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USA | 30 October 2014
Cattle prices continue to climb higher, but for how long?

Fed cattle prices keep setting record highs, now touching $170/cwt., after starting the year at $135/cwt. That begs the question: What is going on? Will cattle prices just keep setting new records? Fo...


USA | 29 October 2014
Drought-hit US wheat makes disappointing start

US winter wheat seedlings have got off to a far worse start than investors had expected, undermined by drought in some western and southern areas, and raising further questions over global production ...


USA | 29 October 2014
Warm weather spurs rapid wheat growth

Warm fall weather is spurring rapid growth of the emerging winter wheat crop in Kansas. Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that about 87 percent of the 2015 wheat crop has now b...


USA | 29 October 2014
Salt poisoning costs agriculture $27 billion every year

Imagine once healthy farmland rich with the signs of life reduced to a barren wasteland. Even as you walk across it, a strange white crust crunches under your feet, reminding you of the root of the pr...


USA | 28 October 2014
Maui to decide whether to ban GMO crops

Dozens of Maui mothers are going door-to-door to urge voters to back a ban on the cultivation of genetically-engineered crops because they think they are unsafe. A group backed by companies growing...


USA | 28 October 2014
US farmers hoping for dry weather to plant new wheat crops

Farmers in the United States are hoping for dry weather to allow them to get their new crops in the ground. Corn harvesting is nearing completion and farmers will soon turn their focus to wheat. ...


USA | 27 October 2014
GMO wheat mishaps foster skepticism of USDA

The discovery of another unapproved variety of genetically modified wheat in Montana has increased pressure to tighten the regulation of biotech crops, a change that could cause havoc for farmers in I...


USA | 22 October 2014
Get ready for robot farmers

On most lettuce farms, workers weave between rows to cull extra heads of lettuce crowding out the healthiest plants. The practice, called thinning, is labor-intensive and a labor shortage has made it ...


USA | 21 October 2014
Getting late to plant wheat

Growers may still have time to plant wheat this fall even though cool, wet weather that has delayed the soybean harvest for many growers is making wheat planting difficult for some, according to a fie...


USA | 21 October 2014
Investing in sustainable agriculture by converting farms to 'beyond organic'

How do you profitably invest in sustainable agriculture - farms producing diverse, fairly-priced healthy food without harming the environment, but which also restore soil fertility and provide farmers...


USA | 21 October 2014
Hogs ravage crops throughout Georgia

Feral hogs and Georgia's crops. They're two things some farmers say simply don't mix. One Dooly County farmer says he's lost thousands of dollars in peanuts and other crops to the hogs. From ...


USA | 21 October 2014
No export bonanza this year from record U.S. harvest

The largest U.S. grain harvest in history has pushed prices to four-year lows, which usually means a sales bonanza for the world's largest food exporter. Not this year. Traditional rivals and aggre...


USA | 20 October 2014
As cattle prices climb, ranchers watch out for bovine thievery

Across the country, cattle prices continue to climb. That means profits for some ranchers — and huge potential payoffs for cattle thieves. Drought in states like Texas and Oklahoma caused the cost ...


USA | 20 October 2014
Syngenta faces more suits over Viptera corn seeds

Syngenta AG faces escalating legal battles over its sale of genetically engineered corn seeds that some farmers and agricultural companies say have roiled international grain markets this year. U.S...


USA | 20 October 2014
Drones eyed for use on farm to survey crops

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are famous for their role in international military operations, but there have been recent discussions about their potential uses much closer to home. Simply pu...


USA | 20 October 2014
Dozens of cattle shot in Northern Nevada

Nevada ranchers are offering a $20,600 reward after the shootings of some 60 head of cattle across northern Nevada since mid-summer. Ten of the animals were killed and many of the rest were maimed ...


USA | 17 October 2014
Farmers gear up for record harvest, brace for lower prices

U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside: plunging prices that have many Midwest ...


USA | 15 October 2014
Livestock specialists help ranchers prepare for winter

With Winter slowly approaching, area cattle ranchers may be thinking about what to do with their livestock. Tuesday evening, livestock specialists from around the state helped some of those ranchers c...


USA | 14 October 2014
California dairy ranchers ask for help with hungry elk

Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, a...


USA | 14 October 2014
Once a symbol of power, farming now an economic drag in China

For about 4,000 years, farming in this region has been a touchstone of Chinese civilization. It was here that the mythic hero Hou Ji is said to have taught Chinese how to grow grain, and the area’s ri...


USA | 10 October 2014
Farmers gain weapon against devastating pig virus

A disease that killed off at least 10 percent of the nation’s hogs in the last year is starting to threaten farmers again as colder weather approaches. But they have new tools to fight the ailment,...


USA | 10 October 2014
Livestock carrier hit by fire

Four seafarers have been hospitalised after a fire broke out on a livestock carrier in the port of Fremantle. All four crew members taken to hospital are suffering from smoke inhalation. One of the...


USA | 10 October 2014
Dairy Queen customer data compromised by Backoff Malware

International Dairy Queen, the ice cream chain owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said customer data were compromised by hackers. The breach with the so-called Backoff malwa...


USA | 10 October 2014
Bioenergy crops could store more carbon in soil

In addition to providing renewable energy, grass crops like switchgrass and miscanthus could store some of the carbon they pull from the atmosphere in the soil, according to a new study by University ...


USA | 9 October 2014
Improving farm loans to help out new farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is improving farm loans. Beginning farmers and family farmers will have expanded eligibility and increased lending limits. USDA is bumping up the bor...


USA | 8 October 2014
Farmers rethink labor-intensive crops

The difficulty Washington farmers face in finding a sufficient number of skilled seasonal workers may limit the amount of labor-intensive crops — such as apples and wine grapes — they can grow. Col...


USA | 8 October 2014
Mississippi farmers fight proposed EPA regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing for regulations that Mississippi farmers say could hurt them. The proposed expansion would give the EPA greater reach over what flows into streams and...


USA | 7 October 2014
High rates of suicide linked to farmer use of pesticides

On his farm in Iowa, Matt Peters worked from dawn to dusk planting his 1,500 acres of fields with pesticide-treated seeds. “Every spring I worried about him,” said his wife, Ginnie. “Every spring I wa...


USA | 7 October 2014
Railroad demands are tying up Minnesota farmers

At the Crystal Valley Cooperative, a railroad locomotive slowly moves grain cars into position. As a worker prepares to unleash a torrent of corn into the next waiting car, the long line stops with...


USA | 7 October 2014
State awards $1.4 million to help NY crops

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a total of $1.4 million in awards to help specialty crops across the state. The Specialty Crop Block Grant program, administered by the New York State Department of Agri...