For years, Latino immigrants have filled some of the least-glamorous, most physically taxing jobs in farming. The children of those immigrants may be uniquely qualified to lead the future of the Midwest’s agricultural economy, if they decide to embark on an ag career.
Immigration is helping to re-shape what agriculture looks like in the Midwest. Farming is already more ethnically diverse than it was even a decade ago and immigrants of all stripes are working the land.
U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside: plunging prices that have many Midwest farmers hoping to merely break-even on this year’s crop.
Voters in Colorado will decide whether or not they want the state to require labels on foods containing genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. The 2014 ballot measure highlights a much larger national conversation about the safety and prevalence of genetically modified foods.
Proponents of Missouri’s so-called "ag-gag" law say it allows authorities to deal with suspected animal cruelty quickly. But PETA and other animal advocates are fighting to overturn such laws, saying that they chill whistleblowing activities.
Though genetically-modified varieties are prohibited in organic production under USDA rules, there are no regulations in place to protect farmers against accidental contamination from the pollen of GM corn.