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USA | 31 July 2015
Drones being honed to help farmers grow better crops

Farmers will be using drones in the near future to monitor and improve their crops to help feed a hungry world, say Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists who are now developing the technology. "Un...


USA | 31 July 2015
Avian flu is hammering hens: should poultry farmers get a bailout?

You may have noticed that the price of eggs has gone up. That’s partially due to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza epidemic that decimated poultry farms across 15 U.S. states this spring. The ...


USA | 30 July 2015
Anthrax found in Sask. cattle

Anthrax found in cattle is prompting the province to remind producers to vaccinate. Cattle in the RM of Harris, southwest of Saskatoon, were confirmed to have anthrax earlier this week. The dise...


USA | 30 July 2015
North Texas man accused in theft of more than 500 cattle

A Texas man has been charged with stealing more than 500 cattle he was watching for a Nebraska rancher. Jack County jail records show Tony Eugene Lyon of Perrin was being held Wednesday on a theft ...


USA | 30 July 2015
California farmers aren't the water hogs

The worst thing about California’s drought is the suffering it has caused ordinary people. In many places, drinking wells have dried up. The crisis is so severe that the state has restricted water use...


USA | 29 July 2015
Dupont cuts forecasts on weak agricultural demand

DuPont, the chemicals company under pressure from activist investors, marked its first results since spinning off an unwanted division by cutting earnings forecasts for the year because of weak demand...


USA | 29 July 2015
Poultry industry restocks, worries bird flu could come back this fall

Poultry and egg producers are gradually rebuilding stocks hard hit by avian influenza with the help of $700 million in federal assistance to fight the virus but concerns remains over prospects for a n...


USA | 29 July 2015
Some California farmers are ditching popular crops for less thirsty varieties

As I grew up in Southern California, avocados and oranges were always a family favorite. We looked forward to the warmer months when the local fruits became bountiful and dotted farmers markets and re...


USA | 27 July 2015
Things you might not know about farmers markets

It's that time of year where plants are sprouting and crops are producing fruit. If you appreciate fresh produce but don't have a green thumb, skip the grocery store aisle and stop by your local farme...


USA | 27 July 2015
Poultry industry, government meet in Iowa on bird flu

A bird flu that resulted in the deaths of 48 million chickens and turkeys has finally waned, but industry officials and government researchers will gather this week in Des Moines to discuss next steps...


USA | 24 July 2015
Minnesota poultry industry slowly coming back from bird flu losses

Minnesota’s poultry industry is creeping back from the devastating bird flu epidemic that killed 9 million birds. The Minnesota county hardest hit by the bird flu, Kandiyohi, has been released from...


USA | 24 July 2015
House votes to ban states from labeling GMO foods

Do you want to know whether your food has genetically modified organisms in it? The House of Representatives voted to make that harder on Thursday by banning states from passing their own laws requiri...


USA | 24 July 2015
Beef industry develops a long-range plan

Leaders in the beef industry have crafted a long-range plan to help increase demand and ensure industry success. The five-year plan was drafted by a 16-member task force during the Cattle Industry Con...


USA | 23 July 2015
Georgia Department of Agriculture trains for avian flu

The Georgia Department of Agriculture held a demonstration on how to kill chickens with foam. With cases of Avian Influenza popping up in chicken and turkey populations across the U.S., the federal...


USA | 23 July 2015
Bird flu vaccine works on chickens; testing on turkeys

Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secre...


USA | 22 July 2015
Man killed in west Hennepin Co. farming accident

A 62-year-old man died in an apparent farming accident near Independence Tuesday evening, according to authorities. Police say they were called to the 2000 block of County Road 92 around 5:30 p.m. ...


USA | 22 July 2015
Dairy farmers to see temporary milk price change

Starting next month, California dairy farmers will earn more money for milk used to make cheese, as a result of a temporary change in the state milk pricing formula that calculates the value of dry wh...


USA | 21 July 2015
California drought: farmers hit with record $1.5M fine

California drought regulators sent the strongest signal yet that they're serious about cracking down on water waste by proposing a first-of-its kind, $1.5 million US fine against a group of farmers th...


USA | 20 July 2015
US agriculture is ready for world's growth

The growth in the world’s population and economies has led to the world to need more food, which puts the agriculture industry in a good place, according to Lowell Catlett, regents professor at New Me...


USA | 20 July 2015
Farmers struggle to rebuild flocks after bird flu

Iowa chicken and turkey farmers hoping to rebuild flocks after avian influenza wiped out 31 million birds face a raft of uncertainties, agricultural and industry leaders said. Among the key questio...


USA | 17 July 2015
Feral pigs go hog wild on La. farms

A Louisiana State University AgCenter economist estimates feral hogs caused more than $30 million in damages to crops on Louisiana farms in 2013, a problem that may increase around the state as the ho...


USA | 17 July 2015
California flexes muscles in water tussle with farmers

California water regulators flexed their muscles on Thursday by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the sta...


USA | 16 July 2015
Protecting livestock against heat stress

According to an article published by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, signs of heat stress can include "animals bunching, seeking shade, pa...


USA | 15 July 2015
Farmers eager to employ drones

Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a...


USA | 14 July 2015
Floodwaters drowning out Indiana crops

It’s an unusual conversation in Indiana: Farmers don’t want any more rain in July. Floodwaters are devastating many crops in northeast Indiana. Huntington, Wells, Adams, and southern Allen Counties...


USA | 13 July 2015
In defense of corn, the world’s most important food crop

Corn has a bad rap. Think of those 90 million U.S. acres growing the stuff, and what comes to mind? Monocrops, perhaps? Cheap meat and processed foods? Ethanol? Subsidies? Polenta might not even make ...


USA | 13 July 2015
Genetically modified crop costs many Ohio farmers

Thousands of Ohio farmers may have lost hundreds of millions of dollars due to seed from a Swiss company and China's stringent standards for imported grain. Now, at least some of them appear poised...


USA | 8 July 2015
Cattle farmers are ‘Raising the Steaks’

On April 13, the beef checkoff hosted 20 students from Bridgewater State University for a “Raising the Steaks” immersion event at Gibbet Hill Cattle Company in Groton, Massachusetts. The group comp...


USA | 7 July 2015
Heritage livestock are vanishing across the United States

From fainting goats to ancient white park cows, U.S. livestock used to be incredibly diverse. Now, with only a few breeds dominating American farms, reserachers are using IVF and cryopreservation ...


USA | 6 July 2015
Farmers eager for drones, but most can't legally fly them

Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a...