No rain leading to no cattle in California

Drought conditions are improving across most of the country; however the dry pastureland across most of California is forcing state cattle producers to make life-changing decisions. FULL STORY »

Rural economic growth continues, factors create long-term concern

Rural communities across the Midwest heavily dependent on agriculture and energy continue to see economic growth but at a slower rate than previous months. FULL STORY »

Computer chip sends alert to combat food waste

Technology accounting for more than just a food product’s sell-by date may help consumers cut back on the amount of food they waste while saving their budget as many food prices rise. FULL STORY »

Permanent display at Nebraska State Fair presents future of ag

New exhibits, demonstrations and videos at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island will share industry accomplishments and future plans for the state’s agricultural industry. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Feasting on food myths

Debunking nutritional mythologies has become a cottage industry in recent years, mainly because the same people doing the debunking are the ones who created the bunk in the first place! FULL STORY »

Consumers hesitant to trust meat info from media, restaurants

The conventional livestock industry has faced some negative publicity in recent years, but survey results show those critics presenting the message lack credibility in the eyes of consumers. FULL STORY »

Jolley: How the farm bill is like taking out the trash

The farm bill seems like it might become a victim of yet another 'continuing resolution' until the auctioning of elected officials' votes is done, giving a broader meaning to the term 'sale barn.' FULL STORY »

Northern U.S. farmland values leveling off

Prices of top quality farm land in the northern U.S. Midwest and Plains stayed firm in 2013, but there were clear signs the market for average quality crop and grazing land was leveling off, a lending unit of the government-linked Farm Credit System said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

U.S. farm bill deal could be reached this week

Negotiations in Congress on the long overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed this week after progress was stalled by a disagreement over a dairy price support program, a senator said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Ag leaders ask for public support to meet imminent challenges

Public investment in agricultural research has declined in the past three years, leading current and former USDA officials to question the role of the U.S. in meeting growing world food demands. FULL STORY »

How farm policy used to work

In the period between the 1930s and 1992, farm bills generally instituted compensation policies that took the form of price supports. These policies were designed to manage the surplus production that resulted from centuries of developmental policies while allowing US farmers the chance, with hard work and good management skills, to provide their family with a livelihood. FULL STORY »

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