Agriculture

3:09pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Environment

The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 4:23 pm

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Drought is mostly seen as a bad thing — and for good reason. It dries up crops, destroys landscaping and stops ships from moving. But even the lack of rain clouds has a bright side.

Good For Grapes

Last summer it seemed like all Midwestern farmers were upset over the lack of rain. But not all of them were; those growing grapes were embracing the drought.

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3:37am

Sun January 27, 2013
Commentary

Oysters Rebound In Popularity With Man-Made Bounty

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 8:00 am

Along the East Coast, wild oysters have been disappearing, but the number of farm-raised oysters is exploding.
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In Colonial Virginia, oysters were plentiful; Capt. John Smith said they lay "thick as stones." But as the wild oyster harvest has shrunk, Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf says the market for farm-raised oysters is booming.

The local food movement is expanding from fertile fields to brackish waters.

Along the rivers and bays of the East Coast, where wild oysters have been decimated by man and nature, harvests of farm-raised oysters are increasing by double digits every year. At the same time, raw oyster bars are all the rage.

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7:15pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Agriculture

Bankruptcy—and Questions—Plague Northern Colorado’s Grant Farms

Grace Hood

Colorado’s ongoing drought is just one of the reasons that the country’s largest Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) near Fort Collins filed for bankruptcy.

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8:16am

Wed January 23, 2013
Planet Money

The Deadliest Jobs In America, In One Graphic

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 9:56 am

Being a fisherman was the deadliest job in 2011.
Klas Stolpe AP

For more from Planet Money, see What America Does For Work

Here's a look at the rate of work-related, on-the-job deaths in 2011 for U.S. workers. We included the three deadliest occupations, along with a handful of other jobs. (Here's the complete list, which comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

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6:16am

Wed January 23, 2013
Business

Fla. Tomato Growers Say Mexico Trade Deal Is Rotten

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 9:01 am

J. Pat Carter AP

Half of all tomatoes eaten in the U.S. come from Mexico, and tomato growers in Florida aren't happy about that. In fact, they're willing to risk a trade war to reverse the trend.

At JC Distributing In Nogales, Ariz., one misstep and you're likely to get knocked over by a pallet full of produce. Forklifts crisscross each other carrying peppers, squash and especially tomatoes from trucks backed into the warehouse loading dock.

"This is a Mexican truck being unloaded," says JC President Jaime Chamberlain. "He's just waiting for his paperwork to get back."

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