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2 Simple Maps That Reveal How American Agriculture Actually Works

Published Jan. 20, 2015

Driving through the farmlands of Iowa looking for fresh food to eat is a lot like sailing through the ocean looking for fresh water to drink. In the ocean, you're surrounded by water that you can't drink; in Iowa, you're surrounded by food you can't eat.

3Bar Biologics developing beneficial bacteria for farmers’ fields

Published Jan. 16, 2015

In contrast, McSpadden Gardener had patented the DNA sequence he performed on a bacteria – native to Ohio soil – that helps plants take up phosphorous, fight pathogens and withstand harsh conditions like drought.

Agricultural shippers benefiting from improved U.S. railroads

Published Jan. 16, 2015

Agriculture producers who depend on freight trains to move their harvest have managed to avoid the major rail gridlock that plagued farmers across much of the region last winter and into the spring.

Agriculture Sector Welcomes Low Diesel Prices

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Average diesel prices for 2015 are forecast to be about $1 lower than last year.

American agriculture remains a driving force behind America's success

Published Jan. 21, 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service, the agricultural industry along with other related-industries contributed $800 billion – or nearly a five percent share – to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012.

California’s Scrambled Eggs

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Egg prices are soaring in California, where the USDA says the average price for a dozen jumbo eggs is $3.16, up from $1.18 a dozen a year ago, and in some parts of the state it’s more than $5. The Iowa State University Egg Industry Center says retail egg prices in California are 66% higher than in other parts of the West.

Captive Deer Hunting Operations Under Scrutiny In Rural America

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Deer farmers and preserve managers argue that their operations provide a boon to rural economies that are strapped for ways to make a living. Ohio, for instance, is home to between 500 and 550 facilities that breed deer or host private hunts,

Corn and soybean output set records in Ohio in 2014, but prices suffered

Published Jan. 15, 2015

It’s no secret that Ohio grows a lot of corn and soybeans most years, but 2014 was something else. Aided by mild weather for most of the growing season, soybeans broke both yield and harvest records in Ohio, mirroring a national record for the crop.

Crop Quest reviews major trends in agriculture

Published Jan. 20, 2015

Sometimes looking at the big picture doesn't seem to be very relevant as we prepare for this year's upcoming crop. But, it does help us see where we are going, or where we should be focusing our attention.

Digital down on the farm: CropZilla raises $300,000

Published Jan. 16, 2015

It's a predictive modeling system to plant seeds, chemical applications, machinery and labor field by field, and can estimate the financial implications of switching equipment or adjusting a work force.