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The local food challenge, part 1: Nationwide, the popularity of local food has skyrocketed over the last two decades. But, as advocates in northeast Iowa and around the country can attest, it’s hard to make local food work. Creating a system with both public and private support is seen as crucial.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. Many of the farmers, ranchers and industries that share its habitat are worried about the consequences.

Midwest rivers are choked with Asian carp. Some researchers and fishermen hope the market for the fish in China could help create an industry designed to fish out the invasive species.

The sod houses built by settlers all over the Great Plains contain a wealth of information about the ecosystem of centuries past. A team of researchers in Nebraska wants to study that data.

In an effort to grow more food within city limits, some producers are turning to "vertical farming," hydroponic farms that build up rather than spread out.

Recent research confirms what farmers have been noticing for several years: the western corn rootworm has been evolving to outwit technology designed to protect crops against the pest.

Fewer kids are growing up on farms, but that hasn't stopped the almost century old FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, from growing its ranks. This year a record number of students are donning the group's iconic blue corduroy jacket, a static symbol of tradition in an otherwise dynamic organization.

Nebraska lawmakers have proposed an end to a law that bans meatpackers from owning hogs from birth to death. Some say ending the rule would allow for more vertical integration of the hog industry. Others say it will allow farmers in the state to fairly compete.

Many tech-savvy farmers want to use drones to scout their fields. But without new rules from the FAA, drones are grounded for commerical use.

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