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Why This Year’s “Bird Flu” is so Concerning

As the current version of Avian influenza is gaining traction countries around the globe are announcing new biosafety measures aimed at curbing the swiftly spreading illness. There are now reports of dozens of infected penguins in South Africa, there are many cases no win South Korea, and here in the US more than +49 million birds in 46 states have ...
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What’s Going On With Diesel Fuel Supplies?

US diesel fuel supplies are at record lows. The problem is acute throughout the entire country, though the East Coast is feeling the most severe impacts. Prices are said to be running +30-80 cents more per gallon in pockets of the East where inventories are tightest, with some fuel suppliers already rationing supplies. Across the US as a whole, diesel ...
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Don’t Forget To Turn Back The Clocks… Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday

It's that time of year... Daylight Savings Time (DST) officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 6th, which means you'll want to turn your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night. The good news for the early risers is that sunrise will be about an hour earlier and there will be more light in the mornings, but unfortunately, ...
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Mexico Making Moves to Limit GM Corn Imports Ahead of Possible Ban

In just over a year, genetically modified (GM) corn imports may no longer be allowed by Mexico, one of the biggest buyers of the grain from US producers. Under Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (aka AMLO), the country is poised to phase out GM corn imports by the beginning of 2024. Despite reassurances that this policy would not impact ...
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How a Former USDA Worker Made Millions!

It was on this day back in 1952 that Clarence Birdseye marketed his first frozen peas to the public consumer. Birdseye grew up in a large family and during the summer after his freshman year, of college Birdseye worked for the USDA in New Mexico and Arizona as an “assistant naturalist”, at a time when the agency was concerned with ...
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What Was Harvest Like Before the Combine?

The arrival of the combine during the middle of the 20th century had a dramatic impact on agriculture. The first self-propelled wheat combine was introduced in 1939, rising quickly to become the dominant way to harvest small grains in the US. By the 1960s, companies improved the technology to work for corn, and combine mechanisms for cotton, soybeans, and other ...
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The Deadliest Garden in The World… And Some Plants You Might Own Yourself

Halloween is happening today, so I thought it would be fun to talk about one of the deadliest gardens in the world. From stories I've heard, The Alnwick Garden is one of north England's most beautiful attractions, where acres of colorful plants invite visitors to wander through rows of fragrant roses, manicured topiaries, and cascading fountains. It also has one ...
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Three Springs Ranch… Where the Deer and the Dinosaur Roamed

In 1979, 12-year-old India Wood discovered part of an allosaurus skeleton on a property known as "Three Springs Ranch", located just east of the aptly named town of Dinosaur, in northwest Colorado. For the first time in 50 years, the cattle ranch is now being listed for sale.  Jack Foster, a New-Orleans based investor, has owned Three Springs Ranch since the 1970s. As ...
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What You Might Not Know About Acorns, the Unofficial Nut of Autumn

Along with a kaleidoscope of changing leaf colors and pumpkins, acorns are a staple of fall across the United States. The strange little nut is actually the fruit of an oak tree and is sometimes referred to as an oaknut. While they can be found in abundance all across the country, they oddly enough play little to no role at ...
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US Beef Demand Seen Falling in 2023 as Cattle Herd Continues to Shrink

Demand for beef in the US is expected to fall in 2023 as the cattle herd continues to shrink amid severe drought and high feed costs. The resulting high beef prices at grocery stores are forecast to continue shifting consumer demand toward more chicken and pork through the balance of 2022 as well as 2023, according to the US Department ...
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