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10 agriculture stories you should read today, Nov. 4

10 agriculture stories you should read today, Nov. 4

Cattle rustlers and cargo thieves. Pig farmer and naked repo men. Scenes from the Doomsday Vault. Mercury in the food basket. Dirty money taints wine. Licking the sun. Hi-vis chickens. And more.

1. Harvesting Water From the Sky

From pioneer hucksters to scientists, a timeline of the modern-day rain dance — weather modification. (Modern Farmer)

2. Cattle Theft Increasing in California

Cattle rustling is on the rise in California and nationwide — 1,317 head of cattle were reported stolen or missing in California in 2012. (Sacramento Bee)

3. Pig farmer Replays Deliverance With Repo Men

When pig farmer Donal Connaughton tried forcing two repo men to strip naked and hop in a pen with a hog, it was almost like a real-life version of the movie Deliverance. (WFP)

4. Scenes From the Doomsday Vault

Some very sharp photos offer a rare look inside the doomsday seed vault — home to more than 2 billion seeds. (Daily Mail)

5. Gold Rush Mercury Heading For US Food Basket

The remainder of 19th-century mining — poisonous mercury — is in a creep toward California’s Central Valley. (Fox)


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6. Farmland Trailer

An Oscar-winning filmmaker has put the lens on U.S. farmers and the result — Farmland — will be released in the spring of 2014. (Hollywood Reporter)

7. Dust-bowl Era Farmer Rolls On

At 98, Loyd Ratts is a living link to ag history. (Wichita Eagle)

8. Dirty Money Taints Wine

Snapping up vineyards to launder money. (South China Morning Post)

9. Licking the Sun

The search for the hottest chili goes on. (The New Yorker)

10. Hi-Vis Chickens

This is real — chicken owners are buying their flocks fluorescent jackets for better roadside safety at night. (The Telegraph)


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