10 agriculture stories you should read today, Dec. 30

10 agriculture stories you should read today, Dec. 30

Hippo ranching. Breaking rice. Remote cattle. High-tech plonk. Farmer suicide. Corn drop. Bees and cancer. Squirrel history. Hog Heaven.

 

1. Hippo Ranching in America … Almost [4]

Strange days: Facing a meat shortage and invasive water hyacinth problems, Congress once considered hippopotamus ranching as a solution. (Wired) [4]

2. Breaking Rice [5]

A small group of rice growers is rejecting paddies in favor of a system that makes a ton promises about yields, chemicals and water use. (Washington Post) [5]

3. Corn Drop, Land Bust [6]

As corn prices drop, economists are pointing toward a slowdown in farmland prices that could turn into a bust. (Moneynews) [6]

4. Cattle at the Back of Beyond [7]

The hearty cattle herds of remote Alaska are under environmental fire. (Epoch Times) [7]

5. High-Tech Plonk [8]

What can technology do to improve the world’s finest wines? (The Economist) [8]

Farmer suicides

6. Farmer Suicide [9]

A grim reminder of the pitfalls of agriculture. (WFP) [9]

7. Can Bees Smell Cancer? [10]

A glass apparatus uses bees to screen for tumors? (Smithsonian) [10]

8. Why Parks are Filled With Squirrels [11]

The unusual tale of how American squirrels arrived in the city. (Gizmodo) [11]

9. Hog Heaven [12]

Hogs can hide well …. but not from thermal-imaging. The DeHogaflier drone is a hunter’s best friend. (The Economist) [12]

10. Terroir science or mysticism? [13]

Measuring for truth — scientists are skimming the surface of wine grapes for an answer. (New York Times) [13]

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