The California drought may appear to be a golden opportunity for Midwest vegetable producers to churn out more broccoli and peppers. But even in a drought California still has big advantages over the rest of the country.
Elite-cattle breeders and commercial beef and dairy producers use a process called embryo transfer to reproduce dozens of calves a year from their genetically superior heifers, who never actually have to birth a single calf.
Attributed largely to health choices, poultry has surpassed beef as America’s top choice for meat. But there’s a down side to this bird boom: heightened chances of getting sick from salmonella poisoning.
Dung beetles may ave U.S. farmers hundreds of millions of dollars a year, according to estimates. Some researchers suggest that they could be worth even more, and are searching for new species meant to maximize that value.
As the number of farms hit with avian flu grows over 100 nationwide, regulators are implementing containment plans meant to stop the virus’ spread, spare millions of at-risk birds and thousands of poultry farms.
Farmers burn their fields to remove plants that are already growing and to help the plants that are about to come up. These burns are often called “prescribed burns” because they are used to improve the health of the field.