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10 agriculture stories you should read today, July 22

10 agriculture stories you should read today, July 22

Eco-terror is back. Ag tech the new Facebook? Farmer guilty of defending family with gun. Milk wars. Tater chip capital. March of the agbots. And more.

1. Domestic Eco-Terrorism’s Deep Pockets: Extremists engaged in acts of eco-terrorism are back after a 10 year hiatus. (Forbes)

2. Agriculture Tech the New Facebook? Farmland, livestock and food crops might be the last thing the investment sector make you think of. But agriculture is one of the investing world’s best-kept secrets. (Private Wealth)

3. Farmer Guilty of Defending Family With Shotgun: Liberty no more: Young farmer Bill Edwards was arrested and jailed after defending his mother and property from metal thieves. (Western Farm Press)

4. War of the Milk: Dairy Farms Against Cheesemakers: Ray Souza’s voice cracks a bit when he says it, when he tells how his family’s Turlock, Calif., dairy farm is struggling to pay the bills. “We go from black to red month by month,” the 66-year-old said. “For us, it’s break even at best.” A fifth of California’s dairies to shutter since 2007, according to state agricultural figures. (Bloomberg)

5. Secret Behind Success of America’s Tater Chip Capital: Lard-wielding women in prayer caps. Forget Silicon Valley — welcome to the country’s potato chip capital. (Wired)


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6. March of the Ag Robots: Most ag robots won't be commercially available for at least a few years — but they are closing fast, dragging a load of implications for agriculture. (Businessweek)

7. Want a Job? Ag Industry Teeming: Agriculture and food companies are struggling to attract enough workers, a problem the industry concedes is getting worse as innovation and growing demand for their products leads to the creation of thousands of new jobs. (USA Today)

8. Looking for Ways to Beat the Weeds: Depending on your point of view, barnyardgrass is a nightmare or a marvel. Barnyardgrass is a master deceiver. (NYT)

9. A Nation Founded By Farmers: From agricultural experiments undertaken at Monticello to Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack, the Founding Fathers never suffered from a shortage of farming enthusiasm. (Modern Farmer)

10. No California; What to Eat? What would the loss of California agriculture mean to the rest of America? (Slate)


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