Navigate Dangerous Airspace

According to the National Agricultural Aviation Association, 18 to 20 percent of commercial cropland receives some sort of aerial application.

November 20, 2014


two turkeys

Smaller Turkey Stock Likely Won’t Equal Higher Retail Prices

A spike in feed prices has resulted in rising wholesale meat costs, but that doesn't mean turkey will cost more this year.

November 18, 2014



Promised Farm Bill Savings Look Elusive Today

In bad years, higher premiums and higher payouts cost taxpayers more. When prices are lower and premiums are lower, the public is not out as much.

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