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USA | 24 April 2015
Senator calls for assistance for dairy farmers

New York’s senior senator is calling for the federal government to help out dairy farmers across the state. Senator Chuck Schumer said Thursday price fluctuations take a toll on local farmers. He n...


USA | 24 April 2015
US announces plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global warming - a...


USA | 24 April 2015
US envoy urges youth to embrace agriculture

The United States ambassador to Uganda Scott DeLisi has called upon youth to embrace agriculture as a pound-for-pound answer to the biting unemployment in the country. “And, unfortunately, at pres...


USA | 24 April 2015
US ups fight against agricultural espionage

The criminal trial of a Chinese executive accused of stealing high-tech U.S. corn seeds is turning into a battle over the federal government’s use of an anti-spying law to fight industrial espionage. ...


USA | 23 April 2015
California agriculture-drought complaints just don’t hold water

The California almond industry continues to be challenged by mainstream media and others for its water use in a state trying to keep its – uh – head above water during the fourth consecutive year of d...


USA | 23 April 2015
Avian flu places State Fair poultry exhibition in doubt

The avian flu outbreak that has hit 31 Minnesota turkey farms could lead the Minnesota State Fair to sideline the poultry exhibition this year. State Fair officials will decide by early to mid-summ...


USA | 22 April 2015
Farming and tech: Two sides of California converging

As Forbes ramps up for its first annual summit on AgTech in Salinas, Calif., this July 8th and 9th, an interesting partnership has sprung up that highlights just how big a deal (and potential market) ...


USA | 22 April 2015
Soaking wet farmland causing another headache for local farmers

Once again, Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on farmers looking to get a head start into the fields. Northeast Indiana is approaching the beginning of planting season, yet farmers across the area have ...


USA | 21 April 2015
Oklahoma agriculture department, OSU honor agriculturists

The Governor’s Excellence in Agriculture Awards were presented April 1 during a ceremony at the State Capitol hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Joe Mayer, of Guym...


USA | 21 April 2015
U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms bird flu

Experts are monitoring the price of eggs and poultry after a bird flu outbreak results in the destruction of five point three million hens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed this is happ...


USA | 20 April 2015
Recent rains bring some farmer hope for salvaging crops

If there was ever an opportunity for Kansas farmers to receive a million-dollar downpour, it happened. Rain, after all, has come scarcely for the past five or six years. Nearly the entire state is ...


USA | 17 April 2015
U.S. man's fatal brain disease blamed on British beef

A U.S. man who developed a rare and fatal brain disease likely got the disease from eating beef while living abroad more than a decade earlier, according to a new report of the case. The man, who w...


USA | 16 April 2015
U.S. pushing organic crops as demand grows

The U.S. government will boost support for production of organic crops and produce this year to meet growing consumer demand and boost rural incomes, U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack ...


USA | 16 April 2015
Think commodity corn farmers are evil? Meet a few of them

If you’ve ever crossed Iowa on I-80 en route to someplace you fancy more exotic, you might recall mile after solitary mile of soybeans and corn and the occasional side-leaning barn. Agriculture, you m...


USA | 16 April 2015
California farmers under attack for heavy water use

If you tuned in to talk radio in Los Angeles last week, you might have heard some screaming. "The farming industry is using 80 percent of the water, and they're 2 percent of the economy, justify th...


USA | 15 April 2015
More US poultry flocks infected with bird flu

The number of U.S. poultry flocks infected with a deadly strain of bird flu rose on Tuesday as Iowa identified its first case and Minnesota confirmed eight more cases, according to the U.S. Department...


USA | 13 April 2015
Drought devastating California farms, drying up jobs

California's drought problems could have far-reaching impacts. A disproportionate amount of the nation's fruits and vegetables are grown in California, which ranks as the top produce in a number of...


USA | 13 April 2015
South Dakota dairy operators want immigration reform

At the Turner County Dairy west of Sioux Falls, finding employees to milk 1,600 cows three times a day isn't a problem. But dairy owners and industry advocates say if something doesn't change with the...


USA | 10 April 2015
U.S. cuts poultry export forecast as deadly bird flu spreads

The U.S. government on Thursday reduced its forecasts for poultry exports by nearly 6 percent from last month due partly to an accelerating outbreak of bird flu that has triggered wider-than-expected ...


USA | 10 April 2015
Judge rejects $50M settlement in dairy lawsuit

A federal judge in Burlington has rejected a proposed $50 million settlement in a lawsuit by Northeast dairy farmers against the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America to settle antitrust allegations fr...


USA | 10 April 2015
Nutritional therapy to protect livestock from stress

Feed additives can help protect livestock from the harmful effects of stress, while boosting profitability at the same time, according to DeStress Nutritional Technology. An example is the adoption...


USA | 10 April 2015
California regulators defend farmers' access to water

The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agricu...


USA | 9 April 2015
It was better to raise livestock than crops in 2014

Strong prices and lower costs brought record profits to many Minnesota livestock farmers in 2014, while crop producers saw earnings deteriorate for the second consecutive year. Those were among key...


USA | 9 April 2015
US farmers likely raising a glass to China

China likes its baijiu, which is becoming more popular around the world. A byproduct of that demand is a booming US export market for sorghum. Sorghum exports this year are expected to make up 62 p...


USA | 8 April 2015
Almonds have become a villain in California drought

Environmentalists have long attacked Big Oil. California’s drought has created a new villain: Big Almond. It takes nearly four litres of water to produce each solitary almond. Nobody seemed to care...


USA | 8 April 2015
North Dakota getting $2.3 million to boost specialty crops

North Dakota will see another large infusion of federal money this year to boost the development of specialty crops in a state that's already among the nation's leading producers of dry peas, lentils,...


USA | 8 April 2015
Farmland rent-past, present and future

Farmers rely on renting farmland in order to maintain and/or expand their land base which is key to a farms overall viability. Over the past ten years farmland rental rate have risen to record lev...


USA | 8 April 2015
‘Industrial reserve’ bill criticized for threatening farmland

A proposal to allow industrial development outside urban areas in several Oregon counties is touted as economically stimulative, but opponents claim it threatens statewide land use planning. Senate...


USA | 8 April 2015
US farmers take a gamble with belt-tightening on machinery

Bracing for their leanest season in eight years, US farmers are skimping on everything from machinery to fertilizers, betting that they can go down-market and yet maintain crop production and quality....


USA | 7 April 2015
Minnesota converts more wetlands into farmland

A new study by University of Wisconsin Madison shows that Minnesota converted more wetlands into farmland than any other state when crop prices spiked between 2008 and 2012.