Agriculture

12:01pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Agriculture

Survey Results Pinpoint Drought Problems Plaguing Colorado Ranchers, Farmers

At the Governor's Forum on Agriculture, a crowd hears inital results from a CSU Drought Survey.
Grace Hood

As drought persists across the country and in Colorado, the word “uncertainty” increasingly comes up in farming and ranching conversations.

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6:00am

Fri February 15, 2013
Agriculture

Safety Concerns Threaten Growing Market For Raw Milk Cheese

Some consumers consider raw milk cheese more nutritious because pasteurization hasn’t killed living beneficial organisms in the milk. But not pasteurizing milk can also allow harmful bacteria to live.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

Raw milk cheese — which is made from unpasteurized milk — has gathered a small but fervent following for its taste, nutritional benefits and freshness. But there's a growing concern over its safety.

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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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