As clock ticks down, lawmakers and USDA push for new farm law

With time running out, agricultural leaders in Congress vowed to do everything they can to pass a farm bill that cuts spending by at least $23 billion - savings that could assure support by lawmakers determined to reduce the federal deficit. FULL STORY »

Drought clings to the Plains

The drought continues to hang on in the nation's midsection as wetter storm systems stick to the coasts. Nearly two-thirds of the country – primarily in the Corn Belt – is in moderate or worse drought, according to the latest Drought Monitor released on Thursday. FULL STORY »

3 dairy cows shot to death; 2 teens charged

Three cows were shot to death late Wednesday evening on a dairy farm near LaPorte, Ind., and police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the incident. FULL STORY »

Approximately 270 cows killed in New York barn fires

A fire swept through a farm in upstate New York, trapping and killing nearly 150 cows in a barn. This fire came just days after a fire in Otsego County killed 120 cows. FULL STORY »

Sources of E. coli not always what they seem

USDA scientists have identified sources of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria that could help restore the reputation of local livestock. Studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Mark Ibekwe suggest that in some parts of California, pathogens in local waterways are more often carried there via runoff from urban areas, not from animal production facilities. FULL STORY »

Survey: Americans opposed to government limits on milk production

A new nationwide survey released Wednesday found that 81 percent of Americans agree that individual farmers should have the freedom to decide how much milk they produce and not have a limit set by government policy. FULL STORY »

Biggest risk to farmers: High input costs, not land

Soaring farm operating costs, not record high land values feared by economists of possibly causing a repeat of the 1980s farm crisis, pose the greatest risk to U.S. farmers, the head of the country's largest farm management company said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Land acquisition process for rail project can begin

Now that a judge has denied a request to halt work on the massive California high-speed rail project, the state agency responsible for construction may approach Central Valley landowners to seek permission to survey land as a first step in the acquisition process. FULL STORY »

Raw milk: Separating fact from fiction

Is unpasteurized milk safe for all consumers to drink? Does pasteurization destroy the health benefits of milk? These questions and more are the target of a new Purdue University fact sheet focused on setting the record straight about both raw and pasteurized milk. FULL STORY »

Proposed mega-dairy reportedly will dismantle

Following four years of legal and environmental issues, owners of Tradition Dairy near Nora, Ill., have reached a proposed settlement with the state’s attorney general's office, which apparently will put an end to the project. FULL STORY »

Water quality a top priority at Four Star Dairy

Four Star Dairy is a family affair. Roger Erickson grew up on the Clark County, Wis. farm, where he and his family work together to manage the 700-cow, conservation-minded operation. FULL STORY »

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