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Drought Continues to Pull Cattle Forward, Limiting Beef Production Outlook for 2023

Pastureland conditions this year are off to the worst start for the grazing season since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began keeping track in 1995. The terrible conditions are the result of the prolonged drought across the country, with about half the U.S. cattle herd within an area experiencing some level of drought. As …

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Rare, Third Year of La Niña Poses Another Season of Extreme Weather Risks for Crops

Meteorologists were reversing course on predictions that the La Niña weather anomaly is on its way out. Defying earlier patterns that showed La Niña was breaking down, forecasters warn the cycle will return for a rare third year in a row, bringing with it more weather risks for crops across the globe.     The …

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“Homestead Act”… More Than the Start of Our Family Legacy

About 93 million Americans living today are the direct descendants of “homesteaders” those who filed claims under the “Homestead Act” which was signed on this day in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. Sadly, however, most of us have seen the recent stats that show the majority of the 33 million schoolchildren in this country today …

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From Eighth-Grade Dropout to Donut King….the Story of Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts is an American institution that has spawned an untold number of copycats over the years. Since its creation in 1948, the company has grown from one shop in Massachusetts to over 11,000 locations across 37 countries. It was all the brainchild of an 8th-grade dropout named William Rosenberg who noticed that Americans really …

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Tobacco Could Have a New Role in Cultured Meat Production

Cultured meat has failed to keep pace with the plant-based protein industry, its main rival in the faux meat space. Some of the bigger hurdles cultured meat has been trying to overcome revolve around its reliance on animal-derived growth factors. Not only is it prohibitively expensive, but the fact that its production requires the slaughter …

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Helping Farmers Who Are Trying to Generate More Profit Per Acre… for Decades to Come

Most investors in agriculture tend to evaluate farmland value based on land appreciation and current or historical crop yields and revenues. But that approach can often miss how much potential revenue a given parcel of land has to reliably generate in the future.  “Propagate” is a new company that is helping farmers reduce business risks …

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