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Company Called “Paleo” Cracks Code to Make Fake Meats Taste More Real…

After two years Paleo has come out of stealth mode to announce its technology to bring the authentic taste and aroma to plant-based meat and fish alternatives with a non-GMO, animal-free "heme". We wrote about Paleo when they first emerged with their new technology in 2020 and now it appears they may be on track to be a leader in the ...
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Dutch Farmers Latest to Reject One-Size-Fits-All Climate Policies

Farmers in the Netherlands have been blocking roads and disrupting food distribution for weeks now in protest of "unrealistic" climate policies. Their specific point of contention is a government plan to cut nitrogen emissions in half by 2030. In some extreme cases, the emission cuts imposed on farmers could be as high as 95 percent, which would essentially mean an ...
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Farming Ranks Among the Top-Ten Most Dangerous Jobs in America… Lack of Sleep a Big Problem!

Farming can be dangerous work. In fact, the profession ranks among the top ten most dangerous jobs in America. Too often, farmers are under tremendous pressure to carry on with planting, spraying, harvesting, calving, and the million other things that demand attention, even at the expense of their own well-being. Sleep is one of the most common sacrifices, which unfortunately ...
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Superfood “Quinoa” Looking for More North American Grower

Quinoa is a flowering plant grown primarily for its edible seeds. It became massively popular with the health food crowd in the U.S. in the early 2000s thanks to its high nutritional content. The bulk of quinoa production occurs in South America, while the U.S. imports almost half of the world's total output. USDA scientists are working to change that, ...
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Cornhenge… From Scorn to King of Corn

Cornhenge is the affectionate nickname given to the 109 concrete ears of corn memorializing the lost agricultural heritage of the Dublin, Ohio region, an area that like many, has been swallowed up by development on all sides. I should mention that the display also pays tribute to agricultural researcher Sam Frantz, who used the site as a test plot for ...
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“Nanobubble” Water Technology Claims to Boost Plant Growth, Improve Sustainability

Water is one of our planet's most precious resources and its dwindling supply across the globe demands that the we humans figure out how to "do more with less." That is the key ethos behind California-based startup Moleaer, which claims its patented "nanobubble" technology can improve sustainable food production and processing, water and wastewater treatment, natural resource recovery, and the ...
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It Was the Invention of “Barbed Wire” that Helped Tame the West

Alongside the Colt pistol and the railroad, barbed wire is usually listed as one of the three main factors in how the West was won. Following the Homestead Act of 1862, millions of acres of the western United States were opened up to farming and new settlers needed something to protect their crops from free-roaming cattle and bison. Wooden fencing ...
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China Moves to Add Brazil to List of Global Corn Suppliers… What it Means for US Ag

China and Brazil in late-May signed an agreement that will allow for the import of Brazilian corn that will be allowed to begin as soon as the country implements certain requirements. Brazil's local corn growers association Abramilho says it will also require an agreement with China about genetically modified grains before effectively beginning, which China is allegedly eager to sign ...
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Obscure Grass Containing “Blockbuster” Disease Resistance Could Help Save Wheat Crops

When plant breeders want to give something a specific trait, they typically look to other plants that already perform the desired function. Successful breeding kept wheat stem rust - one of the most destructive grain diseases on the planet - at bay for years but new strains of the fungus are increasingly breaking through. But researchers are hopeful a newly ...
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Pyka’s Autonomous “Pelican” Crop Spraying Aircraft Moves Closer to U.S. Approval

Oakland, California-based Pyka is one step closer to gaining U.S. regulatory approval for its fully autonomous crop spraying aircraft known as "Pelican." Pyka has already been flying the fixed-wing aircraft in Latin America, with the Pelican completing the first-ever autonomous aerial application of banana crops in Costa Rica last year. The Pelican crop spraying aircraft has now successfully completed the ...
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