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USA | 7 April 2016
Glencore sells agriculture stake for $2.5bn

Glencore has sold a 40 per cent stake in its agricultural business for $2.5bn as the miner and commodity trader tries to reduce debts during the resources price rout. The deal with Canada Pension P...


USA | 7 April 2016
Managing dairy cattle so they're successful

You could say the dairy cow is a workaholic and comfort is the key to her success. Dr. Heather Schlesser, the Marathon County Dairy Agent, stopped by NewsChannel 7 at Noon Wednesday to explain. She...


USA | 7 April 2016
California punishes its farmers with more bad policies

People outside of California sometimes refer to it as the “land of fruits and nuts.” That is a reference to its people not its farm products. Of course, California has also been known as the “bread ba...


USA | 6 April 2016
'Monster cattle-eating alligator' is shot in Florida

A hunter in the US has told the BBC how he shot an 800lb (360kg) alligator that was feasting on his farm's cattle. Professional hunter Lee Lightsey said the 15 ft (4.5m) beast was one of the bigges...


USA | 6 April 2016
Chicken plant plan may be doomed by vote against rezoning

Rousing applause erupted from the firehouse in the village of Nickerson late Monday night. The Nickerson Board of Trustees voted down a resolution supporting a proposed plan to build a state-of-the...


USA | 5 April 2016
Solar industry targets rural New York farmland

Less than a year after New York banned fracking, dashing the hopes of farmers who had hoped to reap royalties from natural gas leases, the commercial solar industry is courting landowners for energy p...


USA | 5 April 2016
GM crops can thrive as climate warms

Genetically engineering photosynthesis in plants could take advantage of rising global temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide, US scientists say. They believe this could achieve much h...


USA | 4 April 2016
Solar farm developers target New York with lease offers

Less than a year after New York banned fracking, killing hopes of gas royalty riches, another industry is courting farmers for energy production leases: commercial solar. Buoyed by Democratic Gov. ...


USA | 4 April 2016
Cattle market highs easing off ahead of winter season

Climactic conditions and genetics are the two key ingredients for top quality cattle, according to James Bredhauer. Aussie Land and Livestock's Mr Bredhauer said South Burnett cattle were on "good ...


USA | 4 April 2016
Farmers back to waiting game on pricing corn

Will last Thursday’s bearish number from USDA on the number of acres of corn to be planted this year affect the rate of farmer selling? The value of that grain producers still hold did go down after t...


USA | 4 April 2016
Couple takes on farm's community supported agriculture

A couple has taken over operation of a farm south of Mandan and is putting its own spin on the farm's Community Supported Agriculture operations. Richard Baumgartner and Brenda Christophersen have ...


USA | 1 April 2016
Women farmers band together to vent, seek support and exchange ideas

Aubrey Fletcher knew she wanted to work on a dairy farm ever since she was a little girl. "I do remember my mom asking, 'Are you sure that's what you want to do?' " Fletcher recalls. She knew the w...


USA | 1 April 2016
American hunger for beef boosts exports

American appetite for New Zealand beef continued undiminished last year as sales rose to $1.49 billion, compared to $1.2b in 2014. In total the United States bought $1.8b of red meat from New Zeala...


USA | 1 April 2016
U.S. farmers' acreage plans not set in stone as corn price drops

U.S. farmers could plant more soybean acres than suggested in the government's acreage forecast issued on Thursday as recent gains in the futures market tempted them to alter their corn-heavy seeding ...


USA | 30 March 2016
Farmers fear the future of their industry

Farmers in upstate New York gathered in Norwich Tuesday for a news conference on the progression of agriculture. The day was meant to open conversation between local entrepreneurs about the cost of...


USA | 30 March 2016
As corn and soy pile up, here's why US farmers will plant more

Illinois farmer David Erickson admits that what he and many U.S. farmers are about to do doesn’t seem to make much sense. With bulging stockpiles of corn and soybeans left over from last year’s ha...


USA | 30 March 2016
Major snowstorm to hit US cattle herds at worst possible time

Snow is on the way for Wyoming, and it’s coming at the wrong time of year for ranchers. The hardest-hit areas will get as much as 20 inches (51 centimeters), said Chris Hattings, a meteorologist at...


USA | 29 March 2016
Why Americans are eating a lot more beef for dinner

For all the carnivores out there, here’s some encouraging news: Beef and other red meat products are more popular again. After years of turning to healthier options such as chicken and turkey, Amer...


USA | 29 March 2016
Saudi Arabia buys California farmland ... for the water

Saudi Arabia’s largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170,000 cows. So it’s turning to an unlikely place to grow the water-chugging crop — the...


USA | 29 March 2016
Montana farmers optimistic about snowpack levels

Southwest Montana saw sunshine and warmer-than-normal temperatures in the last couple official months of winter. It might make for a more scenic route, but snow in the mountains plays a much bigger ro...


USA | 25 March 2016
Possible E. coli contamination of beef from a Chilliwack butcher shop

Fraser Health has issued an alert about raw ground beef products produced by Fraser Valley Meats. The health authority says raw lean and extra lean ground beef produced and sold between March 5th a...


USA | 24 March 2016
Walmart to open dairy processing plant, will make their own milk

While Walmart generally sources its store-brand products from third-party private label companies, the mega-retailer is deviating slightly from that trend with the news that it will soon be supplying ...


USA | 23 March 2016
US farmers gearing up to start exporting to Cuba

With the final walls of the decades-long trade embargo with Cuba breaking down, American farmers are eying the island just 90 miles from the US as a potentially very lucrative trading partner. Last...


USA | 22 March 2016
Electric fencing is one of the best investments beef farmers can make

An electric fence is one of the cheapest and most important investments that beef farmers can make, according to Teagasc Drystock Advisor James Keane. Beef production is a high cost system and farm...


USA | 21 March 2016
Prime farmland still bringing premium prices

Although the market has softened somewhat the last two years, a recent auction just west of Springfield showed how valuable prime farmland in central Illinois continues to be. More than 200 people ...


USA | 21 March 2016
Annie's Project: Empowering women in agriculture

When Dennis Henrichs died unexpectedly in January, his wife had to figure out a lot of things herself. “My husband was a farm manager for a small acreage for his family in Iroquois County,” Kay Hen...


USA | 18 March 2016
New challenges, tech ahead for Midwest agriculture

As new farm technology advances and crop prices fall, the outlook for agriculture looks to include yet more challenges and changes. Using precise agronomic data, understanding economic conditions a...


USA | 18 March 2016
Opposition stalls U.S. Senate bill aimed at blocking GMO food labels

Democrats in the U.S. Senate yesterday blocked a mostly Republican-led effort to bar states from requiring labels for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). On a 48 to 49 vote, the ...


USA | 18 March 2016
Drama in the beef market

Uncertainty in the feed cattle market has had many beef cattlemen anxious for what the future might hold. A report from Certified Angus Beef and the American Angus Association analyzes grading tre...


USA | 17 March 2016
Can Silicon valley's big bet on agriculture help small-scale farmers?

These days, farms throughout the American Midwest are flooded with new technology. From self-driving tractors and drones to advanced sensors and software, farming looks much different than it did ...