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Global Production of Biotech Crops: GMOs Part III

Global Production of Biotech Crops: GMOs Part III The following excerpt is from the Penn State Ag Science Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 Edition: In 2014, 28 countries worldwide produced a total of 181.5 million hectares (448.49 million acres) of biotech crops. To...

Regulating GMOs: GMOs Part II

Regulating GMOs:  GMOs Part II The following excerpt is from the Penn State Ag Science Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 Edition. Since the introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops in 1996, farmers have adopted the technologies widely. In 2014, around the globe, nearly...

What Are GMOs?: GMOs Part I

What Are GMOs?:  GMOs Part I The following excerpt is from the Penn State Ag Science Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 Edition. Indeed, there is a vast rift between scientific evidence for the benefits and risks of GMOs and the public’s perception of...

Food Waste Reduction

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) defines food waste as; “the component of food loss that occurs when an edible item goes unconsumed," as in food discarded by retailers due to color or appearance and plate waste by consumers....

Weed Resistance: Weeds Find a Way!

The agricultural industry is constantly adapting new ways to responsibly manage weeds while producing a safe product for consumers, and minimize negative effects on the environment. Plants naturally evolve to decrease vulnerability to threats. This process has been occurring as...

What Do GMO Corn and Quinoa Have In Common?

Ask The Farmer Post by Sarah Schultz September 29, 2015 I feel that one of the most highly misunderstood things about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is the insect-resistant trait that certain varieties of GMO corn and GMO cotton have: the Bt trait. Bt...

Did you know?

Did You Know? Herbicides can aid soil conservation. The use of herbicides reduces the need for tilling, preventing soil erosion and water loss.

Did You Know? Yakima County has the most organic farms of any county in Washington?

Fact or Fiction?

Fiction: Organic farming means grown without pesticides.

Fact: The USDA approves a lengthy list of pesticides for organic farming. Take a look here.

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Wheat Win for Washington State

Wheat Win for Washington State The 2015 wheat harvest numbers are in, and Washington State stands out as the fourth highest producer of wheat in...

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