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File photo of  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.  (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Number Of US Farms Declines, Farmers Getting Older

The number of U.S. farms is declining even as the value of their crops and livestock has increased over the past five years, a government census of American agriculture released Thursday says.

02/20/2014

President Barack Obama is obtaining commitments from foundations, businesses and community groups to help young minority men improve their employment opportunities and to intervene before some of them get sucked into the criminal justice system.  (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Launching Program To Boost Rural Exports

“Made in Rural America” initiative aims to help American farmers increase their sales to other countries.

02/07/2014

Corn stalks suffering from drought conditions are seen on a farm on August 7, 2012 in Mechanicsville, Maryland. The agriculture industry in certain parts of Maryland has been suffering lack of rain and high temperatures.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Agriculture the Most Promising Market for Drones

Idaho farmer Robert Blair isn’t waiting around for federal aviation officials to work out rules for drones. He and a friend built their own, outfitting it with cameras and using it to monitor his 1,500 acres.

12/15/2013

File photo of wheat field. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Monsanto Loss Widens, Announces $930M Acquisition

Agricultural business giant Monsanto Co. reported worse-than-expected losses for its fiscal fourth quarter on Wednesday, due to lower sales of its genetically engineered seeds.

10/02/2013

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Agricultural Leaders Plead With Congress For Immigration Bill With More Lenient Rules For Hiring Farm Workers

From Christmas tree growers in the Appalachians to Wisconsin dairy farmers and producers of California’s diverse abundance of fruits and vegetables, agricultural leaders are pleading with Congress for an immigration bill that includes more lenient and less complex rules for hiring farm workers.

07/08/2013

File photo of a farmer harvesting ginseng roots. (Photo by PARK JI-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Regulation Proposed To Protect Ginseng In Va.

State agriculture officials are proposing a regulation aimed at ensuring the survival of wild ginseng in Virginia.

03/18/2013

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The Local Food Myth: Why Locavores May Be Getting It Wrong

Hitching health and greener planet hopes to the local food movement? You may want to reconsider.

02/20/2013

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Lawmakers Getting Taste of Maryland Agriculture

There’s plenty of meat and cheese on the menu for lawmakers attending a Taste of Maryland Agriculture event in Annapolis.

02/07/2013

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Md. Farmers to Discuss Keeping Agriculture Alive

How to keep agriculture alive in Montgomery and Frederick counties is the subject of a conference this weekend in Rockville.

01/11/2013

Locally grown fruits and vegetables are sold at the Herndon, Virginia, Farmer's Market.

Virginia Looks To Grow Agricultural Exports To India

Gov. Bob McDonnell hopes a new initiative will increase agricultural and forestry product exports from Virginia to India.

11/21/2011

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