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

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Grazing horses on better pastures
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(American Society of Agronomy) Horses in less temperate zones may get some extra grazing. A new study shows warm-season annual grasses have good potential for use in horse pastures. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Breeding salt-tolerant plants
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(University of Würzburg) The quinoa plant might serve as a model for making other crops salt-tolerant. It grows well on saline soils because the excess salt is simply dumped into special bladders on its leaves. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Labor contractor fined $105,000 for no license
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OTHELLO, Wash. — A farm labor contractor has been fined $105,000 for allegedly operating without a license by the state Department of Labor & Industries. The fine, issued to Agri Aide of Othello, is the largest ever levied against a farm labor contractor by the department, a department ne www.capitalpress.com/Busine...
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Willow Brush Ranch - Starting from Scratch - Holistic Management International
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This article by Keri Nelson was originally published in IN PRACTICE, Issue #169. Kelly was a good ol’ 4th generation cattle and grain farm boy. I was a typical hard headed, stubborn, get er’ done City Girl. In 2007, Kelly was sent off the family farm to find his fortune, and support his growing little … holisticmanagement.org/unca...
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Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture
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(Oregon State University) A new analysis suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate change scenarios -- an option that may provide a new source of protein for the world's growing population. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Mantis shrimp-inspired camera enables glimpse into hidden world
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(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, Illinois researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing both color and polarization. The bioinspired imager can potentially improve early cancer detection and help provide a new understanding of underwater phenomena, the researchers said.See a video of describing the study on YouTube. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline
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(Aarhus University) For the first time, ocean data from Northeast Greenland reveals the long-term impact of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. The observed increase in freshwater content will affect the conditions in all Greenland fjords and may ultimately affect the global ocean currents that keep Europe warm. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Antarctica is getting a farm that can grow produce even when it's -100 degrees Fahrenheit outside — take a look
Antarctica is getting a farm that can grow produce even when its 100 degrees fahrenheit outside  take a look
Engineers at the German Aerospace Center (GAC) are building an indoor farm that will harvest produce in Antarctica even when it's freezing outside. uk.businessinsider.com/anta...
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Some plants grow bigger -- and meaner -- when clipped, study finds
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(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Some plants behave like the mythical monster Hydra: Cut off their heads and they grow back, bigger and better than before. A new study finds that these 'overcompensators,' as they are called, also augment their defensive chemistry -- think plant venom -- when they are clipped.
The discovery could lead to the development of new methods for boosting plant growth while reducing the need for insecticides, the researchers said. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...
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Enzymes at work: Breaking down stubborn cellulose
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(Graz University of Technology) TU Graz researchers observe enzymes breaking down cellulose to aid the production of biofuels. The results are now published in Nature Communications. www.eurekalert.org/pub_rele...