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Attracting More Young People to Jobs in Agriculture

In the eyes of many younger people, agriculture does not have a positive image, and that should change to keep new energy and ideas in the food industry. Some young people see the industry as boring and unimportant. As the farming population continues to age, it is apparent that younger blood needs to be pumped

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Foodscaping

The concept of foodscaping is growing in popularity, and more people are starting to embrace this new trend of growing food. Foodscaping is the integration of edible foods into your home landscape design. You can grow healthy, sustainable food and enjoy an attractive landscape around your house at the same time. It can be a

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Diversity in Agriculture and Food Production

Attracting more minorities and veterans to the farming and food industry has gotten easier with the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program. The program enables community organizations and others to work directly with minority groups to help them buy,

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Understanding Agriculture Surveys

Various agriculture surveys are consistently being conducted throughout the year by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). These surveys allow farmers, ranchers, and food producers to reveal important information about their farming and food-producing practices that help keep food products and livestock safe for human consumption. The information is published in various farm publications and

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Unusual Cow Feed

Your kids may not be the only ones who have a craving for the popular candy, Skittles. It seems cows have a sweet tooth for the sugary sweet, too. A few weeks ago, tons of red skittles were found on a highway in Wisconsin. Apparently, the candy had fallen off a truck that was on

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The Effects of Farm Fertilizers on Water

Many say our waterways are facing serious challenges with overflowing amounts of nitrogen from farm fertilizers. These harmful pollutants kill fish and ocean life and wreak havoc on our environment. As a result, researchers have found that waterways are now losing their capabilities to filter excess nitrates from fertilizers and sewage. Usually, bacteria can remove

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The Agricultural Act of 2014

The Agricultural Act of 2014 is also called the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill. The bill authorizes $956 billion in spending for many years for nutrition and agriculture programs. The bill impacts all Americans, as well as millions of other people around the globe. The bill help the USDA increase markets for agricultural products in America

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Biodiversity

Biodiversity involves the vital life support systems for living organisms on our planet. In short, it is the variety of life on Earth and its importance to the survival of us all. It encompasses a variety of ecosystems, services, and natural resources such as crop pollination, water supply, and climate regulation. Farmers depend on biodiversity

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Disaster Relief Programs for Farmers and Livestock Producers

Natural disasters can reap havoc on farmland and grazing areas that farmers and livestock producers depend on for their livelihoods. Farmers and livestock producers should stay informed on state and federal programs through the USDA Federal State Agency (FSA) that can help them recover from heavy flooding, storms, or other natural disasters that might take

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Farming in the Winter Months

What do farmers do during the winter months? This is a question many farmers are asked. The public may think farmers sit around playing cards, twiddling their thumbs in boredom, or catching up with the latest television programs. This could not be further from the truth. Here are some of the things farmers do to

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