Impacts of COVID-19 on the food sector are among its most visible and important economic consequences.
By William Masters, Econofact
COVID-19 is disrupting agriculture on many levels. The Trump administration recently announced it will spend $19 billion to help farmers. But they aren’t the only group in need of support -- undocumented immigrants are roughly half of American farmworkers, and…
By Stephanie Sy, Lena I. Jackson, Casey Kuhn
As COVID-19 threatens the people of East Africa, locusts threaten their livestock and their food. The region suffered an initial swarm of the destructive insects in February but is now ravaged by a second wave 20 times larger. Pesticides can…
By Nick Schifrin
Each year, produce like corn and soybeans are grown on millions of acres of Iowa farmland. While the bulk of the farming is conducted by men, roughly half of the state's farmland is owned, or co-owned, by women. Mark Bittman…
By Mark Bittman, Melanie Saltzman, Steve W. Thompson
By Kevin Freking, Associated Press
In a tweet, the present suggested that he’s prepared to tap federal coffers again to help farmers suffering from the tariff fights that he initiated.
By Ivette Feliciano, Connie Kargbo, Sam Weber
Arizona has endured two decades of drought, forcing farmers and others there to look for ways to conserve water. In the rural town of Camp Verde, an experimental program is bringing farmers and a malthouse together with the hopes of…
By Mary Ellen Geist
Detroit is known for the rhythms of Motown and the hum of automobile manufacturing plants. Now, one nonprofit is adding a new sound to this urban landscape: the buzzing of bees. Special correspondent Mary Ellen Geist reports on the efforts…
By Associated Press
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the agency will publish an interim final rule Thursday that formalizes the hemp program approved in the 2018 farm bill.
By Josh Buettner, Iowa Public TV
In the American West, recreational and tourist activities on public lands can conflict with agriculture, ranching and mining. Despite this potential clash between leisure and livelihood, the people of Grand Junction, Colorado, have found a way to share their state’s…
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