The poultry industry fears that highly pathogenic avian flu this fall could hit broilers, or meat chickens, as the outbreaks have been triggered and carried by wild birds, which will be flying south in great numbers this fall through several U.S. flyways.
St. Louis-based agricultural giant Monsanto has its eyes on Syngenta, the world's largest producer of chemicals used on farms. If the deal went through the new company would control a large share of the market for global farm inputs. The potential deal has kicked off a lot of activity in the sector.
The fight over food containing genetically modified ingredients is at a fever pitch. The U.S. House recently passed a bill limiting labels for GMO food, but the policy debate is not over and includes a little science, lots of money and a food system under fire.
Many of the more than 3 million migrant farmworkers that plant and pick the fruits and vegetables we eat live on the farms they work for. The rules for their housing may be changing, however, throwing the industry into flux.
Habitat loss has contributed to a sharp decline in the population of native bees and other pollinators, creating worries that these vital species won't be able to help pollinate U.S. fruits, vegetables and other crops.