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World News: USA
USA | 27 March 2015
Farmland values slip slightly in 2014

After a sideways slide, a survey found Illinois farmland values dropped 1 percent to 3 percent in 2014. The Illinois Land Values and Lease Trends Report issued March 19 by the Illinois Society of P...


USA | 26 March 2015
Area farmers frustrated over recent flooding

Farmers from the Wood River area are upset lately over waterfoul conservation efforts, and Tuesday, they went looking for answers. Farmers spoke with county supervisors, saying raised nesting islan...


USA | 25 March 2015
Here's why US farmland returns are consistently high

“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore,” is a quotation often attributed to Mark Twain. But, in addition to scarcity, there are other macro supply / demand fundamentals that have been pushing US...


USA | 25 March 2015
Farmers fund research to breed gluten-free wheat

Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat. The hard science is aimed at developing new varieties of wheat at a time when the glut...


USA | 24 March 2015
Farmers are researching how to grow gluten-free wheat

Kansas farmers are funding research to learn how to grow gluten-free wheat. The Kansas Wheat Commission is putting $200,000 towards two years of research to understand all the parts of wheat’s DNA ...


USA | 24 March 2015
The future of GM: The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God'

If you travel from downtown St Louis at night on Highway 40 towards Kansas City and look out to your right you will see a strange bright white haze emanating from the horizon. Get away from the roa...


USA | 24 March 2015
California farmers selling water to the state instead of crops

California's drought is so bad that farmers in Northern California are finding that their crops aren't their most valuable asset anymore—it's their water rights. So they're selling their water back to...


USA | 23 March 2015
Goat farmers handle increased demand for dairy

Buying two goats in August 2008 was little more than an experiment for farmer Paula Olson and some entertainment for her daughters. Six and a half years, 14 milking goats and roughly $300,000 later...


USA | 23 March 2015
Plunge in milk prices stresses NY dairy farmers

Milk prices that were at record-high levels in 2014 have abruptly plunged this winter, bringing new economic pressures on the region's dairy farmers. Milk prices that exceeded $24 per 100 lbs. — ro...


USA | 23 March 2015
Study finds growing use of antibiotics in livestock across globe

Global use of antimicrobials in livestock production is growing, according to a new study published Thursday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to the study, livestock pr...


USA | 20 March 2015
Antibiotic use in livestock to grow

When people rise out of poverty, experts say, the first thing they want to do is eat better. For most people, that means meat. In the last half century, rising global prosperity in Asia alone means...


USA | 20 March 2015
Milk price drop has Minnesota dairy farmers worried

After several profitable years, dairy farmers are seeing their bull market crash. Milk prices have dropped by more than one-third since last fall. China, a major American milk importer the past few...


USA | 19 March 2015
US corn price may see 'sharp rise' as yield falls

Rice Dairy flagged the potential for a "sharp increase" in corn prices, assuming US yields follow the historical pattern of following a record season with a significantly lower result the following ye...


USA | 18 March 2015
US poultry exports fall on import bans

Mexico’s recent expansion of its ban on US poultry after authorities confirmed a case of bird flu in Arkansas is the latest blow to exporters whose containerized shipments have steadily fallen since C...


USA | 18 March 2015
Has the price of farmland flatlined?

If you get most farmers and landowners to talk about it candidly, most will admit to being a bit awestruck by just how far and how fast land prices have risen. Simon Ellis, a young fourth-generatio...


USA | 17 March 2015
Tennessee ramps up livestock traceability enforcement

You might be surprised to learn that the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has its own police force. It’s a small contingent of nine criminal investigators that handle cases of cattle rustling and o...


USA | 16 March 2015
Family farm includes deer among its livestock

A white tail deer trudges through thick snow battling freezing, howling wind. The small deer is emaciated, separated from its herd and marching through perpetual snowfall with no chance of survival. ...


USA | 13 March 2015
Committee rejects farmland property tax relief bill

Nebraska farmers and ranchers may not be getting the property tax breaks they were hoping for. This after the Revenue Committee rejected a bill that would have reduced the taxable value of farmland. ...


USA | 10 March 2015
Livestock industry upset with dietary recommendations

A group of the nation’s most important nutritionists want sustainable farming practices to influence what Americans eat — a recommendation that, if adopted, could cut into beef consumption. Critics...


USA | 10 March 2015
North Dakota farmers sentenced to prison for insurance fraud

Two North Dakota brothers were sentenced Monday to prison time and ordered to pay back more than $900,000 for intentionally destroying potatoes to collect federal farm insurance payments. In separa...


USA | 10 March 2015
Farmers put down the plow for more productive soil

Gabe Brown is in such demand as a speaker that for every invitation he accepts, he turns down 10 more. At conferences, like the one held here at a Best Western hotel recently, people line up to seek h...


USA | 6 March 2015
The global food security situation is critical

Your editorial (Hunger is coming. The temperature rises and rivers dry up. How can we feed the world?, 2 March) asks a crucial question. Policymakers tell us 70% more food must be produced by 2050 to ...


USA | 6 March 2015
Kansas cattle industry shows bullish signs

In a positive sign for the Kansas cattle industry, ranchers dug deeper into their pockets this week to pay record prices at a major auction of Angus bulls. Indeed, the first bull out of the gate Mo...


USA | 5 March 2015
Cuba looks north to US farmers for help with food crisis

The rust-red fields stretched for miles in the Cuban sun, garlic shoots and beetroot leaves waving gently in the spring breeze. Pink piglets nosed for scraps under the admiring gaze of former Presi...


USA | 3 March 2015
U.S. farmers seeking trade opportunities with Cuba

Almost 100 U.S. agri-businessmen visiting Cuba on Monday supported an end to the embargo on the island and said they were ready to push the productive sector there, one of the economy's most acute nee...


USA | 3 March 2015
More than 1,100 cattle missing from Texas dairy facility

Officials are investigating how 1,121 cattle went missing from a dairy facility in the northeast Texas Panhandle. The Amarillo Globe-News reports the steer calves were discovered missing during an ...


USA | 2 March 2015
State lawmaker calls for tougher farm theft penalties

Iowa is widely known for its corn and hogs. Less well known is that livestock and farm commodities, most often at remote rural locations, often are an easy target for thieves. In Iowa, there were m...


USA | 26 February 2015
Agriculture has a science problem

Everyone in agriculture—from farmers, to agribusiness executives, to the professors who conduct agricultural research—says that decisions ranging from what to eat to settling international trade confl...


USA | 25 February 2015
U.S. meat markets struggling

A myriad of factors are joining forces to create significant challenges for beef, pork and poultry markets so far in 2015. These include supply and demand factors, domestic and international factors, ...


USA | 24 February 2015
U.S. farmers turn to equipment leases to cope with profit slump

U.S. farmers nervous that slumping grain prices will crimp profits are increasingly leasing equipment instead of buying it, creating new risks for manufacturers like Deere & Co that could suffer from ...