Ideas. Stories. Community.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

food production

  • Agricultural losses from the Smokehouse Creek Fire in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, the USDA finalizes the "Product of the U.S.A." labeling rule for meat, poultry, and eggs, researchers develop the first transgenic cow capable of producing human insulin, corn prices are expected to be down this year, and how a calf roping contestant made sure he didn't miss the rodeo.
  • The impacts from the Smokehouse Fire on farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma and Texas, a new website offers help with livestock and pasture management for small acreage landowners, the Four Corners Region remains abnormally dry, and a recent study finds the pesticide chlormequat in an overwhelming majority of oat-based products.
  • Record setting drought in the Texas Panhandle is creating challenges for farmers and ranchers there, grain like rice, corn, and wheat are supplying over 50% of the food calories consumed globally, cyber crime is a very real concern for U.S. agriculture, and the USDA reports that $100 million of farm income is lost annually in the U.S. due to soil erosion.
  • Farmers in the Great Plains may abandon 85% of their wheat acres, the shift of land from agricultural production to urban uses could impact future food security, and the U.S. Supreme Court rules that a California law banning the sale of pork from pigs that were raised in tightly confined spaces was lawful.
  • The Southwest is seeing an easing of drought conditions but parts of the country are still dry, farmers taking irrigation water from the Ogallala Aquifer may need a different approach, how the 1930s Dust Bowl affected soil conservation, and a look at the downside of avocado production.
  • Power outages were reported in the Empire Electric Association service area on Wednesday morning. And new regulations going into effect on January 1 will impact the kind of eggs that can be sold in Colorado.
  • A look at the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal, what the FDA's 2023 veterinary antimicrobial stewardship plan will mean for producers, an annual report from the USDA shows changing demographics in rural areas, and farmers and their co-ops are having trouble filling thousands of on-farm jobs across the country.
  • The Trump era trade war impact on the U.S. agricultural economy, what a world population of 8 billion means for food production and distribution, how cattle are being used to create fire breaks to assist in wildfire fighting, and why lettuce growers in the southwest are harvesting lettuce a little early this year.
  • The Gardner Food and Agricultural Policy Survey asks consumers about how food and agricultural issues affect them, inflation is pushing grocery prices up almost 12% in the past year, and while many farmers are concerned that the ag economy is in trouble, other farmers and investors remain bullish on farmland.
  • Cattle ranchers are getting squeezed by high costs of maintaining their herds while calf prices fall, the government continues to fund a variety of agriculture programs, United Nations officials warn that the war in Ukraine threatens a hunger crisis, and a farm in Ukraine takes in displaced animals.