Editorial

‘Rains won’t be enough’ to overturn Calif. drought

It’s finally raining in some parts of California, but with more than 25 percent of the state deep in exceptional drought, the latest series of storms will do little to quench the drought. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with the "Not Cool" Farm Bill

Maybe I should subtitle this column "Forever With the Farm Bill." Five minutes just won't cut it for something so complicated and cumbersome that it seems to always be a bone of contention. It's supposed to be a five year plan but just as soon as we get past the six or seven years it takes to put it together, we're off and running on the next 'plan.' FULL STORY »

FDA updates food-label regulations

The federal government this week launched its proposed changes to food labels, intended to more accurately reflect the nutritional value and calorie content of packaged foods. The proposed changes will be published in the Federal Register on March 3, then will be open for public comment for 90 days prior to final rulemaking and implementation. FULL STORY »

KC Federal Reserve survey shows farmland markets cooling

After several years of huge increases, cropland value increases may be slowing and ranchland values may actually be declining, according to a survey of agricultural bankers conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Eating, cooking and the ‘D’ word

That is, ‘dementia.’ Yes, thanks to some researchers eager to plow new ground, there’s now a new study claiming that cooking your meat makes you senile. Uh . . . I forget why, though. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Barking up the wrong tree

A campaign to force mandatory GMO labeling continues to be high on the activist agenda. But is it possible to ‘road test’ voluntary labeling in a non-human food category? Uh, no — not really. FULL STORY »

Baseball and bacon merge for home run of awesome

A minor league baseball team scores a home run with its fans thanks its unique bacon uniforms. FULL STORY »

Feed ingredients potentially involved in PED transmission

The potential exists for feed and/or feed ingredients to serve as a vector for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, though more research is urgently needed. Some feeds contain spray-dried porcine plasma, and experts are taking a closer look at this product. FULL STORY »

GE crops: where we’ve been and where we’re going

From conservation tillage practices and the use of GPS technology in precision agriculture to increased production of genetically engineered crops, technological advancements in recent decades have led to increased production and efficiency in agriculture in the United States. FULL STORY »

Cold start to 2014 freezes rural economy

Low grain values and farmland prices sliding from record highs clouded the rural economic outlook, then extremely cold weather across the Midwest added a final blow that turned the economy negative. FULL STORY »

Parched California: Hurry up, El Niño

California is sinking further into drought, but potential relief in the form of El Niño may be lurking on the horizon. FULL STORY »

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