10 agriculture stories you should read today, Feb. 13

10 agriculture stories you should read today, Feb. 13

Coping with farm tragedy. Bodies in the vineyard. Spam love. Invasive bulk smuggler. Zace the Great. Death selfie. Green eggs and ham. Social shepherd.


1. Coping With Tragedy [4]

Despite losing several limbs in a haystack mover accident, 36-year-old Matt Fisher is getting on with life and not looking back. (Washington Times) [4]

2. Bodies Beneath the Vineyard [5]

So maybe a few deep holes have been dug in the rows, but who’s counting in a Cosa Nostra vineyard? The Italian government is allowing farmers to cultivate confiscated mafia land. (Modern Farmer) [5]

3. Would You Eat Green Eggs? [6]

GM eggs would end the controversy over killing billions of male chicks. (The Guardian) [6]

4. You Can’t Stop Spam Love [7]

About $235 million worth of Spam sold in South Korea in 2013. Forget Coke and Kentucky Fried Chicken; gelatinous Spam rules in South Korea: “Here, Spam is a classy gift you can give to people you care about during the holiday.” (New York Times) [7]

5. Bees Under the Lens [8]

Absolutely beautiful. Some of the best tight bee shots ever taken. (National Geographic) [8]

Death Selfie

6. Invasive Bulk Smuggler [9]

If you’re gonna sneak in invasive species for profit — may as well bootleg in bulk. Joel Rakower certainly believes that: He just got busted for smuggling 40,000 piranhas into the U.S. during 2011-2012. (CNN) [9]

7. Death Selfie [10]

Check out a picture of a true selfie maniac who managed a few shots during a bull run without getting trampled. (Houston Press) [10]

8. Zace the Great [11]

Zachary Myer, 36, farms by day and makes jeans by night, and word is traveling fast about the man who makes a tough pair of overalls. (Grist) [11]

9. Social Media Shepherd [12]

Ghita, a Romanian shepherd, may be the most unlikely social media star of all. (BBC) [12]

10. Generational Wine Break [13]

What will happen to the next generation of California wine heirs? (San Francisco Chronicle) [13]


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