• May 5, 2014   BY  

    Researchers believe that the key to feeding a growing global population is a chicken that can take the heat.

    A team of scientists from the University of Delaware studied the genetic makeup of the African naked-neck chicken and whether its ability to survive heat stress and other conditions of a warmer climate could be bred into American broiler chickens. Continue reading

  • April 23, 2014   BY  

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that about one tenth of America’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the agriculture industry. “Everyone assumes what’s happening globally is happening nationally,” Vilsack said Tuesday, according to The Des Moines Register’s report. “Clearly, there are … Continue reading

  • April 1, 2014   BY  

    Maple syrup production has just become a whole lot sweeter for producers looking to minimize problems during their harvest, which usually lasts for about one month. Continue reading

  • March 30, 2014  

    Scientists point to the amount of antibiotics in livestock as one of the causes of the rise of antibiotic resistant diseases. On Wednesday a number of pharmaceutical companies agreed to abide by a government proposal to stop labeling drugs important for treating human infections as acceptable antibiotics to spur farm animal growth. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR correspondent Dan Charles. Continue reading

  • Rural Kansas, NewsHour Weekend
    March 23, 2014  

    The Great Plains have been losing population since the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. NewsHour travels to Kansas to find out about a state plan that offers incentives to attract new residents to Rural Opportunity Zones. Will deals on student loan reimbursement and state income taxes bring people to rural Kansas counties? Continue reading

  • February 21, 2014   BY  

    American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to a new government survey. Continue reading

  • February 14, 2014  

    California is in bad shape water-wise. Despite some relief in early February, the rainy season is half over and reservoirs are still far below capacity, putting the state’s agricultural production in jeopardy. Special correspondent Spencer Michels visits Sonoma County, a region known for its dairies, winemaking and breweries, to learn how communities are preparing for their worst-case scenarios. Continue reading

  • February 4, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, a new five-year farm bill has won final approval in the Senate. The $956 billion compromise cuts $800 million in food stamps funding. Also, activists and officials from West Virginia testified in a Senate hearing about a chemical spill that tainted the drinking water for hundreds of thousands of residents. Continue reading

  • December 30, 2013  

    Seeds are big business in Hawaii, where large biotech companies develop genetically modified crops. Megan Thompson reports on a battle being waged on the island of Kauai by residents who say growing practices like pesticide use are hazardous to public health. Continue reading

  • December 26, 2013   BY  

    With drought causing prices for commodities like hay to rise, the farm product has become a much more likely candidate for theft. Creative commons photo by Let Ideas Compete Bee burglars, a “nut mafia,” and making off with fertilizer in … Continue reading