| March 24, 2014, 5 p.m.
Large-scale farming and agribusiness, derisively dubbed Big Ag by critics, look to polish their image this week with a Statuary Hall ceremony for a hero in the field and a screening of a documentary about young farmers and ranchers.
| March 21, 2014, 3:49 p.m.
Nebraska’s success in recruiting new farmers and ranchers could point the way for other states and Congress to reverse the decline in the number of new producers.
| March 21, 2014, 3:28 p.m.
Farmers’ markets have spread across the country, and supermarkets and even chain restaurants are vying to lure customers with locally grown foods.
| March 21, 2014, 5 a.m.
Too many women, men, and children are needlessly suffering from chronic hunger around the world. The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization says the number is as high as 840 million — nearly three times the entire population of the United States.
| Feb. 28, 2014, 2:48 p.m.
Shipping companies and sailors united to fight the Obama administration’s proposal to nearly halve the amount the federal government spends on transporting food aid from the United States to regions in need.
| Feb. 28, 2014, 1:57 p.m.
The Obama administration gained some ground during this Congress in its bid to change the way the United States buys and delivers emergency food aid to hungry people around the globe.
| Feb. 7, 2014, 5:46 p.m.
The concept sounds familiar: Polluters looking to meet certain emissions targets buy credits from other entities that have some leftover credits to spare. It’s a cap-and-trade program.
| Jan. 31, 2014, 4 a.m.
Passage of the 2014 farm bill ends a frustrating two-year legislative journey, largely driven by a search for significant budget reductions, and often fueled by polarizing rhetoric on how to make those cuts a reality.
| Jan. 27, 2014, 7:04 p.m.
A Congress known for epic dysfunction and expected to be a foil for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address is starting to creak to life — this time with an agreement on a five-year farm bill announced Monday.
| Jan. 24, 2014, 5:59 p.m.
Farmers no longer just have to worry about whether it will rain too much or too little, or whether prices for their crops will be high enough to cover their costs. Now, growers increasingly are on edge about big data.
| Jan. 24, 2014, 5:18 p.m.
Even as they raise concerns about corporate use of farm data, farm groups are turning to Congress to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing information that it compiles on agricultural operations it regulates.
| Jan. 15, 2014, 4:49 p.m.
Just a couple of months ago, Republicans viewed Thad Cochran as the most likely senator to retire in 2014. But now that he’s seeking a seventh term, the Mississippi senator has more work to do than any other Republican in his chamber.
| Jan. 10, 2014, 3:25 p.m.
In what has become a familiar scenario, the House and Senate have a full legislative plate and only until Jan. 18 to clean it, with a potential government shutdown on the line.
| Jan. 7, 2014, 4 a.m.
The aim of scientific research is to increase our understanding beyond what is already known. When scientific research is used to shape government policy, it assumes a special obligation — it becomes the glue of a contract between the public, the research community and government.
| Jan. 6, 2014, 1:04 p.m.
The superstar duo of Beyonce and Jay-Z is on to something, and Washington should be paying attention: Their new plant-based diet can teach us about revamping our health and, believe it or not, repairing the broken farm bill.
| Jan. 3, 2014, 2:45 p.m.
America is a nation struggling with the issue of weight and the consequences of obesity.
| Jan. 3, 2014, 2:42 p.m.
The United States recently hit the pause button on rising obesity levels among adults after nearly a generation of ever-expanding waistlines, research indicates.
| Dec. 16, 2013, 3:24 p.m.
Just a few weeks before Election Day in Washington state this year, polls showed voters were solidly behind a measure calling for labels on genetically modified food. Proponents, from state farming coalitions to D.C.-based advocacy groups, felt optimistic.
| Dec. 16, 2013, 2:29 p.m.
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prepares to release its final ruling on whether a genetically engineered salmon will end up in grocery stores, a handful of northwestern lawmakers are watching especially closely.
| Dec. 10, 2013, 4:47 p.m.
The principal farm bill negotiators conceded Tuesday that there won’t be a final bill ready for either chamber before the new year — and the chambers appear split on whether there needs to be an extension of existing farm programs.