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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

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


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.

Clay Masters

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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Nancy Friesen sat nervously at the controls of a giant John Deere combine that made the corn stalks look like match sticks.

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Rod Christen and his sister Kay farm corn, soybeans, and wheat on the family’s land near the small town of Steinauer in southeast Nebraska, but their main crop is grass.

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The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.

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On a hot day in late August, Kevin Bien stood amid the shade of a large gray piece of farm equipment. 


Hog producers and their veterinarians have a new tool to help fight a virus that has the potential to kill entire litters of piglets.


Farmers in the Midwest were devastated by a crippling drought in 2012, and the federal crop insurance program paid out a record $17.3 billion.

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Hot weather is no surprise during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.

Community Counts

Aug 28, 2013
Courtesy Matt Pauly

This is the thirteenth installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.