07/22/14 07:00 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn crop is maturing faster than normal and 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. Eighty-two percent of the crop is...
By Timothy P. Carney | 07/15/14 06:47 PM
Farmers agree that it makes sense to buy more food overseas closer to hungry people. But the shipping industry balks at losing half of its profitable cargo.
07/10/14 03:45 PM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to...
07/09/14 03:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers and ranchers who suffered heavy livestock and grazing losses over the last three years due to extreme weather have been quick to take advantage of newly available disaster relief funds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. As of July 2, the agency has...
07/09/14 09:15 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state Office of Community Development is touting the online Louisiana MarketMaker program that provides a database of local fishers, farmers and food retailers, matching food producers with consumer markets and thus potential buyers. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune...
By Zack Colman | 07/08/14 04:57 PM
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy described the haranguing her agency has received over its proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule this way: "Just ludicrous."
06/25/14 06:15 PM
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The federal government has given conditional approval to the first vaccine licensed to fight a deadly pig virus, and warmer weather appears to be slowing the spread of the disease that has been blamed in part for making bacon more expensive. Porcine epidemic diarrhea has...
By Paul Bedard | 06/25/14 04:44 AM
Six years after Congress approved a law to prevent young dogs bred at foreign puppy mills from being dumped on U.S. shores, some with rabies and other diseases, the administration has failed to act, drawing new criticism from the Humane Society of the United States.
By Paul Bedard | 06/20/14 12:08 PM
President Obama on Friday announced plans to save endangered honey bees and other pollinators, for the first time ordering a probe into new types of pesticides that some local governments and 15 European Union nations have restricted or banned.
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