Posted in Agriculture American Countryside Best of Kansas

Jumping Off the Train

Imagine a train chugging south out of Kansas with people jumping from the cars all along its route.  This is the reason they jumped and…

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Posted in Agriculture American Countryside Best of Virginia

Cyrus McCormick and His Threshing Machine

For centuries, crops were cut and threshed by hand. That all changed with a young farmer in Virginia. This is the story of a birthday…

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Posted in Agriculture American Countryside Best of Illinois

Developing the Self Scouring Plow

Although you may associate his name with tractors, he never saw one.  Yet his name is synonymous with the equipment used in agriculture… SharePrintEmail

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Posted in Agriculture American Countryside California

Hot Zone Falconry

Farmers might contract with someone to spray for weeds, fertilize the soil or harvest a crop.  Some farmers even contract for a company to come fly falcons…

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Posted in Agriculture American Countryside California

The Problem with Birds for a Crop

There are many challenges to growing a crop.  Poor weather, weeds, and disease are just a few.  We often don’t think of birds as a potential problem,…

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Posted in Agriculture American Countryside California

Artichokes

Some people turn up their nose at brussels sprouts.  Where do artichokes fare in comparison?  We head to a valley where the unusual crop is grown… SharePrintEmail

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Posted in Agriculture American Countryside California

A New Perspective on a Vegetable

Sometimes it’s hard to get kids to eat their vegetables.  Now imagine the vegetable looks like a hand grenade and people believe you can choke when eating…

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Posted in Agriculture American Countryside Arizona food

Of Golden Eggs, Geese, and Backyard Farms

We’ve all heard of the goose that laid the golden eggs. While it would be hard to find such a bird, a goose that raises…

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