Apr 17, 2014 — Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
Apr 12, 2014 — Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.
Apr 10, 2014 — A record number of kids are joining the FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America. Many are from urban and suburban areas, and they're shifting the group's focus from agriculture to food science.
Apr 3, 2014 — Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.
Apr 3, 2014 — A dispute between Beaver State blueberry farmers and workers spurred Congress to change an obscure provision in a 1938 labor law. Some fear it will delay pickers' paychecks.
Mar 25, 2014 — McDonald's says it will start to buy beef that's "verified sustainable" in 2016. But defining sustainable beef production is tricky because the environmental issues involved are so complex.
Mar 4, 2014 — People around the world are eating a wider range of foods. But as a whole, we are increasingly reliant on a few crops. Researchers say that increases the risk of agricultural disaster.
Feb 5, 2014 — President Obama used an executive order to start a program intended to help farmers and ranchers cope with weather changes that have begun to alter growing seasons and crop health.
Feb 4, 2014 — With a vote of 68-32, the Senate approved a sweeping farm bill Tuesday that will set rules and practices for American agriculture. The bill does away with controversial direct cash payments made to farmers under a subsidy system, replacing it with crop insurance.
Feb 3, 2014 — Some farming communities are struggling to find enough contestants for the pageants that crown monarchs like the Asparagus Queen and Beef Queen. So they are relaxing the pageant rules to spice up the competition.