In the Bigger Picture…. Friday Edition

6 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . Reflecting rising demand for herbal medicine, domestic cultivation of crops used to make such products is expanding.

BY MICHIO WATANABE for The Japan Times


2 . Aeroponic towers: how they work and why they are so popular.

from Horti Daily


3 . Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow.

from NPR


4 . Amaranth seeds may prevent chronic diseases.

by by Mindy Weinstein for Phys.org


5 . Young Minnesota farmers head back to the land for a different kind of farming than their parents did.

by GREGG AAMOT for MinnPost


6 . Global food trail consolidation leads to massive waste and downgrading of farming and horticulture.

by Andrew Masterson for the Sydney Morning Herald


These links were selected by Kay McDonald. Note that Wednesday Editions of “In the Bigger Picture…” focus on general and business related subjects and Friday Editions focus on grassroots subjects. For continually updated news about agriculture, please utilize the news feeds on the right sidebar here, and on the “Latest Ag News” tab above.

Listening to a Radio Crop Report 1923


Farmers poked the “cat’s whisker” of their crystal sets around on a piece of quartz until they picked up the crop reports and then listened intently. The information they heard through their earphones helped them decide what to raise and when to sell. This farmer is listening to a 1923 broadcast from Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration.

(Note that Thursday is Luddite Photo Day at B.P.A.)

In the Bigger Picture….

9 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . This is the story of how a University of Delaware graduate in finance ended up living and working in western Nebraska.

from Star Herald


2 . Facing layoffs and closures, rural hospitals push for Medicaid expansion.

by Alex Smith for Harvest Public Media


3 . Some midwestern farmer tenants will walk away from their rental contracts this year.

By JO WINTERBOTTOM and P.J. HUFFSTUTTER for Reuters


4 . The nation’s dairy goat herd climbed 2 percent in the past year to 365,000 animals, but producers said their annual sales are rising even faster — up by 15 percent or more.

By KOURTNEY LIEPELT for the AP


5 . Price Slump Pushes US Ag Exports Down 7%.

by Chuck Abbott for Agriculture.com


6 . Levels of toxic mercury in tuna just keep rising.

by PAUL DREVNICK, THE CONVERSATION


7 . CHART: China’s been importing more and more rice in recent years.

USDA


8 . CHART: This shows how fast China’s meat imports grew from 2000 to 2013.

USDA


9 . INTERESTING: Mapping America’s sheep and goats – a top county is in Colorado.

by Christopher Ingraham for W-P


These links were selected by Kay McDonald. Note that Wednesday Editions of “In the Bigger Picture…” focus on general and business related subjects and Friday Editions focus on grassroots subjects. For continually updated news about agriculture, please utilize the news feeds on the right sidebar here, and on the “Latest Ag News” tab above.