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Farmers Markets Double Nationwide with White House Next Location

On September 17th, 2009, a Fresh Farm Market will open by the White House in Washington, D.C.-- just weeks after President Barack Obama wished...
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Heartland States Send National Guard to Aid Afghan Farmers

National Guard troops from a half-dozen heartland states are taking their civilian farming know-how to Afghanistan in a little-noticed aspect of the Obama administration’s...
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Once Catfish Farmers Now Algae Pioneers

Turning pond scum into biofuels is fast becoming a new revenue stream for weary catfish farmers whose catch has dried up. PetroSun BioFuels...
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City Scraps Transformed into Gold for Area Farmers

San Francisco is leading the way in producing high-quality compost to fertilize regional crops. In one year, 105,000 tons of food scraps and...
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Younger Farmers Making a Comeback in Iowa

It comes as a pleasant surprise -- after years when thousands of farmers were driven off their land -- to find in the 2007...
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Rice-Powered Stove Ignites New Hope for Poor Farmers

More than a third of the world’s population can’t afford propane or other petroleum-based cooking fuels, relying instead on wood or charcoal that...
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Man Becomes Hero to Nation of Farmers

Almost everyone knows Shykh Seraj in Bangladesh, where farming offers a lifeline to most of its 140 million people, half of whom live on...
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Farm Aid to Help Farmers Hurt by Ike, Gustav

Farm Aid today announced that initial grants would be made to southern farm and faith-based organizations to support family farmers hardest hit by Hurricanes...
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New Mexico Researchers Work to Halt Depletion of Native Herb by Encouraging Farmers

"Described by local residents as magical, a native herb called yerba mansa, known as the "the calming herb," has been used for centuries throughout...

India Cancels Small Farmers’ Debt Across Nation

"The Indian government plans to cancel the entire debt of the country's small farmers in a giant program that will cost 600 billion rupees...

Gates Donates $20M to Help Rice Farmers

Bill Gates, the world's richest man, is to donate nearly 20 million dollars for research into helping rice farmers deal with global warming, the...
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US Farmers Show Grass Makes Better Ethanol than Corn

Farmers in Nebraska and the Dakotas have worked with the USDA to plant switchgrass and measure the native plant's ability to deliver Ethanol more...
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UN Backs Small-Scale Farmers in Madagascar

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced it will spend more than $30 million to help farmers and other rural residents...

Ethiopian Farmers Boosted By Improved Seed

Five years ago, Wegene Abebe was just another local peasant eking out a living in Tijo, 220km southeast of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa;...
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New Coffee Helps Save Chimps and Impoverished Farmers at the Same Time

Chimpanzees and coffee have more in common than you might think. It was in Gombe National Park in Tanzania in 1960 that legendary primatologist...
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Farmers Go Green to Fight Global Warming

A growing number of farmers concerned with the potential effects of global warming are now adopting environmentally friendly farming methods including soil management techniques...

Exciting New Study Says That Crops Thrive Underneath Solar Panels—and the Panels Produce More Energy

Not only does the new agricultural system help fruit and vegetables to thrive in arid regions, it could also improve the health of farmers.

Good News in History, August 17

60 years ago today, the American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis released Kind of Blue, the highly influential best-selling jazz record of all time. Regarded...

Millionaire Helps Boy After Viral Photo Shows Him Doing Homework on a Sidewalk Under Street Lamp

Bahrain millionaire Yaqoob Yusuf Ahmed Mubarak helped a boy after viral photo shows him studying on a Peruvian sidewalk under a street lamp.

When 1,600 Asylum-Seekers Were Sent to This US Town, They Were Welcomed With Housing and Open Arms

This story was submitted as a nomination to the Reader’s Digest “Top 50 Nicest Places in America” contest: a crowd-sourced effort to uncover nooks...