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April 16, 2014

Organic Matters 

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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 

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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

Unwanted 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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.

December 29, 2012

Cliffhanger 

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Farm Bill: No News Not Necessarily Good News

As of Saturday morning, no resolution had been reached on a new federal Farm Bill. Time is running out.

November 30, 2012

Pork Problems 

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Study Finds Bacteria In American Pork, Some Drug-Resistant

Consumer Reports has just published some bad news for pork lovers.

June 13, 2012

Delicious History 

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Our History Is In The Cheese

In his new book "Cheese and Culture," Paul Kindstedt happens to tell the story of human civilization by way of cheese making.

May 16, 2012

Pizza Or Grand Slam? 

pigs in gestation-crates

To Crate Or Not To Crate? Different Sides Of The Pork Divide

Denny's is the latest restaurant to announce it will stop buying from pork farmers who crate pregnant sows. Domino's Pizza has made the opposite announcement.

February 8, 2012

Young Seedlings 

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As Farmers Age, A New Crop Looks To The Land

New farmers are leaving the suburbs and rat race for a life on the land, and the government is taking notice.

January 11, 2012

'Cost-Saving Measure' 

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USDA To Close 249 Offices, Affect Local Farms

Cutting 249 USDA offices -- half of which are small, local offices -- will only impact their annual spending by one percent.

November 28, 2011

Inhumane Eggs 

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McDonald’s Drops Egg Supplier After Inhumane Treatment

Animals rights advocates were appalled after undercover video was released showing inhumane treatment at a top egg supplier.

November 23, 2011

Occupy The Market 

A man stands beside a makeshift countertop.  Hanging on the side of the counter are posters.  One says

Feeding A Movement: Farmers And Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street movement has had both positive and negative relationships with small-scale farmers. Here's a sampling of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

November 22, 2011

Budget Woes 

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Farm Bill Progress Comes To A Halt

The freaky fast farm bill has slammed to a halt with the failure of a bipartisan "super committee."

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