A family farm's quandary: small kids, no school and harvest around the corner

Jul 9, 2020
Soon the Schwagerls of Browns Valley, Minnesota, will need "all hands on deck." But they are facing fall with without child care or school.
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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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Times may be tough for Iowa farmers, but planting was "gorgeous"

May 28, 2020
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal checked in with Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes.
April Hemmes on her farm in 2019.
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Times aren't rose-colored for America's flower farmers

May 6, 2020
Flower farmers are hurting as events like weddings are canceled during the global pandemic.
A New York bodega with a bright display of flowers for sale. Flower farmers have lost much of their markets during the lockdown.
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Running a farm in the coronavirus economy

Apr 7, 2020
"We're doing everything we can to continue the critical activities that we need to do,with a lot of added precautions for the sake of our employees," said Patrick Smith of Loftus Ranches in Washington.
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Almond farming is killing American bees

Beekeepers are now losing 30% of their bees every year.
A bumblebee draws nectar from a gooseberry bush.
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How potential trade deals could affect farmers

Jan 8, 2020
Illinois farmer Brian Duncan is hopeful about business in 2020 as the USMCA and a trade deal with China move forward.
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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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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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The berry that can grow in winter

Nov 6, 2019
A group of UK fruit growers and scientists have found a way to grow raspberries, a summer fruit, well into November.
The Malling Berry has been engineered by a consortium of European scientists and growers
Photo courtesy of WB Chambers