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Canadian “Super Pigs” Have Been Spotted in the US

Northern US states are on alert as an out-of-control population of so-called "super pigs" begin to swell past the Canadian border. Recent aerial surveys have spotted them on the US side of the Canada-North Dakota border. At least one sighting has also been recorded within 18 miles of the Minnesota border. While many southern US states already have fairly large ...
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Ag Stakeholders Concerned About Potential Impact of New “Natural Asset Companies” on Land Use 

A new type of company could be allowed to list on the New York Stock Exchange starting next year. Known as "natural asset companies," the Securities and Exchange Commission is currently considering a proposal for the asset type submitted by the NYSE and Intrinsic Exchange Group, a private firm that developed the idea. The proposal has drawn support from environmental ...
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“CattleProof” Uses NFTs to Identify and Track Cows

NFTs, or "non-fungible tokens," are probably best known for trendy digital collectibles like Bored Ape that are built on the Ethereum blockchain. These unique assets can be used to certify the provenance, authenticity, and ownership of a piece of digital media. They can also be used to represent real-world physical assets. A Wyoming company called "CattleProof" is using NFTs to ...
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Appreciating the Ground Beneath Our Feet on World Soil Day

Soil is arguably one of the most important parts of our planet's ecosystem and critical for human survival. Without it, there would be no farmers as there would literally be no ground to sow. In order to raise awareness about the significance of soil as a vital resource, the United Nations in 2013 designated December 5 as "World Soil Day." ...
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Rural America at a Glance 2023 Edition: Population Growth Rebounds as Poverty Declines

The US rural population is growing again after a decade of decline, according to USDA's 2023 edition of "Rural America at a Glance," with growth of approximately a quarter percent from 2020 to 2022. This year's report also shows America's rural population is experiencing declines in, with -9.7% fewer nonmetro counties in 2021 experiencing persistent poverty compared with a decade ...
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Could “Beefalo” Be the Healthy Meat of the Future?

What do you get when you cross a cow and a buffalo? Yes, the result is a hybrid animal known as a "beefalo," sometimes called a "cattalo." Beefalo is mostly prized for its lean meat, which has higher vitamin levels and more protein than conventional beef, while having nearly one-third less cholesterol and -79% less fat. Fans of the buffalo-cattle ...
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“Enhanced Rock Weathering” Can Sequester Carbon and Enhance Crop Yields

Spreading rock dust on farms, a technique known as "enhanced rock weathering," is one of the lesser-known carbon removal strategies. According to some estimates, the extremely simple technique could potentially lock up as much CO2 as planting a trillion trees. It might also boost crop yields, according to recent research.Enhanced rock weathering is based on a naturally occurring process that ...
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Merging Crops and Solar with “Agrivoltaics”

"Agrivoltaics" is the use of land for agriculture and solar energy generation. Sometimes referred to as agrophotovoltaics or dual-use solar, the aim of the concept is to help keep farmland in production, in turn easing the land-use conflict that often surrounds solar installations in rural America.According to the US Department of Energy, solar accounted for 5.77% of US electricity generation ...
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Working to Create the First Center for “Space Agriculture”

Humans have lofty goals of spreading out across the universe and establishing outposts on the moon, Mars, and beyond. While the technologies that will carry us to these distant locales continues to advance, another major obstacle that needs to be solved is food production. At University of Nebraska-Lincoln, engineers Yufeng Ge and Santosh Pitla want to tackle the challenge by ...
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Livestock Guardian Dogs are Making a Comeback

Livestock guardian dogs are one of agriculture's unsung heroes. These highly specialized dogs have been used by humans for centuries to protect sheep, cattle, and other domestic livestock against predators. Despite their long history, guardian dogs have only been commonly used in the US since around the late 1970s. As a result, many livestock producers are still unfamiliar with how ...
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