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Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope.

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You’re much more likely to get a foodborne illness eating at a restaurant than in your own home, according to a new report.

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The U. S. Department of Agriculture is predicting fewer acres will be planted in corn this year, compared to last year, while soybean acreage will be up.

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When Colorado cantaloupe laden with the deadly pathogen listeria killed more than 30 people in 2011, shockwaves rippled throughout the food industry.

Drones: Coming Soon to a Farm Near You?

Mar 20, 2014
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Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

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Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid.

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It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster. Villains in trench coats scheme ways to cause the most destruction and chaos. They settle on a food company, an easy target, and plan to lace the products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out the plan with enough time to save the day.

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A couple of seeds, some fertilizer, a little sunshine – just add water and you’re ready to harvest your crops, right?

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One extra egg a day. What would that mean to your family?

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When it comes to keeping data secure, farmers are worried about some of the same issues as the rest of us.

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Despite what they may be thinking now, Midwest grain farmers and backyard gardeners alike may be thankful for the recent arctic temperatures before 2014 is out.

Spike in Propane Price Worries Midwest Farmers

Feb 11, 2014
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Residents across the Midwest are struggling with tight propane supplies, especially in this bitterly cold, snowy winter. But it’s not just homes in rural counties that are lacking adequate heating fuel.

Years in the Making, New Farm Bill Becomes Law

Feb 7, 2014
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President Barack Obama signed the new farm bill into law Friday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, ending years of negotiations and wrangling.

US Senate Approves Farm Bill

Feb 4, 2014
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The US Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.

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It’s getting so close now… Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take a preliminary vote Monday, February 3.

For Farmers Who Rent, 2014 Could Be a Tough Year

Jan 28, 2014
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With the price of farmland at record levels across the Corn Belt, many farmers have been renting acres to plant. Now, with the price of corn and soybeans in freefall, farmers that depend on renting risk big losses if they’re unable to negotiate lower rents.

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Pork producers across the country are continuing to grapple with a virus that’s killing their piglets. Experts estimate Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus has already killed about 1 million baby pigs and the disease shows no sign of abating.

Record US Corn Harvest in 2013

Jan 14, 2014
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U.S. farmers harvested more corn in 2013 than in 2012, while the soybean harvest declined slightly, according to newly released USDA reports.

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For the first time in nearly 10 years, the nation’s beef herd might be poised for growth, which could mean relief from rising meat prices.

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A new wheat variety may have cracked the code to marry the fluffiness of white bread with whole grain nutrition.

Sellers Squeezed by High Price of Popcorn

Dec 17, 2013
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U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory.

No Antibiotics for Pigs and Cattle

Dec 12, 2013
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The Food and Drug Administration wants to phase out antibiotics in meat.

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Congress won’t pass a farm bill before early next year.

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Food and Drug Administration regulators inspected less than two-percent of the food shipments that were imported to the U.S. in the 2012 fiscal year.

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Both supporters and opponents of ethanol have had a lot to say since the EPA announced a proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard, the rules that force oil companies to buy and use certain levels of ethanol.

Food Stamps & Healthy Diets

Nov 29, 2013
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A new study found the federal government’s food stamps program could do more to encourage healthy eating among recipients.

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Though farm bill talks heated up this week in Washington, key legislators emerged from negotiations Thursday disappointed and predicted there would be no progress until after Congress returns in December from its recess.

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Thanks to tight competition, hog farmers are feeling a push to expand or get out of the business.

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Immigrants have always been the backbone of America’s meat packing plants, offering upward mobility for its newcomers.

Rural Neighbors Split on Wind Energy Lines

Nov 1, 2013
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The rolling plains of Midwest farm country are being tapped for their natural resources again. This time, though, the bounty would be wind energy, instead of corn, wheat or soybeans.

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