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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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Making “Morel Mushrooms” Available Year-Round

Here at home, everybody has been out and about the past few weeks hunting for mushrooms, particularly the "morel mushrooms" which are coveted by chefs and eaters alike for their intensely nutty, woodsy flavor. The fungi are typically only available during a short timeframe during the spring and only in the wild. Meaning the commercial morel market is almost entirely supplied ...
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New Tech is Extending Food’s Shelf Life

Approximately one-third of food produced for human consumption, most specifically fruits and vegetables, is wasted each year through their natural process of decay. A startup called "Hazel Technologies" is hoping to change that with a simple insert placed in the packaging at the warehouse. Hazel believes their solution will provide a more sustainable, healthy, and versatile alternative to current practices used ...
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From Street Corners to Movie Theaters… America’s Favorite Snack

It may be a bit of a stretch to suggest that popcorn has changed the world as we know it, but it sure has been one of America's favorite snacks for a long long time. Below is some brief history and fun facts. We have all been told that corn began as a wild grass called teosinte in southwestern Mexico ...
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A Company Making Fake Meat Taste Like the Real Thing

As chefs always say, fat is flavor. It’s also what gives traditional animal proteins their texture, mouthfeel and cooking behavior. That fact has long held alternative proteins back due to the fact that there are limited fats available today that are both plant-based and offer the same properties as their animal-based counterparts. We need to pay attention here... there's now a ...
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How American Cheese Created One of Our Greatest Food Empires

American cheese is one of those food items which most people have a very strong opinion about. I'm talking about the highly meltable "pasteurized cheese product" that comes as individually wrapped slices, or gets sliced off a giant orangish cube at the deli counter. As much as the critics might hate it, even the biggest culinary talents in the world ...
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More Money for Cultured Meat

US-based "UPSIDE Foods" (formerly known as Memphis Meats) has closed a +$400 million Series C in the largest funding round for a cultivated meat company to-date. UPSIDE is saying they will use the funds to build a commercial-scale facility for “any species” of cultivated meat, as well as develop a supply chain for cell media and other necessary inputs. In case ...
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