Agriculture

 
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California’s water fight makes a splash in Washington

By Abby Reese
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Agriculture | Scorched land, low river beds, and parched crops all testify to the lack of water available for farmers during California’s four-year drought. When their…

Drones are the latest in must-have farming tools

By Evan Wilt
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Agriculture | Farmers are not saving up for new tractors anymore—they are investing in drones. “It could cost you 15, 25 even 40,000 dollars, but the farmers who see…

Vaccines & Viruses: AMA opposes vaccine exemptions

By Daniel James Devine
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Vaccines & Viruses | American medical lobbyists. The nation’s largest medical association on Monday adopted a policy opposing religious and personal belief exemptions for…

Midday Roundup: U.S. kills American hostage in al-Qaeda strike

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Hostage deaths. A U.S. counterterrorism strike killed two Western hostages earlier this year, the White House said today. The military did not…

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…

 
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