DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Although rain has slowed progress in some regions of the country, farmers planting corn remain ahead of schedule. Nationally, 94 percent of the crop is planted, two percentage points ahead of the five-year average.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett said America's future lies on the strength of rural communities at the Rural Futures Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wednesday night.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top veterinary official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says more money, surveillance and farm security is needed to fight off a possible return of bird flu this fall.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a bird flu vaccine doesn't work well enough to approve it for emergency use against the current outbreak that's shaken the Midwest poultry industry.