Since 2000, more than 36 million hectares -- an area about the size of Japan -- has been purchased or leased by foreign entities, mostly for agricultural use. Today, nearly 15 million hectares more is under negotiation.
Entries are now being accepted for the first National Wheat Yield Contest in more than 20 years. The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the official contest rules and opened registration on its website for the inaugural year of the contest.
Kansas farmland values, which climbed and at times soared since 2006, started to level off in 2014 and have dipped so far this year, pulled down by lower grain prices, according to Kansas State University agricultural economist Mykel Taylor.
DuPont Chief Executive Officer Ellen Kullman is stepping down this month and will be replaced temporarily by board member and veteran U.S. executive Edward Breen, who oversaw the break-up of conglomerate Tyco International Plc.
A startup fertilizer company can proceed with claims that a Koch brothers-owned competitor is trying to drive it out of business through litigation based on a questionable patent, a North Carolina federal judge has ruled.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $4 million in assistance for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners working to improve food sources for honey bees on private lands in Midwestern and northern plains states.