Agriculture

2:45pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Politics

Senate Approves Farm Bill, Now To President's Desk

After more than two years of debate on Capitol Hill, a new farm bill is poised to become law after both the U.S. House and Senate approved it.
Credit andrewmalone / Flickr

The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.

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6:00am

Tue February 4, 2014
Agriculture

After Years Of Wild Weather, What Will 2014 Bring?

Still plenty of uncertainty about the 2014 planting season, though the latest drought outlook paints a bleak picture for sections of the Great Plains.
Credit Climate Prediction Center / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

1:40am

Tue February 4, 2014
The Salt

How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 6:12 am

Allen Williams grows corn and soybeans for Clarkson Grain, which has been selling GMO-free grain to Japan for years.
Dan Charles/NPR

Quite possibly, you've noticed some new food labels out there, like "Not made with genetically modified ingredients" or "GMO-free." You might have seen them on boxes of Cheerios, or on chicken meat. If you've shopped at Whole Foods, that retailer says it now sells more than 3,000 products that have been certified as "non-GMO."

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3:43pm

Mon February 3, 2014
The Salt

All Hail The Asparagus Queen! How Ag Pageants Lure New Contestants

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 5:33 pm

The 2011 Asparagus Queen, Megan Roskan, and runner-up Christine Merten wave to spectators during an Independence Day parade in Whitehall, Mich. With interests waning in agricultural pageants, organizers are relaxing the requirements to encourage more people to apply.
Courtesy of Phil Squattrito

Forget Miss USA and Miss Universe.

Think you've got what it takes to be the Asparagus Queen?

Mainstream beauty pageants still get tons of applicants every year (even after the dip in participation during the 2008 recession). The same can't be said for the rural festival pageant circuits, The Wall Street Journal's Lindsay Gellman tells Audie Cornish on All Things Considered.

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10:16am

Thu January 30, 2014
Agriculture

2014 Farm Bill Would Change U.S. Ag Policy

More than two years in the making, the farm bill process has been a log slog for lawmakers on Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill and farmers alike.
Credit greetarchurchy / Flickr

It’s getting so close now. Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take it up soon. President Obama’s signature could be on it in the coming days and then…boom! After so many months of debate and delay, a new set of farm and nutrition policies for the next five years will be law.

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