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Could Brazil Squeeze into the U.S. Hemp Industry?

U.S. hemp farmers could face competition in the next few years from Brazil and possibly be doing it from it a very distinct disadvantage depending on how all the regulatory details shake out. The agricultural powerhouse has draft legislation circulating that would allow farmers to grow Cannabis for both medical and industrial purposes. According to the proposal, only plants with ...
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How a Farmer From Connecticut Became the Most Well-Known Name in Finance

The Dow Jones futures index traded to an all-time record high of 30,000 yesterday, this first modern American stock index was created by a not well-educated farm boy with little money named Charles Henry Dow. Mr. When the young Charles Dow left the family farm for the big city, there was exactly no one predicting he would go on to ...
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Corn, Cotton and China

There has been a lot of questions and information circulating as of late regarding China and their cotton and corn commodities. Below are some of the numbers and headlines floating around inside the trade. (Sources: USDA, Wall Street Journal, DimSums, South China Post, JCI, American Farm Bureau, Reuters) Cotton - China's cotton market has been drawing some extra attention lately ...
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It’s That Time of Year… Hedge Apples Are Everywhere!

With all the kids and grandkids out running around, I wanted to pass along some interesting facts about "hedge apples" and the good old hedge tree. When I was a kid I loved to gather hedge apples and throw them at all kinds of things. Some things I certainly shouldn't have been throwing them at and I learned that lesson ...
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Agriculture Continues Rapid Adoption of Artificial Intelligence

Agriculture businesses are increasing their investments in artificial intelligence (AI) to a greater degree than any other industry aside from insurance, even as a majority say they are concerned that other countries are becoming more advanced than the U.S. in the fields of AI development and implementation. That's according to the third annual RELX Emerging Tech Study that provides an ...
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Will NEW Food “Technology” Impact Corn Demand and Other Crops?

Bonumose, an IP-driven food ingredient technology company, is working to improve health through food. Founded in 2016, the company pioneered an enzymatic technology that enables the production of affordable, delicious, healthy tagatose. Since then, Bonumose has developed methods for producing more affordable healthy sugars, such as allulose, allose, and mannose, all of which are better for our health and our ...
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U.S. Presidents Who Spent a Lot of Time on the Farm

In honor of today's Presidential election, here's a look back at those who are said to have spent the most time on a farm. (Source: BayerCrop Sciences; Wiki)George Washington - Washington was well-known for his efforts to improve American agriculture, and he oversaw a vast plantation in Mount Vernon, Virginia growing tobacco, later switching to grains in 1766. John Adams ...
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Preserving America’s Farmland and Rural Communities

Concerns about a loss of farmland to increasing urban sprawl are nothing new to American farmers and rural stakeholders. Those worries now have hard numbers to back them up with research from the American Farmland Trust showing the U.S. has lost more than 11 million of acres of farmland to development in the last two decades. That's the equivalent of ...
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A Rare Halloween Blue Moon!

In total, for 2020, we’ll have 13 full Moons, including 2 two Supermoons, and a full Moon on Halloween, which is more uncommon than you may realize.The first full Moon of 2020 howled onto the scene with January’s Wolf Moon on January 10th. And usually, we have one for each month, making the total 12 for the year. But on ...
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The Deadliest Garden in The World… And Some Plants You Might Have

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to talk about one of the deadliest gardens in the world. From stories I've heard, The Alnwick Garden is one of north England's most beautiful attractions, where acres of colorful plants invite visitors to wander through rows of fragrant roses, manicured topiaries, and cascading fountains. It also has ...
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