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By Mujib Mashal and Hari Kumar © The New York Times Co. KARNAL, INDIA » Inside a shed in the northern Indian state of Haryana, the sound of flutes floated softly from loudspeakers. The audience, grazing silently, was dozens of cows, the unwitting subjects of an experiment in music therapy. The or...
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NETHERLANDS Dairy farmers are up in arms over emission cuts By Claire Moses © The New York Times Co. WOUDENBERG, NETHERLANDS » The dairy farmers of the Netherlands have set fire to hay and manure along highways, dumped trash on roads to create traffic jams and blockaded food distribution center...
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By Julie Creswell © The New York Times Co. Driving rain pelted the windows of “the Tower,” a second-story glass enclosure in Ray Gaesser’s home that provides a view for miles of the gentle, rolling fields around Corning, Iowa. Inside, away from the elements, Gaesser pondered what the coming year m...
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By Michael Phillis The Associated Press ST. LOUIS » The climate deal reached last week by Senate Democrats could reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that American farmers produce by expanding programs that help accumulate carbon in soil, fund climate-focused research and lower the abundant metha...
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 By Scott McFetridge The Associated Press DES MOINES, IOWA » Without much fuss and even less public attention, the nation’s egg producers are in the midst of a multibilliondollar shift to cage-free eggs that is dramatically changing the lives of millions of hens in response to new laws and deman...
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By David Pitt The Associated Press DES MOINES, IOWA » Farms that raise turkeys and chickens for meat and eggs are on high alert and taking steps to increase biosecurity, fearing a repeat of a widespread bird flu outbreak in 2015 that killed 50 million birds across 15 states and cost the federal go...
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  Dwindling profits, high taxes spell end for small farms across Midwest By Alyssa Schukar © The New York Times Co. In his earliest memories of his family’s farm, Ethan Uhlir rides in an old truck with his grandfather Arden, feeding cattle and mending fences. Before Arden Uhlir’s death fiv...
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  By John Flesher and Tammy Webber The Associated Press MONTICELLO, MINN. » Silflower was among native plants that blanketed the vast North American prairie until settlers developed farms and cities. Nowadays confined largely to roadsides and ditches, the long-stemmed cousin of the sunflower...
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  By Josie Sexton The Denver Post Outside, the temperature in the North Fork Valley is quickly dropping, while inside a 94-year-old cellar tucked into the mountains around Paonia, the air stays cool and constant. Palms open, Brandt Thibodeaux “punches down” grapes as their natural yeasts ge...
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By Liz Alderman © The New York Times Co. YVELINES, FRANCE » On a century- old farm that’s now a startup campus in this verdant region west of Paris, computer coders are learning to program cropharvesting robots. Young urbanites planning vineyards or farms that will be guided by big data are honing...
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  By Amanda Little Bloomberg Opinion Vertical farming, a system for growing food without soil or sun that for decades has thrived mainly in sci-fi films and the International Space Station, is going mainstream. AeroFarms is poised to be the first vertical-farming startup to be listed on the...
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  By Judith Kohler The Denver Post Not long after Paul Bruchez’s family bought a ranch along the Colorado River near Kremmling, his father became ill amid a crippling drought in 2002 that left them without irrigation water. “The family conversation was we either need to be invo...
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    By Tammy Webber The Associated Press MULESHOE, TEXAS » Tim Black‘s cellphone dings, signaling the time to reverse sprinklers spitting water across a pie-shaped section of grass that will provide pasture for his cattle. It’s important not to waste a drop. His family’s future depend...
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By Terence Chea The Associated Press FIREBAUGH, CALIF. » As temperatures recently reached triple digits, farmer Joe Del Bosque inspected the almonds in his parched orchard in California’s agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, where a deepening drought threatens one of the state’s most profitable cr...
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By Brittany Peterson The Associated Press STEAMBOAT SPRINGS » CO With his cattle ranch threatened by a deepening drought, Jim Stanko isn’t cheered by the coming storm signaled by the sound of thunder. “Thunder means lightning, and lightning can cause fires,” said Stanko, who fears he’ll have to s...
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4-H for seniors, farmer mental health, 5G connections part of helping communities By Elizabeth Hernandez The Denver Post BURLINGTON » With the July sun scorching the Eastern Plains, Elaine Wright, Wayne Runge and Ron Hielscher delighted in the dirt beneath their fingers as they watered a ga...
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    By Laura van der Pol, Dale Manning, Francesca Cotrufo and Megan Machmuller The Conversation As the effects of climate change intensify and paths for limiting global warming narrow, politicians, media and environmental advocates have rallied behind “carbon farming” as a mutually bene...
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  BILLINGS, MONT. » A punishing drought in the West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up: a plague of voracious grasshoppers. Federal agriculture officials are launching what could become their largest grasshopper-killing campa...
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  A new study finds that if all parts of the food system are included, food production is responsible for as much as 40 percent of global emissions. By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News  June 10, 2021     Emissions from food production, already considered one of the ...
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Nat Geo, BYMARYN MCKENNA PUBLISHED OCTOBER 14, 2015 There’s a point of view about raising crops that you hear a lot: if we’re going to feed the nine billion people who are expected to be inhabiting this planet in the year 2050, we will need to expand and intensify the farming we do now. That m...
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