The top read news articles from 2014  were a diverse mix, which included articles about some aspect of news that was in the forefront throughout the year.

For example, the number one read article was connected to the California drought, and there were several articles about the drought spread throughout the year. The second-place article was about the farm bill, and, of course, we had several news articles about the farm bill since this legislation was known to have long-term impact on farming and the companies doing business with farmers and ranchers. 

It is quite interesting that Syngenta was in the news continuously in 2014 for a number of different reasons as noted by the three articles in the top 10 most read list. Probably the most important articles were those about the lack of Chinese registration of Agrisure Viptera and the rejection of exported corn that contained extremely small amounts of the unapproved corn in ships that arrived at Chinese ports.

Most of the other top news items were about business activity related to company financials—mergers, acquisitions, new business ventures and employee layoffs. Unexpected or potential game-changing activity always grabs reader attention.

Check out what articles were read the most. Click on any of the headlines to read the full articles. Each of these was posted to the AgProfessional.com website and also mentioned in either the AgProfessional Weekly or Dealer Update newsletters.

1. No El Niño in 2014? Drought-weary California in trouble

2. A closer look at the new farm bill

3. Study shows differences in understanding sustainable agriculture

4. Agrium to cut 500 jobs, sell some businesses

5. Founder of Precision Planting launches Yield 360

6. DuPont Crop Protection to sell certain assets to Bayer

7. Groups ask Syngenta to pull GM corn barred by China

8. DuPont Pioneer to open three new research facilities

9. Syngenta to cut, relocate 1,800 jobs

10. Syngenta names new corn herbicide premix