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Cattle producers may get a chance to vote on whether they want to double the increasingly controversial $1 beef checkoff charge.

Ranchers Rebel over Beef Check-off

Jan 20, 2015
Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star

From their small farms set in the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, two ranchers are raising a few cattle, and a lot of Cain.

Soybeans pile up at a grain elevator outside of Heartwell, Neb. Nationwide, farmers harvested record-breaking amounts of corn and soybeans in 2014.
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American farmers grew more corn and soybeans in 2014 than ever before, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest crop production report.

Farmers Work to Ensure Diversity in Rare Sheep Breed

Jan 8, 2015
Laura Palmisano for Harvest Public Media

Federal researchers are on a mission to back up the genetic material of the plants and animals that the nation’s food supply depends on. 

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2014 was the year even the lunch ladies got political.

New Super Chemical to Fight Super Weeds

Dec 18, 2014
Farmers first saw herbicide resistant Pigweeds, like the one pictured here, emerge in Georgia in the nineties.
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Resistant pigweeds are a problem.

Pigweeds can grow up to seven feet tall and produce more than half a million seeds per plant, per season.

The Proposed Spending Bill's Impact on Ag

Dec 17, 2014
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Congress' $1.1-trillion spending bill is on the way to President Obama's desk.

Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media

For the Midwest’s biggest crops, this harvest season was a big one.

Crop Dusting Pilots Navigate Dangerous Airspace

Dec 1, 2014
Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

Mike Lee steers his plane over the Missouri-Arkansas state line, checking out a checkerboard of green and brown fields of rice, cotton, corn and soybeans.

Abby Wendle

Farmers raised fewer turkeys this year than they have in the past three decades. 

Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

The EPA said Friday it won’t release rules for how much ethanol oil refiners have to mix in to our gasoline supply this year.

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When farmer Sondra Pierce had her first child, she decided to forgo daycare.

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Rules that require more information on meat labels may be on the outs.

Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

An effort to label genetically modified foods in Colorado has failed to garner enough support, following a national trend of statewide GMO labeling ballot measures facing uphill battles.

Grant Curtis remembers the day he went shopping for his first tractor.

“It was an eye opening experience,” he said. “Walking into a dealership, getting the prices, walking back to the bank and pleading my case. Saying, ‘I want to get back to the farm, but I need a way to do that.’”

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