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An illustration of rinderpest in the Netherlands in the 18th century. Europeans once feared the cattle virus as much as they did the Black Death. Jacobus Eussen/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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A judge has approved the settlement terms of a lawsuit over the way Anheuser-Busch labels its U.S.-made, German-style Beck's beer. Braca Nadezdic Fotografix/iStockphoto hide caption

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Virginia farmer Joel Salatin says the PRIME Act would make it easier for consumers to buy more affordable local meat and give small farmers more access to the market. Abbie Fentress Swanson for NPR hide caption

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Perdue, the poultry giant, acquired the Niman Ranch name and reputation of raising animals without antibiotics in September. John Greim/Universal Images Group/Getty Images hide caption

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The pumpkin patch at Waldoch Farm in Lino Lakes, Minn. Kaomi Goetz for NPR hide caption

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Paul Mesple is a fig farmer near the Central Valley town of Chowchilla, Calif. He and his partner farm around 2,000 acres of figs. Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio hide caption

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Dry conditions in California have limited the amount of pollen and nectar bees can collect. Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio hide caption

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A worker pours a bucket of pesticide into a machine to be sprayed on almond trees at Del Bosque Farms Inc. in Firebaugh, Calif., on April 6, 2015. California and Washington already have adopted, through state regulation, many of the rules that the EPA now wants to put in place nationwide. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Adrian G. Hunsberger, an urban horticulture agent of the University of Florida, shows a carambola, also known as starfruit. It's one of the many fruits that have been quarantined in South Florida amid concerns over an outbreak of the Oriental fruit fly. Alan Diaz/AP hide caption

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Calves at Butterworks Farm, an organic dairy farm in Vermont. Its owners are among the founding partners of Farmers to You, a startup that connects farmers in Vermont with customers in Boston. Sterling College/Flickr hide caption

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The container yard at the Port of Lewiston, Idaho is virtually empty. Last year at this time there were 250 containers here, ready to carry farmer's crops down the Snake and Columbia Rivers to the Port of Portland and onto Asia and South America. Conrad Wilson /OPB hide caption

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This year, many of the pistachios grown in California's San Joaquin Valley are missing the green, fatty meat that nut lovers crave. Instead, they're empty inside, the result of drought, heat and weather pattern changes that have messed with pistachio tree fertilization. Kreg Steppe/Flickr hide caption

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Quebec produces about three-quarters of the world's maple syrup supply. "There's pride, and maybe a little bit of nationalism, associated with it," says Antoine Aylwin, a Canadian lawyer who represents maple syrup buyers who've tangled with the federation of syrup producers. Ano Lobb/Flickr hide caption

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Marquette University scientist Michael Schläppi grows rice in paddies on his lab's rooftop. Michael Schläppi hide caption

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Keith and Tiffani Andrews fish for ridgeback shrimp on the fishing vessel Alamo. Courtesy of Sarah Rathbone/Community Seafood hide caption

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Brewers from Draught Works and the Denver Beer Co. collaborate on making a huckleberry sour beer last weekend at the Draught Works brewery in Missoula, Mont. The beer was kettle soured before being added to the fermentation tank seen here. Courtesy of Draught Works hide caption

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Susan Edmonson, a cattle rancher from Henryetta, Okla., with some of her cattle. Since last fall, cattle thieves have thinned her herd, one animal at a time — a major financial blow for her farm. Jacob McCleland for NPR hide caption

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Cattle Theft: An Old Crime On The Rise


Cattle rustling is a growing problem in Oklahoma, Texas and other beef-producing states. High beef prices and drug addiction are fueling the resurgence.

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United has purchased 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel made from beef tallow, or fat, by Alt Air Fuels and plans to use the fuel this year for Los Angeles-to-San Francisco flights. Tony Ruppe/United hide caption

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In the years before the drought began, Australia carried out a giant reset of its water rights. First, the government put a cap on the total amount of water available for farmers. Then, farmers received shares of that total supply. Martin Benik/Corbis hide caption

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