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04

Aug

Farmers reap the benefits of ‘pee-cycling’In Vermont, 170 volunteers are donating their urine to a pilot program that replaces synthetic fertilizers with human waste.

Farmers reap the benefits of ‘pee-cycling’
In Vermont, 170 volunteers are donating their urine to a pilot program that replaces synthetic fertilizers with human waste.

10

Jul

Guess who wants to be a farmer?One of the world’s oldest professions is gaining popularity among America’s younger generations, thanks to demand for organic and locally sourced food and a desire to get back to basics.

Guess who wants to be a farmer?
One of the world’s oldest professions is gaining popularity among America’s younger generations, thanks to demand for organic and locally sourced food and a desire to get back to basics.

28

Jun

Oregon looks to map GMO crops for better transparencySouthern Oregon voted to ban genetically modified crops completely, but the rest of the state may end up mapping GMO crops for better regulation.

Oregon looks to map GMO crops for better transparency
Southern Oregon voted to ban genetically modified crops completely, but the rest of the state may end up mapping GMO crops for better regulation.

16

Jun

Overgrown lot-munching goats given the boot in DetroitAn urban farming project in the down-and-out Brightmoor neighborhood is cut extremely short after officials learn it involves unlawful ruminants.

Overgrown lot-munching goats given the boot in Detroit
An urban farming project in the down-and-out Brightmoor neighborhood is cut extremely short after officials learn it involves unlawful ruminants.

03

Jun

The new face of U.S. agricultureWhile the median age for farmers is 58, over 250,000 people under the age of 34 became farmers in 2012. And as MNN’s Laura Moss points out, there are more young people heeding the call to farm because of an increased demand for organic produce and a desire to live a simpler life.

The new face of U.S. agriculture
While the median age for farmers is 58, over 250,000 people under the age of 34 became farmers in 2012. And as MNN’s Laura Moss points out, there are more young people heeding the call to farm because of an increased demand for organic produce and a desire to live a simpler life.

02

Jun

Guess who wants to be a farmer?One of the world’s oldest professions is gaining popularity among America’s younger generations, thanks to demand for organic and locally sourced food and a desire to get back to basics.

Guess who wants to be a farmer?
One of the world’s oldest professions is gaining popularity among America’s younger generations, thanks to demand for organic and locally sourced food and a desire to get back to basics.

03

May

How can large-scale solar power reduce pressure on farm land?Utility-scale solar power requires a lot of land. But there are ways to work around that problem.

How can large-scale solar power reduce pressure on farm land?
Utility-scale solar power requires a lot of land. But there are ways to work around that problem.

22

Apr

Birthplace of chili pepper farming revealedScientists used a variety of approaches, including genetic materials, archaeological evidence and linguistics to pinpoint central-east Mexico as the chili pepper source.

Birthplace of chili pepper farming revealed
Scientists used a variety of approaches, including genetic materials, archaeological evidence and linguistics to pinpoint central-east Mexico as the chili pepper source.

15

Apr

Astronauts to grow lettuce in space with NASA ‘Veggie’ farmThe mini-farm isn’t just for tasty food — the Veg-01 experiment will test how well lettuce and other large plants grow in orbit.

Astronauts to grow lettuce in space with NASA ‘Veggie’ farm
The mini-farm isn’t just for tasty food — the Veg-01 experiment will test how well lettuce and other large plants grow in orbit.

19

Mar

Could pomegranates replace opium for Afghan farmers?A nonprofit is turning the tide by working with the nation’s rural farmers to replace opium poppies with this much-coveted ‘super food.’

Could pomegranates replace opium for Afghan farmers?
A nonprofit is turning the tide by working with the nation’s rural farmers to replace opium poppies with this much-coveted ‘super food.’