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  • Central Illinois corn and soybean farmer Garry Niemeyer inspects the soil temperature and the sprouting of corn seeds he planted earlier as a test Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Auburn, Ill. Farmers eager to fire up the combines and get their corn crops in the ground are being foiled by an uncooperative spring after a long winter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects farmers to now launch into full-scale planting at the end of this month, later than usual. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop

    Most years about this time, northern Illinois farmer Monty Whipple, like so many Midwest growers, would be riding high in his monstrous planter, kicking up dust while sowing corn in hundreds of acres. But this spring has kept him sidelined, and he's anything but alone.

  • USDA lending $8.5M to 2 Louisiana businesses

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its rural development program is lending $7.1 million to a New Orleans sausage maker and $1.3 million to a Bunkie senior care company.

  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet people on the tarmac as they arrive on Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Friday, April 11, 2014, as they travel to the Al Sharpton's National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    USDA bans all junk food sales at schools around the nation

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued new rules that pretty much ban schools from offering students the chance to buy any type of junk food at all — even in the vending machines that are on campus but operated by independent companies.

  • A glance at spring planting plans in Mississippi

    Here are projections for the acreage Mississippi farmers are expected to plant this year compared to 2013 plantings. The projections are from a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. Farmers could shift crop choices depending on weather and projected prices.

  • Florida's orange production is declining

    This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame.

  • Food supplier recalling 8,700 lbs of chicken

    A food supplier with operations in Oklahoma is recalling more than 8,700 pounds of frozen chicken products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.

  • Lack of moisture a concern for Nebraska farmers

    As Nebraska farmers prepare to plant their crops in the next few weeks, they are worrying about the lack of moisture.

  • USDA: Ill. to have less corn acreage, more beans

    The number of acres Illinois farmers devote to corn crops this year is expected to dip slightly amid growers' plans to plant more soybeans statewide.

  • FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo a central Illinois corn and soybean farmer cultivates his field for spring planting in Waverly, Ill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its annual forecast released Monday, March 31, 2014 the number of acres devoted to corn is expected to shrink about 4 percent this year as farmers devote more of their land to soybeans. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

    USDA: Corn acres expected to shrink 4 percent

    The amount of American cropland devoted to corn is expected to shrink about 4 percent this year as farmers devote more acres to soybeans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

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