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7 August 2014
US farm groups urge Russia to rescind ban on agricultural imports

U.S. agriculture groups said Wednesday that Russian consumers will feel the biggest impact after President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday plans to stop or limit imports of agricultural products fr...


6 August 2014
Colony collapse a major concern for agriculture

For more than a decade, scientists in Illinois and worldwide have been trying to solve the mystery of honeybees disappearing by the millions. There are many suspects, but one has become the focus o...


5 August 2014
Kerry pushes 'climate-smart agriculture'

Secretary of State John Kerry urged the U.S. and Africa to engage in "climate-smart agriculture" to make fisheries and farms more resilient. "The impacts of climate change are already being felt ev...


1 August 2014
U.S. to modernize poultry inspections to boost food safety

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday it will modernize its decades-old inspection methods for poultry in an attempt to crack down on food-borne illness. USDA's Food Safety and Inspec...


1 August 2014
Rental farmland becoming the new norm

Iowa is home to more than 90,000 farms, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture. With those farms comes just over 30 million acres of crops, where a trend is becoming more and more prevalent. ...


1 August 2014
Area ranchers try nontraditional approaches to raising cattle in Florida

It isn’t easy raising cattle in Florida. Nearly all of the calves born on a ranch don’t get to stay more than about a year before they’re shipped off to parts west. It’s one of the challenges facin...


1 August 2014
Smallest cattle herd in 40 years means costly beef

Feeder-cattle futures rose, heading for the longest rally in 37 years, with the smallest total for the U.S. herd in four decades signaling higher beef costs. Cattle inventories as of July 1 fell to...


1 August 2014
Dairy Crest sells FoodTec for £1.2m

FoodTec, the Crewe-based developer of products for the food manufacturing industry, has been sold by Dairy Crest. Adams Food Ingredients (AFI), a Leek company which is a subsidiary of the Irish Dai...


31 July 2014
Investors eye farmland as the next big thing

The latest boom for investors isn’t high-tech or Big Pharma. According to Wally Brockhoff of Lathrop & Gage, investment firms are going to the cows or, more specifically, farmland. He reports that hed...


31 July 2014
Beef costs set to rise as cattle rally on supply woes

Beef costs are poised to rise further as feeder-cattle futures climbed to cap the longest rally in 37 years amid mounting U.S. supply concerns. Cattle inventories as of July 1 fell to the lowest fo...


31 July 2014
Cargill to close beef plant, cites cattle shortage

Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle. A Midwest drought in 2011 and 2012 hurt cattle levels, said Cargill sp...


30 July 2014
Minn. programs find investors to help small farmers

When Ryan Batalden graduated from college, he worked for a time in a Twin Cities office. But, Batalden, who grew up on a farm, always felt the tug of the land. “I was in a cubicle and I just cou...


30 July 2014
Heat adds stress to Kansas crops

The return of hot, dry conditions to Kansas has put stress on farm crops in many parts of the state. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says in its late crop report that temperatures aver...


29 July 2014
Louisiana farmers embrace technology to survive

If Louisiana farmers and those around the country are going to continue producing crops to feed the growing state and national populations and continue exporting to the rest of the world, they have to...


28 July 2014
As land sinks, farmers' brainstorm on water

Case Vlot pulls up groundwater through deep wells to keep his corn and alfalfa crops alive. Chase Hurley runs a water company nearby that sells river water to farmers who can't depend on wells. Normal...


25 July 2014
White House to begin $10 billion rural investment fund

Wall Street is looking for ways to invest in America’s heartland, and the government is ready to play matchmaker. The White House Rural Council will announce plans on Thursday to start a $10 billio...


24 July 2014
Tennessee farmers to learn about drones' agriculture applications

The non-military use of unmanned aerial vehicles isn’t just a business interest of Amazon.com and other web-based or startup businesses. Tennessee farmers, for example, will learn next week about d...


24 July 2014
Speakers tout agriculture's place in Illinois' economy

With international population growth dependent on food, Bob Flider sees Central Illinois as a solution to the problem. “The future continues to be able to feed the world, and Illinois can help with...


23 July 2014
Financiers transforming strawberries into securities

His boots were caked with mud when Thomas S. T. Gimbel, a longtime hedge fund executive, slipped in a strawberry patch. It was the plumpness of a strawberry that had distracted him. Mr. Gimbel, who...


23 July 2014
Lightning kills 45 head of cattle on ranch near Darby

It happened on a ranch near Darby in the late evening hours of July 14. Forty-five head of cattle were struck and killed by lightning, devastating the majority of a rancher's herd. Reached by ph...


22 July 2014
State requires livestock health certificates

The Wyoming Livestock Board is now requiring all livestock imported from any state with documented cases of vesicular stomatisis to be accompanied by a health certificate. The disease has been foun...


22 July 2014
Beef environment cost 10 times that of other livestock

A new study suggests that the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock. Scientists measured the environment inputs required to produce...


17 July 2014
Minnesota farmland taxes expected to rise

Many Minnesota property owners could see some tax relief this year, but farmers can expect higher taxes for at least the next two years. “What I am hearing is it is making it much more difficult to...


17 July 2014
Ohio cattle ranchers rebuilding herds

On Saturdays at the Worthington Farmers Market, Licking County rancher John Wiley sells every piece and package of beef he brings. Thanks to historic high prices for both beef and live cattle, Wile...


16 July 2014
California drought swaths of farmland

Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of drought, and researchers said Tuesday that next year could be even worse, with some farmers possibly ...


16 July 2014
California drought will cost $2.2bn in agriculture losses

California's drought will cost the state $2.2 billion this year in losses and added expenses for its giant agriculture industry, while cutting 17,100, or 3.8%, of the state's farm jobs, according to a...


11 July 2014
Farmers seeking ‘rights’ to counter activists

In the nation’s agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of spee...


11 July 2014
USDA Sends Poultry Inspection Rule to OMB

The U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted a draft final version of its Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review today. The proposal to...


11 July 2014
Top global dairy companies battle challenging conditions

Underlying slow growth in global dairy markets has made mergers and acquisitions increasingle important to extract growth, reduce costs and sustain profits. according to a new report by Rabobank. G...


11 July 2014
Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of spee...