Agriculture

12:08pm

Thu February 14, 2013
The Salt

When Resistance Is Futile: Bring In The Robots To Pull Superweeds

An illustration imagines what a weed-seeking robot could look like, armed with different tools to attack different problem plants.
Courtesy Steve Young

A future without weeds would be a kind of farmer utopia, but currently, herbicide-resistant "superweeds" are part of today's reality. Some researchers, though, are looking for a solution that seems ripped from science fiction: weed-seeking robots.

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2:30pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Salt

Pig Manure Reveals More Reason To Worry About Antibiotics

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 12:52 pm

Pigs at a farm in Beijing peer out at visitors. Half of all the pigs in the world live in China.
Ng Han Guan AP

There's a global campaign to force meat producers to rein in their use of antibiotics on pigs, chickens and cattle. European countries, especially Denmark and the Netherlands, have taken the lead. The U.S. is moving, haltingly, toward similar restrictions.

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11:57am

Mon February 11, 2013
Agriculture

Technology Chips Away At Influence Of Prominent Ag Towns

Once a formidable trading floor, action on the Kansas City Board of Trade has slowed considerably over the last decade.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

At the crossroads of industry, railroads and farm country Kansas City has long been a capital of the plains. In recent years, though, Kansas City and other agriculture hubs have seen technology chip away at their importance.

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5:00am

Fri February 8, 2013
Agriculture

Modernizing Poultry Inspection Is No Easy Matter

Retired federal chicken inspector Phyllis McKelvey worked with Change.org and Whistleblower.org to gather signatures on a petition opposing the proposed new poultry slaughter rule. She delivered over 177,000 signatures to the USDA.
Whistleblower.org

Retired federal inspector Phyllis McKelvey spent 44 years looking for blemishes and other defects on chicken carcasses. She started as an inspector’s helper, worked her way up, and in 1998, became part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture trial.

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5:01am

Thu February 7, 2013
Business

As Drought Lingers, Colorado Tries to Prevent Economic Dryout

Aerial views of drought-affected Colorado farm lands in July 2012, 83 miles east of Denver. Green areas are irrigated, yellow areas are dryland wheat crops
Lance Cheung U.S. Dept of Agriculture

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