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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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Breed Alone is Not Enough to Determine How Awesome Your Dog Is

Dogs hold a special place in the hearts of Americans. While many people are happy finding their best friend among the unwanted mutts at shelters, there are also those that prefer specific breeds. Often, that preference is based on assumptions about the breed's underlying behavioral quirks. However, new research suggests that a dog's breed might not have as big an ...
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Robots are Coming for the Chickens!

The labor shortage in agriculture is acute and only expected to get worse as younger generations continue to turn away from farming. Herman, Nebraska-based Birds Eye Robotics aims to solve the labor problem for the poultry industry with a robot designed to improve animal welfare in poultry barns. The contraption can stimulate movement, clean barns, and even identify and remove ...
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The Kentucky Derby Runs This Weekend

Are you ready for the most exciting two minutes in sports? The tradition continues this Saturday, May 7th with the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby has been held every year since 1875 and has been staged on the first Saturday in May every year since 1946, with two exceptions. The 1945 Derby was held on June ...
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Industrial Uses for Hemp Worth Considering…

Last autumn marked the seventh season for an industrial hemp harvest since the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. While producers in some states could legitimately be considered veterans of growing the crop the learning curve remains steep for producers at large. But we are starting to see more interest and strength in growing hemp for industrial demand. Many growers had ...
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