First Gear


New, Better Weather Predictions

Researchers have found a long-lead early warning system—up to 50 days in advance–for extreme heat patterns.

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FarmLife Five: Soil

Let’s get down and dirty, as we dig into the importance of terra firma.

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Antique Massey Ferguson Combines Draw Crowds for a Good Cause

Each fall, as part of the Bear Lake Growing Project in Canada, vintage combines run in a harvest event and money is raised through the sale of the grain.

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See Food: Optical Scanners Reveal Food Content

New optical scanners may allow us to determine what’s in, and on, our food.

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North American County Fairs: A Pictorial History

Click through a gallery of historical photos from county fairs across North America.

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Let’s Go To The County Fair!

The ubiquitous county fair has a history far older than you might imagine.

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Infographic To Share: Oil’s Roller Coaster Ride

A closer look at one of your most volatile farm inputs.

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FarmLife FIVE: Big Data

Big Data is not only, well, BIG, it also offers huge opportunities for farmers.

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Tour de Farm Excursions Are a Tour de Force

Annual farm tour events are a growing trend for direct-to-consumer producers.

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USDA Microloan Program Expanding

Small and short-term, these microloans offer farmers a low-interest alternative for a variety of financial needs.

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