The intestinal parasite cyclospora gets into produce through contact with manure-contaminated water.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

August 07, 2018

Food Recalls Abound This Summer, But Experts Say That’s A Good Thing

From E. coli in romaine lettuce to potential salmonella on Goldfish crackers to a parasite in salads and wraps, food recalls are in the spotlight this year. But things may not be as bad as they sound, according to Lana Nwadike, a food safety specialist with Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. 


soybean farm

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July 23, 2018

Congressman Says Farm Bill Negotiations Will Protect Farmers Concerned About Looming Trade War

Rep. John Shimkus’ 15th Congressional District includes steelworkers near Granite City, whose jobs were restored shortly after President Trump imposed tariffs, and soybean farmers whose prices took a hit after China retaliated with their own tariffs. Shimkus said his top priority throughout the Farm Bill negotiations will be the agricultural safety net that will offer protections to farmers concerned about a looming trade war.


The University of Illinois Energy Farm, just south of Urbana.

Madelyn Beck/Harvest Public Media

July 20, 2018

Help Or Hinder? Federal Agencies At Odds Over Biofuels

Scott Pruitt’s resignation from the Environmental Protection Agency this month has many in the renewable fuel industry hoping that federal agencies will get on the same page.


A Nebraska researcher examines experimental wheat grown in a greenhouse.

Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media (File)

July 19, 2018

Ag Researchers Say Breakthroughs Are Possible, But Only If There’s Funding

Scientific research could deliver transformative technologies to the food system over the next decade, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Advances in things like gene editing, data sharing and microbiology could make crops more resilient to climate change and livestock more environmentally sustainable.


Will Glazik with some wheat the family grows on their farm near Paxton, IL on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

June 17, 2018

Organic Crops Lucrative, Challenging For U.S. Farmers

Despite a steady increase in demand for organic products among consumers, U.S. crop growers have been reluctant to make the switch from conventional crops, even if it could mean higher profits for farmers struggling with low commodity prices.


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