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Climate change and a labor shortage threaten New Mexico’s signature chile crop

Oct 25, 2021
Growing chiles, a way of life in southern New Mexico, is under pressure.
Jamie Viramontes' farm has cut chile production in favor of less labor-intensive crops. “The hardest part is that it is a tradition and it's a heritage, and this is a unique crop that we’re able to grow in New Mexico,” Viramontes said.
Savannah Maher

Farmers need to adapt crops to climate change to stay profitable, experts say

Oct 20, 2020
Climate change has arrived in American agriculture, and it could cause profits to drop 30% over the next 30 to 50 years.
Workers harvest zucchini on a farm in Florida City, Florida, in April. Climate change is shifting which crops farmers can grow — and when they can grow them.
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In the flooded farm belt, a race against the clock for planting

Jun 7, 2019
Growers are racing to plant corn, soybeans and wheat before it's too late.
Water pools in rain-soaked farm fields on May 29 near Gardner, Illinois.
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Retaliatory tariffs could be a boon for U.S. food banks

Oct 24, 2018
Some crops from U.S. farmers losing money from a trade spat with China will be redirected to food banks across the country.
Volunteers sort pears at a San Francisco food bank in 2017.
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

China slows GMO crop exports from U.S.

Apr 5, 2017
Regulators in China are slowing the pace of approving genetically modified crop varieties grown by U.S. producers. Those are crops engineered to resist things like bugs and weedkillers. China is the largest export market for genetically modified soybeans from the U.S, and folks with ties to U.S. agriculture are worried the slower pace of approvals […]

Large companies stoke the fires in Indonesia’s peatlands

Nov 5, 2015
Vegetation has been cleared by burning for years, but now it’s out of control.

A scary season for pumpkins

Oct 7, 2015
Also, let's stop with the whole pumpkin spice craze.

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The environmental cost of corn

Apr 6, 2015
Plowing more land for corn means a bigger carbon footprint.

In Iowa, big corn crop presents a problem

Sep 18, 2014
A record corn crop, paradoxically, means hard times for farmers.