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November 18, 2013

Hidden Grains 

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Filling A Gap In The Organic Pipeline

Sales of organic food over the last five years have grown 35 percent, but there’s a problem in the supply chain – not enough organic grain.

November 5, 2013

Grain To Go 

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Shipping Containers Can Open Export Markets To Farmers

While the final numbers haven’t been tallied, it looks like American farmers may have shipped a record $140 billion worth of product overseas in the last year.

October 26, 2013

This Is Indiana 

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Figs In Indiana, Preserving Persimmon, Buh-Bye Sheep

We celebrate figs in unlikely places today with a poem by Ross Gay. Persimmon jam to enjoy in the winter. And, where did all the sheep go?

October 25, 2013

Buh-Bye 

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The Long, Slow Decline Of The U.S. Sheep Industry

Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in the U.S. has been cut in half. Today, the domestic sheep herd is one-tenth the size it was during World War II.

October 18, 2013

Cash For Corn 

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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.

October 7, 2013

Rev Your Engines 

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Why Farmers Want New Equipment

It has been a good time to be in the farm equipment business the last few years, whether you’re a manufacturer such as Gleaner or the local tractor dealer.

August 14, 2013

Bushel After Bushel 

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USDA Predicts Near Record Corn Yield, Soybeans Look Good Too

Corn yields are expected to be 64 percent higher than they were last year.

August 9, 2013

Feed The Soil 

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Can Planned Grazing Revive Grassland Soil?

Conventional wisdom tells you, if ranchland ground has less grass, the problem is too many cows. But that’s not always the case.

July 8, 2013

Time For A Rain Dance 

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Tough Times For Midwest Wheat Farmers

It’s been a tough year for winter wheat farmers. Battling dry times in an often dry region has many farmers fearing a historically low harvest.

July 4, 2013

Start 'Em Young 

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Get Kids Cooking, Lavender Farm, Cucumber Gazpacho

Staci Radford-Vincent's son Forest has been helping out in the kitchen since he was 2. Chef Daniel Orr grills shrimp and makes a cucumber-based gazpacho.

June 26, 2013

Political Meltdown 

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Farm Bill Defeated As Parties Point Fingers

In case you missed it, the farm bill was defeated in the House of Representatives last week with a vote of 234 to 195.

June 11, 2013

SNAP and Subsidies 

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Farm Bill Passes Senate With Bipartisan Support

The farm bill passed the Senate Monday with cuts to SNAP and direct payments to farmers. The bill did include subsidies for peanut and rice farmers.

May 14, 2013

Environmental Impact 

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New GMO Products Delayed Due To USDA Review

Monsanto and Dow Chemical have been developing new genetically-modified seeds, but the USDA has hit the brakes on their release to market.

May 13, 2013

Wet And Wacky 

Careful What You Wish For: Farmers Seek Dry, Warm Weather

Farmers are hoping for a break in the rain so they can get this year’s crops in the ground and try to lock in good yields at harvest.

April 4, 2013

Illegal Plants 

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Legalize It? Kentucky Farmers Look To Hemp

Kentucky is trying to bring back hemp, the close relative of marijuana that is used in products like textiles, car parts, lotions and paper.

March 28, 2013

Spring Snow 

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Blizzards Bring Moisture To Happy Kansas Farmers

Two big snowstorms produced some very broad smiles in farm country because in a place as dry as Kansas has been lately, a blizzard can be a blessing.

March 8, 2013

Farm Forecast 

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Wet Winter Weather May Mean A Better Spring For Farmers

Wet winter weather means wheat forecasts are looking up.

February 27, 2013

More Bigger Better 

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Seed Science Pushes Toward Higher Yields

For decades now, farmers and seed scientists have seen yields improve, but they’re not satisfied.

February 26, 2013

Expiration Date 

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Generic Seeds Could Have A Short Lifespan

Farmers would love to continue using their favorite seeds in generic form, but they may find there is only a limited window of opportunity.

February 26, 2013

Aggravated Agriculture  

Climate change is expected to have an overall negative impact upon crop and livestock over the next 25 years.

Climate Change To Hurt Crops And Livestock

The USDA warns of hard times ahead for the nation's farmers.

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