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  • Farmer Jeff Jones and his daughters feed grain to their foraging cattle once a day in Callaway County, Mo. They’re concerned about the health and environmental effects a potential hog farm next door might have. (Kris Husted/Harvest Public Media)

    A "right to farm" state Constitutional amendment is on the ballot in Missouri. But farmers are divided on its merits.

  • Dairy cows like these on Dorine Boelen’s farm in Brooklyn, Iowa, can be treated with antibiotics, but their bodies must be free of the medication before they are allowed to contribute milk to the food supply. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

    The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted. 

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014. (Courtesy David Kosling/USDA)

    Growing Influence, part 1: A long list of at least 600 companies and outside groups spent millions of dollars lobbying on issues related to the Farm Bill, fighting for pieces of the nearly-trillion dollar legislation.

  • K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill. (Creative Commons)

    Growing Influence, part 2: Hundreds of outside groups and companies lobbied on issues related to the 2014 Farm Bill. But thanks to opaque lobbying disclosure laws, it’s nearly impossible to know how much power each group wields and what they were ultimately able to accomplish.

  • The invasive Palmer amaranth plant is spreading across the country. Some strains are resistant to common herbicides, complicating a farmer’s job. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

    The invasive weed Palmer amaranth is spreading through the country, leaving Midwest farmers worried about their fields. But with herbicide-resistance a growing concern, farmers are having to explore new methods for weed control.

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A devastating drought has left pockets of the Midwest even drier than in the Dust Bowl years. Farmers battle dust storms that darken, but many have been able to hang on thanks to modern farming methods.

A "right to farm" state Constitutional amendment is on the ballot in Missouri. But farmers are divided on its merits.

The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted. 

The state of Missouri recently created a new class of health care provider meant to help rural residents find quality medical care: assistant physician. But medical groups are split on its benefits.

Growing Influence, part 3: The 2014 Farm Bill pumped billions in new money into the crop insurance program. During the bill's drafting process, many crop insurance industry groups spent a total of tens of millions of dollars to lobby the bill.

Growing Influence, part 2: Hundreds of outside groups and companies lobbied on issues related to the 2014 Farm Bill. But thanks to opaque lobbying disclosure laws, it’s nearly impossible to know how much power each group wields and what they were ultimately able to accomplish.

Growing Influence, part 1: A long list of at least 600 companies and outside groups spent millions of dollars lobbying on issues related to the Farm Bill, fighting for pieces of the nearly-trillion dollar legislation.

The invasive weed Palmer amaranth is spreading through the country, leaving Midwest farmers worried about their fields. But with herbicide-resistance a growing concern, farmers are having to explore new methods for weed control.

Take your average rodeo but subtract the buckin' bronco and cowboy. Add in a wooly sheep and a 6-year-old. You'll have mutton busting.

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