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By Paul Yeager | Covering rural America for more than 40 years with stories of agriculture, trading, markets, futures and technology.

Farmed Atlantic salmon escape into the Pacific Ocean

<b>So why are they being farmed in the Pacific if they cannot intermingle?</b><p>This week’s solar eclipse is being blamed for the escape of over three hundred …

Fish

What ‘Clean Coal’ Is — and Isn’t

WASHINGTON — President Trump often talks about “clean coal” in his speeches, but it is not always clear what he means by the term. Consider his comments at a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night.<p>“We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal,” Mr. Trump said. “And it’s just been announced that a second …

Climate

This is why when you talk about climate change, you can’t ignore agriculture

Agriculture has historically released almost as much carbon into the atmosphere as deforestation, a new study suggests — and that’s saying something.<p>In a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that land use changes associated with planting …

Climate Change

Cargill, Bill Gates Bet on Startup Making Meat Without Slaughter

Cargill Inc., one of the largest global agricultural companies, has joined Bill Gates and other business giants to invest in a nascent technology to …

Agriculture

This merger would threaten food supplies around the world. Who will stop it?

If the Bayer-Monsanto merger is approved, the concentration of agricultural control could have major consequences for farming families and communities<p>• Hannah Lownsbrough is executive director of consumer group SumOfUs<p>It’s the worst corporate merger you’ve probably never heard of, and one that …

Agriculture

Justin Trudeau, unlike Trump, is taking NAFTA renegotiation really seriously

The self-proclaimed master dealmaker is likely to get taken to the cleaners.<p>While the United States spent most of last week embroiled in a controversy over whether some neo-Nazis are “fine people” and whether launching an armed rebellion against the federal government to preserve slavery is worth …

Justin Trudeau

This map shows what $100 is really worth in your state

Your dollars go a lot further in some states than others.<p>The Tax Foundation released the latest iteration of its map showing the relative value of $100 in every state compared with the national average using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.<p>In more expensive states like California, you can …

Washington D.C.

One Nation, Overdosed: Snapshots of Americans struggling under the opioid crisis

<b>By PIERRE THOMAS, ASHLEY LOUSZKO, DURRELL DAWSON, ERIN BRADY, GENEVA SANDS, ASHAN SINGH and LAUREN EFFRON</b><p>A 23-year-old mother in Kentucky who had a …

Crime

Does 'Sustainability' Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture's Public Image?

Brent Deppe is taking me on a tour of the farm supply business, called Key Cooperative, that he helps to manage in Grinnell, Iowa. We step though the back door of one warehouse, and our view of the sky is blocked by a gigantic round storage tank, painted white.<p>"This is the liquid nitrogen tank," …

Agriculture

Hotline Established To Help Colorado Farmers Cope With Struggling Ag Economy

Colorado

Stink Bug Threatens High-Dollar Crops in California

Start Slideshow<p>5 photos<p>1 of 5<p>Advertisement<p>Next Slideshow Traceability Products to Help You Track Produce<p>Related Slideshows<p>Stone Fruit<p>Oriental Fruit …

San Joaquin Valley

IBM, Costco, Walmart and others team up to improve food safety with blockchains

IBM today announced that it is working with a consortium that includes Costco, Golden State Foods, McCormick and Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart to bring the benefit of blockchains to the food supply chain.<p>IBM, just like most of its competitors in the public cloud computing …

Bitcoin

Gold and yen jump after Trump threatens to 'close down our government'

The safe-haven Japanese yen and gold gained ground after President Donald Trump threatened a government shutdown if he doesn't get funding for a …

Economy

Fairs and Trade with John Roach #162

The Iowa State Fair may be over, but the memories are still etched in John Roach's mind. He talks about what he does at a fair and how it compares to …

Agriculture

U.S. farmers confused by Monsanto weed killer's complex instructions

CHICAGO (Reuters) - With Monsanto Co's (MON.N) latest flagship weed killer, dicamba, banned in Arkansas and under review by U.S. regulators over concerns it can drift in the wind, farmers and weed scientists are also complaining that confusing directions on the label make the product hard to use …

United States

Extreme variability seen on first leg of Midwest Crop Tour

News<p>Extreme variability seen on first leg of Midwest Crop Tour<p>The first leg of the Midwest Crop Tour seems to validate USDA observations of extreme …

Agriculture

The Fight for America's Disappearing Ancient Dairy Cows

Farmers can’t afford to save the country’s dwindling heritage breeds. But can the dairy industry afford to lose them?<p>Crossing the vast network of American roadways, drivers pass through fields of corn, soy, and wheat. They see power lines, roadside World’s Largests, kitschy diners—and cows. About 9 …

Agriculture

Economists still can’t decide whether the minimum wage is a good thing

Economics suggests the minimum wage is a bad idea.<p>The job market, according to elementary economics, is like any other market. It works best if wages are set by supply and demand, not by any other factor, like government rules. Just as the government doesn’t set a minimum price for shirts or …

Equality

Can Anyone, Even Walmart, Stem The Heat-Trapping Flood Of Nitrogen On Farms?

The Environmental Defense Fund opened an office near Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., 10 years ago. It was part of a carefully plotted strategy to persuade the giant retailer that going green could be good for business. If it worked, it certainly could be good for the planet — Walmart's …

Agriculture

U.S., Canada and Mexico Wrap Up Nafta First Round

Negotiations expected to continue in Mexico and Canada next month and the U.S. in October<p>WASHINGTON—Opening-round talks to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement revealed early fissures dividing the U.S. from Mexico and Canada, including a Trump administration proposal to require a …

United States

OPINION: Cellular agriculture is the future of meat

Imagine America without steaks grilling on the Fourth of July or turkeys baking in the oven on Thanksgiving. Meat consumption is so ingrained in our …

Agriculture

Today’s solar eclipse will cost the American economy $700 million

That’s how much American businesses are estimated to lose in productivity terms, reports CNBC. <b>The sum was calculated by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas by estimating that 87 million workers will take about 20 minutes out of their workday today to prepare for and view the two and a</b> …

Solar Eclipse

The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change

The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning.<p>The charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee …

Climate

Dicamba Injury: Estimated 3.1Mln Soybean Acres; Will it Work as PrePlant Burndown? – DTN

Jeremy Wolf saw nearly half his soybean acreage injured this summer from dicamba herbicide that went astray. What’s troubling him now, though, is …

Agriculture

On Illinois farms, where labor is tight, foreign workers are welcomed

Wayne Sirles parks his dusty pickup amid rows of peach trees, where Mexican pickers pluck fruit that a few years ago dropped to the ground to rot for lack of hands to harvest it.<p>Not this year. Sirles, whose great-great-grandfather founded Rendleman Orchards in the tiny town of Alto Pass in southern …

Immigration

EPA chief Scott Pruitt right to pursue funds for Gold King Mine victims

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is doing the right thing in his efforts to make whole the victims of the Gold King Mine …

Environment

Canada’s supply management system for dairy is no longer defensible

<i>Martha Hall Findlay is President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation</i><p>U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear: Dairy is high on the U.S. agenda for NAFTA. And Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has also made it clear that this government is committed to protecting supply …

Canada

California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers

SAN FRANCISCO – California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday.<p>Farmers use chlorpyrifos (klor-PHIR-e-fos) to kill pests that attack a wide variety of crops like grapes, almonds and cotton grown …

Agriculture

Trans Fat Is (Almost) Out of Your Food. Here's What's Going In

Partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of artificial trans fat and an invisible mainstay of the American food industry for decades, are finally …

Nutrition