Agriculture

 
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A high-tech harvest the pilgrims would envy

By Susan Olasky
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Agriculture | City dwellers may no longer make the connection, but Thanksgiving Day has long been associated with harvest time. School children do if they hear the story of…

Big Tobacco’s little workers

By Julie Borg
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Agriculture | Children working on tobacco farms often develop symptoms of nicotine poisoning, known as Green Tobacco Sickness, from absorbing nicotine through their skin…

Pigs and chickens save struggling Kansas school

By Laura Edghill
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Education | The door to a hen house bursts open on a chilly winter day and several Kansas charter school students scramble inside, squealing “Thank you!” to the…

Dollars and Sense: A tale of two California economies

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | California dreamin’. I’ve been in Los Angeles this week, and I’ve discovered an economy that is Dickensian: It’s the best of times and the worst of…

Senate approves farm bill conservatives call a ‘monument to dysfunction’

By Andrew Branch
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Government | Congress has given its final approval to a sweeping five-year farm bill that makes minor food stamp adjustments and continues to provide subsidies for…

House passes ‘miracle’ farm bill

By Andrew Branch
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Government | The House on Wednesday passed an almost $100 billion-a-year farm bill compromise containing a small cut in food stamps and preserving most crop subsidies.

Drones could be the farmhands of the 21st century

By David Sonju
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Technology | America’s vast agricultural fields may soon be ready for the burgeoning drone industry. Interest in the commercial potential of unmanned aircraft is…

Congress takes another stab at farm subsidies and food stamps

By Andrew Branch
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Politics | In its first post-shutdown test, Congress must rehash this summer’s farm bill fiasco. After threatening financial disaster for their principles, both…

Harvesting a lifetime of hearing loss

By Dave Bell
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Agriculture | After a lifetime of operating tractors and working around roaring agricultural machines in Traer, Iowa, farmer Robert Higgins realized in middle age that his…

Pesticides plague Argentina’s rural farming communities

By David Sonju
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Environment | As Argentina’s agricultural industry grows, farmers are using more and more pesticides to produce larger harvests. But the massive agrochemical use is often…

Floods still sowing trouble for Colorado’s farmers

By Dave Bell
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Agriculture | When the floodwaters came thundering down the rocky canyons of Northern Colorado last month, Keith Maxey knew the outlook wasn’t good for the low-lying…

Uneven rainfall cinches Corn Belt for lower crop yields

By Dave Bell
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Agriculture | For the second year in a row, Iowa farmers in the nation’s Corn Belt faced a severe drought, leading to lower yields of corn and soybeans. But other states…

 
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