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  • Raisins
    Supreme Court supports property rights in raisin decision
    For more than half a century, the government has been using the force of law to extort and confiscate raisins from farmers in California in a scheme to manipulate market prices. The rules, in effect since 1949, have required that farmers hand over...
  • Woman-Powered Farm
    Woman-Powered Farm, a guide for the homestead farmer
    Ted's Last Stand Farm and Gardens is a sustainable small farm located near Charlottesville, Virginia, owned and operated by Michael Levatino and Audrey Blecha. Specializing in growing the finest, freshest, seasonal cut flowers in the area,...
  • Farming Simulator 15 review: Too real for its own good
    'Farming Simulator 15' review: Too real for its own good
    All hard work and no fun make “Farming Simulator 15” more dull than anything else.If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to work on a farm, ”Farming Simulator 15” will answer that question all too quickly. Sure...
  • End food waste: Imperfect fruit is still delicious and healthy fruit
    End food waste: Imperfect fruit is still delicious and healthy fruit
    We’ve grown accustomed to acquiring pretty-looking produce. No lumps, brown spots, sprouts, weather bruises or other malformations are evident in grocery store aisles, let alone on our dinner plates. That’s because ugly fruit and...
  • 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...
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    3DS review: Story of Seasons
    Story of Seasons is like a spiritual successor to the Harvest Moon series. Players start the game off by creating their male, or female avatar. As a new farmer in the area surrounding Oak Tree Town, the first seven days are basically a tutorial....
  • Beginning farmer education for veterans
    Beginning farmer education for veterans
    Military veterans prefer hands-on learning with people they trust. Veterans want to “do” rather than listen to lectures. Successful educators build relationships with veterans and create Beginning Farmer training techniques that...
  • Sheep barn
    On American Sniper and human farming
    The movie American Sniper, which profiles Chris Kyle, has received a mixed response from critics. Kyle is viewed by various observers as anything between a hero who did what he had to do and a mass murderer who was part of a foreign invasion force...
  • Kip Pheil
    Farm Energy Efficiency
    Farm inputs can include energy in the form of fuels, electricity and fertilizers. Crop and livestock production uses energy in many forms. Energy heats water for washing equipment and harvested crops, and powers lighting for production and...
  • Advocacy group reveals disturbing truth behind 'humane farming' in video of hens
    Advocacy group reveals disturbing truth behind 'humane farming' in video of hens
    On Thursday, a grassroots animal advocacy group, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) released a disturbing and heartbreaking video of a farm in Northern California which raises hens to supply eggs to Whole Foods and Organic Valley.The video...
  • Fonio a key crop to ending hunger
    Ancient grain fights hunger during climate change
    What has caused tremendous hunger and suffering in the Sahel region of Africa? Drought. With drastic climate change taking place, droughts are creating food shortages in this region.There is a crop that has tremendous resistance to drought. It is...
  • Purchase for Progress in South Sudan
    South Sudan program offers glimpse of Feed the Future
    As South Sudan struggles with a severe hunger crisis, ongoing aid programs offer a glimpse of what peace might bring. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reports it's collecting 200 metric tons of maize from suppliers in the war-torn country.It&...
  • Gun'Drak
    'World of Warcraft' 'Borean Leather' Farming 101
    In recent times the acquiring of "Borean Leather" has diminished. As people move onto other things to prepare themselves for the upcoming "World of Warcraft" expansion, "Warlords of Draenor." Since this is the case,...
  • 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,...
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