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FDA Plan
10:42 am
Thu December 12, 2013

No Antibiotics for Pigs and Cattle

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The Food and Drug Administration wants to phase out antibiotics in meat.

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Wait ‘til Next Year
5:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Another Year Without A Farm Bill

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

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Food Safety
2:24 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Most Imported Food Not Inspected

Produce at a supermarket
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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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On-line Comments Still Accepted
12:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

EPA Hearing An Earful On RFS

An EPA proposal cuts the expected mandate for corn ethanol by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.
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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.

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USDA Study
10:43 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Food Stamps & Healthy Diets

Food stamps
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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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No Bill Since September
11:42 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Farm Bill Talks Fall Through

While progress was reportedly made, it doesn't seem there will be a farm bill compromise on Capitol Hill any time soon.
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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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Battle in NE Iowa
2:32 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

CAFO Concerns in Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Winneshiek County, Iowa, is renowned for its cold water trout streams. Some fear that expanding hog facilities could put those streams in environmental danger.
Credit Clay Masters

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

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Three-Part Series
11:05 am
Wed November 6, 2013

In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse

Two students in a “newcomer” class at Florence Wilson Elementary School in Garden City: a Somali girl (left), and a Latino boy.
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Immigrants have always been the backbone of America’s meat packing plants, offering upward mobility for its newcomers.

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Harvest Public Media
10:25 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Rural Neighbors Split on Wind Energy Lines

In O’Brien County, Iowa, Jay Hofland has agreed to sell part of his land to an energy company for a converter station that would mark the beginning of a high voltage transmission traversing the state.
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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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More Corn Means Less Profit
4:17 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Farm Families Follow Drought with Record Harvest

The Friesens of Henderson, Neb., have 1,100 acres of corn to harvest, part of 97 million acres of corn to be picked across the country.
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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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