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10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run

10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run

Most of us don’t spend our days plowing fields or wrangling cattle. We’re part of the 99 percent of Americans who eat food, but don’t produce it. Because of our intimate relationship with food, and because it’s so crucial to our health and the environment, people should be very concerned about how it’s produced. But […]

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PA cabinet secretaries on Chesapeake cleanup

PA cabinet secretaries on Chesapeake cleanup

Three state cabinet secretaries appear on Thursday’s Smart Talk to discuss Pennsylvania’s renewed efforts to do its part in the Chesapeake Bay clean-up.  Appearing on the program are Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell, Cindy Dunn, Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. […]

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The Mad Cheese Scientists Fighting to Save the Dairy Industry

The Mad Cheese Scientists Fighting to Save the Dairy Industry

In a usual year, Taco Bell juggles about 4,000 new menu ideas. A dozen, maybe, will ever see the light of day. Trimming all this fat is the job of the chief food innovation officer, Liz Matthews, and a 40-person team of chefs, food scientists, nutritionists, microbiologists, chemists, and even one entomologist (he does food […]

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Researchers say happiness turns dairy cows into cash cows

Researchers say happiness turns dairy cows into cash cows

SAUK CITY, Wis. (AP) — Dairy farmers, take note: The key to turning your dairy cow into a cash cow is udder happiness. Give her a bigger stall, increase air circulation and provide some shelter to prevent overheating.That’s according to a University of Wisconsin initiative that focuses on making dairy cows happier so they provide […]

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How drones and autonomous vehicles will run the 21st century farm

How drones and autonomous vehicles will run the 21st century farm

Agricultural practices will need to continue to develop and become more efficient, if the findings of recent research pieces are anything to go by. For instance, PwC has reported on expert views that agricultural consumption will need to increase by close to 70% by 2050 to account for the world’s growing population — projected to […]

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Take a step back in time with Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum

Take a step back in time with Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum

Agriculture has long been central to life in what is now Pennsylvania. The Lenape and Monongahela peoples native to the region’s Delaware and Upper Ohio Valleys grew corn, beans and squash – crops known as the Three Sisters. European colonists brought plows and horses with them to turn over large fields. Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural […]

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U.S. farmers running out of opportunities to sell corn at profit

U.S. farmers running out of opportunities to sell corn at profit

U.S. farmers who have been holding out for higher prices for their corn may finally sell their grain below target levels in the next few weeks as a government report released on Friday underscores the huge supplies left in storage bins around the country, analysts said. The U.S. Agriculture Department said that farmers still had […]

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The 8 Lessons Entrepreneurs Could Learn From Farmers

The 8 Lessons Entrepreneurs Could Learn From Farmers

There’s a saying in farm country: “Don’t ever bet against farmers.” Farmers must grow their businesses while constantly battling declining profit margins, industry incumbents with vastly more market power and the daily roller coaster of commodity prices and weather. In many ways, farmers are the ultimate entrepreneurs, constantly innovating, growing businesses by themselves and taking full […]

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