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Smithsonian Plows Into Farming History

The Smithsonian hasn't had a full agriculture exhibit since 2006, but now the museum is working on an 8,000-square-foot "American Enterprise" exhibition that will explore agriculture's connection to finance, science and retail. 

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How Secure Is the Fort Knox of Seeds?

When genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations to start flying.  No one knew how the unapproved wheat ended up in the ground, and a flurry of finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Colorado, which housed the same strain of wheat.

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Research Examines Links Between Runoff and Phosphorus Pollution

Farmers in the Champlain Valley of New York often use tile drains in their fields. They help the region’s clay soil drain faster and produce higher crop yields.  But for years, Lake Champlain has had high levels of phosphorus pollution, which can result in toxic blue-green algae blooms. And farm runoff is one of the primary contributors.

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Penn State Celebrates Plum Pox Docs

This year, Penn State University’s Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is celebrating its 50th birthday by recognizing the unheralded plant scientists who help to keep your fruits and vegetables disease-free. Recently they celebrated one of their juiciest successes.

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Yes, We Can--Tomatoes, Peaches and More

It's harvest season in Western Pennsylvania.

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Apples to Twinkies' Farm Bill Subsidies Compared

Comparing apples and oranges might not get you anywhere, but what about apples and Twinkies?

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Wild Weather Affects Area Crops

A mild winter and earlier-than-usual spring jump started area crops.

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Less Fruit? Blame Early Spring and Late Frost

Farmerís Markets and roadside stands wonít have as many peaches and apples for sale this season.

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Greek Yogurt Surge Increases Demand For Milk

Yogurt has always been associated with good health. Now demand is growing for a new kind of yogurt--the Greek variety.

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Report Reveals Environmental Regulation Stimulates Jobs

A report released this month by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation shows that implementing environmental regulations on farms, in sewage treat

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