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USA | 18 January 2017
Grass-fed American beef, sold one cow at a time

On a blustery afternoon in December, Scott Meyers mingled in a pasture with a herd of black cattle, sweet-talking them as if they were family dogs with a weakness for flattery. He scratched their back...


USA | 18 January 2017
$52 million dollar dairy settlement involves California

If you are a milk drinker, you could be eligible for a portion of a $52 million dollar settlement. The case stems from an antitrust class-action lawsuit, filed in 2011 by Compassion Over Killing, a...


USA | 18 January 2017
Trump's last cabinet post

Three days before Donald Trump is to be inaugurated as America’s new president, just one Cabinet agency lacks a nominee to lead it: the Department of Agriculture. The pick has become mired in polit...


USA | 17 January 2017
Five top trends driving changes in agriculture

Tools, technology and a changing workforce are driving changes in the agriculture landscape – changes that can to have a positive impact on the agriculture industry both in Wisconsin and across the wo...


USA | 16 January 2017
Puerto Ricans could ease South Dakota dairy labour shortage

Unable to find enough workers to carry out the painstaking tasks of milk production, dairy producers in South Dakota hope to tap into a different labor force: unemployed residents of Puerto Rico. I...


USA | 13 January 2017
Giant chickens pose a big dilemma for the agricultural industry

You may not have realized it, but you’ve been eating giant chickens. The average broiler—meaning a chicken raised for meat rather than eggs—weighs about two and half times more today when it goes t...


USA | 13 January 2017
Dairy industry has a cow over plant-based milks

The dairy industry seems to feel udderly upended these days. Almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, cashew milk: As consumers move beyond the bovine in our coffee and on our cereal, the indus...


USA | 12 January 2017
Medical cannabis 'has yet to impact' agriculture business in Pennsylvania

There was little obvious sign of the newest addition to the state's agricultural landscape at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Monday. While the costs of cultivating medical marijuana make it an unlik...


USA | 12 January 2017
Why going organic just got easier for farmers

Let's say you're a farmer in the Midwest, growing conventional corn and soybeans. Times are tough right now. Prices are in the toilet. If only you were selling organic soybeans and corn. They're wo...


USA | 12 January 2017
FarmLogs raises $22 million to make agriculture a more predictable business

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based FarmLogs has raised $22 million in a Series C round of funding for technology that helps farmers monitor and measure their crops, predict profits, manage risks from weather a...


USA | 12 January 2017
90-year-old farmer's wish granted in visit

Edsel W., 90, of Brookdale Fond du Lac, was born into a farming family. He has been working on a farm ever since he could walk. Edsel’s parents ran a small, 160-acre dairy farm, and by the age of 7, E...


USA | 11 January 2017
Satellite-guided seeding? Farmers get high-tech at Keystone Farm Show

Unlike the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, there are no cute bunnies or award-winning cows at the Keystone Farm Show at the York Expo Center. Clair Esbenshade isn't looking for bunnies, thoug...


USA | 9 January 2017
Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – 'we must nurture biodiversity'

As a new year dawns, it is hard not to be dazzled by the current pace of technological change in food and agriculture. Only last month, news emerged of a crop spray with the potential to increase the ...


USA | 9 January 2017
Rising interest rates put pressure on US farmland

Since the U.S. election Nov. 8, interest rates on many financial instruments have increased. Interest rate increases since then likely are not large enough to put much downward pressure on farmland pr...


USA | 6 January 2017
Another California dairy, Meyenberg, bought by Swiss company

One of Northern California’s first producers of fresh goat milk has been sold to Swiss dairy company Emmi. Meyenberg Goat Milk Products of Turlock (Stanislaus County) is the third acquisition of a ...


USA | 5 January 2017
FDA finally tightens rules for livestock antibiotics - but it's still not enough

On January 1, a set of long-awaited FDA rules went into effect that could mark a major shift in the agency’s approach to antibiotics for livestock animals. First, the new policies place an outrigh...


USA | 5 January 2017
Trump sows dismay in rural America with late agriculture choice

Some folks in American farm country are wondering why they aren’t getting more love from Donald Trump. In the two months since the election, the president-elect selected 13 of 15 cabinet posts, fro...


USA | 5 January 2017
Trump's deportation vow spurs California farmers into action

Days after Donald Trump won the White House vowing to deport millions of people in the country illegally and fortify the Mexican border, California farmer Kevin Herman ordered nearly $600,000 in new e...


USA | 4 January 2017
Tech wouldn't save US crops from another Dust Bowl

Technological advances wouldn’t protect US agriculture from a drought on the scale of the legendary Dust Bowl crisis of the 1930s, research shows. Additionally, warming temperatures could lead to c...


USA | 4 January 2017
'20-year EU ban on US beef has been in effect far too long'

There is no doubt that US beef products are safe and the 20-year EU ban [on US beef] has been in effect far too long, US Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson has said. The ban is no...


USA | 4 January 2017
Agriculture commodity traders see a good 2017, despite possible demand risks

Key agricultural commodities hit multiyear lows last year after several years of strong harvests, but some experts have a mildly optimistic outlook for 2017. The case for the better outlook comes d...


USA | 3 January 2017
Trump leaning toward Georgia ex-governor for agriculture head

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a senior Trump transition team official said on Mond...


USA | 30 December 2016
Fewer Trump administration regulations could help agriculture

As 2016 comes to a close the Obama administration is finalizing what policy it can before president-elect Donald Trump makes his way into the White House. A common theme for the new administration tha...


USA | 29 December 2016
Three Texans offer Trump wide choice for agriculture secretary

Three Texans in contention for the top agriculture job in Donald Trump's White House represent starkly contrasting positions in a national debate over child nutrition and obesity, an issue that is cen...


USA | 28 December 2016
New water bill holds promise for California agriculture

The new federal $10 billion water law is applauded by California farmers from both the north and south regions. The $10 billion Congressional water bill approved in December which transfers federa...


USA | 23 December 2016
Obama agriculture secretary worries Trump could axe ethanol boondoggle

Outgoing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Des Moines Register "I have concerns about" the fate of the ethanol mandate in the Trump administration, even though Trump campaigned hard in favor ...


USA | 23 December 2016
Study finds agriculture is Missouri no. 1 industry

A recently completed study revealed that agriculture’s economic contribution to Missouri totals $88.4 billion. That number incorporates crops, livestock, forestry and fishery production; agricultur...


USA | 23 December 2016
Government reviews key issues facing Iowa agriculture

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today highlighted some of the top agricultural issues in Iowa during 2016. “Iowa farmers saw record production for both corn and soybeans again in 2016, h...


USA | 22 December 2016
Wind turbines may benefit crops

A multi-year study led by an Iowa State University scientist suggests the turbines commonly used to capture wind energy may have a positive effect on crops. Gene Takle, a distinguished professor of...


USA | 22 December 2016
Trump's potential agriculture secretary pick is being compared to Michelle Obama

There are just a few open spots left on President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet and one of the big remaining questions is whom he will pick for Agriculture secretary. One contender is Susan Combs, f...