Weeks before a Chinese conglomerate agreed to buy Smithfield Foods Inc. in the largest such takeover of a U.S. business, Missouri lawmakers quietly approved legislation removing a ban on foreign ownership of agricultural land.
Discussion about cutting spending for the program to feed poor Americans dominated Tuesday as three days of U.S. House debate began on the farm bill, a 2,000-page document to establish federal farm and nutrition policies for five years. Hundreds of amendments have been crafted to the bill, with a vote expected Thursday.
The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, five-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry.
A crop-spraying pilot suffered what the North Dakota Highway Patrol says are minor injuries when his plane crashed about three miles west of Minot Air Force Base.
The Bulliards have trained and sold more than 80 quarter horses for the performance industry, some earning titles in top futurity and derby national competitions. Some of the quarter horse reiners trained by the Bulliards went to Italy, Germany and France, while others remained in the U.S. and went on to make names for themselves and their owners.
The Supreme Court opened the door June 10 for California raisin growers to challenge the constitutionality of a Depression-era farming law that requires them to keep part of their annual crop off the market.
Aaron Hager, University of Illinois associate professor of weed science, says early and accurate identification of Palmer amaranth plants coupled with implementation of an integrated management program are essential to reduce the potential for crop yield loss from interference of this broadleaf weed.
For much of last year, Iowa’s most pressing agricultural problem was a drought that baked farm fields and parched crops, turning them brown and crumbly. Then the skies finally opened up, providing one of the soggiest springs on record.
As weather issues hamper farming efforts, farmers, agricultural professionals and family members are facing many stresses. The hours they must spend dealing with weather stresses can be long, continuous and exhausting.
Making a case for genetically modified crops
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