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  • Usage of yak hair had been prevalent in wigs in 'The Hobbit' films to the Chewbacca character in 'Star Wars'
    Yak hair used in wigs of 'The Hobbit' and 'Star Wars' Chewbacca
    According to Modern Farmer on Friday, from Hollywood to those who like to costume it up, it appears that the "Hobbit's" Gandalf characters to period characters such as Ben Franklin, can owe their thanks to yak hair utilization. It...
  • Farming in Zambia
    Farmers get safety net against climate shocks
    Farmers in developing countries are increasingly feeling the effects of climate change. When drought or other climate shocks hit, it can set off a domino effect of tragedy for farmers and their communities. But a new program gives them insurance,...
  • Nomadic pastoralists guide their cattle to water
    A chance for peace in hungry Darfur
    Here is a story of hope amid the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Civilians had fled to Korma in North Darfur to escape attacks by an armed group. They took refuge near a United Nations peacekeeping base.This displaced group included farmers who started...
  • Alex LaPrise and “Tuesday” of Emma Acres
    4-H & FFA competitions benefit students, livestock and communities
    Local and regional fairs with 4-H and Future Farmers or America (FFA) competitions help educate fair visitors about agriculture as well as build competitors’ skills, self-confidence and leadership skills. These competitors and audiences may...
  • John Holmes and Chef Scott Crawford tour the Raleigh City Farm, which will be located next to Standard Foods.
    Raleigh City Farm and Standard Foods to collaborate on urban harvest dinner
    Vegetable lovers will soon experience Raleigh City's Farm's harvest bounty in a special dinner prepared by well-known Chef Scott Crawford, former Executive Chef of one of North Carolina's most prestigious hotels, The Umstead Hotel and...
  • I voted
    Right to farm in Missouri or right to allow big corporations to take over?
    On August 5, 2014, voters in Missouri will be voting. One of those ballets will be about amending the Missouri constitution, amendment 1 will change how farming and ranching in Missouri is done. Contrary to popular belief the amendment would NOT...
  • Ol' Dan has called it a day
    Ol' Dan has called it a day
    (Note -- this is a repeat of an earlier publication. Ol' Dan has now passed away.)You don't see Ol 'Dan much around the streets of Radisson these days, but ask most anyone about him and they'll say, " Oh yeah, Ol' Dan,...
  • Derek Christianson
    Micronutrients for increased crops yields and nutrition
    If you could increase your yields and your markets demanded more produce, would you spend money on soil amendments? Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth, MA has long recommended farmers pay attention to soil micronutrients. He said...
  • Andy Radin of URI Extension shared the results of his Tomato Management and Variety Trials at a Vegetable Growers Twilight Meeting.
    High tunnel tomato variety trials
    Four RI farms participated in a 13-variety tomato trial in 2013. The trials were funded through a 1-year $15,000 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Partnership Grant titled “Realizing the potential of high...
  • GMO Soybeans
    Voters of Jackson County solidly against GMO crops
    Two thirds of Jackson County voters put an emphatic message to the world that GMO crops are not welcome here. The overwhelming vote was interesting in the face of more than $900,000 dollars raised by large chemical companies and invested in...
  • Honeybee
    Delaware implements honeybee swarm removal plan to deal with millions of bees
    Usually when there’s a spill on the highway, a cleanup will generally follow, but how do you clean up after a million bees were let loose on a highway?After a Freightliner tractor-trailer overturned Tuesday night along I-95 in Newark,...
  • Robotics is Home on the Farm
    Robotic Husbandry is Here
    The future of dairy farming is here. Located in New Franken, Abts Bou-Matic is transforming area dairy farms--small, medium, and large--by using state-of-the-art, robotics technology. Abts Bou-Matic, a family-owned business, has been in operation...
  • Converting an unused corner into a farm
    Urban farm offers land-based learning
    By Carol BogartSacramento Nature ExaminerHow often have you driven around your community and wondered why an apparently abandoned lot isn’t being used to grow food? West Sacramento owns such a lot at 5th & C Streets and that lot is right...
  • Map of the world showing approximate centers of origin of agriculture and its spread in prehistory.
    First genetic study of Neolithic transition reported
    The Neolithic transition from hunter-gatherer culture to farming has been examined in a genetic study of Neolithic remains for the first time. Previous genetic studies have compared the genetic structure of both hunter-gatherer populations and the...
  • The 19th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour is held every April
    N.C. agritourism gets boost with 19th annual Piedmont Farm Tour
    Hands-on learning is the best way for families to understand and support their local sustainable farming movement, according to the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Every spring, N.C. farmers open their gates and welcome families to the farm...