Agriculture

6:00am

Fri July 26, 2013
Agriculture

How Secure Is 'The Fort Knox Of Seeds?'

Dave Dierig, research leader at the National Center For Genetic Resources Preservation, stands among the ceiling-high shelves that hold the 600,000 seed packets in this cold storage vault.
Grace Hood KUNC

When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations about how it ended up there to start flying. 

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11:17pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Politics

Weld County Holds First Meeting On 51st State

Most at the meeting favored 51st state idea.
Grace Hood KUNC

About 50 people gathered in Fort Lupton Thursday to weigh in on whether Weld County should band together with several other Colorado counties and form a 51st state.

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10:14am

Thu July 25, 2013
The Salt

The FDA Doesn't Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 1:51 pm

Free-range chickens feed in a pasture on an organic farm in Illinois.
Seth Perlman AP

Organic egg farmers are divided in their reaction to a new FDA proposal that's intended to reduce the risk of salmonella infection among free-roaming chickens. They even disagree about what the document, called "Guidance for Industry," actually requires.

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1:30pm

Tue July 23, 2013
The Salt

Howard Buffett Battles Hunger, Armed With Money And Science

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 9:12 am

Buffett in a pinto bean field on the Arizona farm, where he grew 60,000 pounds of beans for a Tucson food bank in 2012. Another goal of Buffett's research farm is to find better crops for poor subsistence farmers.
Nick Oza for NPR

Get Howard Buffett into the cab of a big ole' farm tractor and he's like a kid — albeit a 58-year-old, gray-haired one. He's especially excited when it comes to the tractor's elaborate GPS system, which he describes as "very cool."

"I'm driving hands-free," says Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

He says that the tractor has been automatically set to plant 16 perfect rows of seeds, "so it makes everything more efficient. And it's going to give you a better crop in the end."

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5:30am

Tue July 23, 2013
Agriculture

A Food Fight Over U.S. Sugar Program

Candy shop owner Rob Flesher says companies like his pay more for sugar thanks to government sugar supports.
Bill Wheelhouse Harvest Public Media

Americans consume a lot of sweets. Even discounting all the high fructose corn syrup you find in soft drinks, the average consumer takes in about 40 pounds of refined sugar in a year, according to the USDA.

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