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Food Terrorism
12:34 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Could Our Food Supply Be a Target for Terrorists?

A bioterror attack that introduced a virus like foot-and-mouth disease could devastate the U.S. livestock industry. Regulators are proposing new rules meant to protect the food system from terror attack.
Credit File: Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster. Villains in trench coats scheme ways to cause the most destruction and chaos. They settle on a food company, an easy target, and plan to lace the products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out the plan with enough time to save the day.

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The Next Frontier for Farmers
1:40 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Ag Data Could Generate Prescriptions for Fields

For most farmers these days, a laptop computer is already an essential tool.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

A couple of seeds, some fertilizer, a little sunshine – just add water and you’re ready to harvest your crops, right?

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Research into Breeding
10:02 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Better Chickens, Improved Food Security in Africa

Iowa State University scientists Jack Dekkers (left) and Sue Lamont traveled with Huaijun Zhou (center) of the University of California, Davis, to Morogoro, Tanzania. They met with their collaborators on a USAID-funded project to improve chicken genetics in Africa.
Credit Courtesy of Sue Lamont

One extra egg a day. What would that mean to your family?

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Deciding How Much to Share
6:29 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Farmers Worry About Sharing Big Data

This laptop is an essential tool on Dave Beck’s farm. He uses it to design maps to apply different doses of seed, water, and fertilizer on his fields.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

When it comes to keeping data secure, farmers are worried about some of the same issues as the rest of us.

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A Benefit of the Polar Vortex
4:11 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Harsh Winter Freezing Out Some Crop-Devouring Pests

Western Corn Rootworm Beetles chew on a stalk of corn
Credit Purdue University Extension

Despite what they may be thinking now, Midwest grain farmers and backyard gardeners alike may be thankful for the recent arctic temperatures before 2014 is out.

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