Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Several of today's stories are curious. Silicon Valley is planning more investment into agriculture, one project is watering tomatoes with seawater and one Texas town is preventing forest fires with goats.

Chesapeake Energy is under scrutiny by top Pennsylvania officials, after Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett sent a letter to Chesapeake about its business practices involving royalties.

A combination of tests can now determine the 'health' of your soil.

Today's must-read stories include a look at California's drought, a story about how micro loans are helping African farmers grow more crops sustainably, and a bit of history behind America's first president and his relationship with agriculture.

Organic farmer, author and activist shares her experience working with the land at annual OEFFA conference.

Former U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture encourages farmers to get involved with government at annual sustainable farming conference.
graphic of genetic material

Despite the head start biotechnology opponents have, there’s still plenty of opportunity for farmers, ranchers and the biotechnology industry to change the conversation about genetically modified organisms.

Much cheaper feed has led the pork industry to begin an expansion that is expected to continue throughout this year. The current expansion means that pork supplies will begin to grow more rapidly in the last-half of 2014, according to Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension economist.

Eighteen million farmers in 27 countries chose biotech crops in 2013 to the tune of 432 million acres.
at the gym

A researcher in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently completed a study comparing the effectiveness of two new weight loss and maintenance intervention programs.