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When a big food company builds a factory, it doesn’t just bring in new industry. Farmers change what they grow, expand their herds and buy new land.

After months of calculations, research and preparation, farmers across the Midwest are in their fields making their bets on what will be profitable this year.

Many Midwest farmers say free trade deals like the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership will allow them to access a larger market and end up with more profit. 

The antibiotics that clear up infections and keep us healthy are becoming less effective because as they are used, some squirrelly bacteria develop resistance. Those pesky ones easily share their adaption, which can infect unsuspecting humans and leave doctors struggling to cure so-called drug resistant bacteria.

Some of the most important medicines doctors prescribe to fight infections are losing effectiveness. Bacteria are building resistance to our antibiotics and the White House is calling on doctors - and farmers - to help protect public health.

We waste billions of pounds of food in the U.S. each year. Some of that waste can be turned into energy.

Many female farmers, working in a profession often thought of as dominated by males, have created support systems that are helping them get the edge their business needs.

Industry-administered funds meant for promotion of local beef are up for contreversial votes in many states. The politics often leave rancher fighting rancher for the direction of the state's herd.

After a massive winter flood, farmers in southern Missouri and Illinois were left with sand, debris and water inundating their fields. They are part of an age-old discussion about whose responsibility it is to protect the floodplain.

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