Parents defend putting children to work on farms Some farmers say the U.S. Labor Department was misguided in its attempts to protect children from farm accidents and are relieved the agency dropped its plans this spring and has promised not to take up the matter again.July 10, 2012
Congress debates the scope of this year's farm bill This week, Congress will again turn its attention to the farm bill. The Senate passed its version of the bill last month.
This time, it's the House Agriculture Committee that will begin considering a different draft of the bill that covers farm subsidies and nutrition programs for the poor.
Reporter Brett Neely discussed the key issues in the debate with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.July 9, 2012
'Knee-high by 4th of July' corn not good enough now "Knee high by the Fourth of July." There's no clear explanation when, where or why the phrase started. It sticks around as a simple rhyme that people love to say. But the phrase has outlived its usefulness.July 6, 2012
House unveils its five-year farm and food bill The House Agriculture Committee is unveiling its approach to a long-term farm and food bill that would reduce spending by some $3.5 billion a year, almost half of that coming from cuts in the federal food stamp program.July 5, 2012
Northwest Minnesota counties experiencing drought While much of Minnesota is a bit soggy after a great deal of rain, the northwestern part of the state is seeing drought conditions take hold.
Some crop damage is already reported and experts say unless widespread rain falls this week, the area could soon be in severe drought.July 3, 2012
Minnesota's corn crop looks promising Recent rains have boosted Minnesota corn farmers' prospects for 2012 and drought conditions elsewhere could drive up the prices they will be able to get this fall.June 29, 2012
Debate over hog stalls rages Minnesota's $2.5 billion hog industry is on the defensive, with farmers under growing pressure to change how they raise pigs. At issue is the widespread practice of housing pregnant sows in stallsJune 25, 2012
New St. Croix bridge could bring big changes to western Wisconsin State officials are expected to announce soon the firm that will design a new bridge over the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. In and around Houlton, Wis., residents are speculating about the changes the new crossing may bring to the largely rural area.June 8, 2012
Farm bill debate begins The debate over the farm bill begins as farmers are flush with money due to high crop prices and as talk of fiscal austerity has taken over Washington. The bipartisan bill spends nearly a trillion dollars over the next 10 years but phases out direct payments to farmers and expands federally backed crop insurance.June 7, 2012
FDA nixes 'corn sugar' label for syrup The Food and Drug Administration has rejected the Corn Refiners Association's bid to rename high fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar." The FDA says it defines sugars as a solid, dried and crystallized food -- not a syrup.May 30, 2012