11-04-2012 07:46 AM
Grains futures, livestock prices fall
Grains futures fell Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
11-04-2012 07:44 AM
Pink slime approval
Pink slime! A deliciously descriptive phrase that describes meat filler used in more than 70 percent of all ground beef. The phrase was coined by Gera...
11-04-2012 07:34 AM
U.S. grains down on USDA data
Chicago corn and wheat futures fell on Wednesday on the back of weak U.S. Department of Agriculture data.
10-04-2012 08:02 AM
Feds approve disaster aid for Az farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Maricopa, Pima and several other Arizona counties as disaster areas due to drought that continued in...
10-04-2012 08:00 AM
US corn seeding speeds as weather warms
U.S. farmers are planting corn faster than last year as warm, dry weather aided fieldwork in Iowa and Illinois, the largest producers, the Department ...
10-04-2012 07:58 AM
Grape growers combat cold weather
The up and down nature of the weather lately has made for frustrating days for farmers across the area.
10-04-2012 07:57 AM
Rising gas prices have ranchers worried
Motorists on the interstate may not be feeling the pinch at the gas pump nearly as much as farmers this season.
10-04-2012 07:55 AM
Tightening supplies bolster soyabean prices
Soyabean prices climbed to their highest in seven months as traders braced for a government report that could show further deterioration of the South ...
09-04-2012 07:36 AM
Kansas harvest could come a month early
The Kansas wheat crop is about a month ahead of schedule, and fears of a damaging frost are starting to wane.
09-04-2012 07:35 AM
US soy at 7-month top, wheat rises
Chicago soy climbed to its highest in more than seven months on Monday, rising for a third straight session as strong U.S. exports and shrinking South...
09-04-2012 07:32 AM
Ranchers have beef with 'pink slime' scare
Veteran cattleman Dave Nichols has a recurring thought some mornings when he awakens.
09-04-2012 07:27 AM
Vermont farmers grappling refuse from Irene
Most of the refuse left behind from Tropical Storm Irene — televisions, refrigerators, books and toys — has been cleared from the pastures and fields ...
09-04-2012 07:24 AM
No marketing quota for 2013 wheat crop
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that no marketing quota will be in effect for the 2013 wheat crop.
09-04-2012 07:23 AM
Low crop reserves raising food costs
U.S. corn stockpiles are poised to be the smallest in 16 years by August and soybean reserves will be lower than the government expected, potentially ...
08-04-2012 09:55 AM
Beef prices: from high to higher
Michelle Earl and two daughters last week made a trip to Just Good Meat near 84th and L Streets in Omaha to pick up some hamburger.
08-04-2012 09:52 AM
Decline in crop acreage forecast
There’s a good chance fewer acres of crops will be planted in eastern New Mexico and West Texas, according to agriculture officials.
08-04-2012 09:49 AM
Easter chicks can carry salmonella
The cute little birds can carry salmonella and each year send dozens of children to the doctor’s office.
06-04-2012 11:59 AM
Airports could serve as solar farms
The US Department of Agriculture has published a study looking at the feasibility of alternative energy production at airports.
06-04-2012 11:48 AM
US poultry still fed banned antibiotics
There’s evidence that a class of antibiotics banned for use in poultry in 2005 is still being used in U.S. poultry production, a new study says.
06-04-2012 11:48 AM
Finally time to plant corn
The temperatures have cooled off but the calendar finally says it is time to plant corn.
06-04-2012 11:00 AM
Huge rooftop farm is set for Brooklyn
Brooklyn is fast becoming the borough of farms. On Thursday, Bright Farms, a private company that develops greenhouses, announced plans to create a sp...
06-04-2012 10:52 AM
Farmers donate 10m eggs for Easter
The Easter Bunny is getting help this year with a donation of 10 million eggs from the farmers who supply the nation’s stores and restaurants.
06-04-2012 10:51 AM
Farmers try to protect fruit trees from freeze
The killer freeze forecast for early Friday morning could have a devastating effect on West Michigan fruit farmers.
06-04-2012 10:46 AM
Injuries fall for young farmers
Young people working on farms are suffering fewer injuries, according to data from a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report that could provide ammu...
05-04-2012 10:17 AM
US farmers resist corn plant rush
Many U.S. farmers are waiting for crop insurance coverage to kick in before getting too aggressive in planting corn early...
05-04-2012 10:12 AM
Arsenic in poultry feed ban is closer
After three years of failed attempts, efforts to pass a ban on arsenic in poultry feed used by the state’s chicken farms appear close to fruitio...
05-04-2012 10:06 AM
US needs more young farmers, ranchers
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan sees an epidemic of sorts sweeping across America’s farmland. It has little to do with th...
04-04-2012 07:59 AM
U.S. herds are thin, so beef prices will rise
Driven by drought conditions, the smallest U.S. cattle herd since the 1950s probably will result in higher beef prices for the next two years at groce...
04-04-2012 07:57 AM
Poultry industry raises pollution concerns
It has been dubbed "Big Chicken": the revolution in how poultry is raised and processed.
04-04-2012 07:45 AM
Nebraska farmers still wary of frost
Nebraska farmers are eyeing the forecast just in a case the early spring takes a turn back to winter.
03-04-2012 10:21 AM
Grains futures mixed, livestock prices rise
Grains futures were mixed in early trading Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
03-04-2012 10:13 AM
Corn gains for third day
Corn gained for a third day on concern that hot, dry weather in some growing areas in the U.S., the biggest producer, may lower yields.
03-04-2012 10:11 AM
Bug hunters fan across LA to stop citrus disease
The ubiquitous backyard citrus tree, symbolic of California’s agricultural abundance, is front and center in the battle now under way to save th...
02-04-2012 07:43 AM
U.S. corn jumps 1.5 pct on brisk trading
U.S. corn futures rose 1.5 percent on the first trading day of the second quarter on...
02-04-2012 07:40 AM
US farmers coax crops from conservation lands
North Dakota farmer Justin Zahradka will plant wheat this spring on 40 acres that has been off-limits for two decades...
02-04-2012 07:39 AM
Agriculture industry earns $10.7bn in 2011
Louisiana agriculture is still thriving despite setbacks like the Gulf Coast oil spill and the slow housing market, according to a recent survey of th...
02-04-2012 07:38 AM
Dreaded citrus disease detected in Calif
A citrus disease that has killed millions of citrus trees and cost growers billions of dollars across Florida and Brazil has been detected in Californ...
30-03-2012 08:47 AM
Wheat edges up after hitting 2-month low
Wheat futures rose around 0.6 percent on Friday, managing only a partial recovery after dropping 3 percent...
30-03-2012 08:41 AM
Agriculture remains the fastest way to create jobs
Regular meeting of the National Council of Agriculture and Rural Development has always been an opportunity for state commissioners in charge of agric...
29-03-2012 08:46 AM
Northern vintners work to improve wines' quality
South Dakota winemaker Dave Greenlee exudes pride as he pours a sample of a 2011 Marquette nearly ready for bottling.
28-03-2012 08:18 AM
Cattle, hogs trading higher at midday
Corn futures are steady to slightly higher at midday. Monday’s weak close and fund liquidation continue to hold corn prices in check.
28-03-2012 08:10 AM
Wheat prices fall as weather prospects improve
Wheat futures closed down 3 percent Tuesday as recent rainfall in crop-producing states makes traders more optimistic about this year’s harvest.
28-03-2012 08:07 AM
Michigan fruit crops likely damaged by frost
Two days of frost in parts of Michigan likely damaged fruit crops because of the early growing season prompted by unusually warm weather, an industry ...
28-03-2012 08:05 AM
US sets new carbon standard for power plants
The United States on Tuesday set the first nationwide carbon standards on power plants, seeking to curb emissions from the burning of coal...
28-03-2012 08:01 AM
Wheat futures tumble in two months
The Standard & Poor’s GSCI gauge of 24 raw materials fell 0.1 percent to 704.24 at 3:43 p.m. in New York, led by grains.
27-03-2012 08:36 AM
Fruit farmers on alert
All that Dave Pagel can do to protect his apple orchards against tonight’s freeze warning, said the Berrien Springs farmer, is to "sweat it out....
27-03-2012 08:34 AM
Farmers scramble as temperatures plummet
The Department of Environmental Protection teamed with Department of Agriculture Monday night in efforts to help farmers preserve their crops from the...
27-03-2012 08:32 AM
Meet Izzy the beagle, defender of US agriculture
On a recent busy afternoon at Kennedy Airport, a beagle with plaintive eyes was lying on the floor of Terminal 4, oblivious to the chaos of rolling lu...
27-03-2012 08:29 AM
Report points finger at agriculture cleanup costs
The Everglades Foundation on Monday released a report showing that 76 percent of phosphorous pollution entering the Everglades comes from agricultural...
26-03-2012 09:44 AM
New York sees rise in equine owners
For as long as Erika Eckstrom can remember, she wanted to own a horse farm.