|In Hopes of Healthier Chickens, Farms Turn to Oregano|
The New York Times - 12/25/2012. By Stephanie Strom – Fredericksburg, Pa.: To avoid the use of antibiotics, Scott Sechler of Bell & Evans has fed his chickens a diet laced with oregano oil and a touch of cinnamon to fight off bacterial diseases that plague meat and poultry producers.
|Swords to plowshares: New program promotes farming for veterans|
Lexington Herald-Leader - 12/25/2012. By Janet Patton - Berea, Ky.: When Joseph Fields deployed to Iraq for the third time with the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2008, he and his wife, Heather, had big plans for their recently purchased 7-acre farm just outside Berea. What the Fieldses didn't plan on was a career-ending back injury that kept Joseph from working for months after he came back to Kentucky in February 2009. That created a serious financial setback.
|Study: Global crop production shows some signs of stagnating|
The Washington Post - 12/24/2012. By Max Fisher – After decades of rapidly growing global agricultural output, production of four of the world’s most important crops could be stagnating or even slowing in some regions, according to a new study published in Nature, a top scientific journal.
|How millions of farmers are advancing agriculture for themselves|
OurWorld 2.0 - 12/24/2012. By Jonathan Latham - The world record yield for paddy rice production is not held by an agricultural research station or by a large-scale farmer from the United States, but by a farmer in the state of Bihar in northern India. Sumant Kumar, who has a farm of just two hectares in Darveshpura village, holds a record yield of 22.4 tons per hectare, from a one-acre plot.