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This Giant Automated Cricket Farm is Designed to Make Bugs a Mainstream Source of Protein

Could crickets be the next sushi? Inside a new building in an industrial neighborhood near the airport in Austin, a robot is feeding millions of crickets, 24 hours a day. The facility–a 25,000-square-foot R&D center that opened this month for the startup Aspire–uses technology that the company plans to soon duplicate in a farm 10 times as large. […]

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How Midwestern Farmers Could Help Save the Gulf of Mexico

  On the connection between farming and water quality… If you pay state taxes in Maryland, you fund a program that gives farmers as much as $90 per acre—$22,500 annually for a typical corn operation—to plant a crop that’s not even intended for harvest. This absurd-sounding initiative cost the state’s coffers a cool $24 million in 2015. Yet I […]

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Abby Driscoll tends to her daily chores on her family owned farm Tuesday July, 25, 2017 Newton, Wi. The Driscolls like many dairy farms are dependent on migrant workers to help with the many aspects of running a farm. They along with many other farms are now running into issues getting help due to the current administrations stance on immigration making many workers return to home countries in fear of being arrested in the United States while looking for work. CREDIT: Darren Hauck for Center for Investigative Reporting

No Sanctuary, Fewer Farmhands: How Dairyland Suffers Under Trump Agenda

How Trump’s immigration policies are harming the dairy industry… As one of the state’s largest industries and the core of its Cheesehead identity, dairy production is heavily dependent on immigrant workers. Farmers say few if any U.S. citizens apply for these jobs. In addition, while farmers who grow seasonal crops such as blueberries can bring temporary […]

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With an American honeybee queen for a mother and a European honeybee drone for a father, this worker bee has a level of genetic diversity unseen in the U.S. for decades. Researchers at Washington State University hope a deeper gene pool will give a new generation of honeybees  much-needed genetic traits, like resistance to varroa mites. The parasite kills a third of American honeybees each year

No Offense, American Bees, But Your Sperm Isn’t Cutting It

The trouble with honeybees in the U.S…. According to the WSU research team, the root cause of the U.S. honeybees’ vulnerability to varroa is a dwindling gene pool that has left them short on genetic traits that help honeybees resist varroa elsewhere in the world. “Honeybees aren’t native to America,” Cobey says. “We brought them […]

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10 Mega Myths About Farming to Remember on Your Next Grocery Run

  To consider the next time you buy groceries…. 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 […]

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Rise of Mega Farms: How the US Model of Intensive Farming is Invading the World

  On the increase of mega farms in the UK… The US has led the world in large-scale farming, pioneering the use of intensive livestock rearing in hog farms, cattle sheds and sheep pens. There are now more than 50,000 facilities in the US classified as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), with another quarter of […]

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Can San Jose Revitalize Local Food And Farms In Silicon Valley?

  Rethinking the food landscape of San Jose… San Jose, California is a sprawling city of contradictions. Once a bedroom suburb for San Francisco commuters, in recent years it has exploded to a city of more than a million people. Now San Jose serves as a home to both wealthy tech workers and working-class families sardined […]

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Why did hunter-gatherers first begin farming?

The origins of farming… The beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries. Researchers from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield have shed light on how hunter-gatherers first began farming and how crops were domesticated to depend on humans. Domesticated crops have been transformed almost beyond […]

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A Farm Journalist Tells Farmers What They’d Rather Not Hear About Climate Change

  Climate change and farmers… When President Trump announced this week that he was taking the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, there were swift and vocal reactions from many industries —- but most of the organizations that represent American agriculture were silent. Chris Clayton, though, a veteran reporter at one of the […]

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Farmers could lead the way on climate action. Here’s how.

  How farmers could work to combat climate change… President Trump, congressional Republicans, and most American farmers share common positions on climate change: They question the science showing human activity is altering the global climate and are skeptical of using public policy to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. But farmers are in a unique position to […]

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