June 2, 1988 |
Drought, already disrupting life in California and the Pacific Northwest, may be taking hold across widespread areas of the United States and southern Canada, raising the possibility of crop failures, forest fires and water rationing. Although it will take at least until midsummer to determine the severity of this year's drought and its impact on the economy, agriculture officials and weather experts are worried about dry conditions in the Southeast, the Midwest and the Great Plains.
June 25, 1988 |
Grasshoppers are swarming over Gary Broyles' Montana farm, aphids are stealing sap from Bob Wallace's sugar beets in California and spider mites in Illinois have almost finished off Ron Mann's clover and are moving in on his soybeans. What the drought is not killing on the nation's farms, insects seem to be eating. "It is not like the plague or anything like that but locally insects can hurt some and potentially cause lower yields," said Dave Noetzel, a Minnesota entomologist.
January 6, 1999 |
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture on Tuesday reached an agreement that will pay hundreds of millions of dollars to at least 3,500 black farmers who have complained for more than a decade that federal officials denied them loans that were routinely issued to white farmers. Under terms of the settlement, individual farmers with verifiable complaints will receive tax-free cash payments of at least $50,000, said legal sources.
September 6, 1998 |
With demand from Asia sinking, pork is no longer bringing home the bacon for Hoosier farmer Jim Moseley. "The reason we have $28 pigs now," said Moseley, recalling the days of $52 hogs, "is we had built a substantial demand base in Japan and Taiwan. The Asian crisis is hurting us." He has lots of company. The nation's agricultural producers are feeling pinched as a falloff in Asian demand for grains, meats, cotton and produce takes a multibillion-dollar bite out of U.S. farm exports.
December 27, 1989 |
If you've been under the impression after your weekly trip to the grocery store that you've been paying more for milk products, you're right. In fact, government tinkering, exports and the weather are to blame for a nearly 9% increase in consumer prices for dairy products in the past year, dairy experts say. According to government figures, that is more than double the rate that prices in general have gone up in 1989 and half again as much as all food prices.
November 24, 1987 |
Last summer, Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis had a problem in Iowa, and his name was Dixon Terry. Terry, an Iowa dairy farmer and founder of the influential Iowa Farm Unity Coalition, did not like what Dukakis was saying about agriculture.
July 1, 2001 |
For nine years, two dozen genetic engineers struggled to create a simple soybean that would stand up to a killer herbicide. After tens of thousands of mistakes, they thought they might have done it: They had created 100 seedlings laced with DNA from soil bacteria, a cauliflower virus and a petunia plant. They planned to test them cautiously in their Monsanto Co. labs. But an eager executive decided to test them all, to douse every plant with a highly potent concentration of the herbicide.
August 4, 1999 |
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a Democrat-backed $11-billion bailout of the farm economy in favor of a smaller Republican package. But lawmakers said they hoped to work out a bipartisan compromise later this week. "There's bipartisan recognition that there's a disaster out there," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). The Republican-controlled Senate defeated the Democratic plan, 54 to 44, after Democrats, in a 51-47 vote, narrowly failed to kill the $7-billion GOP emergency farm package.
June 18, 1999 |
Underscoring concern over the growing use of genetically engineered ingredients in processed foods, the environmental group Greenpeace released a study Thursday that shows three top baby food and nutritional products contain DNA from genetically engineered corn and soybeans. The study of eight popular products taken from grocery shelves earlier this year is part of a larger campaign by environmentalists and consumer groups to persuade lawmakers and the U.S.
February 4, 1999 |
President Clinton issued an executive order to expand federal efforts to combat the growing problems created by the quiet influx of foreign plants and animals into the U.S. Troublesome alien species, such as the Chinese mitten crab and the voracious Asian long-horned beetle, are costing Americans tens of billions of dollars and threatening entire ecosystems. Three senior administration officials will head a new interagency Invasive Species Council.