28 February 2015 | Online since 2003



World News: USA
5 September 2014
Floods cost Arkansas farmers millions in crop losses

Some of Arkansas’ farmers are facing financial disaster as they try to recover from early summer floods. The University of Arkansas estimates losses could be as high as $35 million. Poinsett Cou...


5 September 2014
Storms further delay wheat harvest

Farmers are sorting out damage from a string of storms that hit parts of eastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday. Some areas were hit with as much 4 inches, leading t...


5 September 2014
Drought re-shaping the cattle map

Drought is reshaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers...


4 September 2014
Drought impacts farmland prices

The ongoing drought is impacting how Valley growers are buying farmland. The Central Valley has long been home to some of the best produce in the world. Now growers are working harder than ever to ...


3 September 2014
Farm pests' global advance threatens food security

Agricultural pests - viruses, bacteria, fungi, blights, mildews, rusts, beetles, nematodes, flies, mites, spiders and caterpillars - are spreading thanks to trade, travel and global warming, writes Ti...


3 September 2014
Climate change may overwhelm farmers

A new study says the “pace and severity of climate change” may overwhelm small-scale farmers in Africa. The study describes those farmers as the “mainstay of food production” on the continent. The fin...


3 September 2014
US cattle numbers down, ND up

While the U.S. continues to lose cattle, North Dakota is moving up to the head of the herd. A U.S. Department of Agriculture study released in July revealed a nationwide cattle inventory of 95 mill...


2 September 2014
New invasive insect destroying New York crops

A new invasive insect has devastated northeastern berry crops, and New York growers are working with Cornell University plant experts to develop strategies to fight it. Binghamton apple grower Dave...


2 September 2014
Summer drought has Georgia farmers feeling heat

A summer drought combined with scorching temperatures have Georgia farmers feeling the heat, University of Georgia agricultural climatologist Pam Knox said. “Now that the temperatures have risen an...


1 September 2014
Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

Sitting under a tent at an annual agricultural equipment sales event, Shawn Berry noted that orders for the machinery he sells have dramatically slowed down this year — so much so that the Ohio-based ...


29 August 2014
August rain causes havoc for wheat farmers

The rainy August has an enormous impact on Montana's largest industry, agriculture; not only in the Gallatin Valley, but all across the state. Wheat farmers, in particular, are having a difficult time...


29 August 2014
Falling price of farmland sparks fears of a bust

The boom in farmland prices of recent years could be cooling, setting up a potential economic blow to Minnesota farmers. Minnesota’s farmland is worth about $100 billion, and given that land often ...


29 August 2014
Missouri dairy farmers urge veto override

Missouri dairy farmers warned Thursday that consumers could face higher milk prices if lawmakers don’t override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation authorizing financial incentives for their industry...


29 August 2014
Corn price drop boosts cattle sales

Cattle supplies may be tight, but Jon Schaben says sales have been brisk at the Dunlap Livestock Auction this summer. “We are somewhat surprised at what we’ve had this summer,” says Schaben, whose ...


28 August 2014
State issues public health alert about meat and poultry

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert for an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products produced by Tank's Meats Inc., located at 3355 state Route 51 S., El...


27 August 2014
Experts fear Minnesota farmland prices declining

Minnesota farmers and the state’s economy could be impacted by a decline in formerly booming farmland prices, according to local economic experts who worry about a possible bubble burst. The Federa...


27 August 2014
California farmers rally against forced unionization

Farmers rallied in California Tuesday to demand their votes get counted on whether to decertify their union. “Last November Gerawan workers held a decertification election but the California Agricu...


27 August 2014
Bumper crop: Farmers may be selling corn at a loss

Two years ago, corn and soybean farmer Carol Miller surveyed her 118 dry acres in Ankeny, Iowa, during the worst Midwest drought in a half century. "We probably are going to lose 20 to 40 percent," sh...


26 August 2014
California slaughterhouse co-owner pleads guilty

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge. Robert...


26 August 2014
Law on genetically modified crops ruled invalid

A Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled in favor...


25 August 2014
U.S. rice farmers see opportunity in China

Greg Yielding was given a quixotic task: travel to China and determine if consumers there would be willing to eat American rice. So he set up tables at some of the most popular supermarkets in sout...


22 August 2014
Cattle rustling on the rise in Texas

Cattle ranchers are having to get more creative when it comes to protecting their herds. Thefts are on the rise in Texas and Oklahoma, even as the number of cattle shrinks. Livestock deputies are i...


21 August 2014
New technology helps farmers conserve fertilizer and protect their crops

We have a nitrogen problem. Nitrogen is essential to our existence, a required nutrient for the plants we eat. It is the broad swath at the bottom of our own human food pyramid and it is applied by fa...


20 August 2014
Beef from cancerous cows distributed to stores, indictment claims

A federal grand jury has indicted four officials at a Northern California slaughterhouse at the center of a massive beef recall, alleging they slaughtered cows with cancer while inspectors were on th...


20 August 2014
Farmer tries trombone cattle call with new cows

All farmers need a way to bring their cows in, and a farmer in Peabody is trying something a little different. It worked for him once, now he hopes it will work again. In the back of his truck, Der...


18 August 2014
State’s crops in need of rainfall

The Madison area was one of the state's big winners last week when it came to much-needed rainfall. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service on Monday reported ...


15 August 2014
Record US crop could kill profits for Minn. grain farmers

The nation's farmers will haul in their biggest corn and soybean crops ever this fall — but that's not good news for Minnesota. Farmers here expect a down year because of June's damaging weather. T...


15 August 2014
Hard work pays off for livestock exhibitors

Livestock exhibitors showed off their hard work Thursday at the Ogemaw County Fair during livestock shows and the 4-H and FFA large and small animal auction. Fairgoers also enjoyed the heavyweight hor...


15 August 2014
US farmland prices stable in Q2

U.S. cropland prices in the central Plains and southern Midwest were stable in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the previous quarter even though farm income was lower due to falling crop price...


14 August 2014
Deere's profit slides 15% as farming slows

Deere & Co.'s third-quarter profit slipped 15%, prompting the company to initiate sales incentives for rising inventories of used tractors and harvesting combines that threaten to undermine the new-ma...