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June 7, 2019

 

By The Numbers: Glyphosate Use In The Midwest For Corn, Soybeans

When the pharmaceutical company Bayer bought Monsanto last year, it inherited the weed killer Roundup. It also inherited thousands of lawsuits claiming the chemical’s active ingredient — glyphosate- can be linked to a form of cancer.

April 19, 2019

 

Farm Bureaus Try For Affordable Health Care Coverage, But Plans Exclude Some

"This has been one of our greatest struggles, not only financially but emotionally."

January 11, 2019

 

Iowa Court Strikes Down ‘Ag Gag’ Rule

A federal court rules that a so-called "ag-gag" statute is unconstitutional and violates free speech protections.

November 13, 2018

 

Handing Off: The Reality Of Land Transfer Between Older, Younger Farmers

As life expectancy increases, farmers are staying in the business, but there’s still a need to plan for what happens when they die.

November 2, 2018

 

Rural Americans Are Now The Largest Slice Of Federal Food Aid Recipients

On a busy football Saturday, fans on both sides of the Iowa-Nebraska line streamed into a tiny grocery store to pick up hamburger, soda and chips. Store manager Nick Johnson, a third-generation store owner in far southwest Iowa, has long had a front-row seat to the local economy. Times have been tough since the recession, […]

September 14, 2018

 

Farmers Take In The Latest Toys And Technology At Farm Progress Show

Low prices and tariffs have stressed the Midwest ag economy, but they haven’t slowed the sales pitches of companies vying for a piece of the farmer’s dollar.

August 31, 2018

 

Growing Food Justice On A South Bronx Farm

Suzanne Babb is an urban farmer at La Finca del Sur, a farm led by Black and Lantinx women focussed on food justice in their communities.

August 31, 2018

 

For The Love Of Farming

Two women connect across generations, around their love of farming, and their commitment to helping farmers.

June 8, 2018

 

Senate Bill Seeks To Help Farmers Obtain Mental Health Services

Depressed commodity and dairy prices and a burgeoning trade war are adding to the usual stresses and taking a toll on farmers.

June 8, 2018

 

Conservation Benefits From Fruit And Nut Trees, Plus Potential Bonus Cash For Farmers

Farmers are getting creative with conservation efforts by planting fruit and nut trees on farms. It's a long-term investment that may pay off for future generations.

April 6, 2018

 

When Farmland Gives Way To Development

Big cities in the Midwest are gaining ground on the rural communities that, for many decades, have thrived on the edges of urban development. Since 1980, the amount of land being farmed or grazed in the U.S. has dropped 13 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Much of it now is covered by […]

November 29, 2017

 

Wind Power Now Needs Industry To Survive

With Federal funding for wind energy waning, industry will need to step in to keep the turbines turning.

November 20, 2017

 

Fewer Regulations Heighten Concerns Over Water Quality

"The cities are not in the driver’s seat here, they’re being driven," says Mark Ryan, an attorney with EPA.

November 3, 2017

 

Clovis Withdraws From USDA Nomination

Sam Clovis was linked this week to the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

November 2, 2017

 

Organic Acreage On The Rise

As prices drop for conventional crops, some farmers are looking to organic.

October 27, 2017

 

Genetic Advances In Sunflowers May Mean Future Profits

Self-pollination is a trait that'll be increasingly important to sunflower farmers as wild bee populations diminish.

June 5, 2017

 

Sustainable Agriculture Research Center Survives Cut, Barely

The Iowa Legislature decided to defund the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, leaving it to rely on money from its existing endowment and grants.

February 10, 2017

 

Dirt Under Your Fingernails And A Strong Sense Of Pride

Iowa is the largest pork producer in the country. Melissa Block visits a pig farm for NPR's series "Our Land."

January 26, 2016

 

Ethanol Aside, Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking Ag

While many presidential campaigns have published platforms that touch on food and agriculture issues, they’re not often among talking points on the stump.

June 29, 2015

 

Flock Of Egg-Laying Hens Smallest In A Decade

The nation’s flock of egg-laying hens is at its smallest since 2004 thanks to the massive outbreak of avian influenza this spring.

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