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Southern Crop

  • NCC Urges Passage of Farm Legislation

    “Without strong commodity and crop insurance policies underpinning U.S. agriculture, lenders would be reluctant to provide financing to an industry operating at the mercy of weather extremes and volatile global market prices,” says Ron Craft, chairman of the National Cotton Council.   Read more

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  • Farmland Disappearing at an Alarming Rate

    Around any large or mid-size city in America, one can find land that was previously rich, fertile farmland being bulldozed and segmented to make room for housing and/or commercial businesses. It might be a well-deserved retirement fund for farmers, but once the land is covered with buildings and residences, it[…]

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  • 10 Reasons Your Child Should Join FFA or 4-H

    It’s hard to imagine growing up on a farm without participating in 4-H or FFA. Although there was no FFA in my high school in Ann Arbor, Mich. (there were only about five farm kids in my class of 700), my siblings and I were active members of 4-H. Our woodworking[…]

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  • Ray Starling to Join USDA as Perdue’s Chief of Staff

    While President Trump has received some criticism from the farm community for his harsh words on immigration, Ray Starling, special assistant to the president on agriculture, says the president understands agriculture’s need for access to a reliable labor force and will make it a priority to help fix the issue.[…]

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Agricultural

Previously Unknown Rice Blast Resistance Isolated

A never-before-described gene that gives rice resistance to a disease that has been costing about $66 billion a year in global damage has been isolated by a team of scientists led by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Yulin Jia.   Read more

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Biotechnology

Farm Sense: Biology Breakthroughs Exploding

There’s no more dire story in agriculture than the fight against citrus greening in Florida. Once the nation’s largest citrus industry, the state has seen production fall by more than 70 percent. Millions of dollars in research money has been spent looking for a solution and just last month a[…]

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Precision Agriculture

Ag Legislation and Regulation

Worldwide Agriculture and Trade

Food Trends

The Challenges Behind Healthy Eating

While researching how hard it is for low-income Americans to eat healthy on tight budgets, I’ve often found a mismatch between what people want to eat and the diet they can afford to follow. This made me wonder what eating right costs and how much of this tab gets covered by[…]

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Amazon Vs. Whole Foods: When Cultures Collide

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods last August was the corporate equivalent of mixing tap water with organic extra virgin olive oil. You’d be hard-pressed to find two companies with more different value propositions.   Read more

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