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Chicken farmers say processors treat them like servants

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former chicken farmers in five states have filed a federal lawsuit accusing a handful of giant poultry processing companies that dominate the industry of treating farmers who raise the chickens like indentured servants and...


Pork industry says not to worry about a bacon shortage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An insatiable demand for bacon depleted frozen pork belly supplies in the U.S. to a record low level for December, but the pork industry is confident it can keep up with demand and avoid any serious shortages. Bottom line:...


Iowa spill is largest of diesel fuel in US since 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Workers were expected to complete cleaning up Thursday about 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel that spewed from a broken pipeline onto an Iowa farm, the largest U.S. diesel spill since 2010, federal authorities said. Vacuum...

 By David Pitt    Regional    October 6, 2016

Our freezers runneth over: Explaining the US food surplus

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Warehouses, distribution centers and grocery stores are overflowing with some food staples, such as milk, eggs and frozen fruits and vegetables, the result of increased production and decreased exports. Take da...


Scarce cash in land of plenty: Farmers adjust to downturn

MAXWELL, Iowa (AP, posted Sept. 13, 2016) — Pale green and 8 feet tall, tightly packed corn stalks reach to the horizon throughout the Midwest in what is likely to be the biggest harvest the U.S. has ever seen. Aside from a sense of pride in breaki...


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