Iowa Soybean Farmers Could Become the Face of a Trade War With China

Already hit by falling agricultural commodity prices, retaliatory tariffs would effectively kick producers while they’re down.

Agriculture States Are Bearing an ‘Unfair’ Brunt of Chinese Tariffs

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross assured senators Thursday he’s negotiating to ‘minimize the problem,’ but ‘the gap is wide.’

Cage-Free-Egg Laws Spur Cage Match Between States

When California and Massachusetts enacted laws requiring that eggs produced and sold there be raised cage-free, 13 states including some of the nation’s largest egg producers sued.

House Farm Bill Would Preempt Local Pesticide Regulations

Most states already prohibit local efforts to restrict the chemicals.

Nearly a Third of the Contiguous U.S. Faces Drought Conditions

The specter of a drought-ridden summer has focused renewed urgency on state and local conservation efforts, some of which would fundamentally alter Americans’ behavior in how they use water.

A Salmonella Recall Is Affecting 207 Million Eggs Across the U.S.

About 1 million people in the U.S. get sick from salmonella every year, with about 19,000 people hospitalized and 380 deaths.

China Cares a Whole Lot About Pigs in Iowa

“Like it or not, Iowans’ fates are inextricably linked with those of Chinese buyers.”

U.S. Farmers Are 'Collateral Damage' in Trump's China Trade Dispute

States that produce some of these agricultural commodities are pawns in the president's tit-for-tat with Beijing.

More Maine Municipalities Look to State’s ‘Food Sovereignty’ Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Harvey’s economic boost; Memphis scrambles after sewage overflow; Kansas City mayor not upset about losing out on Amazon HQ2; and California high-speed rail costs balloon.

Why ‘Cloud Seeding’ Is Increasingly Attractive to the Thirsty West

A National Science Foundation-funded study, conducted in Idaho, was the first to show real-world observations of silver iodide forming ice crystals inside clouds and falling out as precipitation.

Trump Signs 2 New Executive Orders to Aid Rural Broadband Development

The president promised Farm Bureau members that “you're going to have great, great broadband.” But the new White House actions don’t appear to come with additional federal funding.

FCC Dinged Over Lack of Federal Strategy for Rural Broadband Adoption

“They have the authority, but I don’t know if they have the political interest,” said the National Digital Inclusion Alliance's director during Senate Commerce subcommittee questioning.

‘Farm to Flask’ Distillers Lifting Local Spirits

In an increasing number of states, new laws allow farmers to distill and sell spirits using their own produce without high-priced licenses or distribution requirements.

Check Out These Giant Pumpkins and Cabbages From 2017 State Fairs

PHOTOS: At one agricultural showcase, the bounties from many counties take center stage.

After Long Fight, Some Farmers Get Relief From High Property Taxes

Agricultural property taxes have skyrocketed and crop prices are down. Farmers are fighting back, sometimes successfully.

Why States Don’t Want Trump to Make ‘Very Big Changes’ to NAFTA

“We need to be very thoughtful in talking about trade issues,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, said this spring during a joint news conference with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Trump-Induced Labor Pains for Michigan Fruit Growers

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Ohio’s planned review of state tax breaks hasn’t begun; controversial cloud-seeding in North Dakota; and an “atypical” case of mad cow disease in Alabama.

The Poverty Just Over the Hills From Silicon Valley

The South Coast, a 30-mile drive from Palo Alto, is facing an affordable-housing shortage that is jeopardizing its agricultural heritage.