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Agribusiness

Climate change, big agriculture combine to threaten insects

Climate change and habitat loss from big agriculture are combining to swat down global insect populations, with each problem making the other worse, a new study finds. While insects may bug people at times, they also are key in pollinating plants to feed people, making soil more fertile and ...

Fertilizer company complains about railroad shipment limits

OMAHA, Neb. — A major fertilizer company says the limits Union Pacific is putting on rail traffic to clear up congestion will delay shipments that farmers need during the spring planting season. CF Industries said Thursday that the railroad ordered it to cut its shipments nearly 20%. Union ...

A sustainable future for pork producers

The Minnesota Pork Board says it has a vision for improving the sustainability of pig farms in the state — and it includes protecting natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But southwest Minnesota farmers said sustainability is already something they ...

4-H student poised to protect pollinators

Nicollet County 4-H’er Amanda Vogel served as the sole teen representative from Minnesota at the March 2022 National 4-H Agri-Science Summit in Washington, D.C. Amanda is a freshman at New Ulm High School and member of the Klossner Swan Lake 4-H Club in Nicollet County. “Amanda’s work ...

Bird flu’s grisly question: how to kill millions of poultry

OMAHA, Neb. — The spread of a bird flu that is deadly to poultry raises the grisly question of how farms manage to quickly kill and dispose of millions of chickens and turkeys. It’s a chore that farms across the country are increasingly facing as the number of poultry killed in the past ...

USDA takes action to strengthen pollinator research support

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced its strengthened commitment to advancing research and programmatic priorities that support pollinator health by soliciting nominations for members to serve on its newly formed USDA National Pollinator Subcommittee. The ...