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J.R. Simplot… Great Rags-to-Riches Story!

J.R. Simplot, who died on this day in 2008 had the inherent ability to see possibilities where others saw obstacles. He also had the resolve to act on them. Simplot struck out on his own as a 14-year-old after his father refused to let him attend a basketball game. The story is his mother gave him $20 in gold coins, ...
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Drought Continues to Pull Cattle Forward, Limiting Beef Production Outlook for 2023

Pastureland conditions this year are off to the worst start for the grazing season since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began keeping track in 1995. The terrible conditions are the result of the prolonged drought across the country, with about half the U.S. cattle herd within an area experiencing some level of drought. As a result, producers are pushing ...
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Rare, Third Year of La Niña Poses Another Season of Extreme Weather Risks for Crops

Meteorologists were reversing course on predictions that the La Niña weather anomaly is on its way out. Defying earlier patterns that showed La Niña was breaking down, forecasters warn the cycle will return for a rare third year in a row, bringing with it more weather risks for crops across the globe.    The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said ...
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“Homestead Act”… More Than the Start of Our Family Legacy

About 93 million Americans living today are the direct descendants of "homesteaders" those who filed claims under the "Homestead Act" which was signed on this day in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. Sadly, however, most of us have seen the recent stats that show the majority of the 33 million schoolchildren in this country today have never set foot on ...
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Researchers are Learning How to Grow Plants on the Moon

Dreams of reaching distant planets or even colonizing our own moon are dependent on being able to grow vast quantities of food. Growing it hydroponically is an option but that technology requires a lot of water, which presumably will also be in short supply in outer space. The easiest solution would be the ability to grow food on other planets ...
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From Eighth-Grade Dropout to Donut King….the Story of Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts is an American institution that has spawned an untold number of copycats over the years. Since its creation in 1948, the company has grown from one shop in Massachusetts to over 11,000 locations across 37 countries. It was all the brainchild of an 8th-grade dropout named William Rosenberg who noticed that Americans really liked donuts with their coffee.Rosenberg ...
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The 10 Biggest Landowners in America

While corporations can always offer more stock and the government can always issue more bonds, there is one asset that has had a pretty fixed supply on earth for the last several million years: Land. And some Americans own a lot of this asset. The Land Report publishes an annual ranking of the biggest private landowners in the U.S. as ...
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Tobacco Could Have a New Role in Cultured Meat Production

Cultured meat has failed to keep pace with the plant-based protein industry, its main rival in the faux meat space. Some of the bigger hurdles cultured meat has been trying to overcome revolve around its reliance on animal-derived growth factors. Not only is it prohibitively expensive, but the fact that its production requires the slaughter of animals disqualifies it as ...
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Global Wheat Users Hope for Canadian Crop Rebound

After weather and war dealt a disastrous blow to this year's global wheat supplies, there is a great deal of hope now pinned on traditional suppliers to maximize production in the 2022/23 season. There are a lot of eyes on Canada's wheat right now where the country's grain production is expected to rebound from last year's drought-induced losses. That's of ...
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Helping Farmers Who Are Trying to Generate More Profit Per Acre… for Decades to Come

Most investors in agriculture tend to evaluate farmland value based on land appreciation and current or historical crop yields and revenues. But that approach can often miss how much potential revenue a given parcel of land has to reliably generate in the future. "Propagate" is a new company that is helping farmers reduce business risks while integrating fruit, nut, and timber ...
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