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World News: USA
USA | 16 April 2015
U.S. pushing organic crops as demand grows

The U.S. government will boost support for production of organic crops and produce this year to meet growing consumer demand and boost rural incomes, U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack ...


USA | 16 April 2015
Think commodity corn farmers are evil? Meet a few of them

If you’ve ever crossed Iowa on I-80 en route to someplace you fancy more exotic, you might recall mile after solitary mile of soybeans and corn and the occasional side-leaning barn. Agriculture, you m...


USA | 16 April 2015
California farmers under attack for heavy water use

If you tuned in to talk radio in Los Angeles last week, you might have heard some screaming. "The farming industry is using 80 percent of the water, and they're 2 percent of the economy, justify th...


USA | 15 April 2015
More US poultry flocks infected with bird flu

The number of U.S. poultry flocks infected with a deadly strain of bird flu rose on Tuesday as Iowa identified its first case and Minnesota confirmed eight more cases, according to the U.S. Department...


USA | 13 April 2015
Drought devastating California farms, drying up jobs

California's drought problems could have far-reaching impacts. A disproportionate amount of the nation's fruits and vegetables are grown in California, which ranks as the top produce in a number of...


USA | 13 April 2015
South Dakota dairy operators want immigration reform

At the Turner County Dairy west of Sioux Falls, finding employees to milk 1,600 cows three times a day isn't a problem. But dairy owners and industry advocates say if something doesn't change with the...


USA | 10 April 2015
U.S. cuts poultry export forecast as deadly bird flu spreads

The U.S. government on Thursday reduced its forecasts for poultry exports by nearly 6 percent from last month due partly to an accelerating outbreak of bird flu that has triggered wider-than-expected ...


USA | 10 April 2015
Judge rejects $50M settlement in dairy lawsuit

A federal judge in Burlington has rejected a proposed $50 million settlement in a lawsuit by Northeast dairy farmers against the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America to settle antitrust allegations fr...


USA | 10 April 2015
Nutritional therapy to protect livestock from stress

Feed additives can help protect livestock from the harmful effects of stress, while boosting profitability at the same time, according to DeStress Nutritional Technology. An example is the adoption...


USA | 10 April 2015
California regulators defend farmers' access to water

The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agricu...


USA | 9 April 2015
It was better to raise livestock than crops in 2014

Strong prices and lower costs brought record profits to many Minnesota livestock farmers in 2014, while crop producers saw earnings deteriorate for the second consecutive year. Those were among key...


USA | 9 April 2015
US farmers likely raising a glass to China

China likes its baijiu, which is becoming more popular around the world. A byproduct of that demand is a booming US export market for sorghum. Sorghum exports this year are expected to make up 62 p...


USA | 8 April 2015
Almonds have become a villain in California drought

Environmentalists have long attacked Big Oil. California’s drought has created a new villain: Big Almond. It takes nearly four litres of water to produce each solitary almond. Nobody seemed to care...


USA | 8 April 2015
North Dakota getting $2.3 million to boost specialty crops

North Dakota will see another large infusion of federal money this year to boost the development of specialty crops in a state that's already among the nation's leading producers of dry peas, lentils,...


USA | 8 April 2015
Farmland rent-past, present and future

Farmers rely on renting farmland in order to maintain and/or expand their land base which is key to a farms overall viability. Over the past ten years farmland rental rate have risen to record lev...


USA | 8 April 2015
‘Industrial reserve’ bill criticized for threatening farmland

A proposal to allow industrial development outside urban areas in several Oregon counties is touted as economically stimulative, but opponents claim it threatens statewide land use planning. Senate...


USA | 8 April 2015
US farmers take a gamble with belt-tightening on machinery

Bracing for their leanest season in eight years, US farmers are skimping on everything from machinery to fertilizers, betting that they can go down-market and yet maintain crop production and quality....


USA | 7 April 2015
Minnesota converts more wetlands into farmland

A new study by University of Wisconsin Madison shows that Minnesota converted more wetlands into farmland than any other state when crop prices spiked between 2008 and 2012.


USA | 7 April 2015
Beneath California crops, groundwater crisis grows

Even as the worst drought in decades ravages California, and its cities face mandatory cuts in water use, millions of pounds of thirsty crops like oranges, tomatoes and almonds continue to stream out ...


USA | 7 April 2015
Sorghum and barley become grain crops du jour

Sorghum and barley have become the crops du jour for US grains farmers thanks to surging demand from China. Those who had planted the grains have done well for themselves. Sorghum prices are up ...


USA | 6 April 2015
Female farmers a growing trend

Next time you drive by a huge farm, or pick up produce at the supermarket you might wonder who’s growing local fruits and veggies. The answer could be a woman, reports WBBM’s Veronica Carter. Ruth ...


USA | 6 April 2015
Value of farm land on the rise

Assessed property values in Wayne County increased by $105 million for property taxes to be paid in 2015, and Union County’s grew by $39 million. Those numbers might normally come as the result of ...


USA | 6 April 2015
California governor says farmers were spared worst of water rationing

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended tough new measures aimed at combatting a crippling four-year drought, but which critics say are far too lenient on the state’s farmers. Brown on Wedne...


USA | 3 April 2015
How one California farmer is battling the worst drought in 1,200 years

On a warm March afternoon, farmer Cannon Michael walks alongside wheat fields adjacent to his house in Los Banos, in California’s Central Valley. Most of these fields won’t be watered again this year....


USA | 2 April 2015
Brown calls on agriculture industry to cut water use

Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on all Californians to do their part to conserve water – including the heavy water users. The agriculture industry is no exception. The agriculture industry uses abou...


USA | 2 April 2015
Don’t let farming wilt in America’s Dairyland

As Wisconsin farmers prepare to start another spring of fieldwork, the latest census data are raising a troubling question about the future of agriculture in America’s Dairyland: Will Wisconsin run ou...


USA | 31 March 2015
Dairy farmers, in dire need of workers, feel helpless

When Mike McMahon's Latino employees need to go to the bank, the pharmacy or the grocery store, he makes sure someone drives them to town, waits while they run errands, and then brings them safely bac...


USA | 31 March 2015
Global aginvesting: Ten key trends in US agriculture

Each year, prognosticators put together trend forecasts for stakeholders in almost every industry. But one of the biggest pitfalls to such measurements is that few companies and individuals are al...


USA | 30 March 2015
Cruelty charges long overdue for Foie Gras farmers

Last month, a judge struck down California's ban on the sale of foie gras. Focusing on a technicality, he ruled that foie gras is an "ingredient" and therefore covered by the US Poultry Products Inspe...


USA | 27 March 2015
Farmland values slip slightly in 2014

After a sideways slide, a survey found Illinois farmland values dropped 1 percent to 3 percent in 2014. The Illinois Land Values and Lease Trends Report issued March 19 by the Illinois Society of P...