10 ag stories you should read today, April 16

10 ag stories you should read today, April 16

Good times for California ag. PETA drones a hunter's target. Rudy K marches toward wine trial. Black sewage gold. Farmer — regulate thyself. The unwanted wetlands. Opium bounty nears. And more.

1. Rudy K Pleads Not Guilty in Wine Hoax

Rudy Kurniawan is getting ready for possibly the biggest wine fraud trial in history.

2. US hunters waiting on PETA drones

Bet on it. American hunters will be waiting on incoming PETA drones and there won't be many return flights.

3. Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms

Kansas City, Mo., processes more than 70 million gallons of raw sewage each day. Kansas City, and a lot of municipalities around the U.S., are turning it into a resource for farmers.

4. Farmer—Regulate Thyself

In an effort to try to reduce food poisoning outbreaks some farmers and manufacturers have instituted new practices, rather than waiting for tougher governmental regulations.

5. Worst Wildlife Disease Outbreak Ever Just Got Worse

The loss of bats in North America could lead to agricultural losses of more than $3.7 billion per year.

6. Times are good for California agriculture

Investors are chasing land, but more often than not it is farmers who are beating them out.

7. The Unwanted Wetlands

The strange case of Paul Marinaccio: Wetlands, frog phobia, and a tangled court battle.

8. How It Works: Honey bee Society

A beehive buzzes with thousands of genetically similar honey bees — and their DNA dance may hold major implications for human behavior.

9. Eating Fire

Ritual pain is a talisman for some.

10. On the edge of record opium crops

Opium production is up for a third straight year in Afghanistan — 12 years after the fall of the Taliban.

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