ag census

Agriculture
7:54 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ag Census points to fewer U.S. farms

Farmers raised $395 billion worth of goods in 2012, according to the latest Census of Agriculture.
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The number of farms in the U.S. is shrinking, according to the latest Census of Agriculture, released Friday. The census is taken every five years and shows the changing landscape for farmers.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Young farmers wait for their opportunity

Eric Brockmann and his family moved back to his hometown of West Point, Neb. to pursue his passion for farming.
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The average age of American farmers has been climbing for decades, and many say rural towns are at-risk without new blood. There are enough people who want to farm, but there’s trouble connecting beginning farmers and the communities that need them.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Field Notes: More younger farmers and Low corn prices

Farmers received some gloomy news from the US Department of Agriculture earlier this month -- that lower corn prices are here to stay.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production. 

Farmers received some gloomy news from the US Department of Agriculture earlier this month. As Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports in this week's Field Notes, the USDA is predicting that lower corn prices are here to stay. 

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Agriculture
5:31 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Starting a farm, with an immigrant twist

Originally from Laos, Air Philavanh now farms 11 acres near Milo, Iowa. He’s built a shelter for his cattle out of a dilapidated barn.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Air Philavanh is a new farmer in central Iowa who came to this country from Laos as a refugee more than 30 years ago. Today, he’s living on an 11-acre farm in Milo, Iowa, about an hour from Des Moines.

Philavanh bought the place three years ago and he’s built a brand-new shelter for his four beef calves off the end of a decrepit old barn. He’s made many other improvements, too, as he gets his farm up and running. In addition to the cattle, he hopes to add ducks. It’s a far cry from his day job with Citigroup—and not what he initially imagined for himself.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:46 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

A look at the ag census

Justin Jones hopes to expand his fruit and vegetable farm to three or four acres next year. That may seem small, but his business is part of a trend. The U.S. added 110,000 farms under 50 acres from 2002-2007.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll learn about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ag census , and hear about the importance of getting a flu shot.

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