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Life as an undocumented farm worker

Published Apr. 9, 2014

It has been nearly 20 years since I left Mexico and came to Florida — two decades of hard work without getting ahead that much. That’s 20 years in orchards and vegetable fields here, or picking cucumbers in Ohio

Wet fields a growing problem for farmers

Published Apr. 9, 2014

“We’re looking at seven to ten days of good, sunny, windy dry weather to dry out enough to work,” Gabbard says.

Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group

Published Apr. 10, 2014

A record number of kids are donning the blue corduroy jacket of FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. The jacket is an icon of rural life — the organization is sort of like Boy Scouts for farming, and it dates back to the 1920s.

Demand-Heavy WASDE report Provides Initial Market Spike

Published Apr. 10, 2014

USDA officials now estimate a slightly higher price range for corn moving into the next month; Last month, the price ranged from $4.25 to $4.75/bushel, but based on the surge in demand and corresponding tightening of carryout, that range was bumped Wednesday to $4.40 to $4.80/bushel.

USDA announces release date for the final 2012 Census of Agriculture report

Published Apr. 10, 2014

he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2, at Noon ET. The complete data series will be available in multiple formats, including Quick Stats 2.0 – an online database to retrieve customized tables with Census data at the national, state and county levels.