Agriculture

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Congress takes another stab at farm subsidies and food stamps

By Andrew Branch
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Politics | In its first post-shutdown test, Congress must rehash this summer’s farm bill fiasco. After threatening financial disaster for their principles, both…

Harvesting a lifetime of hearing loss

By Dave Bell
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Agriculture | After a lifetime of operating tractors and working around roaring agricultural machines in Traer, Iowa, farmer Robert Higgins realized in middle age that his…

Pesticides plague Argentina’s rural farming communities

By David Sonju
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Environment | As Argentina’s agricultural industry grows, farmers are using more and more pesticides to produce larger harvests. But the massive agrochemical use is often…

Floods still sowing trouble for Colorado’s farmers

By Dave Bell
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Agriculture | When the floodwaters came thundering down the rocky canyons of Northern Colorado last month, Keith Maxey knew the outlook wasn’t good for the low-lying…

Uneven rainfall cinches Corn Belt for lower crop yields

By Dave Bell
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Agriculture | For the second year in a row, Iowa farmers in the nation’s Corn Belt faced a severe drought, leading to lower yields of corn and soybeans. But other states…

Super model tractors wow farmers on the green carpet

By Dave Bell
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Agriculture | With drones, GPS-controlled tractors, and mammoth combines, the equipment on display at last month's 60th annual Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., looked…

Signs and Wonders: A good deal for everyone but taxpayers

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | Insurance abuses. Insurance is one of the great ideas in human history. Though some limited forms of insurance have existed for thousands of years, the modern…

Bacon: Man’s best friend?

By Aimee Stauf
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Food | Evidence that pigs can respond to their names, learn complicated tricks, and interact sociably with owners has led one animal-rights group to claim would-be…

Food stamps and congressional ‘cruelty’

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | Is Congress cruel? Greg Kaufmann, author of “This Week in Poverty” for The Nation , thinks so: “Congress continues to pummel low-income people…

House farm bill sows seeds for bigger legislative fight

By Andrew Branch
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Agriculture | The U.S. House of Representatives approved a scaled-back farm bill Thursday, setting up what could be an even bigger fight over food stamps and the role of…

Signs and Wonders: Duggars join Texas fight against ‘baby holocaust’

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | Baby holocaust. The stars of the hit television program 19 Kids and Counting , Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, lent their voices to Texas pro-life efforts this…

Homelessness in Puerto Rico and other poverty news

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | Puerto Rico’s homeless population has risen sharply—as much as 70 percent—in the past two years amid an ongoing economic crisis. Across the island of…

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