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Low commodity prices are rippling up and down the farm economy food chain from the farm to the boardroom, and it has many of the huge companies that control farm inputs looking to a new future.

This year was a very good year for growing wheat, but that means it could be a very bad year for wheat farmers. 

Watching Our Water, part 5: Farming in the fertile Midwest is tied to an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, but scientists are studying new ways to lessen the Midwest’s environmental impact.

Watching Our Water, part 4: While agriculture gets most of the blame for waterway pollution, cities and suburbs play a part, too.

Watching Our Water, part 3: While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, most have little muscle in combating what is one of the Midwest’s biggest environmental problems: agricultural runoff. 

Watching Our Water, part 2: With agriculture a major contributor to water pollution in the Midwest, many farmers are are stepping up to address their impact on the environment.

Watching Our Water, part 1: Many towns and cities across the Midwest and Great Plains face pollution seeping into their water supplies. A big part of the problem: farming and ranching.

How can you know the meat you're buying came from animals raised humanely? Organic producers want to answer that question, but conventional farmers are charging that proposed standards amount to unfair government backing of the organic industry.

Nearly all U.S. hops, which along with water, malt and yeast, comprise the base ingredients in beer, is grown in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Farmers and researchers in the Midwest, though, say the region could be ripe for a local hops explosion.

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