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August 20, 2015



Turkeys Back In Barns After Bird Flu

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.

July 2, 2015


flooded farmland

After Stormy Spring, Farmers Could Face More Violent Weather

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.

May 21, 2015


dead poultry

Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

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.

May 11, 2015


Phanaeus vindex, a common dung beetle

Midwest Farmers Look To Dung Beetles For Help

Healthy dung beetle populations can make a cow pie disappear in a matter of hours, but dung beetle populations have been declining for decades.

February 4, 2015



Protecting Farmland, Water Supply With Cover Crops

Cover crops, like crimson clover and hairy vetch, grow during the winter when everything else freezes.

December 31, 2014


Dairy farmer Marty DeHoog

Midwest Recruiting CA Dairies To Pump Up Rural Economy

The thought of moving somewhere with lots of available water and open spaces gets the attention of dairy farmers like Marty DeHoog.

July 25, 2014


Palmer Amaranth

Farmers Struggle Against Chemical-Resistant Weeds

At least 28 states have confirmed the presence of Palmer amaranth. And many are struggling with strains resistant to common herbicides.

July 15, 2014


Moon Farm owner Dave Moon

States Working Out The Kinks To Keep Ag Tourism Growing

Agritourism is becoming bigger business all over the Midwest, with more than 2,000 farms boasting some kind of agritourism.

June 24, 2014



Nearly A Century Old, Panama Canal Still Vital To Midwest Economy

A massive expansion of the Panama Canal to meet the demand of the 21st Century is set to open as soon as early 2015.

February 24, 2014

Ag Census 

farmland near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

Young Farmers Waiting For Their Opportunity

The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farmers under 35 years-old has grown slightly, about 1 percent nationally.

December 6, 2013

If You Grow It... 

organic fruits and vegetables

Indiana Organic Farm Acreage Increased, Behind Other States

Indiana's organic crop acreage increased 2 percent this year, but Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky surpassed that by much more.

December 3, 2013

Snip Snap 


Rural Areas Worry About Food Stamp Cuts

Funding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program isn’t just an urban concern. Families living amid fertile farmland increasingly rely on SNAP benefits.

October 22, 2013

Coming Through 


Farmers Plowing Up More Of The Prairie

High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land.

July 8, 2013

Time For A Rain Dance 

winter wheat

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.

May 9, 2013

Too Much Of A Good Thing 

Tire tracks through an empty, muddy field.

Wet Spring Delays Planting Season

During last year's drought, farmers begged for rain. This spring, they wish it would stop.

September 14, 2012

Road Trip 

u-pick blueberries

Farming Intersects With Tourism, Cautious Optimism Prevails

Farm-based tourism attractions like “u-pick” berry patches, wine tastings, dude ranches and guided hunting trips have operated in the region for years.

August 17, 2012

Beefy Bailout 

A large pile of freshly-butchered red meat.

Government Buys Meat From Drought-Stricken Farmers

The drought has dried up pastures and devastated grain crops, increasing demand and a lowering supply of livestock feed.

July 6, 2012



Agricultural Economists Say Drought Could Impact Food Prices

Purdue economists say if conditions don’t improve, Hoosiers will start to see prices increase at the supermarket.

August 29, 2011

Resistant Rootworms 


Corn Crops Fall Prey To Resistant Bug

Bad news for Midwest corn growers -- a new study has found some pests have developed an immunity to Monsanto's genetically-altered corn seeds.

December 13, 2010

Winter Weather 

snowy road with trees

Beets In The Streets Help Fight Icy Roadways

Beet juice has made it into the road treatment arsenal of many transportation departments across the country is. And no, it doesn't stain the roads red.

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