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USA | 5 December 2016
Dairy industry struggles as milk alternatives on the rise

Dairy farmers continue to struggle with declining business as the popularity of milk alternatives is continuing to rise. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that alternatives to dairy milk, which includ...


USA | 5 December 2016
$32 billion market expected for agricultural drones

Agricultural efficiency is poised to take a big leap with drone technology now that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is streamlining regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles. A recent report f...


USA | 2 December 2016
Cargill accounting manager stole $3.1M from agriculture giant

In one of the area's largest-ever cases of employee theft, an accounting manager for Cargill at the Port of Albany admitted Monday she stole more than $3.1 million from the global agriculture giant ov...


USA | 2 December 2016
Colorado county to phase out GMO crops on public land

Boulder County officials have decided to phase out the growing of genetically modified crops on public land. The Times-Call reports that county commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday night to stop growi...


USA | 2 December 2016
Animal-rights activists, farmers clashing across U.S.

All hogs in Massachusetts will be able to stretch their legs and turn around in their crates and all hens will be able to spread their wings under a law passed in November by voters in the state. L...


USA | 2 December 2016
McDonald's tries using fresh beef in its Quarter Pounder burgers as part of major overhaul

McDonald’s has begun using fresh beef in its popular burgers, in one of the biggest changes to its infrastructure since the chain opened. The 76-year-old fast food giant has previously always used ...


USA | 2 December 2016
How the Trump administration can champion food and agriculture

The food and agriculture system underpins the wellbeing of our families and our nation, so it’s crucial for our president-elect to make American agriculture a priority. AGree stands ready to work w...


USA | 1 December 2016
Group gets $1.5M to help preserve farmland in Saratoga County

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Saratoga PLAN — a private, nonprofit, conservation organization — will receive $1.5 million for two projects to help preserve farmland in Saratoga County. M...


USA | 30 November 2016
NY awards $6.3M to help preserve farmland

The state has awarded $6.3 million in grants to help preserve farmland in eastern New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the money will help protect more than 2,700 acres of at-risk farmland in Columbia,...


USA | 29 November 2016
More efficient use of sunlight can improve crop yields

Researchers in the US, led by one of Indian origin, have developed a genetic manipulation technique that results in more efficient use of sunlight in photosynthesis by plants. They say the findings ob...


USA | 29 November 2016
California targets dairy cows to combat global warming

California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation's leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Despite stro...


USA | 25 November 2016
What will the Trump administration mean for agriculture?

Republicans will control the White House, Senate and House after the 2016 election. Rural voters played a key part in helping Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton for the next U.S president. Trump, ...


USA | 21 November 2016
South Dakota poultry producers bounce back from bird flu

Some South Dakota egg producers are finally feeling some relief a year after the bird flu resulted in the deaths of millions of birds across the Midwest. The Daily Republic reports the outbreak led...


USA | 16 November 2016
Cattle farmers get update on drought assistance

A group of farmers gathered at Posey farm in Town Creek on Tuesday to hear experts from the National Weather Service, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other...


USA | 16 November 2016
Farmers unsure what Trump presidency means for agriculture

One week after Donald Trump won the presidency, farm groups are still trying to figure out what’s in store for agriculture, including who might lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Everybody i...


USA | 15 November 2016
Graying of rural Nebraska changing the landscape of agriculture

The statistics are sobering. What passes as the average age on the farm, would be retirement age in many other professions. “The average age of farmers and ranchers here in the United states is 58 ...


USA | 14 November 2016
Drought depressing beef prices in Texas

Ranchers in the Texas Panhandle cattle country say they're dealing with depressed beef prices caused by the end of a prolonged drought. Smith Cattle Co. General Manager Levi Berry told the Amari...


USA | 14 November 2016
Agriculture is a victim of and the solution to climate change

Diplomatic wrangling this week will make the headlines in the fight against climate change, but experts say a bigger but largely unseen battle is set to unfold on the world's farms. Agriculture holds ...


USA | 11 November 2016
Why agricultural could be automated before other industries

In 1870, agriculture was a source of employment for about half the U.S. workforce; now just 2% of the population produces food for a living, according to government figures. As large machines have inc...


USA | 11 November 2016
Farmland prices fall in much of central US

The value of farmland fell across much of the Midwest in the third quarter, Federal Reserve reports showed Thursday, as crop prices depressed by a record harvest pressured farmers’ profits. The dec...


USA | 10 November 2016
SD corn and soybean crops swelled in the past month, USDA says

The dry, warm and pleasant weather since summer especially has made harvest about a cinch, which helped jack up the crops’ size just this past month, federal bean - and kernel - counters announced on ...


USA | 10 November 2016
80 percent of dairy industry doesn't want TPP

Many mainstream ag groups like American Farm Bureau Federation and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association have been ardent supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, but a segment of the d...


USA | 10 November 2016
Michael Torrey leading Trump agriculture transition effort

Michael Torrey, a veteran food and agriculture lobbyist, is leading President-elect Donald Trump's transition effort for the Department of Agriculture, according to an organizational chart obtained by...


USA | 8 November 2016
Three areas ripe for public investment in U.S. agriculture

Agriculture doesn’t often attract big investments like those that flow to technology. But that may have just changed. The Chinese government recently announced plans to invest $450 billion over ...


USA | 8 November 2016
Scientists might reprogram cow guts so cattle burp less

The world has a lot of cows—more than 1.5 billion. And every day, US slaughterhouses turn nearly 20,000 of them into steaks, hamburgers, and roast beef. But before they become patty-worthy, each cow s...


USA | 7 November 2016
Livestock killings near protest camp gain attention

The killing and injuring of cattle and horses is one of the most emotionally charged incidents associated with the pipeline protests in Sioux and Morton Counties in North Dakota. Authorities are in...


USA | 7 November 2016
Buying cattle on commission ‘a cut-throat game’

Commission buyers who operate at saleyards say attempts to force them to publicly reveal information about their clients and orders will hinder their competitiveness, in turn reducing heat in the catt...


USA | 7 November 2016
Low milk prices take toll on western Pa. dairy farmers

Dean and Suzanne Curtis paid a price in sweat, 14- and 16-hour workdays, scraped knuckles and vacations they never took. But together, the Erie County couple built something. They own 515 acres, a ...


USA | 3 November 2016
Vermont farmers to testify on proposed agriculture rule

Farmers from around Vermont are letting legislators know what they think of proposed new agricultural rules aimed at protecting Lake Champlain and other state waterways. A number of farmers are exp...


USA | 2 November 2016
Take hard look at farmland leases

Relying on family tradition isn’t necessarily the best business approach when reviewing 2017 farmland leases, as one young farmer recently learned. Explaining that his aunt is a kind-hearted landow...