Growing urban greenhouse sector looks to deliver local produce

Dec 14, 2020
Lufa Farms, a Canadian company, sees rooftop gardening as a way to cut energy costs.
Tomato plants grow in a rooftop greenhouse in New York.
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How some farmers are feeling about Biden's election

Nov 10, 2020
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes says farmers are wondering how quickly Biden will undo some of Trump's policies.
"Agriculture around here really, really focuses on livestock and the biofuels," says April Hemmes, above on her farm in Hampton, Iowa, in 2019.
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Farmers' outlook improves amid pandemic woes

Sep 3, 2020
Farmers have had a hard year with the pandemic, trade war and natural disasters.
Farmers repair a grain drill while planting soybeans in April in Illinois. China is reportedly buying more soybeans, and that's one reason farmers are feeling better about the future.
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Farmers are struggling in the pandemic economy

Jul 20, 2020
A study finds emergency government money will make up more than a third of farm income.
Dairy cows in a field at Grazing Plains Farm near Newton in central Kansas.
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Is this controversial weedkiller helping or hurting our food supply?

Jun 22, 2020
Critics say the herbicide dicamba cannot keep its agricultural social distance.
The label on the herbicide Engenia, containing dicamba. This and two other dicamba herbicides were declared illegal by a federal appeals court June 3.
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French farmers look to urban workers to help in the orchards during COVID-19

May 20, 2020
People who were confined at home in cities are signing up to help pick fruit for minimum wage.
Farmers at a vineyard in southern France.
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Theft of farming secrets is backdrop for U.S.-China trade deal

Jan 15, 2020
The U.S. accuses Chinese actors of systematically stealing American ideas, including agricultural technology.
Micro greens growing at a vertical farm in Newark, New Jersey.
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Farm prices likely to stay low in 2020

Dec 27, 2019
The "Phase 1" trade deal may not make much of an impact on crop prices.
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What's greener: a real Christmas tree or a fake one?

Dec 24, 2019
It depends! The Christmas tree a potent symbol not just for the season but for the sustainability of many things we buy.
It's not easy being green.
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Tariff land: How farmers in Iowa are dealing with the trade war

Dec 12, 2019
China was the United States’ biggest customer of soybeans, but the trade war changed that.
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