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World News: USA
USA | 20 March 2015
Antibiotic use in livestock to grow

When people rise out of poverty, experts say, the first thing they want to do is eat better. For most people, that means meat. In the last half century, rising global prosperity in Asia alone means...


USA | 20 March 2015
Milk price drop has Minnesota dairy farmers worried

After several profitable years, dairy farmers are seeing their bull market crash. Milk prices have dropped by more than one-third since last fall. China, a major American milk importer the past few...


USA | 19 March 2015
US corn price may see 'sharp rise' as yield falls

Rice Dairy flagged the potential for a "sharp increase" in corn prices, assuming US yields follow the historical pattern of following a record season with a significantly lower result the following ye...


USA | 18 March 2015
US poultry exports fall on import bans

Mexico’s recent expansion of its ban on US poultry after authorities confirmed a case of bird flu in Arkansas is the latest blow to exporters whose containerized shipments have steadily fallen since C...


USA | 18 March 2015
Has the price of farmland flatlined?

If you get most farmers and landowners to talk about it candidly, most will admit to being a bit awestruck by just how far and how fast land prices have risen. Simon Ellis, a young fourth-generatio...


USA | 17 March 2015
Tennessee ramps up livestock traceability enforcement

You might be surprised to learn that the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has its own police force. It’s a small contingent of nine criminal investigators that handle cases of cattle rustling and o...


USA | 16 March 2015
Family farm includes deer among its livestock

A white tail deer trudges through thick snow battling freezing, howling wind. The small deer is emaciated, separated from its herd and marching through perpetual snowfall with no chance of survival. ...


USA | 13 March 2015
Committee rejects farmland property tax relief bill

Nebraska farmers and ranchers may not be getting the property tax breaks they were hoping for. This after the Revenue Committee rejected a bill that would have reduced the taxable value of farmland. ...


USA | 10 March 2015
Livestock industry upset with dietary recommendations

A group of the nation’s most important nutritionists want sustainable farming practices to influence what Americans eat — a recommendation that, if adopted, could cut into beef consumption. Critics...


USA | 10 March 2015
North Dakota farmers sentenced to prison for insurance fraud

Two North Dakota brothers were sentenced Monday to prison time and ordered to pay back more than $900,000 for intentionally destroying potatoes to collect federal farm insurance payments. In separa...


USA | 10 March 2015
Farmers put down the plow for more productive soil

Gabe Brown is in such demand as a speaker that for every invitation he accepts, he turns down 10 more. At conferences, like the one held here at a Best Western hotel recently, people line up to seek h...


USA | 6 March 2015
The global food security situation is critical

Your editorial (Hunger is coming. The temperature rises and rivers dry up. How can we feed the world?, 2 March) asks a crucial question. Policymakers tell us 70% more food must be produced by 2050 to ...


USA | 6 March 2015
Kansas cattle industry shows bullish signs

In a positive sign for the Kansas cattle industry, ranchers dug deeper into their pockets this week to pay record prices at a major auction of Angus bulls. Indeed, the first bull out of the gate Mo...


USA | 5 March 2015
Cuba looks north to US farmers for help with food crisis

The rust-red fields stretched for miles in the Cuban sun, garlic shoots and beetroot leaves waving gently in the spring breeze. Pink piglets nosed for scraps under the admiring gaze of former Presi...


USA | 3 March 2015
U.S. farmers seeking trade opportunities with Cuba

Almost 100 U.S. agri-businessmen visiting Cuba on Monday supported an end to the embargo on the island and said they were ready to push the productive sector there, one of the economy's most acute nee...


USA | 3 March 2015
More than 1,100 cattle missing from Texas dairy facility

Officials are investigating how 1,121 cattle went missing from a dairy facility in the northeast Texas Panhandle. The Amarillo Globe-News reports the steer calves were discovered missing during an ...


USA | 2 March 2015
State lawmaker calls for tougher farm theft penalties

Iowa is widely known for its corn and hogs. Less well known is that livestock and farm commodities, most often at remote rural locations, often are an easy target for thieves. In Iowa, there were m...


USA | 26 February 2015
Agriculture has a science problem

Everyone in agriculture—from farmers, to agribusiness executives, to the professors who conduct agricultural research—says that decisions ranging from what to eat to settling international trade confl...


USA | 25 February 2015
U.S. meat markets struggling

A myriad of factors are joining forces to create significant challenges for beef, pork and poultry markets so far in 2015. These include supply and demand factors, domestic and international factors, ...


USA | 24 February 2015
U.S. farmers turn to equipment leases to cope with profit slump

U.S. farmers nervous that slumping grain prices will crimp profits are increasingly leasing equipment instead of buying it, creating new risks for manufacturers like Deere & Co that could suffer from ...


USA | 24 February 2015
Morgan Stanley cautions of 'negative sentiment' on cattle

Morgan Stanley cautioned of "negative sentiment" on cattle futures after data showed feedlots marketing the smallest number of cattle on records going back 19 years, a dynamic the bank viewed as indic...


USA | 23 February 2015
Students use National FFA week to share importance of agriculture

More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in nee...


USA | 20 February 2015
Beef prices on the rise and only going higher

If beef is what's for dinner, then money is what you need to have. The U-S-D-A released their ten-year projection for food production and it's not good news. Kansas State University Agricultural...


USA | 20 February 2015
Farmers speed up harvesting, put helicopters on standby

Belle Glade and Pahokee area farmers are lining up helicopters today in case they are needed to protect sensitive sweet corn and green bean crops from freezing temperatures tonight. They’ve also s...


USA | 20 February 2015
US farmers forecast to plant less

US farmers will plant less land with major crops this year as grain and oilseed prices grind lower, the US government said. In its first discussion of conditions ahead of the 2015 growing season, t...


USA | 20 February 2015
California slaughterhouse co-owner pleads guilty

The co-owner of a now defunct California slaughterhouse at the center of a February 2014 recall that involved 8.7 million pounds of beef found “unfit for human food” has pleaded guilty in the federal ...


USA | 19 February 2015
The future of agriculture? Smart farming

The agricultural sector is going to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the FAO predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050: food production must increase by 70%...


USA | 19 February 2015
Kansas launches special crime unit to go after cattle rustlers

Kansas cattle thieves, take heed. Since the formation late last year of a special unit, lead investigator Kendal Lothman has been on a quest to clean up a crime that resulted in more than a million...


USA | 17 February 2015
US dairy farms struggle to find workers

Undocumented immigrants make up about 5 percent of the U.S. labor force, according to the Pew Research Center. One sector increasingly using immigrant labor is the dairy industry. Larger dairy farm...


USA | 17 February 2015
Grounded, farmers wait on drone rules

Farmers see drones as a way to get a birds-eye view of their fields to find problem with their crops. A highly anticipated batch of federal laws on the use of drones could change the regulatory landsc...