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USA | 9 January 2015
U.S. farmers will push Congress to end embargo on Cuba

At least 30 food and agriculture American companies and associations announced today they will push Congress to end the embargo the United States imposed on Cuba in 1962. Representatives of the com...


USA | 7 January 2015
Arctic blast likely to cause damage in Midwest wheat belt

Arctic air pushing into the nation’s Midwest wheat belt later this week is expected to cause some winterkill damage to wheat fields. About a third of the nation’s wheat belt will likely be affected...


USA | 7 January 2015
Ohio farmers join lawsuit over sale of GM corn seed

Ohio farmers have joined hundreds of others nationwide who are suing a Swiss company for selling genetically modified corn seeds that had not been approved by a major corn-importing country. More t...


USA | 6 January 2015
Dairy prices - will 2015 prove as downbeat as 2014?

Dairy commodities proved particularly bad performers in 2014, with prices as measured by the GlobalDairyTrade index falling 48%. The plunge reflected the retreats of China and Russia, the top two i...


USA | 5 January 2015
GM crops pushing Monarch butterflies' rapid decline

The growing use of genetically modified (GM) crops in the US has led the Monarch butterfly, once common across the country, close to ending up on the endangered species list. The scientists behind ...


USA | 5 January 2015
Livestock marketing economist expects stable markets in 2015

Since mid 2013, livestock prices have reached all-time record highs, but North Dakota University Extension livestock marketing economist, Timothy Petry, believes 2015 will see a much more stable marke...


USA | 1 January 2015
USDA to gauge farm economics and farmland ownership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin surveying farm operators and farmland owners to update information on production practices, resource use...


USA | 1 January 2015
Iowa lawsuits accuse Syngenta over rejected GMO crops

Iowa farmers and companies are suing Syngenta AG, claiming they suffered financial losses when China rejected corn shipments containing a genetically modified seed developed by the agribusiness giant ...


USA | 1 January 2015
Farmland value decrease the most since 1986

A recent survey shows Iowa’s farmland is decreasing in value; dramatically. According to the Iowa Land Value Survey, Iowa’s farmland has declined nine percent. It’s the biggest drop since 1986, but th...


USA | 28 December 2014
Killing wolves for eating livestock increases the number that get eaten the following year

A study by Rob Wielgus, director of Washington State University’s Large Carnivore Conservation Lab, and Kaylie A. Peebles has concluded that lethal removal of wolves caught or expected of killing live...


USA | 28 December 2014
Drones help farmers keep eye on crops, livestock

Jim Love has had an affinity for aircraft since he was a boy. Growing up on the farm, he and his father flew model airplanes. Now Love, a farm business adviser at Beck’s Hybrids, is learning how UA...


USA | 28 December 2014
Citrus growers keep an eye on crops as temperatures fall

As of early Friday night, growers don't think the freeze will cause any problems. This patch of cold weather is actually welcome news for the citrus. Cold nights with freezing temperatures can be ...


USA | 25 December 2014
US 2015 farmland rents soften with grain prices, but still high

U.S. farmland rents for 2015 are on track to be down 5 to 10 percent from the top fees of a year ago due to lower grain prices, but landowners remain stubborn about deeper cuts and some are adding cla...


USA | 25 December 2014
E. coli from cattle feedlots can blow onto neighbouring fields

E. coli from cattle feed lots can blow into neighboring fields and contaminate produce, according to a new study. The finding raises the question if setback distance between cattle feedlots and produc...


USA | 23 December 2014
Putting a lid on methane from cattle

The $1.1-trillion omnibus spending bill signed by President Obama contains many giveaways to Wall Street, casinos and the coal industry. But the ones that might do the most severe damage long-term hav...


USA | 19 December 2014
How will climate change transform agriculture?

Climate change impacts will require major but very uncertain transformations of global agriculture systems by mid-century, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied System...


USA | 19 December 2014
Iowa farmland prices see biggest drop in 28 years

Iowa farmland prices fell 8.9 percent in the past year, the largest annual decline in 28 years, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa Sta...


USA | 19 December 2014
California dairies look to Plain’s greener pastures

California is branded as the state with happy cows, but increasingly, not necessarily happy dairy owners. For many of them in the nation’s No. 1 dairy state it’s getting tougher to make a living, that...


USA | 18 December 2014
High prices and missing cattle

With the price of beef continuing to climb, the risk of cattle poaching is an ever growing concern. Recently in Eastern Idaho around $350,000 worth of cattle has gone missing. So what does that ...


USA | 17 December 2014
Killing wolves may actually worsen livestock losses

What if shooting and trapping wolves actually increase livestock losses in wolf territory, instead of reducing them? As Minnesota closes the books on a third year of sport trapping and shooting of ...


USA | 15 December 2014
Dairy industry milks $500 million campaign

With sales of milk as a beverage at the lowest level in more than 30 years, the dairy industry is fighting back with a $500 million campaign that includes products such as milk cartons that don't requ...


USA | 15 December 2014
Cattle thefts still plague Wyoming ranchers

The theft of 24 cows from a ranch in northern Wyoming last year shows that cattle rustling is not a thing of the past. Livestock investigator Cody Cunningham says investigating cattle disappearance...


USA | 11 December 2014
Farmers await congress decision on section 179

It's the second largest farm show in the country, with more than 20,000 people heading to the Nebraska Power Farming Show at the Lancaster County Event Center this week. While dealers are selling new ...


USA | 9 December 2014
Florida: Where did all the farmland go?

Seemingly disconnected events and trends around the country have come together to create unprecedented demand for Florida agricultural land. But there’s only one problem: There isn’t enough farmland o...


USA | 8 December 2014
USDA dedicates $9.7M to diversify agriculture

The US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced $9.7 million in grants to 62 community-based and non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to conduct training, o...


USA | 4 December 2014
Growing appetite for meat 'risks climate targets'

An "awareness gap" about emissions from livestock could hamper efforts to curb climate change, a report warns. A survey showed that twice as many respondents thought emissions from transport were g...


USA | 3 December 2014
Key deadline nears for dairy program

These are good times for the dairy farm industry. Milk prices are high, feed costs are low. But as any dairy farmer knows, this will surely change. When Congress finally got around to passing the f...


USA | 3 December 2014
Farmers foil investors that bet on corn price drop

Illinois farmer Darrel Gingerich harvested a huge corn crop this autumn thanks to near-flawless weather. Now, he is stashing it away. “I didn’t sell any more than we had to in order to cover our co...


USA | 3 December 2014
Beef cattle genomics come full circle

“A lot of people spend so much time and effort on things that don’t have anything to do with making money in the cattle business,” says Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch (GAR) at Ashland, KS. “It’...


USA | 2 December 2014
Why all good farmers are entrepreneurs

What separates a successful farmer from an entrepreneur? Not much, according to one Utah farm owner. “A farm is a business like any other business,” says Luke Petersen, owner of Petersen Family Far...