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What are your cows eating? Cookies, ice cream, and more...

Sep 24, 2012
The Midwest drought has withered the nation's corn crop and pushed prices up. Now, the market for alternative feed for cattle is skyrocketing -- sending farmers scrambling for cheaper alternatives, like gummy worms and ice cream sprinkles.
Posted In: corn, animal feed, cows, cattle, farmers, candy

As corn prices rise, farmers add candy to cows' feed

Sep 24, 2012
Substitutes for expensive corn feed range from the unprocessed -- straw and cottonseed hulls -- to a teenager's diet -- ice cream, chocolate and gummy worms.
Posted In: cows, corn, animal feed

U.N.: Ease ethanol production to aid global food problem

Aug 10, 2012
The U.S. drought is fueling a corn shortage that's driving up prices around the globe. And yet, federal support for corn ethanol -- a fuel additive -- means some 40 percent of U.S. corn will be turned into ethanol this year.
Posted In: ethanol, corn, United Nations

Drought brings questions over supremacy of corn

Aug 10, 2012
The Midwestern drought is taking its toll on the corn crop, but over the years, more and more acres have been devoted to corn.
Posted In: drought, corn

In a drought, even irrigation isn't a savior

Jul 19, 2012
Farmers in dry areas who rely on irrigation start off better in a drought than farmers who count on rain. But when water tables fall, irrigation starts to shut down.
Posted In: farming, drought, corn

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on the worst drought in decades

Jul 19, 2012
Soybean prices have reached a record high, and corn prices are near records in the midst of a rough drought across the Midwest. It could impact all of us soon in the form of higher prices for everything from cereal to chicken.
Posted In: Agriculture, drought, corn, Tom Vilsack

Stalking corn prices

Jul 12, 2012
Corn may play a bigger role in the economy than you think. And when prices rise, the effect is wide.
Posted In: corn, drought, Agriculture, food costs

How the heat wave could impact the U.S. economy

Jul 9, 2012
Temperatures may finally be cooling off, but hot temperatures and corresponding droughts are hurting farmers -- and that could trickle down to your own wallet soon.
Posted In: farming, commodities, corn

Popcorn subsidy up for debate in Farm Bill

Jun 15, 2012
An amendment in the current Farm Bill would keep government protection for popcorn crops. Popcorn is a tiny kernel in U.S. agriculture, but without the subsidy prices of your favorite movie snack could rise.
Posted In: farm bill, corn, Food

Farmers may plant corn, soybeans a few weeks early

Mar 23, 2012
Some farmers in the Midwest are planting crops earlier than usual because of hot weather. But there's a risk of losing it all if a spring freeze hits.
Posted In: Agriculture, corn, farming

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