U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food production and have been dying off at alarming rates.

Drought

Western U.S. drought might raise food prices

LOS ANGELES - An overwhelming majority of U.S. residents think the drought that has hit agriculture in the West will lead to increased food prices, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

Asfeld dairy

Minnesota dairyman says buffer legislation worrisome

Bruce Asfeld is one farmer who is glad Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s full plan to install 50-foot buffers on waterways everywhere didn’t pass the way it was proposed. Dayton unexpectedly vetoed the compromise legislation May 23, leaving more uncertainty about what the final law could stipulate.

Planting

A new crop of farmers ready to face the challenges

Alex Bata didn’t expect to be a farmer. Growing up in Adams, Bata was active in high school in “football, basketball, golf, student council -- everything I could get my hands on. I just didn’t think about farming.”

AgweekTV: Rain helps some growers, but costs others acreage and planting time

Recent rains have helped some farmers but delayed planting for others, NDSU’s cattle research complex boasts some high-tech features, and Ryan Taylor is back with more of his Cowboy Logic.

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