August 6, 2012 When it's hot and humid, you probably don't want to move much and aren't very hungry. The same goes for cows; but when they don't eat, farmers lose money. Using weather data, a new app called Thermal Aid detects the threat of heat stress and offers farmers tips to keep their cows healthy.
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June 26, 2012 From an astro-biological perspective it just may be that the geometries of an agricultural society are unstable when imposed on top of a complex natural system like a planet.
Brent Ware, a member of the robotics team at Kansas State, stands next to a planting robot that won a national competition.
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May 16, 2012 Farm robots are here, not just in Star Wars. Some dairies already use milking machines that clean udders and monitor cow health, plus do the milking, and a fully automated tractor is coming out this fall.
April 26, 2012 What was a farmer with Mediterranean roots doing in Sweden 5,000 years ago? Bringing farming north to the hunter-gatherers, according to new DNA research.
March 9, 2012 Behind a bucolic dairy farm lies all the roiling tension, rising inequality and economic volatility of the 21st-century economy.
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Argentina has long been famous for its grilled beef. But that beef isn't what it was.
December 8, 2011 Over the past decade, Argentina's cattlemen have quietly shifted their cows from grass to grain. Blame soaring world prices for commodities like soybeans, as well as government policies discouraging export. Argentine chefs say the switch to grain-fed beef marks the loss of a cultural icon.
Early morning view of an automated irrigation system in on a farm in Sudlersville, MD
October 12, 2011 A new study looks at whether we can feed the world without destroying the Earth. The answer is yes, but how to make it happen is complicated, and will require big changes in the way we practice agriculture.
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How much is it worth?
October 4, 2011 On today's show, we visit a place where global economic forces converge: Colo, Iowa. The price of farmland in Iowa has doubled in the past few years. We look at the broader economic picture, and ask: Is it a bubble?
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