Record harvests and falling oil prices have helped push food prices to a four-year low, improving the affordability of food in nearly three-quarters of countries surveyed, according to data from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Farmers are planting and harvesting too close to the Mitchell-Rapid City railroad in South Dakota, according to state rail officials, local operators and county representatives on the Mitchell-Rapid City Regional Railroad Authority board.
U.S. lawmakers proposed a bill on Jan. 28 that would create a single food safety agency by bringing together the oversight functions of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies.
Governments from Mongolia to Nigeria are creating new forms of insurance to protect the developing world’s small farmers, who are suffering especially badly from extreme weather events made worse by global warming, a new study says.
At the April 2014 Worthington Bio Conference, local veterinarians Keith Wilson and Steve Dudley collaborated on a presentation about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) — a virus that was sweeping through the U.S. swine industry. The disease, which is thought to have come from China, causes 100 percent mortality in suckling pigs and minimal death loss in feeder pigs and sow herds.
After a steady trend of increasing value for Nobles County, Minn., farmland, sale prices are dropping.
Nobles County Assessor Pam Friesen, who assumed her post in March 2014, says she and her staff are in the midst of examining sales during a 12-month period that runs from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.
The drum beat of bad news in commodity markets rules the day at the Sioux Falls, S.D., Salute to Agriculture — a multi-venue exposition during the Sioux Falls Farm Show and the concurrent Sioux Empire Farm Show livestock event Jan. 28 to 30.
A no-reason-to-panic attitude was typical of people who talked with Agweek Wednesday on the first day of the 44th annual KMOT Ag Expo, one of the region’s largest and most popular farm shows. The three-day show, which ends Jan. 30, is at the State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.
An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people will attend, as will more than 1,000 exhibitors.
Wrenshall, Minn., hog farmer Matt Weik can talk passionately about the marbling of his pork, its dark red color and its ability to melt in your mouth given certain treatments.
And then later, he’s sitting in a cozy hay-filled pen with a sow and her piglets, stroking the mother and delicately checking on the babies. It sort of proves the theory: you can have your bacon, but you should scratch it, too.
Join Agweek Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the upcoming Feb. 2 issue of the magazine. The cover story looks into the many successful appeals to prevented-plant insurance payment denials from 2012. We'll also be at the KMOT Ag Expo and Sioux Falls Farm Show.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters.
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