A wayward weedkiller divides farm communities, harms wildlife.

Farmers have used dicamba for many years. But this year, they used more of it, and they used it in a new way.

A Wayward Weedkiller Divides Farm Communities, Harms Wildlife

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Arkansas defies Monsanto, moves to ban rogue weedkiller.

Arkansas is on the verge of banning the use, during the growing season, of a Monsanto-backed weedkiller that has been blamed for damaging millions of acres of crops in neighboring farms this year.

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Florida's farmers look at Irma's damage: 'Probably the worst we've seen.'

When the worst of Irma's fury had passed, Gene McAvoy hit the road to inspect citrus groves and vegetable fields. McAvoy is a specialist on vegetable farming at the University of Florida's extension office in the town of LaBelle, in the middle of one of the country's biggest concentrations of vegetable and citrus farms.

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Does 'sustainability' help the environment or just agriculture's public image?

Brent Deppe is taking me on a tour of the farm supply business, called Key Cooperative, that he helps to manage in Grinnell, Iowa. We step though the back door of one warehouse, and our view of the sky is blocked by a gigantic round storage tank, painted white.

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Can anyone, even Walmart, stem the heat-trapping flood of nitrogen on farms?

The Environmental Defense Fund opened an office near Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., 10 years ago. It was part of a carefully plotted strategy to persuade the giant retailer that going green could be good for business. If it worked, it certainly could be good for the planet — Walmart’s revenues are bigger than the entire economy of most countries.

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Pesticides are harming bees — but not everywhere, major new study shows.

In the global debate over neonicotinoid pesticides, the company that makes most of them has relied on one primary argument to defend its product: The evidence that these chemicals, commonly called "neonics," are harmful to bees has been gathered in artificial conditions, force-feeding bees in the laboratory, rather than in the real world of farm fields. That company, Bayer, states on its website that "no adverse effects to bee colonies were ever observed in field studies at field-realistic exposure conditions."

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