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There are an estimated 71000 acres of marijuana under cultivation each year in California That represents 121 square miles or an area equivalent to the size of Sacramento
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10 ag stories you should read today, April 22, 2013

Cotton backbone. Resistant weed battle. EPA warmth. Manure powers dairy. Growing pain. Farmer &mdash; regulate thyself. Greatest wine hoax in history. And more.

1. Keeping resistant weeds at bay

Ray Davis has seen first-hand the damage herbicide-resistant weeds can cause to crops, and he’s heard all the horror stories about resistant Palmer pigweed, noting he wants no part of fighting that battle, as long as he can avoid it.

2. Don Waller's cotton backbone

Cotton has always been the backbone of Don Waller's north Mississippi operation.

3. No-till rain rut

Scott Matthews had a run of 10 years of perfect no-till weather, but the last three have challenged the system.

4. Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms

Kansas City, Mo., processes more than 70 million gallons of raw sewage each day. Kansas City, and a lot of municipalities around the U.S., are turning it into a resource for farmers.

5. A farmer-friendly EPA?

A senior EPA counsel wants to build bridges to the farming industry?

6. Manure powers dairy

At one of the largest dairy farms in the country, electricity generated using an endless supply of manure runs the equipment to milk around 30,000 cows three times a day.

7. Biggest wine hoax in history reveals trade secrets

The genie is out of the bottle for the rare wine industry. The Koch-Greenburg case and Rudy Kurniawan's trial of the century are setting up to reveal the moldy secrets of the fine wine trade.

8. Growing pain

Among commercial pepper growers, there’s an arms race to see who can breed the hottest Superhot of all, with the crowning achievement being the Guinness World Record.

9. Days of Promise Fade for Ethanol

Five years ago, rural America was giddy for ethanol. Those days of promise and prosperity may be vanishing.

10. Farmer — Regulate Thyself

In an effort to try to reduce food poisoning outbreaks some farmers and manufacturers have instituted new practices, rather than waiting for tougher governmental regulations.

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