3.4 Million Chickens and Turkeys and 5,500 Hogs Have Died in Flooding From Florence — TIME

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals Tuesday, as major flooding is continuing after…

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High And Dry: Swiss Army Airlifts Water To Cows In Drought-Stricken Mountains — News : NPR

Water scarcity and heat are threatening two of Switzerland’s main agricultural products: milk and cheese. But the shortage affects far more than cows — Swiss glaciers also feed Europe’s major rivers.(Image credit: Eleanor Beardsley/NPR)

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The New Neighbors — Day by Day the Farm Girl Way…

Back in June, we learned that an old friend of FD’s had purchased the farm ground west and south of the pecan orchard. We heard he would be putting in wheat for winter cattle grazing on the upper south fields, and would sprig Bermuda grass on the lower river bottom fields. We were thrilled about […]

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Growers Are Beaming Over The Success Of Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds — News : NPR

Laser beams that sweep erratically across crops have shown promise in protecting harvests from loss caused by birds. But researchers are still studying whether the beams may harm the animals’ retinas.(Image credit: Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

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Which Vision Of Farming Is Better For The Planet? — News : NPR

Should we concentrate farming in a small area, or spread it out to reduce the environmental impact? It’s a dilemma farmers face as they feed a growing planet. A new study weighs in.(Image credit: Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center)

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Southern Alberta crops suffer as farmers contend with driest soil in 50 years – CBC News

by Sarah Rieger

a large green field: Much of southern Alberta has been experiencing a soil moisture deficit since last summer, according to an agro-meteorologist.
Enter a cap© Grasslands Project Much of southern Alberta has been experiencing a soil moisture deficit since last summer, according to an agro-meteorologist.


“Southern Alberta farmers will be praying for thunderstorms to get their crops through this dry season, as they contend with a serious moisture deficit that stems back to last summer.

“There just isn’t that soil moisture to carry the crops, ideally, through until that next rainfall event,” said Ralph Wright, head of agro-meteorological applications and modelling with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.” 

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A Few More Bad Apples: As The Climate Changes, Fruit Growing Does, Too — News : NPR

Apple growing is a ruthless business obsessed with good looks. Higher temperatures affect every part of of the fruit’s life cycle, from more pests to changing color — and can even give them sunburn.(Image credit: Jake Rajs/Getty Images)

via A Few More Bad Apples: As The Climate Changes, Fruit Growing Does, Too — News : NPR

With Spanish Classes, Vet Schools Aim To Break Down Barriers With Farmworkers

Kudos to vet schools for embracing diversity to better inform animal care!

Because many farmworkers speak Spanish, veterinarian schools are pushing to open the lines of communication and ensure accurate medical care by producing more bilingual graduates.(Image credit: Esther Honig/Harvest Public Media)

via With Spanish Classes, Vet Schools Aim To Break Down Barriers With Farmworkers — News : NPR

Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline

Modern agriculture has transformed the world—and as a result, some bird species are hurting.

via Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline — National Geographic News

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