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USA | 5 February 2016
$25m effort to save farmland on the San Mateo County coast

Worried that artichokes, Brussels sprouts and strawberries are losing ground to trophy homes and subdivisions, a Bay Area conservation group that has spent much of the past 38 years saving land for pa...


USA | 5 February 2016
Opposition halts higher dairy fees for now

The Montana Board of Livestock’s vice chairman says that a contentious proposal to increase fees for dairy inspections is dead, but he offered little indication how the state ultimately will close the...


USA | 4 February 2016
Cattle farmers find other stockyards to buy, selling livestock

Central Kentucky farmers are heading elsewhere to buy and sell livestock in the wake of Saturday’s fire that destroyed Blue Grass Stockyards in Lexington. Nelson County farmer Jeff Goff drove to Mo...


USA | 4 February 2016
Nebraska ag director urges opening of China to U.S. beef

Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach has called on top federal officials to finalize trade negotiations with China that would open the Asian country to U.S. beef and create a huge opportunity for ...


USA | 4 February 2016
Ohio pipeline projects stir fear of compromised farmland integrity

There are fears that two proposed pipelines, which would run through Ohio, will threaten the livelihood of some Ohio farmers. The proposed Nexus and ET Rover pipelines would transport gas obtained...


USA | 4 February 2016
Oklahoma cattle market makes a comeback

Oklahoma ranchers are rejoicing as the cattle market is starting to show improvement across Oklahoma. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there has been a seven percent increase in Oklahoma's c...


USA | 2 February 2016
CME says cattle market may be 'broken' as volatility soars

CME Group Inc., the world’s largest futures market, moved to curb a recent jump in price volatility in U.S. cattle futures while warning that the derivatives may be “broken” because of changes in the ...


USA | 1 February 2016
50% of farmers must get crop insurance in 2 years

Impressed by the enthusiasm among the youth to launch new ventures, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the recently held 'Start-Up India' programme had dispelled the notion that start-ups wer...


USA | 1 February 2016
Bird flu cases reminder of need for tracking rules

Indiana’s state veterinarian says a recent bird flu outbreak is a reminder of the importance of all buyers and sellers of poultry to follow state record-keeping rules. The rules also include barter...


USA | 1 February 2016
US dairy co-op to introduce quota system

The US Midwest milk processor Land O’Lakes has reportedly told its members it would charge producers for extra milk production from next year. Land O’Lakes’ producer members in the co-op’s Mid West...


USA | 29 January 2016
Farm defenders lock down to halt farmland destruction in the East Bay

Last week, contractors with the UC administration began construction work on the southern portion of the Gill Tract, a historical farm sold to the University of California in 1928 under the condition ...


USA | 29 January 2016
U.S. on high alert for bird flu after Indiana poultry outbreak

In the two weeks since bird flu reappeared in Indiana, U.S. veterinarians have swabbed the mouths of chickens and turkeys across the country, racing to uncover any more infections and contain the viru...


USA | 29 January 2016
Grocery store prices steady despite avian flu

An avian flu outbreak at a southern Indiana farm has had little to no effect on the price of poultry and eggs purchased at the grocery store, a Purdue University expert said. Hundreds of thousands ...


USA | 29 January 2016
Missouri lawmakers block higher taxes on some farmland

Missouri lawmakers on Thursday blocked a plan that would have raised taxes on the state's most valuable farmland. Property taxes on Missouri farms are based on their productive value — the amount o...


USA | 27 January 2016
Bird flu detected in United States turkey flock

Last year’s H5N2 avian flu outbreak was considered the worst animal disease outbreak in the United States history, leading to the death of more than 48 million birds on 223 operations in nine states. ...


USA | 26 January 2016
Poultry producers advised to remain alert for avian flu

Due to the recent outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (AI) on a large turkey farm in Indiana, poultry producers in Maine are reminded to maintain vigilance against its transmissi...


USA | 22 January 2016
Farm to market: Taking stock of the agricultural land grab

The farmland bubble may have burst in some Corn Belt states, like Iowa. But acreage prices proved resilient across the U.S. and, if not a bumper year in 2015 — an average increase of 2.4 percent and i...


USA | 21 January 2016
'Ghosts' of agriculture features old farm equipment in southwest Grand Forks

A large-scale work of public art is coming to Grand Forks Thursday, one artists say is “ethereal,” a nod to the agricultural past and is open to interpretation. “Ghosts,” a project by artists Madel...


USA | 21 January 2016
A look at the beauty in Colorado’s $40B agriculture industry

The winning pictures in the 18th annual “Colorado ... it’s Agricultural” photography contest showcase the state’s diverse agriculture industry. The contest is run by the Colorado Department of Agri...


USA | 21 January 2016
Urban farming is booming, but what does it really yield?

Midway through spring, the nearly bare planting beds of Carolyn Leadley's Rising Pheasant Farms, in the Poletown neighborhood of Detroit, barely foreshadow the cornucopian abundance to come. It will b...


USA | 20 January 2016
U.S. deploys newly minted bird flu plan to protect humans

U.S. farm and health officials are racing to assess the threat that a type of bird flu never before seen in the country poses to humans and poultry, employing emergency plans drawn up in the wake of a...


USA | 19 January 2016
Extreme weather lowers global crop yield

A study published in the journal Nature on January 7, 2016, provides evidence that historic trends of extreme weather lowers crop production at a global scale. Corey Lesk and colleagues used a uniq...


USA | 19 January 2016
US deploys newly minted bird flu plan to protect humans

U.S. farm and health officials are racing to assess the threat that a type of bird flu never before seen in the country poses to humans and poultry, employing emergency plans drawn up in the wake of a...


USA | 18 January 2016
California farmers brace for water shortage despite El Nino

Farmers in California's fertile San Joaquin Valley are bracing to receive no irrigation water from a federal system of reservoirs and canals for a third consecutive year and looking to El Nino to prod...


USA | 15 January 2016
California farmers shore up for El Nino

In the San Joaquin Valley in California — where more than a third of America's vegetables, and two-thirds of the nation's fruits and nuts are produced — temperatures are roughly in the 40s. The mo...


USA | 15 January 2016
Agriculture in Louisiana like a roller-coaster

Farmers are eternally optimistic, riding the highs and lows of a profession peppered with stress, hard work and uncertainty. Local farmers say 2015 wasn’t a good year, and 2016 is shaping up to be ...


USA | 15 January 2016
New tick vaccine looks promising for cattle

The economic impact of cattle ticks was so severe in the late 1800s that the U.S. Department of Agriculture started an eradication program in the early 1900s to eliminate them. Although some species w...


USA | 14 January 2016
Tackling cattle fever ticks with vaccines

The economic impact of cattle fever ticks, including the southern cattle fever tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, was so severe in the late 1800s that the U.S. Department of Agriculture starte...


USA | 13 January 2016
Kansas farmland prices continue gradual decline

The price of Kansas farm ground continues to soften – along with national farm ground prices – because of falling farm incomes and fewer bidders, according to brokerage Farmers National. The good n...


USA | 13 January 2016
Mooove over cows: Goat milk sales climb in U.S. dairy market

Mooove over, cows. There’s another milk that’s pleasing the palates of consumers. Goats are making their mark on the U.S. dairy industry. When Cathy Soult’s husband passed away in 1993, she had to ...