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Bourbon Whiskey First Distilled from Corn

It was around this day back in 1785 that a Baptist teacher and preacher named Elijah Craig founded a distillery in Kentucky using corn to make whiskey. Craig has sometimes been claimed to have been the first to age the whiskey in charred oak casks, "a process that gives the bourbon its brownish color and unique taste". Many historians argue ...
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Latest NASA Research Suggests Climate Change May Cause Big Crop Production Problems

Bloomberg ran an article last week titled, "Climate Change Will Cut Corn Yields by a Quarter by 2030, NASA Says". The article was circulating around the trade and catching a lot of attention, so I thought we should take a deeper look. Whatever side of the aisle you sit on in the climate change debate, it is tough to deny ...
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I’ve Eaten a Turducken but What the Heck is Tofurky with Algae?

Many of my rural friends have had "turducken" and it's damn good, especially around Thanksgiving time. For those who don't "turducken" is simply a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, which is then stuffed into a partially deboned turkey. Each layer is traditionally separated with stuffing or sausage, creating a layered effect when the bird is sliced after roasting ...
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Corn Has Overtaken Soybeans to Become Argentina’s Top Crop

Argentine  farmers are set to produce a record corn crop in 2021-22, with the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service's Buenos Aires Post pegging production +1.5 million more than the USDA's official estimate. The record-setting corn crop will partially be at the expense of soybeans as several factors make the oilseed less attractive to Argentine farmers. New export taxes set at 33% ...
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Glimpse into the Regenerative Future of Food

Sustainable farming is about more than just minimizing the impact on the environment. Taking care of the land to cultivate healthy soil and expand biodiversity results in the natural capturing of carbon, which helps to fight climate change while also contributing to better tasting and healthier food. "Cooks Venture" is a new company building an alternative to America’s meat industry, ...
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Chinese Researchers Claim Breakthrough on Making Animal Feed From Carbon Emissions

Researchers in China say they've perfected a process for making high-protein animal feed "out of nothing" that they claim can be used on an industrial scale. State media is hailing it as a breakthrough that could reduce the country's dependency on imported soybeans to feed its enormous livestock industry. The Chinese agricultural ministry supported the research and the government approved ...
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NEW Factory Producing “RNA-Based Solutions” for Agriculture… Interesting!

GreenLight Biosciences just christened its new production facility in Rochester, New York, where the biotech startup aims to mass-produce RNA and enzymes for use in pest-fighting crop products. The company, which focuses on RNA research, design, and manufacturing for human, animal, and plant health, says its proprietary technology can produce RNA more efficiently and cheaply than other companies. GreenLight launched ...
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Historic Turkey Track Ranch Hits the Market for $200 Million

Turkey Track Ranch, an 80,000 acre property owned and operated by the same family for over a century, is officially on the market. The Turkey Track Ranch was started around 1878, making it one of the first five ranches in the Texas Panhandle. Today, the ranch boasts 26 miles of Canadian River front, oil and natural gas resources, sacred battle ...
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CAMERA… Predictive Analytics for Ag Efficiency, Profitability and Risk Management!

Our good friend Ryan Moe over at StoneX is going to help us learn more about C.A.M.E.R.A. which is the Predictive Analytics software he and his team have developed to help producers understand their risk and optimize operational efficiency and profitability. Producers and Ranchers know the near-endless variables that go into every planting or production season. Fluctuating consumer demand, production capacity, ...
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Next-Gen Fertilizer Winners Highlight New Technologies and Products

Last summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formed a partnership to advance sustainability in agriculture. The group introduced two challenges aimed at accelerating the development and use of existing and new product technologies that are affordable to reduce the environmental impacts of U.S. corn production. The first half of the two-part competition, ...
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