Agriculture

5:00am

Thu February 23, 2012
Business

Farm Bill Debate Heating Up in Colorado

The Obama Administration’s proposed budget aims to eliminate billions of dollars in subsidies that go to farmers every year regardless of need.  These direct cash payments are among the most controversial component in the sweeping Farm Bill which is up for re-authorization this year. 

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12:14pm

Wed February 22, 2012
The Salt

FDA Says Brazil's Orange Juice Is Safe, But Still Illegal

Oranges for sale at a market in Rio de Janeirol.
Antonio Scorza AFP/Getty Images

If you happen to notice sometime later this year that you're suddenly paying a lot more for orange juice, you can blame America's food safety authorities. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, after several weeks of deliberation, has blocked imports of frozen, concentrated orange juice from Brazil, probably for the next 18 months or so, even though the agency says the juice is perfectly safe.

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9:10am

Tue February 21, 2012
The Salt

How Using Antibiotics In Animal Feed Creates Superbugs

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 3:19 pm

Many livestock groups say there's no evidence that antibiotics in livestock feed have caused a human health problem, but researchers beg to differ.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Researchers have nailed down something scientists, government officials and agribusiness proponents have argued about for years: whether antibiotics in livestock feed give rise to antibiotic-resistant germs that can threaten humans.

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6:36pm

Mon February 20, 2012
Business

Farm Bill Reauthorization Closely Watched in Colorado

The sweeping federal farm bill that allocates billions of dollars to subsidy and other agricultural programs is up for reauthorization later this year and Colorado Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is gathering input from farmers and ranchers across his Fourth Congressional District this week.  

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3:51pm

Tue February 14, 2012
The Salt

Why California Almonds Need North Dakota Flowers (And A Few Billion Bees)

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 10:27 am

Almond trees rely on bees to pollinate during their brief bloom for a few weeks in February.
Winfried Rothermel APN

This is one of those stories that reminds us that everything really is connected to everything else.

Here's the web of connections: a threat to California's booming almond business; hard times for honeybees in North Dakota; and high corn prices.

Confused?

OK, let's start with the almonds. They come from an old-world tree that migrated to California and prospered in the hands of farmers like James McFarlane, who lives right outside the city of Clovis.

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