A California slaughterhouse is closed by the USDA after video shows animal cruelty. CNN's Sandra Endo reports.
Congress adjourned for the summer on Thursday without passing a relief package for farmers and ranchers suffering through the most widespread drought since the 1930s.
Senators approved a giant farm bill Thursday that is estimated to cut the deficit by almost $24 billion, largely by ending direct payments to farmers and replacing them with taxpayer- subsidized crop insurance to assist farmers in need.
Two farms have been quarantined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the agency continues to investigate last month's discovery of mad cow disease at a California dairy farm.
Is the testing process for mad cow disease adequate? CNN's Brian Todd reports.
Tens of thousands of American farmers who suffered racial discrimination by the U.S. Agriculture Department in the 1980s and '90s may start getting compensation from a $1.25 billion settlement, a federal judge has ruled.
According to the U.N. thousands of people face "imminent starvation" in Somalia. CNN's Anderson Cooper has more.
The United Nations warned Monday of a possible resurgence of the deadly avian flu virus, saying there are indications a mutant strain may be spreading in Asia.
In 2009, CNN's John Vause reported on concerns in mainland China over bird flu.
About 13% of the world's population is undernourished, according to the most recent statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
German health authorities confirmed two more deaths due to a virulent bacteria outbreak, they said Thursday, bringing the total number of dead in Europe to 27. All but one were in Germany.
The European Union on Wednesday agreed to pay 210 million euros ($307 million) to farmers who suffered losses due to the E.coli outbreak that has killed at least 25 people, mostly in Germany.
German officials say initial tests for E. coli at a bean sprout farm are negative. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.
A deadly bacterial outbreak that has killed at least 23 people in Europe is limited to an area around the German city of Hamburg and does not require Europe-wide controls, a top European Union official said Tuesday.
Food prices worldwide continued to rise in February, and the recent spike in oil prices could push food costs even higher in the months ahead, according to a report from the United Nations.
China's government will invest $1 billion to combat a three month drought crippling the country's north.
CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva takes a look at the drought in China and its global implications.
World food prices rose to an all-time high in January, according to the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The U.S. Senate approved a $1.15 billion measure Friday to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.
Shoppers from mainland China travel to Hong Kong to avoid rising prices. CNN's Pauline Chiou reports.
Beginning Thursday, the head of the National Black Farmers Association will ride a tractor to Capitol Hill to press Congress to fund a historic discrimination case settlement involving minority farmers.
John Boyd drives his tractor to the White House and Capitol Hill calling for payout in a minority discrimination case.
The good news is that improving economies in developing nations is allowing more people to eat better, but the United Nations estimates that nearly 1 billion people will still face chronic hunger this year.
The head of the National Black Farmers Association renewed his call Tuesday for Congress to fund a historic discrimination case settlement involving minority farmers.
Concerned with the recent outbreak of riots over food prices in the African nation of Mozambique, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced Saturday it will hold a special meeting this month to discuss rising wheat prices.
Shirley Sherrod, who received an apology after being forced to resign from the Agriculture Department, will meet Tuesday with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss a job offer, a department official confirmed Saturday.
Shirley Sherrod talks with CNN's Anderson Cooper about the conversation she had with President Obama.
The former Agriculture Department employee at the center of a political firestorm said Friday that President Barack Obama didn't literally say he was "sorry" when they spoke Thursday, but "by simply calling me," she believed he was apologizing.
Shirley Sherrod got her wish Thursday: a conversation with President Barack Obama about her forced resignation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The head of the National Black Farmers Association said Thursday the U.S. government has agreed to pay qualified farmers $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias.
Up to 30 million people are facing "a humanitarian disaster" as one of Africa's biggest lakes shrinks, a United Nations agency warned Thursday.
Farmers are implicating a close ally of President Robert Mugabe's in the latest round of farm seizures in Zimbabwe in which Mugabe loyalists take over white-owned farms.
The United Nations is urging countries to invest in green jobs working with "sustainable forest management" to address the growing problem of unemployment worldwide.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it is suspending Peanut Corporation of America and its subsidiary, Tidewater Blanching LLC, from doing business with the federal government for at least a year, and perhaps longer.
Myanmar is facing a food shortage largely due to last year's deadly Cyclone Nargis, which destroyed nearly all the rice crops in the fertile Ayeyarwaddy delta, the United Nations said Wednesday.
Liberia's president has declared a state of emergency after hordes of ravenous caterpillars infested the country.
Famed for keeping people slim, healthy and living longer, the Mediterranean diet has followers all over the world.
The Republic of Ireland will resume sales of pork and bacon following a food safety scare that prompted the recall of all Irish pork, the country's Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith announced Wednesday.
A U.N. report says hunger is on the rise globally and blames higher food prices.
Producing the world's beef and pork intake creates more greenhouse gases than all of the planet's cars, planes and boats combined
With rising energy prices and the global biofuel rush already putting pressure on food prices, more news that some countries' food supplies are being threatened from other corners is never welcome. But new research from the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) released last week seemed to promise exactly that.
The Louisiana crawdaddy could reduce disease and fight spiraling food prices in Egypt. CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh reports
Congress passed a $300 billion farm bill over President Bush's veto for a second time Wednesday, a step made necessary by a clerical error when the original bill passed.
It wasn't so long ago that biofuels were being heralded as the savior of the planet and a thoroughly green solution to our climate woes. But fair winds have been replaced by persistent storms of criticism. But is it justified? Principal Voices has spoken to three people -- an economist, a scientist and an environmental campaigner -- at the heart of the biofuels debate. Here, they have their say on biofuels. Have yours at bottom of the page.
Congress enacted a $300 billion farm bill Thursday over President Bush's objections, but questions remain about whether a clerical error will keep the bill from going into effect.
On a ranch nestled in the high plains of northeastern Colorado, thousands of cattle are being fattened up and prepared for slaughter.
It appears the global food crisis can be averted. The solution? The humble potato.
The United Nations has spotted a potential solution to end the global food crisis: the potato. CNN's Mallika Kapur reports.
The Amazon rainforest is so vast and full of life that even its defenders don't know exactly what it is they are protecting.
Two United Nations contract workers, a Briton and a Kenyan, were kidnapped Tuesday in southern Somalia, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
The Humane Society of the United States released a video Wednesday it says shows mistreatment of "downed" cows at a California slaughterhouse -- and one lawmaker said it raises questions about the safety of the nation's food supply.
Analysis: Senate Republicans have blocked a bad bill for the wrong reasons. But don't expect it to die
Something unusual is going on in the pasta section of the largest supermarket in Parma, Italy, these days. All the pasta is still there, stacked on both sides of a tennis-court-length aisle in the center of the store. The dizzying choice, too, is the same as in many Italian supermarkets: dozens of shapes, sizes, and colors, ranging from banal penne and rigatoni to lumachine, shaped like tiny snail shells.
Foot and mouth disease has been found in cattle on a farm near Guildford in Surrey, England, British government officials said Friday, prompting Prime Minister Gordon Brown to call a meeting of the United Kingdom's crisis panel.
Through a series of creative financing proposals that includes guaranteed loans, grants and aggressive research, the 2007 Farm Bill now before Congress provides seed money for the growth of alternative fuel production in the United States.
This year's legislation for the nation's $300 billion farm industry takes important steps to help local farmers but much more remains to be done, a panel of experts agreed Tuesday.
The Canadian government said Sunday that it has confirmed a case of mad-cow disease in a cow in British Columbia.
Japan halted the import of U.S. beef Friday after animal spines were found in three boxes of frozen beef at Tokyo International Airport and asked U.S. officials to explain what happened.
The bird flu virus could become endemic in Turkey and poses a serious risk to neighboring countries, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says.
On Sept. 27, hundreds of America's top cotton growers gathered in the convention center in Visalia, Calif., in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. They'd come for the annual meeting of Calcot, one...
Global moves to combat the threat of avian flu are being stepped up, with China, the United States, Canada, Japan and North Korea all taking action to help stop the disease spreading.
GENEVA -(Dow Jones)- Talks among trade ministers from the world's biggest commercial powers to open global markets ended in acrimony Tuesday night.
The soil of the Northwest's Palouse region is among the richest in the country. Much of it is sunk in and around outcroppings of Ice Age silt dunes; farmers and ranchers here sometimes work 50-degr...
For kids whose parents are loaded, baseball mitts or big wheel cars are just so gross.
Delaware's agriculture secretary says it is "way premature" for South Korea to ban U.S. poultry products after a strain of bird flu not known to affect humans was found on a farm in the state.
Chinese agricultural officials have confirmed that the H5N1 strain of bird flu -- the more deadly variety -- has spread to Anhui Province in Eastern China.
United Nations health experts have issued stern warnings about bird flu as the human death toll in Asia rises to 18.
Health experts are meeting in Rome for an emergency bird flu summit as deaths from the disease mount in Asia and fears rise the illness may have reached Europe.
World health experts have called for a SARS-like response to a bird flu pandemic as two more Asian nations reported outbreaks of the disease.
U.S. officials this week will kill about 450 bull calves, including the offspring of a dairy cow that tested positive for mad cow disease last month, the Agriculture Department said Monday.
Lost in the budget brawl over Medicare comes news that farm subsidies, America's oldest, most protected welfare program, might finally be phased out. Or not.
THE ENDURING global partnership between farmers and politicians is starting to come unstuck. The leading industrial powers, after years of bickering, now look ready to forge an agreement on rolling...
DWAYNE ANDREAS sometimes gets by with a little help from his friends. Three years ago the chairman and chief executive of Archer Daniels Midland Co. was arranging a conference of senior business an...
Yep, it's for real all right. Any lingering skepticism about the severity of the drought was dispelled when the Department of Agriculture released its crop forecasts in mid-August. Consumers are al...
HOW ABOUT a few tunes on behalf of city dudes, Willie Nelson? The gritty, bighearted country-and-western singer has sponsored Farm Aid concerts around the country and has raised more than $8 millio...
While a drought has scorched crops, killed livestock, and cost farmers in the Southeast $1 billion, growers in the Midwest are reaping bumper crops. From the taxpayers' point of view, the bountiful...
NEARLY 100,000 U.S. farmers, many of them among the most efficient in the world, are about to go broke. Many are in their 30s and 40s, men who just a few years ago saw rich, prosperous lives ahead....
TWO POWERFUL LOBBIES, each accustomed to getting its way in Washington, are locked in fierce combat on Capitol Hill. Farmers want Uncle Sam to provide federal loans and other subsidies to help them...
After a week of furrowed brows, leaks to the press, and symbolic gestures to major-domos of Congress, President Reagan unveiled a list of $42 billion in budget cuts that were pretty much what Budge...