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Beating Back Weeds with Electricity

Herbicide resistant weeds are the bane of agriculture, costing U.S. farmers an estimated $2 billion a year by some accounts. As more and more weed species learn to defend against our limited chemical control systems, those costs continue to mount every season. According to the Weed Science Society of America, over 250 species have developed some form of resistance. Researchers ...
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Chinese Company Build World’s Largest Pig Farm

China’s biggest pig producer, Muyuan Foods, is building what they believe is the world's largest hog farm. They started construction back in March and reports indicate they began operating at least a portion of their 21 buildings back in September. The mega pig farm is located near Nanyang, and will eventually house 84,000 sows and their pigs, which is thought to ...
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Farming, Food, and Conversations About Our Future!

NEW "Highly Volatile" Zoom Call:  Farming, Food and Conversations About Our Future with Mary Shelman, Carter Williams, Travis Potter and Kevin Van Trump. This is one you don't want to miss as I speak with Mary Shelman, Founder at the Mary Shelman Group and Advisory Board Member at Village Capital; Carter Williams, CEO at iSelect Fund; and Travis Potter, founder at Tractor Soda ...
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Disrupting Soil Sampling From 8,000 Feet

Whether or not the new markets and revenue streams that are being promised to producers for sequestering carbon will emerge and operate properly remains to be seen. What we do know is that as the industry continues to move in that direction, scaling up the ability to know for sure what's in your soils will have to be overcome. Cloud ...
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Water is Officially a Tradable Commodity!

Water is officially a tradable commodity under the ticker "NQH2O" on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) as of December 7. The first-ever regulated, exchange-traded contract of its kind is designed to allow farmers, manufacturers, and other major water users to protect against price swings of the world's most precious resource. It could also serve as a risk-management tool by investors ...
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A Soldier’s Deck of Cards…

With the anniversary of Pearl Harbor this week, a great old e-mail is being passed around. A young soldier was in his bunkhouse all alone one Sunday.It was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn't made a noise. The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week. As ...
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Covid’s Lasting Impacts on Grains and Oilseeds

Much like everything else in the world, the grains and oilseeds markets have experienced some massive shifts and changes as the Covid-19 pandemic has evolved this year. The Grains and Oilseeds analysts over at Rabobank recently published a report that takes a  look at the shifts and how they might play out once we enter the post-Covid world. The Rabobank ...
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How We Are Playing the Two Tech Unicorns… and Why We are Buying Airbnb

I asked the kids if our family investment fund had any interest in buying either DoorDash or Airbnb stock on the IPO. DoorDash will be going public tomorrow, December 9th. Airbnb is scheduled to go public the following day, Thursday, December 10th. To make a long story short we collectively decided to pass on DoorDash and place our bets on ...
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Beyond the Cotton Gin…What You Might Not Know About Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney is known to American schoolchildren as the man who invented the cotton gin but that simple description falls far short of fully capturing what the "father of American technology" gave to the world. Whitney was born into a farming family in 1765 in Westboro, Massachusetts. The oldest of five children, he spent much of his young life puttering ...
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BioCarbon Engineering Drone Plants Thousands of Trees Each Day

This was sent my way the other day by a good friend. It made me think how long before we are planting other things? These tree-planting drones are firing seed missiles to restore the world’s forests. In a remote field south of Yangon, Myanmar, tiny mangrove saplings are now roughly 20 inches tall. Last September, the trees were planted by ...
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