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GMOs and Monarch Butterflies By: 01/29/2015 @ 12:25pm

Farm groups and food makers are pushing Congress to step into the raucous and expensive squabble over special labels for food made with genetically modified organisms. Most U.S. corn, soybean, and sugar beet…

Teaming Up to Clean the Water By: 08/26/2014 @ 8:32am

At the beginning of this month, farmers took another public relations hit when the half-million residents of Toledo, Ohio, couldn't drink their tap water, which was contaminated by a toxin from an algae…

Protecting Water and Soil By: 08/11/2014 @ 4:34pm

In early May, corn is up in a strip-tilled 45-acre field on the farm of Arlo and Claudia Van Diest near Webster City, Iowa. At the edge, water flows from an 8-inch tile outlet into Lower White Fox Creek. Any…

Erratic Weather Calls for Resilient Systems By: 08/11/2014 @ 4:24pm

Weather has always been the wild card in production plans. Yet, recent extremes suggest that weather is getting ever wilder, making management decisions harder and harder to peg. Amid all the volatility, some…

Confluence Videos By: 07/21/2014 @ 1:33pm

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