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A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters reveals that about 30 million acres of U.S. cropland have been abandoned since the 1980s. The analysis highlights the significant environmental and economic potential of these lands, which have been abandoned at a rate of over a million acres per year between 1986 and 2018. Using satellite data and information from the U.S. Agriculture Department, researchers mapped the locations of abandoned cropland and tracked how long it had been out of use. They found that during the study period, approximately 30.39 million acres of cropland went unused in the contiguous United States.…

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The National Farmers Union Foundation has announced the 2024 recipients of its annual scholarship awards.  Each year, NFUF awards scholarships to students in various fields of study who are attending accredited two- or four-year colleges, universities or technical schools. These students have demonstrated academic excellence and a strong commitment to their communities. “To secure a bright future for our organization, our communities and American agriculture, we must ensure that young people have the resources they need to become tomorrow’s leaders,” said NFU President Rob Larew. “Our commitment to community and support for family farmers and ranchers drives us to support…

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While there are a lot of animal-rights activist groups that exist, some are significantly more active than others. Each group has different tactics to accomplish the same goal. Animal-rights activists strive to discredit animal agriculture, mislead consumers, and promote the idea that animals have full rights equal to that of humans. As it relates to the agriculture sector, the fundamental goal of animal-rights advocacy is to eliminate livestock production and take meat, milk, eggs, seafood, and more off of our plates. There are hundreds of animal-rights activist groups. Here’s what you need to know about some of the most active…

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AGDAILY Reporters · July 8, 2024 Italian land artist Dario Gambarin is known for his artistic renditions plowed into a 270,000-square-foot field in Verona. His most recent rendition includes a massive Eiffel Tower, spread over several fields to celebrate the upcoming Paris Olympics.  The likeness of the famous Paris landmark and the Olympic symbol of five interlaced rings was plowed using a tractor over two acres. The Paris 2024 Summer Olympics is set to be held as top athletes compete for the gold in France from July 26 to Aug. 11, 2024. In the past, Gamberline has used his fields…

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John Deere has updated its spread of Gator offerings with the new gas Gator XUV 834 and the diesel Gator XUV 875 utility vehicles. Deere says that the newest models offer options for integrated precision ag technology, a larger, more versatile cargo box, and added comfort and convenience elements. “The Gator XUV 845 and Gator XUV 875 are built with farmers for farmers,” said Eric Halfman, John Deere’s go-to-market manager for Gator utility vehicles. “We worked with farmers across the U.S. and Canada to make this machine more versatile for all the work they do on the farm.” New models…

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Purdue University researchers in the College of Agriculture are developing patent-pending, antibiotic-free treatments for avian pathogenic E. coli, or APEC. Paul Ebner and his team have developed a bacteriophage treatment that effectively reduces APEC colonization in treated chickens. The treatment contains multiple bacteriophages, which are viruses that infect and replicate only on bacterial cells. Ebner is interim head and a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. He said the goal of the project was to create technologies that could reduce the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food in low- and middle-income countries. “APEC is often controlled through…

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A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5), commonly known as “H5 bird flu,” has been confirmed in Colorado. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the fourth human case linked to an ongoing multistate outbreak of avian flu in dairy cows and the first case reported in Colorado. Previous cases have been identified in Texas and Michigan. The affected individual, a worker on a dairy farm where cows tested positive for the A(H5N1) virus, reported only eye symptoms. After receiving treatment with oseltamivir, the individual has fully recovered. The CDC says that it ash…

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Top Third Ag Marketing helps farmers become better agricultural marketers with the goal of marketing crops and livestock in the top third of prices. Mark Gold and his team provide AGDAILY.com with the latest information and a look ahead in their audio commentary. Listen here! https://www.agdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Top-Third-agdaily-2024-07-08.mp3 The post Markets in Minutes: Top Third looks ahead for week of July 8, 2024 appeared first on AGDAILY.

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Hurricanes are nothing new to Texas and have historically impacted the state’s communities, infrastructure, and agriculture, but officials have urged farmers and ranchers to stay alert with Hurricane Beryl’s arrival in Texas today.  “As Hurricane Beryl approaches the Gulf Coast, today and tomorrow will be the last 2 days for Texans to make preparations for the coming storm,” acting Gov. Dan Patrick said in a news release. “Beryl is a determined storm, and incoming winds and potential flooding will pose a serious threat to Texans who are in Beryl’s path at landfall and as it makes its way across the…

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Just take the internships — as many as you can, in as many areas as you can. You can’t afford to miss out on the connections, experiences, insights, and opportunities that an intern provides. Even if they’re not paid, the value of experience and relationships you’ll gain exceeds anything monetary remuneration can offer.  Whenever we discuss the future of agriculture, groups such as the National FFA Organization are at the center of the conversation. FFA members learn about the agriculture industry with the support of leaders, educators, industry professionals, and more while preparing for future careers. So, it makes sense that when we…

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