1. Hippo Ranching in America … Almost

Strange days: Facing a meat shortage and invasive water hyacinth problems, Congress once considered hippopotamus ranching as a solution. (Wired)

2. Breaking Rice

A small group of rice growers is rejecting paddies in favor of a system that makes a ton promises about yields, chemicals and water use. (Washington Post)

3. Corn Drop, Land Bust

As corn prices drop, economists are pointing toward a slowdown in farmland prices that could turn into a bust. (Moneynews)

4. Cattle at the Back of Beyond

The hearty cattle herds of remote Alaska are under environmental fire. (Epoch Times)

5. High-Tech Plonk

What can technology do to improve the world’s finest wines? (The Economist)