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  • Concerned citizens will gather on September 3, 2015, to keep the Pumpkin Patch
    Pumpkin lovers and concerned citizens gather to stand with the Y Worry Farm
    Jack Scible parked his red farm Ford truck at the entrance of the Y Worry Farm on Tuesday September 1, 2015, and surveyed his land from the family farm he started in 1954. "I feel strong," he said to the present writer. With the sign and...
  • Aquaponics vs. Traditional Agriculture Infographic
    Aquaponics in the City
    Food grows where water flows, right? Typically this statement is associated with expansive farmland, but that reference is headed for a change by more sustainable approaches to farming, in the city! In this case we're talking about aquaponics,...
  • Silver Thread lone Finger Lakes vineyard farm grant
    Silver Thread lone Finger Lakes vineyard farm grant
    Paul and Shannon Brock have been working hard to juggle their lives as grape growers and winemakers with their jobs elsewhere in wine-related fields. So, it was quite a boost when they learned this week that their Silver Thread Vineyard has...
  • People in Need after Nepal earthquake
    Food security deteriorating in Nepal quake areas
    The United Nations is reporting that hunger is quickly escalating in areas affected by Nepal's earthquakes. In a report released yesterday, the UN said in remote mountain areas 70 percent of families have "poor or borderline food...
  • Schumer urging USDA to replace Geneva grape lab
    Schumer urging USDA to replace Geneva grape lab
    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has urged the federal Department of Agriculture (USDA) to come to the aid of New York State's more than 1,300 grape growers by replacing the outdated Federal Grape Genetic Research Service Lab in Geneva. In an...
  • CaliforniaDroughtFarming
    The California drought: Not just a California problem
    Whether you’re a California resident or not, as an American, you have an impact on California’s water crisis. 80 percent of the water in the state is consumed by agriculture. That agricultural activity produces one third of the nation...
  • A used Dr. Pepper can stands guard as adorable Ryleigh Harrell flashes a winning smile after plucking the first radish of the harvest season on April 27, 2015, at her grandparents' home in Alapaha, Georgia.
    A captivating evening of scarecrows, Dr. Pepper, and an Alapaha vegetable garden
    Adorable four-year-old Ryleigh Harrell, daughter of Russ and Jessica (Joyce) Harrell and granddaughter of Alan and Cathy (Stone) Harrell, recently took this writer on a captivating tour of her burgeoning vegetable garden at her grandparents’...
  • Food and agriculture topics highlight Earth Day Texas 'menu'
    Food and agriculture topics highlight Earth Day Texas 'menu'
    Being at Earth Day Texas over the weekend was exhilarating, tiring, educational and great fun.The exposition at Fair Park in Dallas was expanded this year to encompass the whole state and fill three whole days with exhibits, workshops, lectures,...
  • Captured on the rainy morning of April 13, 2015, outside the Dixon Cotton Gin offices in Enigma, Georgia, presenting lovely manager Jaclyn Dixon Ford
    Saluting Dixon Cotton Gin manager Jaclyn Ford
    Jaclyn Dixon Ford’s agricultural roots run mighty deep in her native Berrien County. The genial businesswoman grew up driving tractors, cropping tobacco, and packing cotton for her family’s farm and supply business in the small, tight...
  • Members of the Valdosta Rotary Club learn forestry tidbits during a field day excursion sponsored by the Gaskins Forest Education Center in Alapaha, Georgia, on June 21, 2013
    Gaskins Forest Education Center debuts 'Day in the Woods' event in South Georgia
    The Gaskins Forest Education Center, a spectacular privately owned conservation reserve nestled on nearly five thousand acres of pine trees bordering the Alapaha River, unleashed a well-attended community event on Saturday, April 18, in Alapaha,...
  • Are we running out of water for food production?
    Are we running out of water for food production?
    Small farms are the small businesses that keep the rest of the country fed. From soybean fields to vineyards, even family-owned operations are feeling the pinch of droughts, particularly in places like California, where water shortages are...
  • Ag grads in high demand
    Ag grads in high demand
    There's good news for agricultural science and agricultural business majors: Large and small companies are eager to hire them. According to Sara Newberg, director of the University of Minnesota career center, job posting boards, on-campus...
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    The War on Genetically Modified Food and Critics: Interview with Tim Wise
    Timothy A. Wise is the Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute, at Tufts University, and recently published the piece “The War on Genetically-Modified-Food Critics,” at the...
  • Food stars in Mexican-American running movie
    Food stars in Mexican-American running movie
    The 2015 movie McFarland, USA is a virtual platón (Spanish for smörgåsbord or buffet) of Mexican-American food. If you like burritos, enchiladas, tacos, etc., you’re guaranteed to salivate while watching it.McFarland, USA tells the true...
  • Quietcreek's Chireno
    Raising rabbits: Start early for best fly control
    Last year about an article released, Raising rabbits; Getting control of flies, proved to be a very valuable tool for many breeders; helping them get control of fly problems in many barns in the area. Many reported back the success they had even...
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