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Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these “heat-beater” beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.

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Masumoto Farm: The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

Masumoto Farm: The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

| March 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

Heirloom peach trees, and an essay about them, turned one California farm into a landmark of local food. It’s now the scene of another unconventional choice: a daughter’s return to take the helm.

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FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

| March 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Random tests of milk reveal that a few farmers are treating dairy cows with antibiotics that aren’t supposed to be used on them. The FDA is now considering tighter controls to prevent such practices.

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From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sara Creech’s nursing career fell apart after she returned from Iraq with PTSD. She found purpose — and a new path — on the farm. Now, the USDA is giving veterans like her more financial support.

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Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Produce growers often rely on workers who are in the U.S. illegally. Some farmers worry that if those workers gain legal status, they will leave agriculture. But some workers say they would stay.

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Do Warmer Winters Mean Less Fruit?

Do Warmer Winters Mean Less Fruit?

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Californians have been enjoying summer weather in the dead of winter, but the downside is that unseasonably warm temperatures could threaten many of our favorite foods.

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Freight Farms: Entrepreneurs Modify Shipping Containers to Grow Local Produce Year-Round

Freight Farms: Entrepreneurs Modify Shipping Containers to Grow Local Produce Year-Round

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Big metal shipping containers are often used to import food from around the globe. Now, two Boston entrepreneurs are modifying those containers to grow local produce hydroponically, 365 days a year.

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Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Millions of pounds of citrus fruit are stranded and at risk of spoiling in warehouses and boats at major ports in California. It’s the result of a dockworker labor dispute that’s jammed operations.

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GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

| February 13, 2015 | 3 Comments

Government regulators have approved the first genetically modified apples, which don’t turn brown when you cut them open. But planting these trees will be a gamble since consumers may not want them.

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Gardener’s Twofer: First Ketchup ‘N’ Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market

Gardener’s Twofer: First Ketchup ‘N’ Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

British horticulturalists have figured out how to graft a tomato plant onto a potato plant. This plant, called Ketchup ‘N’ Fries, has crossed the pond and is now available to gardeners in the U.S.

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California’s Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

California’s Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Strawberry farmers have dropped a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis, and the university has hired a new strawberry breeder. But the future of academic berry breeding is uncertain.

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Organic Cereal Manufacturer Nature’s Path is Going Against the Grain by Investing in Organic Farmland

Organic Cereal Manufacturer Nature’s Path is Going Against the Grain by Investing in Organic Farmland

| February 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Why would a company that sells over $300 million worth of boxed organic cereal in outlets like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s dive into the organic farmland business?

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How Will We Grow New Farmers?

How Will We Grow New Farmers?

| January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

The average age of the American farmer is steadily increasing, and new farmers are entering the profession much more slowly than older farmers are retiring. Who will grow food for the next generation? CUESA and a panel of experts discuss 4-H, beginning farmer programs, the future of farming, and what it takes for an aspiring farmer to achieve the dream.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they’re concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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