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USA | 28 May 2015
Texas flooding wreaks havoc on crops

While the agriculturally rich Rio Grande Valley has been spared the brunt of the most recent storms and flooding in Texas, nine months of above-average rain has taken its toll in the fresh produce gro...


USA | 27 May 2015
Peak farmland is coming closer thanks to cow-free milk

“Peak Farmland” may be closer than we thought. Peak farmland is the simple notion that at some point, we can reduce the amount of land that we devote to farming. Technological change in farming pushes...


USA | 26 May 2015
USA continues to battle avian flu

The United States is currently battling one of, if not the worst outbreak of avian flu the country has ever seen. The numbers according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Anima...


USA | 22 May 2015
Drought conditions threaten crops on some Maine farms

At the Chipman Farm in Poland, Doug Chipman said normally at this time of year his vegetable fields are too wet and too muddy. "When it's muddy, you can't work the soil. It's not good for the soil,...


USA | 21 May 2015
Agriculture job growth to boom over next five years

Dire news about drought in the West and avian flu in the Midwest may lead Americans to believe farming is struggling. They'd be wrong. The industry is thriving—and hiring college grads. A new repor...


USA | 21 May 2015
Robots to round up cattle shows the future of farming

They are no phantom menace; the cattle in Queensland are now under attack from drones in a robot round-up. Cattle properties 1.5 million hectares in size can take three months to muster and grazier...


USA | 21 May 2015
If we're going to eat cattle, let them eat grass

Stories about impending environmental apocalypse circulate almost daily, especially in drought-ravaged California. Many of these stories tend to blame agriculture — and specifically, beef — for gobbli...


USA | 20 May 2015
How farmers can use data to push back against Big Ag

Say you’re a farmer and you want to test a new brand of seed that one of your vendors has been hyping. You may plant a test plot in spring, but you won’t see results until fall, and then, of course, y...


USA | 19 May 2015
Truck loaded with 80,000 pounds of dairy products overturns

When a tractor-trailer rig loaded with 80,000 pounds of dairy products overturned on an Oregon highway southeast of Eugene, the main problem did not seem to be spilled milk but sour cream — lots and l...


USA | 19 May 2015
FarmLogs is new able to alert farmers about crop threats

Farm management software company FarmLogs is used by over 20% of the farms in the U.S. with over $15 billion in crops under management. Now FarmLogs has launched the only crop health monitoring servic...


USA | 18 May 2015
Avian flu ravages US poultry sector

J.T. Dean is facing a gargantuan task. Mr Dean, a son of the founder of one of America's biggest egg producers, the Center Fresh Group, must kill and dispose of about 5.5 million laying hens housed in...


USA | 18 May 2015
Beef prices continue to rise as grilling season approaches

Grillers will likely be greeted by higher beef prices this summer, a trend caused in part by slowed production. Average prices for a range of beef cuts, from chuck roast to ground beef, have increa...


USA | 15 May 2015
Is grass-fed beef worth it?

Grass-fed meat is harder to find, more expensive and harder to cook. Is it worth it? No matter what diet you choose to follow, whether it’s Paleo’s no-grain, no-dairy, no-legume approach or the Zon...


USA | 15 May 2015
Farmland prices fall in much of central US

Farmland prices fell in much of the U.S. Midwest and Great Plains in the first quarter, further evidence that a three-year slump in grain and soybean prices is crimping farm incomes and denting the ag...


USA | 15 May 2015
Heavy rain affects Central Texas organic farmers

While lakes are enjoying the recent heavy rainfall, some farmers are dealing with too much rain and working to minimize damage to crops. Tim Miller, owner of the all-organic Millberg Farms in Kyle,...


USA | 15 May 2015
Egg farms hit hard as bird flu affects millions of hens

J.T. Dean is facing a gargantuan task. Mr. Dean, a son of the founder of one of the country’s biggest egg producers, the Center Fresh Group, must kill and dispose of about 5.5 million laying hens h...


USA | 14 May 2015
Drop in temperature puts crops at risk

With temperatures dipping Wednesday night, many people are worried about plants and crops getting damaged. Bill Zittel, one of the owners of Amos Zittel and Sons in Eden, has a plethora of crops gr...


USA | 14 May 2015
The mysterious Nevada cattle killings

Sixty-one shot and 11 dead. That’s the tally of cattle that have been gunned down by a mysterious attacker, or attackers, targeting the animals over the last three years across a swath of rural Nevada...


USA | 13 May 2015
Climate change takes a toll on U.S. wheat yields

Rising temperatures brought about by climate change are reducing the yield of wheat crops in the United States, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNA...


USA | 13 May 2015
Ranchers beef up cattle herds

For the first time in nearly a decade, ranchers in the heart of cattle country are expanding their herds, betting that a recent break in a multiyear drought will persist. The ranchers’ move is push...


USA | 13 May 2015
Steroids for cattle causing sex changes in fish

A hormone used to raise beef cattle may be staying in the environment longer than previously believed and changing the sex of fish, among other effects. A team of American researchers says the info...


USA | 12 May 2015
Prepare for pinkeye in cattle

The $64 question each year for cattle producers is: “What should I do to prepare for pinkeye?” The summer of 2014 was a bad one for many herds of cattle in this part of the state according to Eldon...


USA | 12 May 2015
Farmland management changes can boost carbon sequestration rates

Well-maintained pastures prevent erosion, protect water and, as it turns out, can restore the soil's organic matter much more quickly than previously thought, according to a team of researchers from t...


USA | 12 May 2015
Historical crops in Arizona may be future of agriculture

Two Southern Arizonan non-profit organizations, Native Seeds/SEARCH and Tohono O'odham Community Action, are promoting wild food sources and desert-tolerant crops. Before Arizona became known for i...


USA | 11 May 2015
Using agriculture to tackle mental illness

A campaign geared towards combating mental illnesses through promoting agricultural activities has been launched in Busoga sub-region. The exercise, spearheaded by mental health community initiativ...


USA | 11 May 2015
Number of Wisconsin dairy farms dips below 10,000

The total number of Wisconsin dairy farm operations has dropped below 10,000 for the first time in generations. Brad Legreid is executive director of Wisconsin Dairy Products Association. He said the ...


USA | 11 May 2015
Wheat speculators most bearish on record as Kansas drought eases

The rains that drenched dry wheat fields in Kansas are dousing prospects that the grain will emerge from a bear market. Improved soil moisture boosted prospects for crops in the U.S., the largest e...


USA | 11 May 2015
Lightning strike kills 11 cattle in Billings

Lightning killed 11 cattle in Billings Sunday afternoon. Landowner James Harter estimates that the cattle he lost were worth about $35,000 to $40,000. Harter said the lightning killed 11 of the 16...


USA | 7 May 2015
Farmland prices down 9%, predicted to drop another 25%

Breitbart News reported in January that farmland prices were estimated to have fallen 3 percent, for their first fall since 1986. But the Chicago Federal Reserve just upped the decline to 8.9 percent,...


USA | 7 May 2015
New California water rules leave out agriculture again

After California failed to reach Gov. Jerry Brown's goal of 25 percent reductions outlined in a historic April 1 executive order, the state's Water Resources Control Board adopted even more stringent ...