posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Dairy farmers squeezed in recent years by low milk prices and high feed costs can begin signing up next week for a new program replacing old subsidies that didn't factor in the price of corn.
Signups for the new program will run...
posted on September 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM
Federal researchers are working on a system to measure and predict the destructiveness of wildfires… similar to ones already in place for hurricanes and tornadoes. The National Institute for Standards and Technology hopes the Wildland Urban...
posted on March 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM
Authorities say the ongoing investigation is already the largest such ring uncovered in the country.
posted on August 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM
WAITSFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A year after Hurricane Irene swept away topsoil and crops and replaced them with rocks and contaminants, farmers from North Carolina to Vermont are rebounding but still grappling with the aftermath — on top of an...
posted on May 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM
The University of Iowa has received over $6.7 million in federal funds to demolish buildings destroyed in the 2008 flood.
posted on December 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM
A four-member panel assembled by the Corps issued a 99-page report this week citing “climatic extremes” that appear to be getting “bigger and more frequent.” The group added the Corps was not negligent in its duty to manage the flood.
posted on December 16, 2011 at 8:07 PM
Farmland values in the heart of the Corn Belt soar to all-time highs...
The Senate Agriculture Committee tries to find billions of dollars missing from MF Global. In the wake of record flooding, rural insurance premiums threaten to rise higher...
posted on December 16, 2011 at 3:25 PM
Midwestern farmers still drying out their formerly flooded farmland are likely to get hit with another punch – steep increases in crop insurance premiums. The reason: much of the damage from last summer’s epic flooding still has not been repaired.
posted on November 18, 2011 at 9:36 AM
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Extreme drought withered grain across the Great Plains. Flooding from the Mississippi and Missouri rivers drowned corn and other crops from Nebraska to Louisiana. A tropical storm on the East Coast submerged Carolina...
posted on September 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM
Insurers have paid out claims totaling almost $25 billion in this year's disasters— compared with the typical $30 billion total for a whole year — and peak hurricane season is less than halfway through.
Hurricanes often account for...
posted on January 7, 2011 at 5:01 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The federal government proposed Thursday to reward farmers who use crop insurance and demonstrate good management practices that limit their losses.
posted on June 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S Department of Agriculture released the final draft of a new crop insurance plan Thursday that it said will save the federal government about $6 billion over 10 years.
posted on April 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The federal government wants to save taxpayers billions of dollars by reducing spending on crop insurance after years of big profits by insurers, but the industry claims the reductions could hurt rural areas.
posted on December 18, 2009 at 9:12 AM
The health care debate has lawmakers investigating several options. Farmers in rural Wisconsin are already receiving medical care through an innovative program.
posted on September 25, 2009 at 7:09 PM
Market analyst Darin Newsom. Farmers work to curtail runoff blamed for the "Dead Zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. Rural Americans capitalize on an innovative cooperative health care program.