10 Interesting Agriculture Related Stories For Today

Western Farm Press. 11 November 2013.

1. Mystery of the Lost Cow Tunnels

NYC’s meat tunnels are lost, forgotten, or just a myth? Heck of a great mystery. (Gizmodo)

2. The Wages of Crop Insurance Fraud

A farmer is headed to the pen for six years after a running a million-dollar crop insurance scam — and threatening to kill the investigating agent. (WRAL)

3. Drunken Day of the Dead Horse Race

First the riders sacrifice a chicken to bless the path they’ll race on, and vow to abstain from sex. Then they spend the entire night drinking beer and a potent Guatemalan liquor made from sugar cane called Quetzalteca. (Vice)

4. Broccoli’s Extreme Makeover

Can the produce industry succeed by stealing the junk food playbook? (NYT)

5. Changing of the Wine Guard

The international wine industry is shifting, and the old world is falling from the top perch. (The Telegraph)

6. Women in the Woods

There are 13.7 million U.S. hunters, and the number of women actively hunting is on the rise. (National Geographic)

7. Death by Buck

For producer Kenneth Price, the lesson came too late: Bottle-fed or raised with human contact, when the rut kicks in and testosterone flows — a buck turns from timidity to terror. (WFP)

8. Goat Salvation for Infected Farmer

Farmer Richard Jones was facing a slow death from the MRSA superbug. When antibiotics failed, his wife found a cure in the most unlikely of places — their goatherd. (Wales Online)

9. Kick-Ass Solution

Five million feral donkeys roaming about: Could they be used to protect sheep from Australia’s wild dog packs? (Queensland Country Life)

10. A Sky Filled With Drones

Here they come: The FAA thinks 7,500 drones will be airborne within five years. (Washington Times)