March 12, 2012 Injuries to children on farms cost the nation $1.4 billion a year, according to a new study. But most of the injuries and deaths happen to children and teens who aren't working on the farm.
March 11, 2012 In 1993, Monsanto told government officials it didn't think its genetically engineered seeds would ever lead to resistant weeds. Now, it's clear the company was very wrong.
March 9, 2012 This week, a group of scientists sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging farmers to stop planting genetically engineered corn with a certain gene because it will no longer protect them from the corn rootworm. If the recommendations are put into practice, it could cause major changes in the way that seed companies like Monsanto do business.
March 4, 2012 A few days ago, hundreds of thousands seeds from around the world arrived at an underground storage vault on a remote Arctic island. That vault holds a growing collection of seeds, from all the different kinds of crops around the world that humans grow for food.
March 1, 2012 Iowa is poised to join several other states that have passed or are considering what activists call "ag gag" laws. Such legislation criminalizes undercover photography or video inside animal farms.
February 29, 2012 Obama appointees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture say grants and loans supported by its Know Your Farmer initiative are a win-win that create new jobs and more locally produced food. Critics say the program serves the foodie elite and urban locavores at the expense of conventional farmers in rural America.
February 29, 2012 New techniques and years of patience are helping American farmers produce black Perigord truffles, once a rare European delicacy. Chefs and foodies love the rich, earthy flavors and freshness; growers love the boutique price.
February 14, 2012 This month, the bees from 1.6 million hives — many of them trucked in commercially from as far away as North Dakota — will pollinate California's almond orchards. Then beekeepers will pack up their colonies and drive them back to the northern Plains, where bees can graze for the summer. But scientists says that floral feast in the Great Plains is shrinking because of high corn prices.
February 14, 2012 The animal rights organization, a longtime critic of factory farming practices, has collaborated with McDonald's to require pork suppliers to figure out how to phase out crates that confine pregnant sows.
February 13, 2012 When an urban farmer loses some baby chicks she was going to raise in her backyard, she's reminded that nowadays the consumer rarely has to bear the risks or costs of raising food.
February 10, 2012 The president of the Humane Society of the United States and the president of the United Egg Producers are an unlikely duo to lobby Congress to approve new rules for egg farmers. But they agree on the need for a law that would allow farmers to keep their chickens in more spacious cages.
January 26, 2012 Gardeners: Take heed. An updated plant map shows that the United States is getting warmer. That means spring planting may come earlier and some plants can tolerate new northern latitudes.