'Dairy Cliff' Deal Sends Farmers Back to Square One on New Law
The fiscal-cliff settlement, which extends the most-recent agriculture law until September, is frustrating farm groups that spent 2012 pushing new programs and now must start again under a tougher spending outlook.
Farming 101 to be offered by the Cullman County Extension Agency
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is developing a program in north Alabama called Farming 101 for beginning farmers.
City donates $32,000 to help keep ag center afloat
With the economy taking a toll on everything from event bookings to attendance, funds are tight for the Cullman County Agricultural Center. So tight, the non-profit board behind the longtime attraction is asking for help to keep the doors open.
INTERNATIONAL: Russian billionaire makes fortune in soybeans
In 1993, Alexander Lutsenko abandoned a fledgling military career in the Russian army to test an economic adage he learned while studying at the Political College of Arms in Minsk. Even in the most difficult times, the saying went, a well-managed agriculture business is always profitable.
NATION: Steak price rising as cattle seen 20 percent higher at JBS
The world's top beef producer expects U.S. cattle prices will jump 20 percent to a record next year as rain on grazing fields and corn crops prompts ranchers from Texas to Nebraska to feed animals instead of sending them to slaughter.
EDITORIAL: Bloomberg News - America's future global role depends on domestic success
Uncertainty over how the United States will evolve over the next two decades makes its behavior a top "game- changers" of the international order. So say the authors of "Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds," the latest quadrennial future-gazing exercise by the National Intelligence Council.
Alabama farmers see record yields in 2012
State agriculture officials say Alabama’s record yields in cotton, soybean and peanut crops in 2012 helped to offset lower than average corn yields.
INTERNATIONAL: Coffee from an elephant's gut fills a $50 cup
In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee.
Fast-growing fish may never wind up on your plate
Salmon that's been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat.
Feds consider poultry slaughter inspection changes
The average American eats about 80 pounds of chicken per year, and Alabama produces more than a billion chickens each year, making it the third-largest producer in the country.
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