Jennifer Gleason (left) and Alice Melendez, who's growing Hickory King heirloom corn on her farm to help Gleason make corn chips. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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From Farm To Distillery, Heirloom Corn Varieties Are Sweet Treasures

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Like many beginning farmers, Grant Curtis wants to invest in his operation, but expectations of low prices are tying his hands. Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest's Fledgling Farmers

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Sunlight streams into a corn storage building at a Michlig Grain storage facility in Sheffield, Illinois, U.S., on Oct. 31, 2014. The price of corn has been falling for months. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest

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The Illinois State Corn Husking Competition is one of nine competitions happening during harvest season all across the Midwest. Abby Wendle /NPR hide caption

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Once A Year, Farmers Go Back To Picking Corn By Hand — For Fun

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Dan Selvig says wetter conditions helped convince his family to shift their plantings to corn. John Ydstie/NPR hide caption

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Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn

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Farmer Seth Watkins (left) and agronomist Matt Liebman stand amid native prairie grasses near Des Moines, Iowa. The conservation strip is used to stop soil erosion. John Ydstie/NPR hide caption

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Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

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A corn purchaser writes on his account in northwest China in 2012. In November 2013, officials began rejecting imports of U.S. corn when they detected traces of a new gene not yet approved in China. Peng Zhaozhi/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Wheat fields like this one could yield wheat with less zinc and iron in the future if they are exposed to higher levels of CO2, according to the journal Nature. Zaharov Evgeniy/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

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From Aztecs To Oscars: Popcorn's Beautiful, Explosive Journey

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Seed corn sits in the hopper of a planter. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Rowbot is designed to fit in between the rows of crops. Moving up and down each row, a fleet of 20 bots could fertilize and monitor the corn crops during the growing season. Courtesy of Kent Cavender-Bares hide caption

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Curt Friesen is a fourth-generation farmer in central Nebraska. Grant Gerlock/for NPR hide caption

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Farm Families Pick Massive Corn Harvest As Prices Shrink

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The heirloom corn variety has only eight rows of kernels and hence, its name: New England Eight Row Flint. Courtesy of Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture hide caption

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Reviving An Heirloom Corn That Packs More Flavor And Nutrition

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