Could the New NAFTA Help American Farmers?

Understandably, the President’s promised renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been overshadowed by continued tariff escalations with China--a controversial strategy that’s had significant consequences for American farmers. But the new...

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Will Robots Become the Workforce of Tomorrow’s Farms?

Automation is coming to the farm, and tomorrow’s agriculture could look very different from today’s. Finding laborers to cultivate and harvest  intensive crops like strawberries or lettuce, has always challenged ag companies. The work is tedious, the conditions are...

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Why Future Farmlands Might Be Under the Sea

According to our most accurate measurements, about 40% of the earth’s landmass is devoted to agricultural activity. Much of the remaining territory isn’t suitable for farming and ranching. This is creating a challenge for agricultural productivity, which will need to...

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How Is President Trump’s Ag Policy Doing?

Next year’s presidential election will be an important one for farmers. While the nomination process is still underway on the Democrats’ side, Republicans know who their candidate will be. Whether the incumbent President Trump can win re-election depends on whether he...

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Engineering the Future with Drought-Tolerant Crops

The most significant constraint on agricultural production worldwide is the environment, accounting for roughly 70% of crop losses worldwide. By far the biggest environmental factor is water scarcity, which can represent a formidable challenge to farmers. Agriculture...

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The Beautiful Truth About Ugly Food

About one third of all food produced worldwide is wasted. That’s a staggering amount. And it’s unacceptable if we hope to meet the goal of feeding a global population of ten billion by 2050. In the developing world, most food loss happens in transportation and...

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Is Cannabis the Next Big Cash Crop?

Conversation about cannabis tends to focus on marijuana and the contested legality of this controlled substance. But cannabis is much more than its most notorious variety. In fact, it just might be the next big cash crop. And because it can be grown sustainably,...

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Increasing Food Production: A Case Study from Ethiopia

It was hard to avoid Ethiopia in the mid-1980s. Political instability plagued the nation. A devastating famine left the East African nation dry and desolate. Hunger stalked the land when crops failed. Deprived of food and subsistence, Ethiopia descended into chaos....

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