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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.

April 29, 2015

 

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.

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.

August 9, 2012

 

Heirloom Tomato And Tomatillo Tart

Running out of ideas for what to do with your summertime veggie yield? Dig out those adorable tart pans, and brace yourself for something delicious.

June 18, 2012

Know Your Farmer 

Blending Of Cultures May Be Blueprint For Growth

Melding cultures is never easy, but members of the Latino community are changing the landscape of the rural Midwest.

May 29, 2012

After The Flood 

A Most Unusual Planting Season

It’s spring along the Missouri River in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, and farmers are back on the land, trying to fix what nature broke.

May 22, 2012

Farming Forecast 

Early Planting, Lots Of Acres Could Mean Record Corn Crop

With farmers expected to put in more acres of corn than they have since the Great Depression, this fall’s harvest could be one for the record books.

March 28, 2012

Money Money Money 

High Prices Boost Farmers’ Bottom Lines

Thanks to high commodity prices and surging productivity, U.S. farmers earned a record net income of nearly $98 billion last year.

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.

May 26, 2011

Economy Of Farming  

Small Farms Make Good Food And Good Economy

Food from small farms not only tastes good, it helps boost the economy.

April 20, 2011

Farming Woes 

Erosion Is Washing Away Soil, Threatening Food Supply

Farmers struggle to balance rising rates of soil erosion with the need to produce more crops.

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