Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

U.S. 12/09/18, 18:10

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90.Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near the U.S.-Canadian border, his daughter Linda Vatnsdal ...

School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

U.S. 12/06/18, 18:01

The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.The Trump administration is scaling back contested school lunch standards implemented under the Obama administration including one that required only whole grains be served. The U.S. Department of ...

Thousands Indian farmers march seeking better prices for produce

Business 11/30/18, 04:01

Thousands of farmers marched to India's Parliament on Friday demanding higher prices for their produce and a government waiver on their farm loans to alleviate hardships. Waving red, yellow and green flags and banners representing their organizations, the protesters also called for lowering the prices of diesel and fertilizers and blamed ...

Latest: Wyo. laws aimed at trespassing activists struck down

Enviroment 10/30/18, 19:59

The Latest on a judge ruling (all times local):6 p.m.:A spokesman for Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says state officials will evaluate what if anything they will do next after a judge ruled that two Wyoming laws barring people from trespassing to collect environmental data run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.U.S. ...

Farmers fear it will take years to recover from storm strike

U.S. 10/30/18, 10:10

Hurricane Michael left a snowy landscape of ruined white cotton on Georgia's red clay, destroying a crop and likely bringing hard times to the region's many small communities built on agriculture. When the storm struck, most of the cotton was still in the fields, "wide open and susceptible to the wind," ...

Nutrition basics: University Extension offers one hour diet courses

Nutrition 10/28/18, 22:17

RIO HONDO — Parents have the opportunity to learn basic nutrition facts, how to save money when grocery shopping and healthier eating habits. The one-hour training is part of a six-week program called Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Training focuses on eating healthy, access to ...

Apples to peaches, veggies and more

Nutrition 10/22/18, 21:51

WHEELERSBURG, Ohio — After 60 years and three generations, the family-owned and-operated Fuhrmann Orchards has grown from a few apple trees to over 200 acres of locally grown produce. "We grow 30 varieties of apples, over 10 varieties of peaches and nectarines, melons, pumpkins, fall squash, vegetables and more," said Paul ...

Texas A&M earns USDA approval for cottonseed genetic process

Texas 10/21/18, 05:57

Scientists at Texas &M University have earned federal approval of a genetic process to unleash cottonseed as possibly one of the world's leading sources of protein-rich food.The San Antonio Express-News reports the patent-pending process is known as "TAM66274." The process this month won nonregulation status from the U.S. Department of ...

A look at Salinas, California, farm-rich but unaffordable

California 10/18/18, 01:55

Here's a look at some key information about Salinas, one of the nation's least affordable metro areas to live. It's a phenomenon that's plaguing California, from its wealthiest areas, to working-class cities like Salinas.— POPULATION: 157,000— LOCATION: About 20 miles (32 kilometers) inland from the Monterey Peninsula and 60 miles ...

Animal sanctuary, farm team up to save pig from slaughter

Amazing 10/09/18, 16:26

An animal sanctuary and a farm are working together to spare a young slaughterhouse-bound pig to promote local agriculture in New Hampshire.Beans and Greens Farm of Gilford is hoping to send the pig named Grover to the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary in Haverhill where it will live out its days.The ...

Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

Business 10/03/18, 08:54

Brandon Alexander would like to introduce you to Angus, the farmer of the future. He's heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, not to mention a bit slow. But he's strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own.Sure, ...

As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won’t be enough

Business 09/23/18, 08:34

Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China.But even those poised for big payouts worry it won't be enough. And while support for Trump is near unwavering ...

Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence

New York 09/21/18, 09:30

Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.Early farm reports confirm pre-storm worries about losses to tobacco, cotton and corn crops. North Carolina industry leaders remain anxious about ...

Colorado meatpacker recalls ground beef after E. coli death

Business 09/20/18, 12:04

A Colorado meatpacker is recalling more than 132,000 pounds (60,000 kilograms) of ground beef after an E. coli outbreak killed one person and sickened 17.The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the beef was produced and packaged at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan on June 21 and shipped to ...

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