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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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Americans are confused about food and unsure where to turn for answers, survey shows

Americans are confused about food and unsure where to turn for answers, survey shows

More than one-third of Americans do not know that foods with no genetically modified ingredients contain genes, according to the new nationally representative Food Literacy and Engagement Poll we recently conducted at Michigan State University. For the record, all foods contain genes, and so do all people. The majority of respondents who answered this question […]

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10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run

10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run

Most of us don’t spend our days plowing fields or wrangling cattle. We’re part of the 99 percent of Americans who eat food, but don’t produce it. Because of our intimate relationship with food, and because it’s so crucial to our health and the environment, people should be very concerned about how it’s produced. But […]

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