Agriculture

Dear Reader: The farm bill, pizza and you

Editorials from the heartland are growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects of farm billpassage before Congress decamps for holiday break.   And with the giant omnibus law back in the headlines — including the specter of $7/gallon milk, if the bill’s

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Spotlight holiday horticulture for a fresh seasonal story

As we wait for Congress to return from vacation and take up the stalled farm bill — or perhaps pass an extension – there’s another aspect of agriculture that, aside from Christmas trees, often gets overlooked this time of year: 

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Gobble, gobble & cha-ching: A cornucopia of Thanksgiving stories

Hard to believe there are only two weeks left until Thanksgiving, the day of eating, parades, football, traveling and — increasingly — shopping.   Each pasttime offers its own cornucopia of business angles.  Here are a few ideas to augment what you may already

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A global glut puts the spotlight on U.S. sugar subsidies

As piles of leftover Halloween loot are picked over for what’s left of the good stuff, and the pumpkin pies and sugarplums of the next couple of months warm up in the wings, it’s a good time to take a

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How are companies meeting the growing demand for gluten-free goods?

Niche markets always make for an array of interesting business stories, especially when they are growing.  And one that fits that bill right now is the gluten-free industry, catering to consumers who want or need products that don’t contain gluten, which

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The business of Easter: From clothing sales to Peeps

Easter is little more than a week away, and some reports predict a lackluster selling season for trinkets, apparel and other holiday staples, because the moveable feast falls so early in the spring calendar.  The National Retail Federation’s annual forecast

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‘Tis the season for a hunting, fishing business story

Deer hunting season is under way or about to be in many regions, making this a timely moment to take a look at the economic impact of hunting and fishing in your market. For some people, hunting is a controversial

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Covering the agriculture beat: An introduction

Agriculture may seem like a simple job. Prepare the soil, apply chemicals, plant, harvest, repeat. Right? In fact, it’s a complicated endeavor in the best of circumstance. Farming is bedrock industry that is directly affected by weather, natural disasters, climate change, and

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Covering agriculture: Challenges

Covering agriculture presents some challenges, like any other business beat. Here are a few things to watch. Don’t oversimplify. Agriculture stories can be complicated. Think about how the news you are covering affects different sectors of the ag industry, and,

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Covering agriculture: Identifying local stories, angles

Agriculture stories are everywhere. Perhaps more so than on other beats, though, it pays to get out of the office. If you are reporting in a rural area, you should stop by a local café where farmers have breakfast. You

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