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USA | 26 August 2016
USDA buys $20 million in cheese from dairy farms

Moving to bolster dairy farmers who are struggling to cope with price declines, the Agriculture Department announced Tuesday it is spending $20 million - on 11 million pounds of cheese. A taxpayer ...


USA | 26 August 2016
California farmers turn to sewers for water

California's prolonged drought is forcing Central Valley farmers to scramble for water to irrigate crops. They have to be creative. One agency is even turning to a sewage plant to meet demand. Just...


USA | 25 August 2016
The next agriculture revolution is under our feet

At the core of agriculture is innovation. Advancements in agricultural technology throughout the past century have allowed farmers to feed a population that has grown from less than 2 billion people t...


USA | 24 August 2016
Grassley to hold hearing on agriculture mergers next month

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said Tuesday he will hold a hearing next month to discuss a wave of consolidation among seed and chemical producers, including the merger of Dow and DuPont. The chairman of...


USA | 23 August 2016
Flooding will cost state agriculture $110 million

Heavy rains that recently caused historic flooding in south Louisiana will cost the state’s agriculture industry at least $110 million, according to preliminary estimates from the LSU AgCenter. Tha...


USA | 22 August 2016
Nonprofit awarded nearly $600k to help beginning farmers

A nonprofit in Providence has been awarded nearly $600,000 in federal funding to help expand training opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers throughout Rhode Island. The state's congressi...


USA | 22 August 2016
High water in South affecting US rice crops

High water in Louisiana and Arkansas has put a damper on the nation's rice harvest. While much of Louisiana's crop was in before record floods this month, Arkansas farmers had just started harvesti...


USA | 22 August 2016
Women farmers take center stage in US agriculture

Women farmers are increasingly challenging traditional, male-centric notions about farming in the US, and a recent book aims to encourage more women to join the movement. The book is called "Woman-...


USA | 19 August 2016
Used tractor sales bad for Deere as farmers pinch pennies

Deep in the heart of the U.S. grain belt, farm-equipment auctions are attracting bidders from as far away as South Africa as the agriculture rout makes used machinery more attractive. As farmers mo...


USA | 19 August 2016
In Austin, a new mobile farmers market will travel to food deserts

This fall, certain neighborhoods around Austin, Texas—some of which don’t have a single grocery store—will gain access to farm-fresh organic produce, thanks to this pilot program. Farmshare Austin,...


USA | 19 August 2016
Could less gassy livestock be a cash cow?

The hamburgers and cheese that come from U.S. cattle may be favorite fare at many summer cookouts, but the methane the same cows produce is significantly less appetizing. That's especially the case...


USA | 18 August 2016
Monsanto wants to change farming with in-field sensors

Popularly known for its extensive work in developing genetically modified seeds and pushing its insanely popular herbicide Roundup, biotechnology company Monsanto is undertaking a new digital initiati...


USA | 18 August 2016
Dairy farmers struggle to deal with ongoing drought

Dairy farmers in New Hampshire are hoping for rain as they watch their feed supplies dwindle and look for other ways to provide to provide for their cows. As drought conditions continue in much of ...


USA | 17 August 2016
Summer drought leaves farmers concerned over crops

Farmer's markets are a summer-time tradition, where local farmers grow their own fruit and vegetables and then sell them directly to the general public. However, with the lack of rain this summer, ...


USA | 16 August 2016
USDA recalls 30t of beef

The US Department of Agriculture recalled the meat after a consumer found metal fragments encrusted within the meat. A Texas beef processor has been forced to recall 60,350 pounds of ground beef p...


USA | 16 August 2016
California drought costs to top $600 million

As the fifth year of California's drought grinds on much-needed rain will help lessen the economic damage on the agriculture industry, according to a new economic analysis released Monday. "This ye...


USA | 16 August 2016
Monsanto’s new GMO soybeans are making a hot mess for farmers

You can see signs of Monsanto’s latest belly flop in stricken farms: The leaves are gone from the acres of peach trees on Bill Bader’s orchard in southern Missouri, and soy fields in eastern Arkansas ...


USA | 15 August 2016
U.S. dairy surplus hitting farmers hard

Are you drinking less milk these days? If so, you aren't alone — and with less people drinking milk and lower prices — it’s become a recipe for disaster if you're a dairy farmer. It may be miles aw...


USA | 15 August 2016
Some Florida farmers eyeing hops as next niche crop

With the state's iconic citrus industry reeling due to a so-far incurable bacterial disease, some Florida farmers are eyeing a new niche crop that can tap into the country's burgeoning beer-brewing bu...


USA | 15 August 2016
Can we feed 10 billion people on organic farming alone?

In 1971, then US Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz uttered these unsympathetic words: “Before we go back to organic agriculture in this country, somebody must decide which 50 million Americans we are...


USA | 12 August 2016
Farmland prices fall in central U.S.

The price of farmland dropped across much of the Farm Belt in the second quarter, Federal Reserve reports showed on Thursday, as the global commodity rout weighs on crop prices and farmers’ incomes. ...


USA | 12 August 2016
Drones will change the way agriculture works in the future

As far as one can remember, farming has always been about the legwork: walking down rows, going plant-by-plant to check for weeds, bugs, parched soil or any sign of distress. Modern machinery, soil-t...


USA | 11 August 2016
Ukrainian agriculture students travel more than 5000 miles to land an internship in Iowa

They've trekked more than 5,000 miles away from home and they've spent their summer learning to sort grain, drive trucks, use forklifts and learn what it means to do agribusiness here in America. ...


USA | 11 August 2016
Dairy groups blast methane reductions: ‘Cows expel gas so they don’t explode’

California’s attempt to curb emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is facing vocal opposition from a dairy industry that fears government meddling in the flatulence of its cows. The Cali...


USA | 11 August 2016
30 tons of ground beef recalled because of metal fragment

A Texas beef processor is recalling more than 30 tons of meat after a consumer reported finding a metal fragment of Hill Country Fare brand ground beef. Sam Kane Beef Processors LLC of Corpus Chris...


USA | 10 August 2016
Sugar farmers struggle to meet Everglades pollution limit

Farmers in the Everglades just barely met the legal requirement for cutting pollution in water over the last year. According to figures released this week by the South Florida Water Management Dist...


USA | 10 August 2016
Big Data romances Big Ag: The future of precision agriculture may be in drones

At first glance, Silicon Valley and the vast cornfields of the U.S. Midwest may appear to have little in common. But a growing relationship between big data and agriculture is poised to improve yi...


USA | 10 August 2016
California dairy industry launches defense of flatulent cows

Cow dung and cow stomach gas: not just smelly, but also politically loaded. Hence a new California dairy industry campaign pushing back on California’s recommendation to regulate a naturally occurr...


USA | 8 August 2016
Pence stresses role of agriculture at state fair opening

The opening ceremonies at the Indiana State Fair are typically full of pageantry, potentates, and lots of stories about the fair, the food, and fond memories. This year all of that was still the...


USA | 8 August 2016
Low prices driving out small dairy farms

Tim Tucek, a Chenango County dairy farmer, said it was a decision he couldn't avoid given his limited options — sell the farm or go broke. Robin Fitch, whose family milks about 170 cows in West Win...