Drought takes toll on corn crops in southwest Minnesota In some parts of Minnesota, crops continue to deteriorate because of hot, dry weather. The worst-hit areas of southwest Minnesota have corn fields that will yield half the crop that had been expected -- or less.July 24, 2012
Vilsack: House must pass drought help in farm bill Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pushed Monday for Congress to act on a farm bill that would reinstate expired disaster assistance programs for farmers experiencing the worst drought in nearly seven decades.July 24, 2012
Vilsack: Drought aid needed in farm bill Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Congress has no more important work now than to pass a farm bill that reinstates expired disaster assistance programs. Farmers are now experiencing the worst drought in decades.July 23, 2012
Drought's bright side: flavorful produce The heat and drought across the upper Midwest have taken a toll on corn and soybeans, but the weather has helped make other vegetables more flavorful.July 21, 2012
Report: Fewest cattle in 4 decades A new report shows the U.S. with the fewest cattle in at least four decades as a widespread drought forces ranchers to sell off animals.July 20, 2012
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