|A good harvester has to learn to choose and pick|
Portland Press Herald - 8/16/2010.By Ray Routhier – Buxton: It hadn't occurred to me that farmers need good eyesight. But it became apparent when I began trying to pick zucchini and squash at Snell Family Farm last week. The path I walked on was thick with weeds, obstructing my vision somewhat, and the plants themselves were a tangle of vines and leaves, creating some sort of strange vegetable jungle.
|Apple season ahead of schedule|
Bangor Daily News - 8/16/2010.By Eric Russell – BANGOR, Maine - Mary Newey at Hillcrest Orchards in Winterport has been in the apple business nearly all her life. Her father bought the land and planted trees in 1963, so she grew up on an apple orchard. Decades later, she still gets excited every season. This year, that excitement came early. Hillcrest Orchards opened on Thursday, Aug. 12, the earliest opening date in recent memory.
|Now they’re cloning cows from cattle that are dead|
Daily Mail [UK] - 8/15/2010.By Daniel Bates – Cattle destined for the food chain in the U.S. are being cloned from dead animals. Technicians take samples from slaughtered cows to assess meat quality, and cells from the best are used to grow clones.
|Judge revokes USDA approval of modified sugar beets|
The New York Times - 8/14/2010.By Andrew Pollack – A federal district court judge revoked the government’s approval of genetically engineered sugar beets Friday, saying that the Agriculture Department had not adequately assessed the environmental consequences before approving them for commercial cultivation.