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The USDA said farmers markets can play a significant role in strengthening local food systems by accepting SNAP benefits.

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This summer's cooler than average temperatures are keeping crops in good condition.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to help potential low-income home buyers. The agency plans to spend millions this year on rural home loans.

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The former operators of a large egg farm in Iowa have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with a major salmonella outbreak in 2010.

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Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the USDA announced a new effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.

A summit that brings together business, government and community leaders from throughout the tri-state region reached a milestone on Wednesday, May 7.

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An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek.

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Hog farmers are now required to report outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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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.

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.

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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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.

USDA Issues Harvest Reports Again

Oct 22, 2013
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This is the first week since the partial government shutdown that the USDA has issued its regular update on the fall harvest.

Late Planting Means Late Harvest

Oct 10, 2013
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A wet spring put some farmers in the behind schedule and even forced some to replant their crops. Data on how the harvest is progressing in each of the Tri-States is harder to come by than usual.

Drought Monitor Sill Active Amid Shutdown

Oct 4, 2013
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Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Drought Monitor Map is still online, and being updated.

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