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What A Great Looking Piece of Land… New Zealand Farm “Halfway Bay Station” Sells for Record $18 Million!

A more than 44,000-acre alpine property in New Zealand known as “Halfway Bay Station” has just been sold for $18 million, a new record for the country. The property features over 4 miles of lake frontage and over 14 miles of frontage along the Lochy river, a world-renowned fly fishing spot. Surrounded by mountains, valleys, …

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Weather Startup Predicts Midwest Rainfall by Measuring Salt in the Ocean

Weather has always been one of farming’s biggest enemies and with changing climate patterns bringing ever more extremes, the need to know what lies around the next corner seems ever more urgent. Most meteorologists say anything beyond a seven-to-ten day forecast is hard to trust but a startup out of Boston called “Salient Predictions” claims …

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New Purple Tomato Will Test Consumer Appetites for GMOs Next Year

A new genetically modified purple tomato will be coloring farmers markets and grocery store produce aisles next year. About the size of a cherry, the team behind the completely purple fruit hopes to win over consumers not only with its unique color but also its potential health benefits and longer shelf life. The creators of …

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Farm Safety Week Kicks Off With “Protecting Agriculture’s Future” Theme

The third week of September is National Farm Safety and Health Week, timed to coincide with the busy harvest season that leaves many farmers running low on both time and sleep. Not surprisingly, it’s also the time of year that farm accidents tend to increase. Running September 19-23, this year’s theme is “Protecting Agriculture’s Future,” …

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Your Next Bottle of Wine May Come From the Arctic Thanks to This Young Couple

Once seen as experimental land at the fringe of what’s possible, the commercial wine industry in regions just below the Arctic Circle is starting to take advantage of the warmer summers. In the last decade, the region has become an emerging wine destination, a development spurred by hotter summers and the introduction of disease-resistant hybrid …

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How Dust Bowl Irrigation Innovations Helped Transform Agriculture

The “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s was named for the choking dust storms that swept across wide swaths of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma from approximately 1930 through 1936. By 1940, some 2.5 million Americans had pulled up stakes and abandoned the Great Plains along with tens of thousands of farms. While …

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RYSE Aero Plans to Have Farmers Flying Across Fields By Next Spring

Farmers and ranchers might have a new way to get around next spring if all goes as planned for RYES Aero Technologies. The company is aiming for an early-2023 release date of its RYSE RECON, its first electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) platform. Or as RYSE Aero CEO Mick Kowitz calls it, “an aerial …

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Walmart Takes a Stake in Rancher-Owned Sustainable Beef LLC

Sustainable Beef LLC is getting a big boost from Walmart to build its new facility in North Platte, Nebraska. The world’s largest retailer will take a minority stake in the $325 million meatpacking plant slated to begin operations by late 2024. Walmart will also get the majority of the beef produced at the plant, guaranteeing …

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Future “Smart Crops” Could Have Genetic On-Off Switches

Scientists at Stanford University have been exploring ways to make critical crops better able to withstand the stresses of climate change. While many of these plants might naturally adapt over time, scientists worry that changes are happening too rapidly for nature to keep up. The researchers think a solution could be genetic circuits that “smart …

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