- Manure runs dairy equipment. Biggest wine hoax in history. Farmland real estate crash? Cult of the demon chile peppers. 20 seconds to grain death. Ethanol romance grows cold.
At one of the largest dairy farms in the country, electricity generated using an endless supply of manure runs the equipment to milk around 30,000 cows three times a day.
The genie is out of the bottle for the rare wine industry. The Koch-Greenburg case and Rudy Kurniawan's trial of the century are setting up to reveal the moldy secrets of the fine wine trade.
IN 2005, Kenneth Lander, moved with his wife, stepdaughter and the youngest three of his seven children to a coffee farm in Costa Rica. “It was like Swiss Family Robinson,” Mr. Lander jokes. “We just left.”
The ripples from a crash in farmland prices would not have the long-lasting effects on the economy that the subprime debacle did, but the chance of a crash in farmland prices should still concern policymakers.
Among commercial pepper growers, there’s an arms race to see who can breed the hottest Superhot of all, with the crowning achievement being the Guinness World Record.
6. Unmanned Drones May Have Their Greatest Impact on Agriculture
Unmanned drones have emerged as a controversial tool for the military and national security apparatus. But in a few years, they may become ubiquitous over America’s farms.
Over thirty per cent of American agriculture is dependent on pollination but once the bloom is over, most beekeepers struggle to find suitably diverse forage for their beloved bees.
Fire ant balls can can bring painful stings and, based on some evidence, possibly fish kills. First responders into flooded areas have occasionally been treated for multiple fire ant stings.
An adult man can become engulfed by storage bin grain in 20 seconds. In 2010, there were 51 grain bin engulfments in the U.S., and 26 deaths.
Five years ago, rural America was giddy for ethanol. Those days of promise and prosperity may be vanishing.