Amy Mayer

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Puerto Rico's Hurricane Recovery Hinders Farm Businesses' Seed Research

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Many agriculture companies rely on the island's climate for the research and development of commercial corn, soybean and other seeds grown in the U.S. But the storm wiped out needed infrastructure.


Trump's Nominee To Be USDA's Chief Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Monday, September 04, 2017

Sam Clovis has a doctorate in public administration, is skeptical that humans have a role in climate change and pushed theories suggesting former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.


How, And Why, Some Farmers Are Bringing Livestock Back To The Prairie

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Some farmers are grazing different types of animals on the same land in a carefully controlled pattern, which ideally will enhance animal welfare and also help regenerate the landscape.


Winds Of Change Could Come Slowly For Agriculture Nominee Perdue

Monday, April 24, 2017

If confirmed, agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue confronts an industry in search of stability. In the Corn Belt, farmers wonder about the government programs they rely on.


To Diversify The Farming Landscape, Diversify Who Works It

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The people working on farms and elsewhere in agriculture often don't reflect the nation's demographics. Changing that is becoming a priority, in hopes that new people will bring fresh ideas.


How Fancy Cheese May Save Some Small-Scale Dairies

Friday, February 17, 2017

Because of unstable milk prices, small-dairy owners are also selling artisanal cheeses to help them stay afloat. The idea is catching on — in Iowa, the number of on-farm cheese-makers has doubled.


Sons Are Still More Likely Than Daughters To Take Over The Family Farm

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Traditional gender roles on farms are changing, but slowly. While men are typically still in charge of operations, women are beginning to take on greater leadership.


A Student-Run Farm Cultivates Passion For Sustainable Agriculture

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The Student Organic Farm at Iowa State sends out CSA boxes to the local community — and of course, it gives students a chance to enjoy the (fresh, organic) fruits of their own labor.


To Survive The Bust Cycle, Farmers Go Back To Business-School Basics

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Farming is entering its third year on the bust side of the cycle. Major crop prices are low, while expenses like seed, fertilizer and land remain high. That means getting creative to succeed.


Taking Cues From Human Nutrition To Reduce Antibiotic Use In Livestock

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Researchers are trying to figure out whether probiotics — the stuff we like to eat in yogurt to keep our guts healthy — could also help pigs, cows and chickens thrive.


Why Some GMO Foods Don't Have Genetically Modified DNA

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

While reporting my story on how foods earn a label certifying them as "non-GMO," I came across a comment that struck me – and it might surprise you, too.

The comment came from Ken Ross, the CEO of Global ID. (He didn't make it into the final story.) Global ...


How Your Food Gets The 'Non-GMO' Label

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Demand for products that don't contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is exploding.

Now many food companies are seeking certification for products that don't have any genetically modified ingredients, and not just the brands popular in the health food aisle. Even Cheerios, that iconic cereal from General Mills, no ...

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High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Several factors — from a virus sweeping through hog barns to a drought in the Plains states — have driven up the price of pork and beef. But consumers keep buying it.


Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pork producers across the country are grappling with a virus that's going after piglets. Livestock economists estimate the porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, virus has already killed about 1 million baby pigs in the U.S. since it was first found in Iowa last spring.

Canada reported its first case ...


Pork Producers Root Out Market Niche With Berkshire Pigs

Monday, April 29, 2013

Raising pork can be a tough business for producers, who've lately been watching feed prices rise along with the cost of corn. That's one reason why a small but growing number of former commodity pork producers are trying their luck with specialty breeds instead. These premium pigs, raised on ...