By Mark Tapscott | 08/19/14 08:18 AM
Quick question: Which uses more water, growing vegetables or hydraulic fracturing to produce oil and natural gas? The right answer, according to a recent study, found that fracking in states of the Mountain West region uses far less water than a whole host of activities, including golf courses.
08/16/14 09:45 AM
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has launched a mapping tool designed to help the state's agribusinesses improve their operations. The Michigan Agri-Business Association says the tool gives businesses access to information that will guide their decisions, allow them to seize opportunities for...
08/15/14 08:00 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a regulation Friday that, starting in 90 days, will...
08/15/14 06:45 PM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The speaker of the Arkansas House says he wants a legislative committee to look at regulations governing commodities brokers after state farmers reported millions of dollars in losses. House Speaker Davy Carter on Friday asked the chairman of the House Agriculture...
08/15/14 12:00 PM
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — When you look at $200 plus for a bushel of blue crabs, shake your head and say "no way," there's just one thing to do: Blame it on the weather. And we're not talking about the chilly winter of 2014, either, at least not here in Delaware Bay. Think back to September and...
By Jared Meyer | 08/14/14 04:41 PM
A proposed federal food safety rule would drastically increase costs for American onion farmers and consumers, without any improvement in public safety.
08/13/14 02:15 PM
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere's profit slumped 15 percent in the third quarter and the farming equipment maker, seeing weak sales ahead, trimmed its outlook and will cut production. Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said Wednesday that the cuts will bring production "in line with demand for our...
By Zack Colman | 08/12/14 06:45 PM
Kellogg Co., a Battle Creek, Mich., food-maker perhaps more known for Raisin Bran than its environmental practices, announced plans Wednesday to curb greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain -- including from agriculture, which chips in 10 percent of U.S. emissions.Â
By Luke Rosiak | 08/12/14 10:59 AM
Information on how many food stamp dollars are redeemed at which stores has long been deemed a "trade secret" by a U.S. Department of Agriculture that critics believe views large retailers, not taxpayers, as its clientele.
08/10/14 09:00 AM
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms' late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business. The tiny spotted wing drosophila (droh-SAHF'-uh-luh) arrived in the U.S. from...
By Sean Higgins | 08/06/14 04:40 PM
In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's move to limit U.S. agricultural imports, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman responded by saying, in effect, "What, you think this bothers us?"
08/05/14 11:30 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn and soybean crops are faring well. The USDA says in its weekly crop-status update that 81 percent of the state's corn is rated as either good or excellent. Ninety-four percent of the crop is silking, mirroring the...
08/03/14 11:15 AM
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters— including a dancing lemon — Bloomery Plantation Distillery has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as Laos and Iceland. The West Virginia...
08/02/14 10:00 AM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is among the top 10 states in the country when it comes to farm markets. The rankings were released Saturday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service, which now lists more than 8,200 farm markets nationwide. That's a 76 percent...
08/01/14 05:01 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is attempting to cut down on thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old. Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of...
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