1. Corn, Land and World Population: Producers and ranchers take notice: Corn prices are about to settle back down. (Delta Farm Press)

2. Citrus Assassin: Pesticides haven't worked. Quarantines have been useless. Now California citrus farmers have hired an assassin to knock off the intruder threatening their orchards. (LA Times)

3. The Hair in My Bacon: They are big, fat and hairy. Mangalitsas hogs: one of the tastiest and strangest-looking pigs around. (The Salt)

 

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4. Dog Meat on the Menu: Forget cultural sensitivity; the dog meat markets in China are a wretched industry. Despite a shift in cultural mores, the dog meat trade is thriving — even celebrated in some areas. (Western Farm Press)

5. Snail Slime Paying the Bills: A farmer’s industrial snail-slime harvesting process is feeding the cosmetic industry’s appetite for mucus — 15 tons worth. (Raw Story)

6. Holy Grail of Green Economy? A power plant claims to produce hydrogen by splitting water with sunlight. (Daily Mail)

7. Farmer's Cologne: Yes, this is for real. A new field-tested, cow-calming scent for men. (LA Times)

8. Camera Peeks Inside Crops: A special camera analyzes the constituents of grapevines, corn and other plants. (Science World Report)

9. Hot Virus in the Herd: The outside world is not allowed in a sanitized and isolated pig farm. Strict protocols have kept the operation safe from a virus spreading across the country this summer, killing piglets by the thousands and distressing hog producers in 16 states.  (NY Times)

10. Farming Shrimp in Corn Country: Dave Steiner, 41, farming shrimp, one of a growing breed of producers either switching to or adding aquaculture to their livestock business. (Modern Farmer)

 

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