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PHOTO: In Vermont, legislation to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients is set to go into effect in 2016 but is being challenged in court. There are November ballot measures in Oregon and Colorado. Photo courtesy Center for Food Safety.

PORTLAND, Ore. - After two terms in Congress and a couple of Democratic nominations for president, former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich is putting his campaign skills to work in Oregon. Kucinich and his wife are making appearances this week in support of Measure 92, to require labeling foods mad ...Read More

PHOTO: A Minnesota student enjoys locally grown green beans as part of a Farm to Preschool celebration. Photo courtesy of Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

ST. Paul, Minn. - October is National Farm to School Month and in Minnesota, it's an event being celebrated in an ever-growing number of districts, in every corner of the state. The Farm to School program links school districts with nearby farms, to open new markets for those growers and get more ...Read More

PHOTO: Changes to USDA loan programs have increased their flexibility, and could help more beginning farmers make a profit. Photo credit: Jerry Oster.

YANKTON, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is improving farm loans by expanding eligibility and lending limits to more beginning farmers. Traci Bruckner, senior associate for agriculture and conservation policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, says the changes are part of the micro-loan pro ...Read More

PHOTO: In his presentations about crop science, Ray Seidler shows people two types of corn seed. The yellow seed is conventional; the blue is genetically engineered, and coated with chemical pesticides. Photo courtesy of Seidler.

ASHLAND, Ore. - One Oregon man has a unique perspective on genetically engineered crops and Oregon's November ballot measure to label the products made from them. As a microbiologist and former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) senior scientist, Ray Seidler has been studying genetic engin ...Read More

PHOTO: Recreation is just one economic driver that will pay off for Pennsylvania and other states in the Chesapeake Bay region if they stay on track with the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, according to a new report that tallies the economic value of cleaner water. Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new analysis of the potential financial benefits of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint finds a measurable return, with cleaner water adding about $6 billion a year in value to Pennsylvania's economy. Similarly, the analysis notes if Pennsylvania opts to skip making improvement ...Read More

PHOTO: Ohio farmers are donating thousands of eggs this month to food banks in the state. Photo credit: Ohio Poultry Association.

DAYTON, Ohio - Eggs have long been proven to be a solid source of protein and nutrition, which is just what food-deprived families in the Buckeye State need. In recognition of Hunger Action Month, Ohio egg farmers are donating more than half a million eggs to food banks in Columbus, Johnstown, Dayt ...Read More

PHOTO: Wild Wood Farms has grown to include 150 members in its community-supported agriculture vegetable operation. Photo courtesy of Wild Wood Farms.

SOLON, Iowa - As what is expected to be the largest-ever Iowa harvest of corn and soybeans nears, the value of cropland in the Hawkeye State is on the decline. The latest survey from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute shows the average price for an acre of Iowa farmland is now to about $8,000, down n ...Read More

PHOTO: Later this month, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will mark 30 years of service to sustainable agriculture with a cover crop field day and celebration. (Photo courtesy MFAI)

EAST TROY, Wis. – This month the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will mark 30 years of service to organic and sustainable agriculture. Jim Stute, the Institute’s research director, says the past three decades have seen huge growth and the future is bright because of consumer dema ...Read More

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