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 »

How much to pay for a bred female to restock after the drought

How much can i afford to pay for a bred female to restock after the drought? This is not an easy question to answer as it depends on several different factors. FULL STORY »

Farms and the Affordable Care Act

Effective January 1, 2013, there are two new Medicare taxes that will affect higher-income farmers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The more meat, the better

USDA finally accedes to demands from parents and dieticians: Kids can finally have larger portions of meat in the National School Lunch Program and the nutritional skies won’t fall down. FULL STORY »

High school teacher loses weight eating only at McDonald’s

Proving a point to his students, an Iowa high school teacher shows you can lose weight with beef, eating only McDonald’s menu items for three months. FULL STORY »

Farmers banded together to tackle early price and income problems

In his book “The Farmers’ Movement 1620-1920,” Carl C. Taylor explains that farmers in the pre-Civil War days had begun to form agricultural clubs to wrestle with the questions of production, markets, and the low prices they received while they saw the railroad magnates getting wealthy off the transportation of their production. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with the top stories of 2013

There were so many stories, ranging from the trivial to the amusing to those things that really created a moment when we had to ask "WTF" (Where's the Farmer). I'm sure this year's top stories were no different in their impact on our lives than last year's biggies. We've been chasing a lot of the same issues for years. FULL STORY »

Implementation of FDA’s new antibiotic rules

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two coordinated actions based on its belief “that production use indications such as ‘increased rate of rate of weight gain’ or ‘improved feed efficiency’ are no longer appropriate for the approved conditions for medically important antimicrobial drugs.” FULL STORY »

General public still confused about ‘pink slime’

Consumers are more concerned with staying within budget than avoiding pesticides, added hormones and antibiotics, but a monthly survey shows they continue to be misinformed about the issues. FULL STORY »

ABC News seeks to have 'pink slime' defamation suit dismissed

Lawyers for ABC News asked a South Dakota circuit court judge on Tuesday to dismiss a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against it over coverage of a beef product dubbed by critics as "pink slime," as the news outlet stood by its reports and cited free speech protections. FULL STORY »

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