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USA | 7 October 2014
US farmers latest to sue Syngenta over GMO corn

Farmers from the biggest U.S. corn-growing states have sued Syngenta AG over sales of genetically modified corn seed not approved by China, joining global exporters in pursuing damages from the Swiss-...


USA | 7 October 2014
Texas cattle industry hurt by drought

Texas has been the long time leader in the cattle industry. With the highest number of head and the most producers. But even though much of the state has received more rainfall this year than the past...


USA | 6 October 2014
Virginia turning to hops as potential cash crop

Virginia farmers are turning to an important ingredient in brewing beer as a potential cash crop for the state known for its agricultural past and present. Over the past few years, more than a doze...


USA | 6 October 2014
Freeze could end growing season for immature crops

A freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region’s corn and soybean fields are not qui...


USA | 6 October 2014
Early fall frost worries farmers in East Tennessee

Frigid overnight temperatures across East Tennessee left many with frost on their cars Sunday morning and, for farmers, that meant frost covering their fields earlier than normal. Holding his brea...


USA | 3 October 2014
US offers $60 million for radical new energy technology

Far-reaching changes in the way we cool large structures and make alternative energy products are driving $60 million worth of research and product development from the Department of Energy. Specif...


USA | 1 October 2014
Wheat groups to get compensation in GMO settlement

Wheat industry groups will receive money as part of a settlement of the lawsuit wheat farmers filed against Monsanto over an unauthorized release of biotech wheat. Wheat industry groups will have s...


USA | 1 October 2014
A farmland controversy sprouts over 'superweeds'

The approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this month for new soy and corn seeds by Dow Chemical is setting off another battle over genetically modified organisms (GMOs). At issue is whethe...


USA | 30 September 2014
New California law aims to rid farmers markets of cheaters

Bringing to fruition a decade-long campaign by farmers market stakeholders, on Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1871, which for the first time provides what supporters say is adequate fun...


USA | 29 September 2014
California's crop harvest much smaller than usual

With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops — from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds — are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to...


USA | 24 September 2014
How to equip farmers for climate change

This week in New York, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening world leaders at Climate Summit 2014 to discuss actions the world must take to address the tremendous challenges of climate chang...


USA | 24 September 2014
Poultry giant ditches Antibiotics for Probiotics

Your chicken will be antibiotic-free, but rich in bacteria — and that's a good thing, Perdue Farms says. To keep its chickens disease-free, Perdue Farms is giving the livestock fewer antibiotics — ...


USA | 23 September 2014
Higher supply, costs cut Ohio farmers' profits

Ohio corn farmers might be producing more crops, but the boom in supply and higher expenses are driving down profits this year. Most farmers are reporting they are producing more bushels this year,...


USA | 22 September 2014
US big grain crops attract farmers' ire

U.S. corn and soybean crops could break records this year, but for farmers the bounty has a dark side: falling prices and a logistics nightmare getting crops to market. “It is not an exact science ...


USA | 19 September 2014
Safety inspectors ban transit of US poultry

Russian veterinary standards officials have banned transit of more than 375 tonnes of US poultry through the territory of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, citing non-compliance wit...


USA | 19 September 2014
Texas agriculture commissioner to resign

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said Thursday that he will quit his statewide elected office early to become president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, one of the state’s most powerfu...


USA | 18 September 2014
USDA provides $328m to conserve farmland

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across t...


USA | 17 September 2014
More than 30 cattle die after Idaho big rig crash

Authorities in southwest Idaho say 33 cattle worth about $30,000 died after a tractor-trailer flipped onto its side. The Ada County Sheriff's Office initially said more than 100 cattle died in the ...


USA | 12 September 2014
US livestock futures slip from fresh peaks on profit-taking

Livestock futures are mostly lower early in the session Thursday, pressured by profit-taking as traders trim bets prices will climb further after the cattle and hog markets rallied this week to recent...


USA | 12 September 2014
Is it time to buy or sell cattle?

Conventional wisdom tells us that the proper strategy to investing in a business or commodity is to “buy low and sell high!” I have heard that phrase for years and would agree that it is sound advice....


USA | 11 September 2014
Are Cattle the Next 'Invasive Species?'

When we think of invasive species, we picture red lionfish hailing from Southeast Asian waters, the emerald ash beetle currently destroying trees in the Midwest, or biting fire ants. But the "invasive...


USA | 10 September 2014
New dairy insurance plan to stabilize farming

There's a new type of insurance policy for dairy farmers in the country. "This program will help a lot toward its stability," said Keith Van Althuis, of Van Althuis Dairy in Sherburne. While dai...


USA | 10 September 2014
Drought causes problems for cattle ranchers

The drought has been a major problem for cattle ranchers in Texas for the last few years. It causes lower entry numbers at the West Texas Fair and Rodeo because the cost of raising cattle is higher. ...


USA | 9 September 2014
Monsanto set to settle GMO wheat case

Monsanto has agreed to settle some of the lawsuits brought by U.S. farmers who allege they lost money when an Oregon field was discovered to have been contaminated with an experimental genetically mod...


USA | 9 September 2014
Asian markets ban New Jersey poultry

Taiwan joined other Asian countries in restricting poultry meat and meat products imports from New Jersey due to the discovery of low pathogenic H7 avian influenza on a Salem County breeding farm and ...


USA | 8 September 2014
Farmers put on brave face as they battle worst drought in 100 years

The cracked ground beneath Charles Brett's boots is so dry that even the weeds have capitulated in the fading soil. While Sydney endured its wettest August in 15 years, a few millimetres of rain h...


USA | 8 September 2014
No crash in U.S. farm land seen despite tumbling grain prices

David Fullington paid a "ridiculous" price of $13,600 an acre for a 200-acre (81 hectares) farm in Illinois within the last year and says he and his partners would probably bid again for prime land th...


USA | 5 September 2014
Floods cost Arkansas farmers millions in crop losses

Some of Arkansas’ farmers are facing financial disaster as they try to recover from early summer floods. The University of Arkansas estimates losses could be as high as $35 million. Poinsett Cou...


USA | 5 September 2014
Storms further delay wheat harvest

Farmers are sorting out damage from a string of storms that hit parts of eastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday. Some areas were hit with as much 4 inches, leading t...


USA | 5 September 2014
Drought re-shaping the cattle map

Drought is reshaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers...