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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 

The yellow wheels of a center-pivot irrigation system on tilled farmland

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 

hemp field

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 

snow on a farm

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 

wet farmland

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 

drought tolerant maize

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 

Potted soybean plants

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.

February 19, 2013

Cluck Cluck 

a bunch of chickens

Modernizing Poultry Inspection Is No Easy Matter

Controversial new regulations proposed by the USDA for poultry processors is an attempt to modernize an inspection system that dates back to the 1950s.

February 4, 2013

Power Of Persuasion 

god-made-farmer

God Made A Farmer, So Says Dodge Ram

This two-minute Super Bowl commercial speaks to "the farmer in all of us." Did it convince you to grow your own food or to buy a gigantic pick-up truck?

January 11, 2013

 

snowy-farm

Farmers Frustrated By Farm Bill Extension

The final fiscal cliff deal ditched new legislation and merely extended parts of the bill that expired in October, leaving farmers exasperated.

December 24, 2012

Drought Drama 

shipping-boat

Fertilizer On Fast Track Up Mississippi River

Water levels have fertilizer shippers scrambling to get their product to market before low water dries up their most important shipping route.

December 14, 2012

Got Milk? 

A brown cow with both ears tagged sniffs curiously at the camera lens.

Sales Slump And Lack Of Farm Bill Threaten Dairy Industry

A downward trend in milk consumption and the specter of a lapsed farm bill have the dairy industry worried.

December 3, 2012

Local Options 

Peppers

Central Indiana Food Hub To Begin This Spring

Food hubs allow consumers to connect with farmers in a virtual marketplace.

November 29, 2012

Spilling Milk 

Cows in a field by a roadside.  There is a sign that reads (in French): Demain, cette ferme sera fermée. Il n'y aura plus de merde dans mes prairies mais elle se retrouvera dans vos plats.

European Dairy Farmers Protest With Tractors, Milk Hoses

Thousands of farmers from throughout Europe came to Belgium with their tractors to protest price controls on milk.

October 8, 2012

Food With Integrity 

A protest sign rests against the tree. The sign is red and shaped like a tomato, and it reads

Chipotle Commits to Fair, Fresh Tomatoes

Chipotle has ended a six-year feud with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers by agreeing to buy tomatoes from Florida farms that pay fair wages to employees.

August 20, 2012

Farm Aid 

dry iowa farmland

Crop Insurance Saves Farmers, Costs Taxpayers

Even though lots of corn and soybean farmers are taking a beating because of drought, it’s not likely to drive many out of business. Most carry insurance.

August 15, 2012

Drought Drama 

drought-Dan-Henrichs

Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin

Our story begins where the drought does, at the Arkansas’ headwaters and follows the river to its demise on sunbaked Kansas prairie.

July 8, 2012

Technology On The Farm 

Thermal-Aid-app

Heat Stress? Now There’s A Cow App For That

Researchers at the University of Missouri have built a tool that can detect the threat of heat stress in specific animals.

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