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(AUDIO) Ag. Secretary Tom Vilsack Visits with Farm Broadcasters

As part of the trip to Washington D.C. for farm broadcasters is a stop at USDA.  Today is Promise Zone Day said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  Jesse Harding has more.    (Listen here) ... Read More

Feedlots Go Further In The Red

Cattle feeders didn’t get any relief last week as they saw margins fall even deeper in the red. Continued struggles in the cash market put further pressure on feeder margins, which finished the week at negative $206.94 per head, down from neg... Read More

NCGA Submits Comments to Federal Agencies Regarding Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems

Last week, the National Corn Growers Association submitted comments to both the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration about proposed rules regarding the comm... Read More

Bees prefer nectar containing pesticides

Bees are attracted to nectar containing common pesticides, scientists at Newcastle University and Trinity College Dublin have discovered. This could increase their chances of exposure to high levels of pesticides. Previous studies have suggested that... Read More

High Schools Take Part In Musical At West Point Community Theater

Guardian Angels Central Catholic and West Point-Beemer high school students will hit the stage this week for the musical "Return To The Forbidden Planet." Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights at Sunday at 2 p.m. The  musical is l... Read More

Bird flu found in 4 more NW Iowa poultry farms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ State officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more northwest Iowa poultry farms with more than 2 million chickens. The Iowa Department of Agriculture announced Monday there were probable cases of avian influenz... Read More

Truckers strike at nation's biggest port complex over wages

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Truck drivers who haul goods from the nation's busiest port complex in Southern California are walking off the job in a dispute over their wages and employee status. The Monday strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach c... Read More

NEW POLL: 62% of Americans Support the Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON — Yesterday, Morning Consult released the results of a national survey conducted on behalf of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Morning Consult contacted 2,047 registered voters on April 5–7. The results show that Americans overwh... Read More

USDA Awards $3.8 Million in Grants for Nanotechnology Research

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $3.8 million in funding to support grants focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to soci... Read More

An explanation of wild birds' role in avian flu outbreak

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States. The H5N2 virus has cost Midwestern turkey and chicken producers almost 13 million birds since early March, including se... Read More

Food industry tries to block Vermont's GMO labeling law

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) _ Food industry lawyers say there's not enough time to implement Vermont's new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them. The legal skirmi... Read More