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.
Courtesy of Jason Schmidt

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.
Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

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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Could fruit-picking robots solve the labor shortage on British farms?

Dec 10, 2019
Brexit has led to a dearth of seasonal migrant workers in the United Kingdom. Robo pickers could plug the gap.
Rubion, a strawberry-picking robot from Belgium.
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Michigan cherry farmers say they are being priced out by foreign competitors

Nov 25, 2019
Since 2006, the state has lost 160 tart cherry farms.
Thirty-year-old tart cherry trees are removed from Bardenhagen Farms in Suttons Bay. Farmer Jim Bardenhagen says he can’t afford to maintain them while the price of cherries is so low.
Max Johnston

The search for tastier grocery store tomatoes is closing in

Nov 22, 2019
While identifying lost flavor genes and bringing them back has been tricky, some scientists are determined.
The flavor of tomatoes is hard to track, unlike disease.
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