As farmworkers grow scarce, wages are on the rise

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 23, 2017
But that's not attracting native-born American laborers to the fields yet, L.A. Times reporter says.
California farmers face such tight labor pools that some are replacing grapes with almonds, which require much less human labor.
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The Resource Curse

Oil pushes out Venezuela's agriculture

by Scott Tong Apr 18, 2016
A strong currency pushed up by oil exports, and national price controls, have marginalized once strong economic sectors
Egg-producing hens at a farm in Venezuela.
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Actuality, by Marketplace and Quartz


by , and Aug 21, 2015
Quartz and Marketplace look at Donald Trump's immigration reform plan and Turkish whistling.
Shelf Life

12 crazy facts about chickens, and then some

by Kai Ryssdal and Tommy Andres Feb 12, 2015
At any one time, 20 billion chickens are alive and squawking on our planet.

The economics of slow money

by Lizzie O'Leary Sep 19, 2014
A look behind the 'slow money' movement and BeetCoin with Christopher Wayne from Greenmarket Farmer's Market, and Vermont Public Radio's Angela Evancie.

High prices: When pigs fly

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 26, 2013
It's been a busy year in the hog market and pork prices are way up.

Chafing at the high price of U.S. wheat

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 8, 2013
American wheat growers are facing stiff competition this year from cheaper crops in Romania and the Ukraine.

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By The Numbers

4 surprising changes on the American farm

by Max Bernstein Jul 17, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just released 76 years worth of farming data.

Kevlar finds a new use: Protecting tractors from cornstalks

by Adriene Hill Aug 1, 2012
The stalks of genetically modified corn are tough, so tough that they're puncturing tractor tires. Farmers are fighting back.

So you want to be a farmer...

by Tess Vigeland Jul 3, 2012
Thanks to a commodity boom and advanced computer technology, farming is a pretty big business these days -- for some.
Thanks to a commodity boom and advanced computer technology, farming is a pretty big business these days -- for some.
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