10 agriculture stories you should read today, Jan. 13

10 agriculture stories you should read today, Jan. 13

Family, factory farmer. AK-47 ag loss. Cheese de-icer. Death of small producer. PETA drones. Golden hammer. Cheating on the donkey. Beachcombing for dead cows.

 

1. Family Farmer, Factory Farmer [4]

John Sponaugle has 36,000 turkeys in two housing units. “Sometimes folks come out here and build a house right next to a turkey house or whatever and start complaining because it smells. But they still want to eat. Somewhere along the line, people have to tolerate a little bit of something.” (Modern Farmer) [4]

2. AK-47 Ag Loss [5]

The most famous gun on the planet — or farm machinery? Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of the AK-47, never really had a choice. (WFP) [5]

3. Cheating on the Donkey [6]

When your donkey meat doesn’t taste prime … it’s probably the old fox switcheroo again. (The Atlantic) [6]

4. Cheese, the Great De-Icer [7]

Mixing cheese brine with rock salt to thaw roads may just work. (New York Times) [7]

5. Death of a Small Farm [8]

Farms in Texas below 2,000 acres have been declining at a rate of 250,000 acres a year. From 1997 to 2007, Texas lost roughly 1.5 million acres of farmland and may lose another million by 2020. (The Texas Tribune) [8]

Golden hammer, PETA drones

6. PETA’s Anti-Hunter Drones [9]

At least one state has banned PETA’s planned “Hunter” drones — but PETA is not planning on grounding its fleet. (International Business Times) [9]

7. USDA’s Golden Hammer? [10]

Food stamp scams and SNAP’s black market. (Washington Times) [10]

8. Searching for GMO Truth [11]

Resisting GMO knee jerks in Hawaii. (New York Times) [11]

9. Planet’s Most Expensive Fish Getting Cheaper … Slightly [12]

A 507-pound Bluefin tuna just sold for $70,600 — and prices are down. (Businessweek) [12]

10. Beachcombing for Dead Cows [13]

Whodunnit? A dozen dead Holsteins wash up on the beach? (Associated Press) [13]

 

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