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USA | 28 August 2015
McDonald's sever ties with poultry farm over abuse allegations

McDonald’s Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. severed ties with a Tennessee poultry farm after an animal-rights group on Thursday released video footage from the facility that showed chickens being stabbed, c...


USA | 28 August 2015
Farm profits to fall for second consecutive year

The U.S. Division of Agriculture says it is going to be a much less worthwhile yr for farmers as low grain, milk and hog costs reduce into revenue. The abundance of grain leftover from final yr’s c...


USA | 28 August 2015
Minnesota offers $2 million in livestock farm grants

Livestock producers in Minnesota are encouraged to apply for a portion of $2 million in grants available for on-farm improvements. “Livestock Investment Grants help farmers stay competitive and rei...


USA | 27 August 2015
Farm profits to fall for second consecutive year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will be a less profitable year for farmers as low grain, milk and hog prices cut into income. The abundance of grain leftover from last year's crop and th...


USA | 27 August 2015
California agriculture posted record revenues during drought

California’s drought has brought with it stories of acres of farmland fallowed and billions of dollars lost. Farmers have undeniably been affected by water shortages, some more than others, but a new ...


USA | 27 August 2015
Cattle rustling is making a comeback

Stolen calves are hard to identify and can sell for $1,300 at auction. Cattle raiding, or rustling, is a crime most people know from film westerns and history books, not from modern times. As ranch...


USA | 26 August 2015
Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill

One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine. T...


USA | 26 August 2015
U.S. regulator sued for withholding information on GMO

A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops. The lawsuit, brought by t...


USA | 26 August 2015
Cattle theft: An old crime on the rise

Crooks and criminals in America's farm country are turning to an old crime — cattle rustling. The high price for beef and substance abuse are behind the surge in livestock theft, and that's putting so...


USA | 26 August 2015
Chinese economic downturn could hurt U.S. agriculture

An economic downturn across the globe could hurt U.S. farm commodities. Because China purchases so many imported agricultural goods when its economy is healthy, a not-so-healthy Chinese economy is ...


USA | 25 August 2015
Expect weakness in agricultural equipment demand to continue

Over the past few quarters, Deere has managed to beat earnings expectations despite severe declines in revenue. Deere’s third fiscal quarter was no different, as the company beat earnings expectations...


USA | 25 August 2015
Arkansas agriculture chief goes far afield for trade

Since taking over as the state’s agriculture secretary in March, Wes Ward has devoted much of his time to looking for ways to expand foreign markets for Arkansas-produced crops. In June, Ward trave...


USA | 25 August 2015
Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill

One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine. T...


USA | 24 August 2015
Farm Technology Days helps agriculture take center stage

While Dane County is synonymous for many with liberal Madison, state government and a top-notch university, the county’s top government official said he’s amazed that few link it with agriculture desp...


USA | 24 August 2015
Drought sinking California farmland

Land in Central California's agricultural region is sinking so quickly because of the state's historic drought that it is forcing farmers to spend millions of dollars upgrading irrigation canals and p...


USA | 21 August 2015
California plan calls for confiscating farmland

California has outlined a plan to move forward with an unapproved, $15 billion water diversion project, including possibly seizing farmland through eminent domain, new documents reveal. Critics fear t...


USA | 21 August 2015
Most Nebraska farmers regularly use computers

A new survey shows that more Nebraska farmers are using computers and connecting to the Internet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 78 percent of Nebraska farms had access to computers. The n...


USA | 21 August 2015
Poultry producers push for bird flu vaccine

State Ag Secretary Bill Northey has just allowed unrestricted traffic in the handful of remaining quarantine areas established around poultry facilities struck by the bird flu. “We’re now distant e...


USA | 21 August 2015
Farmers fear high price of meat will lead to more livestock theft

The high price of meat has some Tasmanian farmers worried their stock could become a lucrative target for thieves, and landowners are being urged to report any stock losses. The Tasmanian Farmers a...


USA | 20 August 2015
Avian influenza concerns make central states fair birdless

There's nothing to crow about this year in the poultry-and-rabbits barn at the Central States Fair in Rapid City. There's nothing, actually, that can crow. Or quick. Or honk. Or gobble. The bird...


USA | 19 August 2015
USDA moves to build poultry vaccine stockpile for bird flu return

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday said it has put out a request for proposals to help the nation's veterinarians have access to bird flu vaccines for poultry this fall, in preparation for ...


USA | 19 August 2015
Drought costs California agriculture $1.84B and 10,100 jobs in 2015

The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the ...


USA | 19 August 2015
Grizzly bears kill more Montana livestock than in all 2014

Growing numbers of grizzly bears venturing east from the Rocky Mountains are attacking more domestic cattle and sheep. Montana's livestock-loss program has reimbursed ranchers for 42 animals killed...


USA | 19 August 2015
US cattle futures fall on demand caution

U.S. cattle futures are lower Tuesday as investors weigh mixed signals for demand after a week of sluggish cash cattle sales. August live-cattle futures reversed narrow gains at the start of the se...


USA | 18 August 2015
Poultry producers plan for possible return of bird flu

Iowa poultry farmers are bracing for the possibility that bird flu will return this fall when wild birds migrate, but they hope the disease won't return. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports th...


USA | 18 August 2015
Blue-green algae can threaten livestock

Cyanobacteria — blue-green algae — are microscopic organisms that can be found in all types of water including farm ponds. Being photosynthetic, they utilize sunlight to support life. For most of the ...


USA | 18 August 2015
Carbon cuts could save U.S. farmers billions of dollars

U.S. agriculture could reap big benefits from curbed carbon emissions. Such cuts would reduce the frequency and severity of future crop-parching droughts, saving American farmers billions of dollars a...


USA | 18 August 2015
Beef prices soar, not enough cattle to blame

Beef, it may not be what's for dinner if you're on a budget as the current high demand for beef and low supply of cattle continue to drive up prices. The shortage in cattle has already forced Tyson...


USA | 17 August 2015
Cattle theft on the rise amid record high beef prices

Cattle prices are now at a record high, which has led to a rise a livestock theft. The crime, which is classified as a felony, is certainly not new. The Associated Press reports that the Texas Stat...


USA | 13 August 2015
US bird flu increases pressure on egg prices

Fears are growing that egg prices could rise as European supplies are sent to the US after a massive bird flu outbreak. David Hall, managing director of London Bread & Cake Co, said that if egg pr...