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Death to Fire Ants

By   /  October 7, 2019  /  ARS, Consider This  /  1 Comment

USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists latest discovery—a new virus found in fire ants from Argentina—has the potential for becoming a biological control agent against the red imported fire ants infesting the United States. The Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) arrived in the United States in the 1930s, likely in ballast in cargo ships docking […]

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Your Pastures Would Make Great Solar Farms

By   /  September 23, 2019  /  Consider This  /  3 Comments

A recent Oregon State University study found that the top three land covers with the greatest solar power producing potential are croplands, grasslands and wetlands. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, says that if less than 1% of agricultural land was converted to solar panels, it would be sufficient to fulfill global electric […]

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We Know Honey Bees Are Dying, But Where Are They Doing Well?

By   /  September 9, 2019  /  Consider This  /  No Comments

Noah Wilson-Rich starts his June 2018 Ted Talk with some startling statistics: in 2017 we lost 40% of our beehives in the United States, and in places with harsher climates that number was even higher. For example, in Massachusetts we lost 47% of our beehives. “Can you imagine if we lost half or our people […]

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The Sex Life of the Screwworm Fly: How an Odd-Sounding Study Saved Ranchers Billions

By   /  August 26, 2019  /  Consider This  /  1 Comment

The screwworm is a horrible livestock pest that most of us have never heard of thanks to the work of two scientists.

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Working On Healthy Soils and Productive Agriculture in Ethiopia

By   /  August 12, 2019  /  Consider This  /  1 Comment

In early June I got an email from Dr. Ray Weil. You may know Ray as the author of The Nature and Properties of Soils, the go-to textbook for everything on soils, and a contributor to On Pasture. He was asking for input on electric fencing for a project he is starting in Ethiopia to […]

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