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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.

August 5, 2015


chickens in cages

Judge Strikes Down Idaho ‘Ag-Gag’ Law

"Ag-gag" laws outlaw undercover investigations of farms. What does the Idaho decision mean for the handful of other states with similar laws on the books?

July 30, 2015


Stop and Shop

Ahold Becomes Largest Grocer To Join Fair Food Program

Ahold USA became the largest conventional grocer in America to partner with the CIW's Fair Food Program, ensuring better rights for farmworkers.

April 29, 2015



Tyson Announces Antibiotic Elimination By 2017 In Chickens

Tyson is the largest U.S. chicken supplier to announce it would cease use of antibiotics used in humans in its chicken.

April 29, 2015


2 chickens

Bird Flu Claims Egg-Laying Hens In Iowa

Tuesday marked the worst day in the H5N2 avian flu outbreak which is killing millions of turkeys and chickens across the Midwest.

April 9, 2015



New Bird Flu Strain Infects Minnesota Turkeys

Minnesota, the country's largest turkey producer, has seen nine farms diagnosed with bird flu infections.

April 9, 2015



Mandatory Drought Regulations Affect Farms, Lawns

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

October 16, 2014



Whole Foods Announces Sustainability Rating For Produce

Do you know what impact your produce has on the environment or the lives of the workers who farmed it? Whole Foods wants to help inform you.

October 13, 2014


Heirloom tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos

Tomatoes Are (Still) The Taste Of Oregon Farmers Markets

From the rolling hills of southern Indiana, I head to the Pacific Northwest’s Willamette Valley for a taste of new terrain. And it tastes like tomatoes!

April 16, 2014

Organic Matters 

farmer hauling greens on tractor

Walmart Goes Organic: What Does It Mean For The Industry?

Walmart's announcement last week that it would sell organics at prices comparable to conventional foods has been met with skepticism.

March 18, 2014

Farm Regulations 

Cattle munching on livestock feed

Loophole Undercuts FDA “Crack Down” On Livestock Antibiotics

A watchdog reveals key flaws in new FDA guidelines designed to reduce the use of antibiotics to fatten livestock.

March 4, 2014



Climate Change Could Benefit Some Invasive Plants

In 2005, USDA researcher Dana Blumenthal set out to document what effect climate change will have on large swathes of grassland.

February 28, 2014

Play Games, All Sorts 

Robbie Maass shows his mother, Leah, the Commodity Challenge

Farmers Play The Markets, Learn To Avoid Risk

In Commodity Challenge, you have fake bushels of grain. You line up a marketing strategy, watch the real markets and then see what your decisions earned you.

February 26, 2014

Small Scale 

organic berry farm

Proposed Food Safety Rules Clash With Organic Farmers

Organic farmers are raising opposition to FDA food safety rules that will put the squeeze on small-production farms.

February 26, 2014

Historic Drought 


Drought In California Bumps Supermarket Prices

Some parts of California haven't seen rain since July 1. This week, farmers were told they will not receive water from government reservoirs.

January 22, 2014

On The Farm 


Virus Continues To Rip Through Hog Farms

A virus that kills piglets is ripping through farms around the country. Midwest pork producers are doing everything they can to fight it off.

September 20, 2013

Food (No Farm) Bill 


House Passes Bill With Significant Snips To SNAP

The House narrowly passed a bill Thursday that, if turned into law, would cut $39 billion from SNAP benefits over ten years.

July 9, 2013

Two's A Crowd 

June 10 Farm Bill Hearing

Farm Bill May Split After House Defeat

Time is ticking for the farm bill. Current legislation expires September 30, and Majority Leader Harry Reid has warned it will not be extended again.

June 26, 2013

Political Meltdown 

The mural on the inside of the U.S. Capitol Building's rotunda

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.

February 21, 2013

Everyone's Downstream 


Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found In Chinese Pig Manure

With one half of the world's pigs living in China, the discovery of antibiotic resistant bacteria in Chinese pig dung is cause for concern the world over.

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