More than 170 volunteers in the Brattleboro, Vt., area have contributed urine to the Rich Earth Institute field trials. Mike Earley/Courtesy of Rich Earth Institute hide caption

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The U.S. Geological Survey found that neonicotinoids are leaching into streams and rivers in the Midwest, including the Missouri River, shown here in Leavenworth, Kan. Dean Bergmann/iStockphoto hide caption

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Throwing out a pound of boneless beef effectively wastes 24 times more calories than throwing out a pound of vegetables or grains. Egg and dairy products fall somewhere between the two extremes. Morgan Walker/NPR hide caption

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Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

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Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

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When families give up farming and move away, it drains life out of small communities. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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In The Making Of Megafarms, A Mixture Of Pride And Pain

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David Ng (right) and Amanda Furrow, Customs and Border Protection agricultural specialists, inspect wheat for insects and alien seeds at a port in Baltimore, Md. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Hunting For Alien Bug And Seed Invaders At Baltimore's Port

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Over 90 percent of American figs are grown in California. Two growers there are trying to coax the fruit into ripeness nine months of the year and maybe more. anujd89/Flickr hide caption

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Vincent Mourou, co-founder of Vietnam's first artisan chocolate maker Marou, inspects cacao beans at a farmer's garden in Go Cong Tay district. Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

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Reece Melton, 18, of Longmont, Colo., is one of 580,000 FFA members across the country. Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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No Plows, Cows, Sows: Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group

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