GRAPHIC: Just 3 states account for one-third of H-2A jobs, data shows
Florida, California and Georgia farmers bring in the most agricultural workers through the temporary visa program.
Millets — ancient drought-resistant grains — could help the Midwest survive climate change
The United Nations declared 2023 the International Year of Millets. Some Midwestern farmers are already growing the grain.
Lo que se pierde en la traducción: Como las barreras producidas por el USDA (Departamento de Agricultura de los EEUU) dejan abandonados a los agricultores y los ganaderos inmigrantes
Los fondos federales para la agricultura son recursos esenciales, pero los productores inmigrantes se enfrentan con barreras lingüísticas y culturales que no les permiten sacar provecho de ellos
GRAPHIC: Last year, a Minnesota pork plant employed more H-2B workers than any other meatpacker
HyLife Foods, which filed for bankruptcy last month, employs 500 people through a temporary visa program.
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Iowa judge overturns Supreme Beef manure plan approval
The April 28 ruling in the lawsuit by the Sierra Club of Iowa and Trout Unlimited against the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Supreme Beef says the state agency used “illogical interpretations and applications” to approve a nutrient management plan for an 11,600-head cattle feedlot near Monona, Iowa.
Iowa House approves budget that could cut Iowa’s water sensors
The Iowa House passed — and sent on to Gov. Kim Reynolds — a budget that could eliminate state funding for water quality sensors on Iowa’s rivers and streams.
Supreme Court denies Tyson Foods’ request to hear workers’ COVID-19 death cases in federal court
Nearly three years after the deaths, the lawsuits have yet to move forward to discovery or trial.
Iowa study: Blocking carbon pipelines would devastate ethanol production
A new study released by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association details financial losses of more than $10 billion a year if the state’s ethanol plants do not have a means to sequester carbon and reap the rewards from new federal tax credits.
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GRAPHIC: Feds are investigating more cases with child labor violations, data shows
Since 2015, the number of cases has increased by more than 50%.
Technology goes beyond milking
New technologies are helping dairy farmers with other parts of the work — feed and manure scraping — aside from milking.
For years, farmers milked cows by hand. Today, technology is doing more of the work.
Dairy producers see improved efficiency, cheaper labor, calmer cows; the key challenge: does the price tag of high-tech work for producers?
GRAPHIC: Dairy cows produce millions of pounds of milk in a day
The five top milk producing states in 2021 were California, Wisconsin, Idaho, Texas, and New York, according to USDA data.
GRAPHIC: Iowa’s hog production leads the state in greenhouse gas emissions from manure management
The dairy and beef cattle industries contribute 23% of the same emissions, according to EPA data.
Mississippi River basin should be getting more USDA conservation funding, report says
A new report from the Environmental Working Group found targeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s conservation funding to the Mississippi River region would have huge benefits to water quality and the climate.
California Prop 12 alive and kickin’ but expect future litigation
The National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau Federation just found out – as so many petitioners have in…