Agriculture

Invasive Insect That Sucks the Life Out of Crops Is Spreading

The spotted lanternfly is damaging Pennsylvania vineyards and threatening other farm goods and trees. Researchers are looking at a fungus and tiny wasps as options to kill it.

Dreaming Big for a Risky Hemp Crop

Many first-time hemp growers don’t have buyers.

Soil Health Can Combat Climate Change From the Ground Up

Financially strapped farmers strive for soil health to sustain their land.

This State Official Would Like You to Mail Her Your Ticks

Patti Casey, an environmental surveillance program manager for the state of Vermont, oversees three tick-monitoring programs, including one where she collects ticks by mail from residents.

U.S. Agriculture Needs a 21st-Century New Deal

COMMENTARY | Modern agriculture is a dying industry.

Southern Farmers Reckon With Push to Raise Tobacco-Buying Age

More than a dozen states have passed legislation and a federal bill has momentum.

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.

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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.