Why aren't mulberries sold at grocery stores?

Jul 22, 2022
The trees are easy to grow, but the berries are fragile and have a shorter shelf life compared to other fruits.
Mulberries are ripe when they fall off the tree.
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Strong dollar is squeezing profits from this Washington farmer's exports

Jul 21, 2022
Patrick Smith, CEO of Loftus Ranches, is fighting inflation as well. Some fertilizer materials have nearly doubled in a year or two, he says.
"Beer is still good business," says Patrick Smith, CEO of Loftus Ranches in Yakima, Washington. Above, fresh hops from a California farm.
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Farmers in the Midwest are behind on planting. That could mean lower yields come harvest.

May 19, 2022
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes is "at least two and a half weeks" behind due to wet weather.
“Of all years the world needs our commodities, this was not the year to have late planting,” says April Hemmes, a corn and soybean farmer in Iowa.
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Native agricultural coalition takes up priorities for the next farm bill

Dec 6, 2021
Tribal agricultural leaders say they would like to see more lending to agricultural producers and more autonomous control over federal funds.
Native farmers and ranchers haven’t had equal access to federal support, one expert said. Above, corn and soybeans grow in Iowa.
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California farmers say their crops are caught in the supply chain

Nov 4, 2021
Exports are delayed for key crops like walnuts, many of which are grown for overseas customers.
California farmers may have to sell crops domestically due to supply chain issues. Above, vehicles drive past farmland and a freight train near Pixley, California, in August.
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Farm country frets over impact of John Deere strike

Oct 14, 2021
More than 10,000 workers are on strike after they rejected a deal on wages and benefits.
More than one-third of John Deere’s workforce in the U.S. and Canada are on strike.
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"A lot of crap has gone down" for Iowa farmer, but it's finally harvest time

Sep 30, 2021
April Hemmes had to replant her soybeans after a frost killed them. But they're coming out better than expected, she says.
"I had 8 inches of rain the whole growing season when I was supposed to have 22 normally," says farmer April Hemmes.
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Farms don't have to be outside anymore

Aug 3, 2021
Irving Fain, CEO of Bowery Farming, hopes growing crops in warehouses near cities will increase access to fresh produce.
Bowery Farming has two vertical farms in the Northeast, with another under construction. "All of our supply chain exists in this one building," CEO Irving Fain says.
Photo courtesy Bowery Farming

A California farm battles drought: “We're out here trying to survive"

Jul 16, 2021
A historic drought threatening crops in the West could send food prices higher.
Terranova Ranch in California's Central Valley was forced to re-drill two of its wells after they ran dry.
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Raising prices helped this greens farmer stay afloat

May 11, 2021
Scott Snair raised his prices before the pandemic shut down travel. When things got tough, that decision helped him stay in business.
Scott Snair purchased his Hawaii produce business in late 2019, shortly before travel dropped off and his restaurant clients stopped buying.
Courtesy Scott Snair