Agriculture

No More Cauliflower Rice? Louisiana Could Outlaw Certain Food Labels

State lawmakers are joining a trend in agricultural states of trying to define what foods can be marketed as milk or meat, while also banning terms like cauliflower or broccoli rice.

Proposal in Oregon Would Allow Farmers to Sue GMO Patent Holders for Contamination

So-called "GMO contamination" occurs when genetically modified plants come into contact with non-GMO or organic crops, usually through cross-pollination.

Farmers Wash Up ‘in a Fragile Place’ After Historic Midwest Floods

Tough financial situations exasperated by natural disasters are a key driver of mental distress among farmers.

Midwest Farmers Suffer After Floods: ‘I Got My Life in This Ground’

Levee breaches along the Missouri River mean that farmers' fields not only flooded in March, but could be vulnerable for months to come.

Where Are the Black Hemp Farmers?

Black farmers make up a mere 1.4 percent of the country’s 3.2 million farmers. Some see an opportunity to improve representation in the new sector of legalized hemp.

As Farmers Retire, Their Families Face Difficult Choices

Colorado over seven years lost nearly 7 percent of its farms and ranches and about 187,000 agricultural acres to other uses, according to federal estimates.

As Home-Cooked Cottage-Food Industry Grows, States Work to Keep Up

Some states have embraced "food freedom" laws that exempt home producers from many food-safety laws.

Agriculture Secretary Optimistic States Will Recover From Trade War

Sonny Perdue also called FCC broadband coverage maps “fake news,” saying his agency wants to get more accurate information from states.

Farmers Hope for Hemp Riches Despite Risks

States looking to ramp up hemp production now that it is legal are looking at Kentucky, where a pilot program has allowed hemp farming for five years.

Republican Governors Want Trade War With China Over Quickly

An outcome to negotiations that lowers or ends Chinese tariffs could be critical to President Trump’s reelection hopes, Arkansas’ governor predicted.

How Urban Agriculture Can Improve Food Security in Cities

Cities could learn lessons from Cuba and Argentina about this kind of farming.

Invasive Species Have Some States Seeking Increased Federal Partnership

More than 5,000 invasive species—from plants like cheatgrass to rodents like nutria—inhabit the U.S. causing about $120 billion in economic damage annually.

Can ‘Veggie Burgers’ Boost Rural Economic Growth?

An agricultural economist sees plant-based proteins—like lentil burgers and tofu— as one answer for communities in central Montana.

‘Fake Meat’ Battle Spreads to More States

All of the bills are aimed at the same purpose—keeping non-meat products from being viewed and purchased as beef.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges Over State Farm Animal Laws

California and Massachusetts standards for the confinement of livestock have drawn opposition from other states.

More States Consider Restrictions On What Can Be Called Meat

Missouri passed a law banning food labels like "veggie burgers." Although that is being challenged in court, ranchers in other states are pushing for similar legislation.

Making Farming Available to New and Diverse People

The farm bill on Trump’s desk funds programs that help make farming more accessible.

Farm Bill Expands Rural Broadband Funding

But some remain concerned that the money will not get to many places that need it to expand access.

Young Farmers Can't Farm Without Land

Just 4 percent of America’s family farms have principal operators younger than 35, while nearly a third are led by someone age 65 or older.

U.S. Senate Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamp Work Requirements

The compromise package could be considered by the House as soon as Wednesday.