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28 January 2015
Washington crops hit $10 billion record

Washington agriculture broke records for the third consecutive year, with production values reaching $10.2 billion in 2013. #Contributing to the 2 percent increase over the previous year were recor...


27 January 2015
High beef prices likely to stay as demand increases

Agricultural experts say high beef prices are here to stay for a while as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation’s cattle supply to its lowest numbers in mor...


27 January 2015
Nebraska works to recruit dairy farmers from other states

Nebraska is trying to attract dairy farmers from other states with the promise of abundant land, plentiful water and feed, and agriculture-friendly rules. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that's a ...


27 January 2015
Milk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks'

The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting ...


26 January 2015
Experts say prices and demand for beef to remain high

High beef prices are here to stay for a while, as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years, accordi...


23 January 2015
Kansas farmers join GM corn lawsuit against Syngenta

You may have seen the ads on TV from lawyers looking for small town farmers. That’s because Kansas farmers are joining farmers from across the nation in suing an international agricultural company ove...


22 January 2015
Crop-destroying bug found in Arkansas

Wildlife authorities around the country are trying to figure out a way to stop the spread of a bug notorious for killing crops. They're called Kudzu bugs and were first found in Georgia five and ha...


22 January 2015
US farmers' latest hot crop: Sorghum

While many U.S. farmers grappled with lower grain prices last year, Mike Baker had an ace up his sleeve: sorghum. The grain, long overshadowed by more-plentiful crops, suddenly is in high demand th...


22 January 2015
Cattle succumb to commodity rout

The global rout in commodities finally hit cattle with futures off to the worst start to a year since 1980. The good news: The rout signals that your steak dinner could start costing less soon. Cat...


21 January 2015
Wheat yields to decrease as temperature increases

Warming temperatures are a threat to the global wheat crop, a study led by a University of Florida scientist has found, noting that for every degree Celsius that the temperature increases, the world l...


21 January 2015
Keeping cattle healthy in the U.P. winter

The Upper Peninsula’s often cold weather has an obvious effect on the day–to–day lives of residents. Residents of the animal variety are also affected by the winter chill. Feeding is key to maintai...


20 January 2015
Genetically modified cattle with human DNA might hold ebola cure

On a farm outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a herd of cloned, genetically engineered cattle are busy incubating antibodies against the Ebola virus. Researchers hope the cattle - which certainly do...


19 January 2015
‘Dairy fertility is a race against time’

The six week in-calf rate is a great measure for farm profitability or key performance indicator for your dairy farm, according to Linda O’Neill, Livestock Improvement Company (LIC). She says that ...


15 January 2015
Rescuing farmland after a flood

When levees fail, either naturally or as an intentional breach, as was the case on the Mississippi River in 2011, an orchestrated effort is made to remove or repair flood-damaged homes and other struc...


15 January 2015
Panel endorses farmland tax relief bill

An Indiana Senate committee has endorsed a measure sought by farmers that aims to once again postpone a property assessment change that could send farm taxes higher. The Senate Agriculture Committe...


14 January 2015
The beef with sustainable beef

In the near future, you might not feel as guilty about ordering a Big Mac. McDonald’s claims that by 2016, some of its iconic burgers – along with other beef products – will be made with “verified sus...


13 January 2015
Idaho agriculture cash receipts hit record high

2014 was another record year for farmers and ranchers in Idaho. Agricultural economists said cash receipts from milk, crop and livestock sales almost reached $10 billion, an increase of 16 percent ...


13 January 2015
Farmland rental rates a tough topic

Willie Huot has spent years helping farmers and landlords develop farmland rental agreements and he’s reached this conclusion: “What you come up with has to benefit both parties. It needs to be a win-...


9 January 2015
Freeze damage to winter wheat?

The Arctic blast most the Midwest is feeling this week has raised concerns about how badly the plunging temperatures will damage the winter wheat crop. Don Keeney, agricultural meteorologist of MDA...


9 January 2015
New beef packing plant will bring hundreds of jobs to Kuna area

A new, $100 million beef processing plant is set to be built near Kuna. J.R. Simplot is teaming up with Caviness Beef packers, a company based in Texas, to build and run the plant. The companies ar...


9 January 2015
U.S. farmers will push Congress to end embargo on Cuba

At least 30 food and agriculture American companies and associations announced today they will push Congress to end the embargo the United States imposed on Cuba in 1962. Representatives of the com...


7 January 2015
Arctic blast likely to cause damage in Midwest wheat belt

Arctic air pushing into the nation’s Midwest wheat belt later this week is expected to cause some winterkill damage to wheat fields. About a third of the nation’s wheat belt will likely be affected...


7 January 2015
Ohio farmers join lawsuit over sale of GM corn seed

Ohio farmers have joined hundreds of others nationwide who are suing a Swiss company for selling genetically modified corn seeds that had not been approved by a major corn-importing country. More t...


6 January 2015
Dairy prices - will 2015 prove as downbeat as 2014?

Dairy commodities proved particularly bad performers in 2014, with prices as measured by the GlobalDairyTrade index falling 48%. The plunge reflected the retreats of China and Russia, the top two i...


5 January 2015
GM crops pushing Monarch butterflies' rapid decline

The growing use of genetically modified (GM) crops in the US has led the Monarch butterfly, once common across the country, close to ending up on the endangered species list. The scientists behind ...


5 January 2015
Livestock marketing economist expects stable markets in 2015

Since mid 2013, livestock prices have reached all-time record highs, but North Dakota University Extension livestock marketing economist, Timothy Petry, believes 2015 will see a much more stable marke...


1 January 2015
USDA to gauge farm economics and farmland ownership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin surveying farm operators and farmland owners to update information on production practices, resource use...


1 January 2015
Iowa lawsuits accuse Syngenta over rejected GMO crops

Iowa farmers and companies are suing Syngenta AG, claiming they suffered financial losses when China rejected corn shipments containing a genetically modified seed developed by the agribusiness giant ...


1 January 2015
Farmland value decrease the most since 1986

A recent survey shows Iowa’s farmland is decreasing in value; dramatically. According to the Iowa Land Value Survey, Iowa’s farmland has declined nine percent. It’s the biggest drop since 1986, but th...


28 December 2014
Killing wolves for eating livestock increases the number that get eaten the following year

A study by Rob Wielgus, director of Washington State University’s Large Carnivore Conservation Lab, and Kaylie A. Peebles has concluded that lethal removal of wolves caught or expected of killing live...