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In the Bigger Picture…. Friday Edition

6 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . The world has been hoping for a breakthrough in antibiotic science, and now it seems one has emerged from the vast microbial world in soil. Perhaps this is just the start, as some have referred to soil as the next frontier.

By James Gallagher, BBC News


2 . Here’s a great investment you probably never thought of. It’s called a tractor, and auctions of late have been remarkable.

By Greg Peterson for Agweb


3 . A twenty year study shows a disturbingly strong relationship between pesticide exposure and depression.

By John Crabtree for Center of Rural Affairs


4 . Whatever your views are on organic versus industrial farming and genetic modification, this article challenges prevailing thinking in many ways.

By Henry I. Miller for Forbes


5 . The revolving door: Days after former Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, left the Senate, he landed on the board of Deere Corporation.

By Joseph Morton of the World-Herald Bureau


6 . Though some of us might heartily agree, Tom Vilsack was joking when he told a rural Midwestern audience recently that “If my parents were alive today and knew I was the Secretary of Agriculture they would think that there was something seriously wrong with the country.” (!!!) An Iowa lawyer is indeed best qualified to be Secretary of Agriculture in today’s system which is largely about lobbying and politics.

by Amy Mayer, Harvest Public Media


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