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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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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, ...


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 ...


24 February 2015
Morgan Stanley cautions of 'negative sentiment' on cattle

Morgan Stanley cautioned of "negative sentiment" on cattle futures after data showed feedlots marketing the smallest number of cattle on records going back 19 years, a dynamic the bank viewed as indic...


23 February 2015
Students use National FFA week to share importance of agriculture

More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in nee...


20 February 2015
Beef prices on the rise and only going higher

If beef is what's for dinner, then money is what you need to have. The U-S-D-A released their ten-year projection for food production and it's not good news. Kansas State University Agricultural...


20 February 2015
Farmers speed up harvesting, put helicopters on standby

Belle Glade and Pahokee area farmers are lining up helicopters today in case they are needed to protect sensitive sweet corn and green bean crops from freezing temperatures tonight. They’ve also s...


20 February 2015
US farmers forecast to plant less

US farmers will plant less land with major crops this year as grain and oilseed prices grind lower, the US government said. In its first discussion of conditions ahead of the 2015 growing season, t...


20 February 2015
California slaughterhouse co-owner pleads guilty

The co-owner of a now defunct California slaughterhouse at the center of a February 2014 recall that involved 8.7 million pounds of beef found “unfit for human food” has pleaded guilty in the federal ...


19 February 2015
The future of agriculture? Smart farming

The agricultural sector is going to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the FAO predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050: food production must increase by 70%...


19 February 2015
Kansas launches special crime unit to go after cattle rustlers

Kansas cattle thieves, take heed. Since the formation late last year of a special unit, lead investigator Kendal Lothman has been on a quest to clean up a crime that resulted in more than a million...


17 February 2015
US dairy farms struggle to find workers

Undocumented immigrants make up about 5 percent of the U.S. labor force, according to the Pew Research Center. One sector increasingly using immigrant labor is the dairy industry. Larger dairy farm...


17 February 2015
Grounded, farmers wait on drone rules

Farmers see drones as a way to get a birds-eye view of their fields to find problem with their crops. A highly anticipated batch of federal laws on the use of drones could change the regulatory landsc...


17 February 2015
Farmers aim to bridge gap between consumers

With the growing awareness of the possible health benefits of consuming grass-fed beef and continued popularity of farmers markets, a group of local farmers is meeting a need in the community. Auto...


16 February 2015
Program to look at farmland leasing

A program about “Finding Balance in Farmland Lease Contracts” will be offered 9 a.m.-noon March 3 at the Kuhlman Center on the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 Salisbury Road. Speakers will be Ed Farr...


16 February 2015
Cattlemen back livestock permit reforms in Legislature

Livestock farmers seeking to expand or start new livestock operations and the county officials tasked with approving them would both benefit from changes to the local permitting process, as proposed i...


13 February 2015
U.S. cattle herd rebuilding

Cattlemen are rebuilding herds following several years of declining numbers spurred by long-term drought in the southern Plains and high feed costs. The U.S. beef cow inventory is up 2 percent from...


13 February 2015
Farmland values in parts of Midwest fall for first time in decades

Farmland values declined in parts of the Midwest for the first time in decades last year, reflecting a cooling in the market driven by two years of bumper crops and sharply lower grain prices, accordi...


12 February 2015
California Dairy Farmers Are Mooving

Water-starved, regulation-burdened California dairy farmers are taking their cows to other states in hopes of getting cheaper land, more water, and better tax incentives for their businesses. The W...


12 February 2015
West Texas farmers turn to alternate crops as cotton demand drops

Here in West Texas we know cotton is king, but the royal crop could be replaced in some South Plains fields by the next harvest season. An overproduction of cotton across the globe is causing the v...


11 February 2015
Opening the door to a historic opportunity for Missouri agriculture

With more than $2 billion in agricultural exports annually, Missouri farmers and ranchers continue to feed, fuel and clothe the world. We’re also one of the few states to be a top 10 producer of agric...


11 February 2015
World's largest Agriculture Expo showcases latest farming technology

As California moves into its fourth year of historic drought that caused farmers to leave hundreds of thousands of acres of cropland fallow last year, forced some well water-dependent communities to g...


11 February 2015
Agriculture panel says it has plan to bring 58,000 jobs to Alabama

A state agriculture panel says it has a plan that could create as many as 58,000 new jobs in Alabama. Members of the steering committee for the Alabama Agriculture and Forestry Strategic Plan say t...


10 February 2015
Wheat prices could increase, expert says

Wheat prices could soon increase, a marketing consultant predicts. Kevin Van Trump, CEO and founder of Farm Direction, believes some wheat prices could soon hit $7 per bushel. Bids last week at Por...