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In the Bigger Picture…. Friday Edition

12 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . A new way of preparing rice may reduce its calories by 50 percent.

by Roberto A. Ferdman for the Washington Post


2 . A commentary on using corn stover as cellulosic ethanol feedstock.

by Brian DeVore for Land Stewardship Project


3 . Organic dairy farming struggles to keep up with demand.

by Tom Meersman for Star Tribune


4 . Iowa agriculture survives off carcass of prairie soil.

Opinion by Mark Edwards for DesMoines Register


5 . Consumer Reports’ new guidelines re:pesticides in produce.

from Consumer Reports


6 . The director of The ‘Great American Wheat Harvest’ documentary is back in action with a new documentary called ‘Thirsty Land’.

by Chuck Zimmerman for Agwired


7 . Four Surprising Facts About Wheat and Gluten.

by Tom Philpott for Mother Jones


8 . On a personal note, I just discovered chrysanthemum tea in a local Asian restaurant, loved it, and plan to produce it out of our own garden this year.–K.M.

from Wikipedia


9 . This Spanish Pig-Slaughtering tradition is rooted in sustainability.

by Lauren Frayer for NPR


10 . Seven of the best Botanical Gardens and Arboretums around the world.

by Chelsea Stuart for the Culturist


11 . A greenhouse-chicken coop combo.

By Lindsey Schiller, Ceres Greenhouse Solutions for Mother Earth News


12 . Great Vintage Farming Photos. (many from Britain)

from the Weather Channel


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.

In the Bigger Picture….

20 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . The Rural Mainstreet Index fell to its lowest level in five years and farmland prices sank for the 16th straight month.

by Ernie Goss from Creighton.edu


2 . Dog Farmers in South Korea Offered a Way Out As Canine Cuisine Fades.

by Alastair Gale for WSJ


3 . Kansas farmers fund research to breed gluten-free wheat.

by Roxana Hegeman for AP


4 . Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide.

by Michaeleen Doucleff for NPR


5 . Bioplastics do not degrade any faster than regular plastics.

from e360


6 . Many media headlines this week hyped the story that Roundup may cause cancer. Here’s a straightforward analysis about the report.

by Dan Charles for NPR


7 . International Tractors Ltd., an Indian-based company and part of Sonalika Group, is now exporting its tractors to the U.S. under the Worldtrac brand.

from US Ag Net


8 . Why Canada’s better at the pot business than the U.S. is.

by Jane Wells for CNBC


9 . New Zealand’s Dairy farmers are operating under extremely large debt levels.

by Tim Cronshaw for Stuff.co.nz


10 . What to expect as cramped chicken cages are eliminated.

by Dan Charles for NPR


11 . Russia’s Economic Crisis as related to its Agricultural and Food Economy.

by William M. Liefert and Olga Liefert for Choices Magazine


12 . CHART: The United States has a large and growing agricultural trade surplus with China.

from the USDA


13 . The System of Rice Intensification earned the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security.

by Lucy Fisher for Cornell.edu


14 . Grain silos play a key role in organic farming of grains in Weld County Colorado.

by Kayla Young for the Greeley Tribune


15 . Mexican farmworkers strike over low wages in southern California, blocking harvests.

by Richard Marosi for the LA Times


16 . Overpumping of Central Valley groundwater creating a crisis.

by Bettina Boxall for the LA Times


17 . China’s appetite for fertilizer is huge.

by Chun-Wei Yap for WSJ


18 . Newark, NJ steel factory to be reborn as world’s largest indoor vertical farm.

by Matt Hickman for Mother Nature Network


19 . FARM-X aims to construct 110,000 sq.ft. of total vertical farm space throughout Oakland Calif. over the next decade.

by Justine Testado for Archinect


20 . Agritech views itself in relation to Monsanto as the Chinese search-engine giant Baidu Inc. is to Google Inc.

by Chuin-Wei Yap for WSJ (paywall)


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.