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What is a GMO?

What is a GMO?

If you’ve followed the debate about GMOs with any sort of regularity, there’s a strong chance you’ve come across a picture of a tomato stabbed by a giant syringe. That image, though a complete fiction, seems to perfectly capture what’s preventing public acceptance of these foods: We don’t really know what makes something a GMO. […]

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U.S. farmers tighten belts to compete with cheap LatAm grain

U.S. farmers tighten belts to compete with cheap LatAm grain

When Kansas farmer Tom Giessel drove over a deer carcass and punctured a tire on his combine during harvest this fall, he did not have the time or cash to fix it. He borrowed his neighbor’s combine to finish. U.S. farmers are cutting costs any way they can to compete against cheaper producers in Argentina […]

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Why 4-H is focusing on tech along with tractors

Why 4-H is focusing on tech along with tractors

Today and in the future, there is a tremendous need for young people to know how to create technology, not just consume it. This is true across every industry, from business to fashion to agriculture. Estimates show that 65% of today’s students entering grade school this year will be employed in jobs that don’t exist […]

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This Genetics Company Is Editing Horns Off Milk Cows

This Genetics Company Is Editing Horns Off Milk Cows

Geneticist Scott Fahrenkrug knows a callipyge when he sees one. The term, which means “beautiful buttocks” in Greek, is often used by livestock breeders to describe a mutation that causes an animal’s post­erior to grow to twice the average size for its species, meaning more juicy, flavorful meat.Fahrenkrug saw his first callipyge in the 1990s, […]

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This Snap-On Sensor Could Tell Farmers Exactly How Much To Water Their Crops

This Snap-On Sensor Could Tell Farmers Exactly How Much To Water Their Crops

In 2010, scientists at California’s Pacific Institute, a global water think tank, defined a condition Earth could face called “peak water.” Loosely, it’s analogous to peak oil, but it’s not just that we’ll run out of water. Fresh water won’t vanish, but it will become still more unevenly distributed, increasingly expensive, and harder to access. […]

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Grocery Prices Have Been Falling. Did You Notice?

Grocery Prices Have Been Falling. Did You Notice?

Food prices in America were down for the longest period in about 60 years. Wait, what? It’s not something that shoppers seemed to have noticed much. “Are you serious? Really?” says Michelle German, holding a bag of groceries and wine at a Harris Teeter store in Washington, D.C. “I just spent about $40 dollars on […]

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Online startup Crowd Cow wants to disrupt the meat market. The stakes have never been higher.

Online startup Crowd Cow wants to disrupt the meat market. The stakes have never been higher.

When your family owns a Montana cattle ranch, it seems like selling beef to a friend should be easy enough. David Balatero, an old boyfriend’s bandmate, wanted good meat from a small ranch, and he knew my family could provide it. Once while waiting in line at a trendy barbecue joint, I had described our […]

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Hemp a Crowd Pleaser at Ag Progress Days

Hemp a Crowd Pleaser at Ag Progress Days

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — Terry Skelton, a beef farmer in Erie County, was curious about adding hemp to his grazing rotation. “I would like to rotational graze the hemp, to see if that would be a way to put fat on my animals — a feasible way to build fat on my animals,” he said. […]

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