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USA | 13 February 2015
Farmland values in parts of Midwest fall for first time in decades

Farmland values declined in parts of the Midwest for the first time in decades last year, reflecting a cooling in the market driven by two years of bumper crops and sharply lower grain prices, accordi...


USA | 12 February 2015
California Dairy Farmers Are Mooving

Water-starved, regulation-burdened California dairy farmers are taking their cows to other states in hopes of getting cheaper land, more water, and better tax incentives for their businesses. The W...


USA | 12 February 2015
West Texas farmers turn to alternate crops as cotton demand drops

Here in West Texas we know cotton is king, but the royal crop could be replaced in some South Plains fields by the next harvest season. An overproduction of cotton across the globe is causing the v...


USA | 11 February 2015
Opening the door to a historic opportunity for Missouri agriculture

With more than $2 billion in agricultural exports annually, Missouri farmers and ranchers continue to feed, fuel and clothe the world. We’re also one of the few states to be a top 10 producer of agric...


USA | 11 February 2015
World's largest Agriculture Expo showcases latest farming technology

As California moves into its fourth year of historic drought that caused farmers to leave hundreds of thousands of acres of cropland fallow last year, forced some well water-dependent communities to g...


USA | 11 February 2015
Agriculture panel says it has plan to bring 58,000 jobs to Alabama

A state agriculture panel says it has a plan that could create as many as 58,000 new jobs in Alabama. Members of the steering committee for the Alabama Agriculture and Forestry Strategic Plan say t...


USA | 10 February 2015
Wheat prices could increase, expert says

Wheat prices could soon increase, a marketing consultant predicts. Kevin Van Trump, CEO and founder of Farm Direction, believes some wheat prices could soon hit $7 per bushel. Bids last week at Por...


USA | 9 February 2015
Growing U.S. hog herd, flat Chinese demand slams pork prices

For decades, Chuck Souder relied on corn and soybeans to keep his 400-acre Iowa farm running, but with corn selling for half its price two years ago and soybeans slumping, Souder has shifted to what h...


USA | 9 February 2015
Ohio farmers face shocking tax jolt

Ohio farmers have enjoyed 40 years of property-tax breaks intended to keep them on their tractors and not selling out to commercial developers. Those discounts have eroded recently because of an un...


USA | 9 February 2015
Weather worries U.S. cattle producers as they slowly expand herds

Texas rancher Jim Rackley would like to add more cattle to his herd of about 50 to take advantage of sizzling beef prices and growing demand from health-conscious consumers for his grass-fed beef. But...


USA | 6 February 2015
Shot wolf not threatening humans or livestock

A Whitman County man who shot a gray wolf last fall told investigators the animal did not pose an imminent threat to humans or livestock. That's according to a report released by the Washington Dep...


USA | 6 February 2015
Global food prices down on record high output, inventory

Global food prices declined in January on ample supply aided by record production and inventory in the ongoing harvesting season. Data compiled by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of th...


USA | 6 February 2015
Texas cattle sees first rebound from drought

The Texas cattle herd grew last year after eight years of consecutive decline caused by drought. Statewide bovine inventory hit a 48-year low in 2014, but rebounded six percent according to January 20...


USA | 5 February 2015
Adjusting crops one way to adapt to climate change

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are exploring how farmers can respond to climate change by adjusting the mix of crops that they grow. The addition of native prairie plants and cover crop...


USA | 5 February 2015
Settlement would pay average of $4K to dairy farmers

More than 7,000 Northeast dairy farmers could get an average of around $4,000 in a proposed settlement with the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America over an alleged effort to drive down prices paid to...


USA | 4 February 2015
Arkansas officials warn of wheat fungal infections

Officials say a fungus that harms wheat crops has been found in central and eastern Arkansas. The University of Arkansas System's Cooperative Extension Service said Monday that stripe rust has been...


USA | 4 February 2015
Lawmakers back farmland preservation initiative

Two state lawmakers announced a bipartisan effort Tuesday to support a new initiative aimed at preserving farmland in Iowa for organic, sustainable farming. State Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-W...


USA | 3 February 2015
Livestock auctioneers confident about the future

Hosting sales of cattle, sheep, pigs and other livestock on a regular basis throughout the year, auctioneers are generally seen as having their finger on the pulse of farming. When asked how they expe...


USA | 3 February 2015
Farm equipment dealers face tougher year, leader says

The Iowa Power Show will showcase about $50 million in farm equipment in Des Moines at a time of growing uncertainty for the industry. Just last month, Moline, Ill.-based Deere & Co. said it would ...


USA | 3 February 2015
Cattle industry wants marketing of Florida beef

Florida cattle officials are asking the Legislature to create a marketing program that could raise up to $900,000 annually to promote beefconsumption and research in the state. The effort is called...


USA | 2 February 2015
Why is China buying up our farmland?

Here are this week's top must-read stories from #MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and with the hashta...


USA | 2 February 2015
New York farmers seek tax credit on equipment purchases

Farmers in New York state are asking state lawmakers to pass a tax credit for purchases of agricultural machinery and equipment. The request is one of the more significant proposals in the New York...


USA | 30 January 2015
Unstable prices turn farmers into potato chip producers

Unstable prices for agriculture have turned two British farmers into potato chip producers. Childhood friends Rod Garnham and Ross Taylor drove tractors before they were 16 years old, but they had nev...


USA | 28 January 2015
Washington crops hit $10 billion record

Washington agriculture broke records for the third consecutive year, with production values reaching $10.2 billion in 2013. #Contributing to the 2 percent increase over the previous year were recor...


USA | 27 January 2015
High beef prices likely to stay as demand increases

Agricultural experts say high beef prices are here to stay for a while as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation’s cattle supply to its lowest numbers in mor...


USA | 27 January 2015
Nebraska works to recruit dairy farmers from other states

Nebraska is trying to attract dairy farmers from other states with the promise of abundant land, plentiful water and feed, and agriculture-friendly rules. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that's a ...


USA | 27 January 2015
Milk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks'

The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting ...


USA | 26 January 2015
Experts say prices and demand for beef to remain high

High beef prices are here to stay for a while, as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years, accordi...


USA | 23 January 2015
Kansas farmers join GM corn lawsuit against Syngenta

You may have seen the ads on TV from lawyers looking for small town farmers. That’s because Kansas farmers are joining farmers from across the nation in suing an international agricultural company ove...


USA | 22 January 2015
Crop-destroying bug found in Arkansas

Wildlife authorities around the country are trying to figure out a way to stop the spread of a bug notorious for killing crops. They're called Kudzu bugs and were first found in Georgia five and ha...