Agriculture

1:39pm

Wed July 25, 2012
The Salt

Meat Producers And, Ultimately, Consumers Hurt By Drought

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 4:13 pm

These piglets on the Hardin farm in Danville, Ind., are going to cost more to feed than they will fetch at market.
Dan Charles NPR

Despite headlines about the crushing drought that's afflicting much of the country's prime agricultural land, the USDA isn't expecting any dramatic increases in the price of food this year or next.

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7:14am

Thu July 19, 2012
Business

Drought Forces Cattle Sales

Cattle grazing near Stillwater, CO.
Photo Bobil Flickr - Creative Commons
  • Jackie Fortier speaking with Terry Fankhauser, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association

Corn and hay production have been hit hard by the drought and so has Colorado’s cattle industry, who rely on those staple crops to feed their animals.

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5:00am

Wed July 18, 2012
Business

Amid Severe Drought, Colorado Farmers Brace for Losses

Fourth generation farmer Dave Eckhart stands on his combine in a wheat field in Weld County, Colo.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

For more than a hundred years, northeast Colorado’s farming-dependent economy has boomed thanks to a mostly reliable supply of snow melt and runoff from the Rocky Mountains that’s channeled to a complex web of irrigation ditches and reservoirs.

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6:00am

Wed July 4, 2012
Agriculture

Colorado, Weld County Farmers Battle Drought

Grace Hood KUNC

There’s an old saying that corn should be “knee high by the fourth of July”. That’s not necessarily true for Colorado farmers battling drought this year. For some in Weld County, the picture is even worse.

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1:20pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Food

African Land Fertile Ground For Crops And Investors

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:25 pm

Rei do Agro cleared trees from this land over the past 18 months. It previously looked like the land on the right.
Belchion Lucas for NPR

Second of a two-part story. Read Part 1

In some countries of Africa, there's a land rush under way as investors claim farmland, establish mega-farms and try to cash in on high prices for food and biofuels. These deals are controversial. Critics accuse investors of dispossessing subsistence farmers.

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