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First 'Murder Hornet' of 2021 Has Been Found in The US, And It's in a New Area

A giant 'murder hornet' has just been found in a new part of the United States.  The dead insect was discovered in a county of Washington state just north of Seattle by a member of the public in early June. DNA testing has since confirmed it is an Asian giant hornet, or Vespa mandarinia. Because the corpse was exceptionally dry, experts think it's been dead for a while, and is most likely a remnant from last season. Being male - which don't tend to emerge until July or later - boosts the case for it being an older specimen. At the time,...
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Farmer discovers 2,600-year-old stone slab from Egyptian pharaoh

A farmer living near Ismailia in Egypt has uncovered a 2,600-year-old stela erected by pharaoh Apries, who ruled from about 589 B.C., to 570 B.C., the Egyptian antiquities ministry reported. The farmer found this ancient slab of sandstone while preparing his land for cultivation, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) northeast...
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Additional pandemic aid is available for US farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the Pandemic Assistance initiative announced in March, USDA pledged to continue Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments and to provide aid to producers and businesses left behind. Implementation of the assistance announced this week will continue within 60 days to include support to timber harvesters, biofuels, dairy farmers and processors, livestock farmers and contract growers of poultry, assistance for organic cost share, and grants for PPE.
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From Dairy to Beef Cows, How Long Do They Live?

Cattle typically have a shorter lifespan than the horse. While horses can naturally live over thirty years, the average cow will have a natural lifespan between 15-20 years. However, this is often shortened due to homesteading, small farms, and large factory farms such as dairy cattle and beef cattle farms. Despite this, dairy breeds and beef cows live very productive lives.
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Weekly poultry digest: USDA hints that major changes are coming to the ag sector

USDA Secretary suggests US livestock industry to see changes coming. It was clear listening to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, in testimony to Congress this week, that big changes are coming to the livestock sector, notably for meat processors and livestock pricing. Vilsack emphasized USDA plans to bolster small-, medium-sized meat...
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Vilsack calls out farmers suing to block debt relief for minority farmers

Lawsuits to block $4 billion in loan forgiveness for minority farmers show a lack of historical awareness, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the BIO online convention on Wednesday. “It’s a wonder where those farmers were over the last 100 years, when their Black counterparts were being discriminated against and didn’t hear a peep from white farmers about how unfortunate that circumstance was.”
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Lab-grown meat is on the rise. It’s time to start asking tough questions

The salad looks relatively normal: fried chicken, leafy greens, red cabbage, slices of mandarin, a mango-sesame dressing on the side. But this is no ordinary salad. Getting hold of this particular lunchbox involved staking out a hotel lobby and quick fingers on a delivery app. The prize? Not tickets to a K-pop concert, but one of the world’s first servings of cell-cultured meat.

The Western US Is Suffering From a Severe Drought

88% of the American West is currently experiencing a drought, and the US’ largest reservoir, Lake Mead, is at its lowest level since it was filled in the 1930s. With a record-breaking heat wave sizzling its way across the West this week, officials will almost certainly declare the first-ever water shortage for the Colorado River, which feeds Lake Mead.

Leamington poppy field delights photographers and residents

Is there a more beautiful countryside sight than a field of poppies swaying gently in the summer evening breeze?. A field near Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has become a hit on Facebook and Instagram as photographers and local residents marvel at the colour on show. Local people believe it may...
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How Big Meat and Dairy Fund Misleading Health Research to Fatten Their Wallets

Chocolate milk helps with concussions? Not so fast. Recently the headlines were filled with the erroneous news that football players who drank chocolate milk showed superior cognitive testing after concussive events (compared to players who didn’t drink chocolate milk). This particular study was funded by the dairy industry, a behemoth that will go to any length to improve its profits, including crafting and spreading myths about milk and other dairy products that endanger public health.
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Explainer: How four big companies control the U.S. beef industry

CHICAGO, June 17 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are seeking increased oversight of the beef sector as concerns about anticompetitive behavior increase after the pandemic and a cyberattack on a major meat company, JBS USA. Agriculture officials are meanwhile pushing for more processing capacity and ranchers are opening new slaughterhouses after...

'Land brings freedom': This chef is buying land to preserve Black foodways

A year ago, chef Adrian Lipscombe dreamed of creating a space for Black farmers to grow their own produce. Now, just a year later, that dream has come true. Black farmers make up less than 2% of all farmers in the U.S. Now, Lipscombe plans to use her 39 acres of land in Helena, South Carolina, as a place where Black farmers can learn about the history of the industry and grow their own crops.