With Donald Trump's victory, farmers are hoping to profit. But most rural Americans aren't farmers. Small towns have their own priorities.
While many presidential campaigns have published platforms that touch on food and agriculture issues, they’re not often among talking points on the stump.
Some farmers make business calls behind the wheel or listen to sports radio. One man in Illinois has gotten attention for writing poetry while harvesting.
Farmers have reached a milestone in the recovery from the massive avian flu outbreak last spring. Birds are back in the barns at this Iowa farm.
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.
The outbreak has affected 174 farms in 15 states. Because there's no vaccine, infected and even healthy birds must be killed to try to stop the virus.
Healthy dung beetle populations can make a cow pie disappear in a matter of hours, but dung beetle populations have been declining for decades.
Cover crops, like crimson clover and hairy vetch, grow during the winter when everything else freezes.
The thought of moving somewhere with lots of available water and open spaces gets the attention of dairy farmers like Marty DeHoog.
At least 28 states have confirmed the presence of Palmer amaranth. And many are struggling with strains resistant to common herbicides.
Agritourism is becoming bigger business all over the Midwest, with more than 2,000 farms boasting some kind of agritourism.
A massive expansion of the Panama Canal to meet the demand of the 21st Century is set to open as soon as early 2015.
The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farmers under 35 years-old has grown slightly, about 1 percent nationally.
Indiana's organic crop acreage increased 2 percent this year, but Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky surpassed that by much more.
Funding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program isn’t just an urban concern. Families living amid fertile farmland increasingly rely on SNAP benefits.
High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land.
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.
During last year's drought, farmers begged for rain. This spring, they wish it would stop.
Farm-based tourism attractions like “u-pick” berry patches, wine tastings, dude ranches and guided hunting trips have operated in the region for years.
The drought has dried up pastures and devastated grain crops, increasing demand and a lowering supply of livestock feed.