10 agriculture stories you should read today, Nov. 4

10 agriculture stories you should read today, Nov. 4

Cattle rustlers and cargo thieves. Pig farmer and naked repo men. Scenes from the Doomsday Vault. Mercury in the food basket. Dirty money taints wine. Licking the sun. Hi-vis chickens. And more.

1. Harvesting Water From the Sky

From pioneer hucksters to scientists, a timeline of the modern-day rain dance — weather modification. (Modern Farmer [4])

2. Cattle Theft Increasing in California

Cattle rustling is on the rise in California and nationwide — 1,317 head of cattle were reported stolen or missing in California in 2012. (Sacramento Bee [5])

3. Pig farmer Replays Deliverance With Repo Men

When pig farmer Donal Connaughton tried forcing two repo men to strip naked and hop in a pen with a hog, it was almost like a real-life version of the movie Deliverance. (WFP [6])

4. Scenes From the Doomsday Vault

Some very sharp photos offer a rare look inside the doomsday seed vault — home to more than 2 billion seeds. (Daily Mail [7])

5. Gold Rush Mercury Heading For US Food Basket

The remainder of 19th-century mining — poisonous mercury — is in a creep toward California’s Central Valley. (Fox [8])

 

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6. Farmland Trailer

An Oscar-winning filmmaker has put the lens on U.S. farmers and the result — Farmland — will be released in the spring of 2014. (Hollywood Reporter [10])

7. Dust-bowl Era Farmer Rolls On

At 98, Loyd Ratts is a living link to ag history. (Wichita Eagle [11])

8. Dirty Money Taints Wine

Snapping up vineyards to launder money. (South China Morning Post [12])

9. Licking the Sun

The search for the hottest chili goes on. (The New Yorker [13])

10. Hi-Vis Chickens

This is real — chicken owners are buying their flocks fluorescent jackets for better roadside safety at night. (The Telegraph [14])

 

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