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The Uncelebrated Places Where America's Farm Economy Is Thriving

Published May. 21, 2015

Even as population growth slows in the United States and other developed nations, higher birth rates in emerging markets mean the world will require a 70% increase in food production by 2050

Is It Time to Table Farm-to-Table?

Published May. 21, 2015

It feels particularly misleading when excessive earnestness is a cover for fatally unimaginative, formulaic food. Transparency about sourcing and insisting on food raised to ethical standards is laudable: every chef and restaurant owner and shopper outside Brooklyn and Berkeley should think about it. But purity and moral superiority are not excuses for not knowing how to cook.

Judge questions whether ‘right to farm’ covers GMOs

Published May. 21, 2015

Oregon farmers contesting a county's ban on GMOs were in court Wednesday to argue that the ordinance is prohibited by the state's "right to farm" law.

Agriculture: Job growth to boom over next five years

Published May. 21, 2015

The study estimates that demand in agriculture and life science-related fields will be strongest for plant scientists, water-resource scientists and engineers, farm animal veterinarians, and precision ag and pest control specialists, among other positions.

Legal Marijuana Cultivation Is Driving A Technology 'Revolution' In Industrial A

Published May. 21, 2015

The startup is among a growing number of companies in North America designing new products and systems specifically for the cultivation of cannabis, a finicky crop that needs a precise balance of light, moisture and water to thrive

Conversation: The Future of Automated Agriculture

Published May. 21, 2015

The drivers are really fairly simple. It's productivity and profitability. On the productivity side, we're expecting the global population to reach 9 billion by the year 2050. And in order to feed that population we're going to have to increase agricultural productivity by roughly 25 percent before 2050

More changes may be on tap for property taxes

Published May. 21, 2015

The farm bureau is also seeking changes in the capitalization rate portion of the tax formula, said Leah Curtis, director of agricultural law for the Ohio Farm Bureau. The recommendations challenge some assumptions currently in the formula, including the idea that farmland becomes more valuable as its mortgage is paid down and a second assumption that farmland is held for only five years.

Farm groups fight currency amendment

Published May. 21, 2015

A letter sent to senators said the amendment proposed by Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., “would most likely kill” the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Beck’s Hybrids Makes Five-Year, $1 Million Commitment to Ohio State

Published May. 22, 2015

A water quality effort and the Farm Science Review at The Ohio State University received a $1 million boost from Beck’s Hybrids, to be contributed over the next five years in monetary and in-kind support.

Official: Laws a start, but more needed to stop algae

Published May. 22, 2015

New laws meant to stop farm runoff from feeding Lake Erie toxic algae are a start in getting rid of the green slime, a farming official said.

Wal-Mart Encourages Meat and Egg Suppliers to Curb Antibiotic Use

Published May. 22, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is asking its meat and egg suppliers to curb their use of antibiotics and offer animals more humane living conditions, inching into a tricky supply issue as Americans press for higher standards for what they eat.

Economic impact of avian influenza

Published May. 22, 2015

Since December 2014, the USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (or migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks.

Senate Ag Committee passes grains standards bill

Published May. 22, 2015

The Senate Ag Committee on Thursday passed legislation to authorize USDA's Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards and conduct inspection and weighing for a variety of grains and oilseeds.