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For people who have an interest in the latest agricultural practices, technology, techniques and related applications. 

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USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture invests in the safety, health of farmers
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(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $836,494 in support for farmer safety and health. Through education, this support aims to help prevent fatalities and serious injuries associated with the farming profession, and provide assistance to those in need. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Big Ag + Big Pharma = Big Problems
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Maryn McKenna’s Big Chicken goes deep on feeding antibiotics to farm animals. arstechnica.com/science/201...
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Your mood depends on the food you eat, and what you should eat changes as you get older
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(Binghamton University) Diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus older adults, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Where Corn Is King, the Stirrings of a Renaissance in Small Grains
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Breaking with the industrial model of growing corn and soybeans, a growing number of Iowa farmers are putting oats, rye, and other small grains into their crop rotation, a switch that is regenerating soils, cleaning up waters, and providing benefits to family farms.
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Shining a light on plant growth and development
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(University of California - Riverside) Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have identified the portion of a plant photoreceptor responsible for light-dependent changes in gene expression, as illustrated in a paper published today in Nature Communications. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Unique field survey yields first big-picture view of deep-sea food webs
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(Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) A new paper by MBARI researchers Anela Choy, Steve Haddock, and Bruce Robison documents the first comprehensive study of deep-sea food webs, using hundreds of video observations of animals caught in the act of feeding off the Central California coast. The study shows that deep-sea jellies are key predators, and provides new information on how deep-sea animals interact with life near the ocean surface. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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New discovery, more bees mark Michigan's first, full bee census
The first complete bee census in Michigan has confirmed a new species and revealed that the actual number of bee species in Michigan exceeded earlier estimates. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Uncertainty surrounds US livestock methane emission estimates
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(Penn State) A new study of methane emissions from livestock in the United States -- led by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- has challenged previous top-down estimates. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Exclusive: Tim Belk’s new adventure turned the former retailer into an organic farmer
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Tim Belk, former CEO of the Charlotte department store chain that bears his family name, has started an organic farm. www.charlotteobserver.com/n...
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Novel wheat microbiome analysis conducted under four management strategies
A novel study has been conducted on the microbial composition of wheat leaves, stems, and roots under four management strategies: conventional, no-till, organic, and reduced chemical inputs. They took 200-plus samples from each of 24 test plots, using DNA sequencing and culture collections to identify microbial communities, isolate potential strains of pathogen-resistant fungi, and ascertain the influence of management strategies on these communities. Learn more about their findings. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...