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Jul 06, 2015

A frozen Garden of Eden: Cary Fowler, consummate seed saver

Memphis, Tenn. native Cary Fowler is on a mission to preserve world crop diversity by collecting and saving seed for crops no longer used in modern....More
Jul 01, 2015

And with your hamburger how about a side of porn?

Can somebody tell me where I can get one of those gorgeous, juicy, half-a-foot-high hamburgers we see in TV ads? The ones you actually get are all....More
Jun 25, 2015

Field days can bring the heat, but shed light on agriculture’s importance

Field days give producers, university and industry representatives an opportunity to see how things work in the field even if they do typically take....More
Jun 22, 2015

Careful: That french fry or apple pie may alter your genetic makeup (not!)

“If you look at food packaging, you might think the three most terrifying letters in the English language are GMO.” — Jon Stewart....More
Jun 15, 2015

Mike Espy on ag sales to Cuba: ‘Don’t wait—go there, meet farmers’

"I believe things are going to open up relatively soon” with Cuba, says former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, and those wanting to do business....More
Jun 15, 2015

Congressman finds bucking trend can be problematic

Congressman bucks trend in defending legislation that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which helps facilitate purchases of U.S. exports....More
Jun 08, 2015

Ag technology: It's now what’s hot for venture capital investors1

Start-up companies targeting plant and animal health are increasingly attracting backing from venture capital funds....More
Jun 02, 2015

Ag R&D: Are cutbacks in spending endangering future productivity?

Cutbacks in spending on agricultural research and development have allowed past productivity gains to slip away as economic and environmental....More
Jun 02, 2015

Catfish crooks, timber thieves and truffle rustlers

On the night of the incident, Rambaud, already sick of trespassers digging up truffles on his land, had been waiting in one of the family’s groves....More
Jun 01, 2015

Uptick in agriculture-related jobs to keep kids on the farm?

Without even the barest knowledge of agriculture, “our students are vulnerable to misinformation that sometimes vilifies farmers.” -- Karen Ballard....More
May 28, 2015

Beekeepers need farmers to help feed their bees

Beekeepers need more forages for their bees than most can provide so they rely on farmers to provide healthy crops and other vegetation to feed them....More
May 25, 2015

Weird takes a new turn in D.C. as president’s own party rebels

As has been the case with other U.S. trade deals in recent years, there were concerns about the expected loss of U.S. jobs as a result of the Trans-....More
May 19, 2015

OK, it’s my annual rant about sun dangers (which you should heed)

Melanoma, the worst form of skin cancer, is really nasty stuff, and it can be deadly....More
May 11, 2015

A familiar story: Fill the tank today because tomorrow it’ll likely cost more

The turn back upward in fuel prices comes when lower prices for crops and rising costs of other inputs are putting the squeeze on farmers' profit....More
May 11, 2015

Deja vu all over again?

Brazil appears to be considering filing a challenge to U.S. corn and soybean programs in the World Trade Organization....More
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