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  • Vegetable farmer Tom Goeke of St. Charles, Mo., sells his Red Deuce tomatoes wholesale at about $1.50 per pound. (Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media)

    While sun and rain might be free, tomato farmers have to carefully weigh everything else they put in to growing their crop. Research and the development of new tools – from novel seed varieties resistant to diseases to additional fertilizers – has changed the input costs for growers.

  • Photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz rode horseback to take this photo of a woman herding cattle in southern Iowa. (Courtesy Marji Guyler-Alaniz/FarmHer)

    If artist's use their work to understand the human experience, it makes sense that many Midwest artists turn their lens, brushes, sculptures and words on agriculture and farming.

  • Organic Alternatives Manager Maka Kalaí holds a card with cannabis safety tips. The cards were developed by the Cannabis Business Alliance and are handed out with every purchase at the Fort Collins, Colo., store. (Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

    When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened up the sale of food products infused with the drug to anyone over the age of 21. That means a whole set of bakers and food companies have to ensure their products aren’t contaminated with foodborne pathogens, and that they’re not falling in to the hands of children or too potent to eat.

  • Before it defaulted on loans and was shuttered by regulator, the Pierce Elevator was a major business in town. (Bill Kelly/NET News)

    When a Nebraska grain elevator failed, farmers were left with about $9 million in unpaid claims and little safety net to turn to.

  • 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. 

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When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened up the sale of food products infused with the drug to anyone over the age of 21. That means a whole set of bakers and food companies have to ensure their products aren’t contaminated with foodborne pathogens, and that they’re not falling in to the hands of children or too potent to eat.

When a Nebraska grain elevator failed, farmers were left with about $9 million in unpaid claims and little safety net to turn to.

If artist's use their work to understand the human experience, it makes sense that many Midwest artists turn their lens, brushes, sculptures and words on agriculture and farming.

While sun and rain might be free, tomato farmers have to carefully weigh everything else they put in to growing their crop. Research and the development of new tools – from novel seed varieties resistant to diseases to additional fertilizers – has changed the input costs for growers.

An independent journalist says he’s found a way around the so-called “ag-gag” laws – flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.

Insects can be a great source of protein, and in many parts of the world, people gobble them up. But here in the U.S., a certain “ick factor” has kept consumers from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To combat the ickiness and convert skeptical consumers, bug-food advocates are trying a specific marketing tactic: be clever and cute.

The USDA's recently announced changes to the inspection process are driven in part by food safety concerns and government spending constraints. But there’s also just the need to account for modern times.

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.

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