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World News: USA
USA | 18 September 2015
Man says saltwater spills ruin farmland

Matt Griffin lives on 37 acres of farm land between Covington and Douglas in Garfield County, where he grew wheat and other crops. Griffin had hopes of buying a few head of cattle after retirement...


USA | 18 September 2015
US farmers held back by dollar’s rise

Watching the foreign exchange markets is now almost as important as reading weather reports for US farmers. The sharp rise in the US dollar since the second half of last year has reduced the compet...


USA | 18 September 2015
Cattle virus linked to breast cancer

Researchers were surprised to find in a new study that a significant number of breast cancer cells from more than 200 women had evidence of exposure to bovine leukemia virus, or BLV. BLV infects da...


USA | 17 September 2015
There are no real secrets in farming: Big data is met with skepticism from farmers

“There are no real secrets in farming,” said Brian Watkins, a grain and hog farmer near Kenton, Ohio. A drive by his farm on a daily basis would tell his neighbors enough about how he runs his oper...


USA | 17 September 2015
Urban farming hits the roof

Arugula in Austin. Mint in Miami. Rhubarb in Rio. While some of the press about the rise of urban farming suggests that it's merely the province of artisanal-minded hipsters, the truth is that done co...


USA | 16 September 2015
Concern for bird flu causes ban on poultry at county fairs

The Stokes County Fair kicked off Tuesday with lots to do and see, but for the first time ever, that did not include any poultry. An outbreak of avian influenza in the Midwest led North Carolina De...


USA | 15 September 2015
Robots take root on smaller dairy farms

Robots have taken up residence at some small- and medium-sized dairy farms across the country, providing reliable and more efficient labor and helping the businesses remain viable. Plus, farmers say, ...


USA | 15 September 2015
Saving California agriculture through innovative solutions

The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a coalition advancing policies to support agriculture in California and positively affect climate change. CalCAN works to respond to climate ...


USA | 15 September 2015
Coons demands South Africa finalize poultry treaty

U.S. Sens. Chris Coons, (D-Del.) and Johnny Isakson, (R-Ga.,) urged South African President Jacob Zuma to resolve unfinished elements of the poultry treaty between the United States and South Africa. ...


USA | 14 September 2015
California farmers using oil field wastewater on crops

A devastating drought has been plaguing the state of California for years. Governor Jerry Brown has called it “an unprecedented, very serious situation.” The circumstances are so dire, farmers in ...


USA | 14 September 2015
Poultry dispute threatens South African trade with US

What came first, the chicken or the trade dispute? The two have blurred together for U.S. negotiators holding $1 billion in South African exports hostage over Pretoria’s hesitation to allow America...


USA | 11 September 2015
Global food prices fall at fastest rate in 7 years

Global food commodity prices continued to decline in August as ample supplies, a slump in energy prices and concerns over China's economic slowdown all contributed to the sharpest fall of the FAO Food...


USA | 11 September 2015
Dairy farmers at the barricades

Talk to dairy farmers in Britain, the U.S., New Zealand, Canada, Argentina, and countries worldwide, and you’ll hear the same thing: Times are tough. Russia’s ban on European Union milk and the EU’s r...


USA | 10 September 2015
Montana 'women stepping forward for agriculture'

30-year-old Tara Becken was born and raised a Montana woman, and knows the importance of agriculture across our state. That's why Becken joins a handful of other 'women stepping forward for agricul...


USA | 10 September 2015
Farmers growing more pessimistic, index says

Farmers’ concern over their economic straits continues to grow in the face of volatile commodity prices, high input costs and dismal farm income predictions, according to a survey from Omaha-based DTN...


USA | 10 September 2015
Minnesota poultry farmers ready for new outbreak of bird flu

Poultry farmers and experts say they are as ready as possible for a new avian flu outbreak at any time this fall, even if they don't know exactly how the disease is spread. "We are prepared for dea...


USA | 10 September 2015
Why Iowa farmers are worried about China's economy

Soybeans are a mainstay of Iowa's economy, with farmers like Ron Heck helping drive the state's economic engine. But today China is holding the keys. The beans leave the farm on freight trains boun...


USA | 10 September 2015
Cattle futures slip after surge higher

U.S. cattle futures are narrowly lower Wednesday, pressured by profit-taking in some contracts after a surge limit-up the previous session, as investors consolidate bets that the recent sell-off took ...


USA | 9 September 2015
Women grow their knowledge of farming

Tuesday’s session of Annie’s Project planted knowledge in women who were interested in strengthening their roles in farming. According to the extension coordinator James Morgan, this event is very...


USA | 9 September 2015
U.S. dairy prices defy global reality

U.S. dairy prices continued to defy global reality going into the Labor Day weekend. CME block Cheddar got up to $1.75 per pound Tuesday but relapsed and closed the first Friday of September at $1....


USA | 9 September 2015
Farmland auction brings crowd

A farm land auction brought in a big crowd Tuesday as people wanted to find out what land is selling for and if they can afford it. According to Iowa State University Extension, when commodities ar...


USA | 9 September 2015
State officials warn poultry owners about the avian flu

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is educating poultry owners about the threat of avian flu. Sine December of 2014, the Centers for Disease Control said there have ...


USA | 8 September 2015
Glencore studies selling stake in agriculture unit to curb debt

Glencore Plc is considering selling a minority stake in its agriculture business as part of the Swiss miner and commodity trader’s wider plan to reduce its $30 billion of debt by about a third. It ...


USA | 7 September 2015
Economists: Farmland value dropping

Recently a New Paris farm sold for $14,108 per acre. About 25 bidders from Indiana, Illinois, Colorado and Michigan gathered Aug. 11 at an auction to try to win the land, which is located along Cou...


USA | 4 September 2015
Poultry company doesn’t properly report injuries

Federal inspectors have accused poultry producer Allen Harim Foods of using a First Aid station at its Harbeson processing facility to avoid reporting worker injuries. According to the News Journal...


USA | 3 September 2015
Can meat producers beef up near-term fortunes?

Meat producers' recent quarterly profits were butchered by flaring cattle feed costs and beef prices. Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. reported a soft top line during the third quarter of fiscal 201...


USA | 3 September 2015
These states hit hardest by falling farm prices

Economists and central bankers have lots of theories these days about whether global commodities prices will continue to fall. For American farmer's, the drop in a wide range of agricultural prices...


USA | 3 September 2015
Vertical farms: The future of agriculture?

The PBS series The Good Stuff looked into eating bugs as part of their series on the “Future of Food.” As part of that series, they also investigated vertical farming, which has gained much attention ...


USA | 2 September 2015
Bill Gates calls for more funds to help world's poorest farmers

Bill Gates called for more funds to help the world’s poorest farmers deal with climate change on Tuesday, in an appeal that could help pry open the coffers of industrialised countries. The call fro...


USA | 2 September 2015
US cattle futures fall to lowest in more than one year

U.S. cattle futures are extending a recent slump Tuesday, pressured by worries about swelling supplies during a time when retail-beef buying remains lukewarm. October cattle futures recently droppe...