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  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control warns that one sip of unpasteurized milk can cause serious illness because it’s a fertile breeding ground for harmful germs like salmonella and e. coli. (Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media)

    Individual states still control raw milk sales within their borders. And despite the health warnings, some Midwestern states have recently proposed legalizing raw milk sales in order to impose strict regulations on the risky - and growing - market.

  • Thousands of farmers descended on the Iowa Power Farming show in Des Moines. Many had yet to sign up for commodity support programs. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

    Across the Corn Belt, farmers are signing up for Farm Bill support programs and which ones they choose will impact the overall price tag for taxpayers. 

  • Many dairy operations depend on a workforce comprised of immigrant men. Some have trouble hiring enough workers. (Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

    Many dairy operations depend on a workforce comprised of immigrant men. That's one reason why some of the nation's largest farm groups are pushing for immigration reform.

  • Farmed fish, like these rainbow trout, are at the center of a debate within the organic industry. (Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture in considering a set of rules for organic farmed fish. Several consumer groups, though, say the recommended rules don’t go far enough to meet the strict standards of other organic foods.

  • Kansas rancher David Pfrang is one of thousands of small beef producers challenging the oversight of the multimillion dollar “beef checkoff” fund, which is used to promote the beef industry. (Courtesy Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star)

    Ranchers are required to pay into the beef checkoff fund each time they sell an animal. But many object to what they claim is opaque oversight of the way their money is spent.

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 Country of origin meat labels are part of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Midwest ranchers. And they may not be long for store shelves.

For the first time veterans that want to farm have access to low-interest rate loans to buy animals and equipment and can receive extra payments to implement conservation practices on their land.

Unless Medicaid eligibility is expanded to include more low-income people, officials at some rural hospitals say they may be forced to cut jobs.

A highly anticipated batch of federal laws governing the use of drones could change the regulatory landscape and lead to an explosion in drone use by farmers.

Across the Corn Belt, farmers are signing up for Farm Bill support programs and which ones they choose will impact the overall price tag for taxpayers. 

Individual states still control raw milk sales within their borders. And despite the health warnings, some Midwestern states have recently proposed legalizing raw milk sales in order to impose strict regulations on the risky - and growing - market.

Many dairy operations depend on a workforce comprised of immigrant men. That's one reason why some of the nation's largest farm groups are pushing for immigration reform.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in considering a set of rules for organic farmed fish. Several consumer groups, though, say the recommended rules don’t go far enough to meet the strict standards of other organic foods.

Plants are taking in more carbon dioxide during the growing season and giving off more carbon in the fall and winter. Recent research shows the massive corn crop in the Corn Belt may be contributing to that deeper breath.

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