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USA | 30 June 2015
Rains force farmers to brace for economic disaster

Farmers across our state are bracing for an economic disaster after all of the recent rain. Researchers at Purdue University said the rain over the past few weeks could cost farmers millions of dol...


USA | 30 June 2015
PETA sues California over poultry slaughter law

An animal-rights group is suing California, charging that the state fails to enforce humane slaughter laws in poultry plants. The PETA Foundation says the California Department of Food and Agricult...


USA | 25 June 2015
Nebraska dairy industry looking to rebound

The milk in your refrigerator right now may have come from Wolfden Dairy, a farm just south of Kearney. But the number of dairy farms in Nebraska is dropping compared to just a decade ago. Each co...


USA | 25 June 2015
Nebraska man accused of cattle thefts

A 44-year-old man has been accused of stealing cattle from a feedlot in northeast Nebraska. Timothy Ketelsen, of Bloomfield, is charged with five theft counts. Online records say Ketelsen remained ...


USA | 25 June 2015
This satellite may change farming forever

Europe's multi-billion dollar earth-monitoring program could be a game changer for food production, experts say. The European Space Agency (ESA) this week launched Sentinel-2A — a satellite armed w...


USA | 25 June 2015
Beef brings in the bacon for cattle producers

While record high beef prices during the past year may have left grocery store shoppers in shock, the uptick in prices is a welcome change for the more than 300 cattle producers in Lafourche and Terre...


USA | 24 June 2015
US dairy giant mulls bid for a2 Milk

US dairy giant Dean Foods has been unmasked as the mystery predator interested in making a tilt at New Zealand's a2 Milk Company. The NZ based milk company on Monday revealed that a consortium of t...


USA | 23 June 2015
CropX raises $9m to drive agriculture efficiency through technology

One thing Israel is widely respected for is the advances it has made with regards horticulture in general, and irrigation in particular. There are numerous examples throughout the country where land t...


USA | 22 June 2015
Cruel drought twist in beef boom with prices on the up

Record beef prices are ­saving some drought-hit graziers from financial ruin but have pushed up costs at the shops. Cattle prices averaged 437¢ per kg in the saleyards for the first quarter of the ...


USA | 22 June 2015
Small dairy farms struggle to survive in Wisconsin

Small dairy farms are struggling in Wisconsin, but supporters are hoping for a comeback. In April, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that Wisconsin dropped below 10,000 dairy fa...


USA | 18 June 2015
Antibiotic alternative for livestock farmers

A University of Wisconsin-Madison animal scientist has developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections. The innovation comes as growing public conce...


USA | 17 June 2015
Bees are worth billions to farmers across the globe, study suggests

Wild bees provide crop pollination services worth more than $3,250 per hectare per year, a study reported on Tuesday. Their value to the food system is “in the billions, globally,” its authors wrot...


USA | 15 June 2015
Hedge funds harvest bearish crop bets too soon

Hedge funds retreated from bearish bets on agricultural commodities too soon as the U.S. government said crop supplies will keep getting bigger. Speculators cut the net-short position in wheat, dum...


USA | 15 June 2015
Nebraska farmers donate cattle for ag students

A cattle feeder from Ainsworth, Nebraska, stared in awe at a student on Chicago’s South Side when the teen said that cattle changed his life. Mark Miles, 30, was with the 29 other members of his Ne...


USA | 11 June 2015
Man donates 206 acres to ensure that it remains farmland

A 91-year-old man has decided to donate 206 acres to the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board to guarantee his property remains farmland. The Journal reports after more than a year of paperwor...


USA | 11 June 2015
Man donates 206 acres to ensure that it remains farmland

A 91-year-old man has decided to donate 206 acres to the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board to guarantee his property remains farmland. The Journal reports after more than a year of paperwor...


USA | 10 June 2015
This county in Oregon completely banned GMO crops

On June 5, Oregon’s Jackson County became the newest county in the U.S. to have an active ban on the growing of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Genetically Engineered Plant Ordinance wen...


USA | 10 June 2015
Calif. dairy producers hope for price relief

California's dairy producers and cheese processors proposed adjustments to the whey value in the pricing of milk to manufacture cheese. But the price spread between their proposasl swould have amounte...


USA | 9 June 2015
Cost of bird flu outbreak to bust budget

Government spending to fight the worst U.S. bird flu outbreak and compensate farmers for their losses will exceed the $410 million so far budgeted and may top a half-billion dollars, Agriculture Secre...


USA | 9 June 2015
Drought affecting local farmers

While it has generally been a Spring filled with pleasant, rain-free weather, the lack of rain could spell trouble for local farmers. Many are getting dangerously close to having trouble this growi...


USA | 9 June 2015
Texas cattle ranchers whipsawed between drought and deluge

The drought finally broke for Texas ranchers late last year. The range and pasturelands on which cattle graze began to recover. Then came the spring. In Cameron, about 140 miles northwest of Houston, ...


USA | 5 June 2015
New insect threatens South Texas vegetable crops

Yet again, another insect pest has moved into South Texas with the potential to damage crops and spread to other parts of the nation, according to experts at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extens...


USA | 5 June 2015
Can trading crops make climate change less costly?

If countries and farmers make adjustments in what crops they grow and where, then the effects of climate change on the global economy may not be as severe as feared, say economists. Dave Donaldson,...


USA | 5 June 2015
California's war over water has farmer fighting farmer

Rudy Mussi is not the California farmer you've been hearing about. He is not fallowing all his fields or ripping up his orchards due to a lack irrigation water. For Mussi and most of his neighbors ...


USA | 5 June 2015
Farmland values begin to fall from record highs

The price of farmland is starting to fall – after doubling since 2007 – and the number of non-performing farm loans is increasing, according to a Kansas State University survey of farm bankers across ...


USA | 4 June 2015
Drought takes $2.7bn toll on California agriculture

The record-breaking drought in California—brought about by a severe lack of precipitation, especially mountain snows—has exacted a $2.7 billion toll on the state’s economy because of agricultural loss...


USA | 4 June 2015
Thousands of acres of farmland flooded in East Texas

USDA officials are estimating more than 50,000 acres of farmland is flooded in Bowie County, Texas. That number includes homes and acres of crops in the river bottoms of Texarkana, Texas. The on...


USA | 3 June 2015
The growing link between tech and agriculture

If you think about it, farming and technology have always been joined at the hip. In a bygone era, agriculture advanced on the back of inventions like the cotton gin, the reaper, and the thresher. ...


USA | 3 June 2015
California drought will cost agriculture sector $1.8bn this year

The California drought, now in its fourth year, is set to cost the agriculture sector $1.8bn in direct losses this year, researchers at the University of California, Davis found in a study released on...


USA | 3 June 2015
Storms bring twin headaches for livestock owners

This spring’s wicked storms are giving Arkansas ranchers two kinds of headaches: declining hay quality and increased concern for livestock health due debris and bacteria stirred by floodwater. Coun...