First Gear


Infographic To Share: Earth’s Surface Area

Just how much of the Earth’s surface area is farmed, or farmable?

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Rethink Roadway Rules

A new proposal may soon provide guidance to accommodate bigger, speedier farm equipment.

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Watershed Map: How the West Was Drawn

What if the U.S. had based Western state boundaries on watersheds? One land use planner decided to look into the question and started a movement.

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According to the Farmer’s Almanac, which predicted last year’s Winter-agedden, expect more shivery and shovelry.

FarmLife Five: The Polar Vortex!

Five cold, hard facts about last year’s “Winter-pocalypse.”

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The National Barn Alliance tries to connect people with preservationists in their area.

Barn Again: Saving and Restoring the Heart of the Farm

The National Barn Alliance and others offer ways to save treasured structures.

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Rescue tubes allow rescuers to “remove the grain from the victim, not the victim from the grain,” says Jeffrey Decker of GSI, a leading manufacturer of farm storage bins and silos.

Grain Bin Danger

Tips for staying safe in and around one of the deadliest devices on the farm.

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90% of all the pumpkins grown in the U.S. are raised within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Ill.

FarmLife Five: Fun Fall Factoids

Growing pumpkins in Illinois and Nova Scotia, picking up horse apples in Texas, and giving thanks and talking turkey in the U.S. and Canada.

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Wendell Rust, IFF president

Flying Farmers

Check out events where the worlds of farmers and pilots overlap.

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Bubba the ram.

Ram on the Lam

A North Carolina nonprofit helps rescue domestic farm animals, including a certain fugitive sheep.

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