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.
Thanks to tight competition, hog farmers are feeling a push to expand or get out of the business.
Immigrants have always been the backbone of America’s meat packing plants, offering upward mobility for its newcomers.
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.
Nancy Friesen sat nervously at the controls of a giant John Deere combine that made the corn stalks look like match sticks.
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.
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.
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.