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For Soybean Growers, Hidden Cost of Climate Change Tops $11 Billion

Even during a good year, soybean farmers nationwide are, in essence, taking a loss. That's because changes in weather patterns have been eating into their profits and taking quite a bite: $11 billion over the past 20 years, according to a study by University of Wisconsin-Madison agronomists published last month in Nature Plants.

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Bitter Chocolate: Illegal Cocoa Farms Threaten Ivory Coast Primates

Researchers surveying for endangered primates in national parks and forest reserves of Ivory Coast found, to their surprise, that most of these protected areas had been turned into illegal cocoa farms, a new study reports.

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Two Most Destructive Termite Species Forming Superswarms in South Florida

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Two of the most destructive termite species in the world are swarming together in South Florida. They might mate, forming a hybrid, and that worries the UF/IFAS scientists who found the superswarm.

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Algae From Clogged Waterways Could Serve as Biofuels and Fertilizer

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Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists will report today that they are working on a way to clean up these environmental scourges and turn them into useful products. The algae could serve as a feedstock for biofuels, and the feedstock leftovers could be recycled back into farm soil nutrients.

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CBC: Insecticide ‘Probably Carcinogenic’ to Humans, Says World Health Organization Agency

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Tailoring Sow’s Diet to Nutritional Needs May Lead to Healthier Piglets

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Fulfilling a sow’s increased nutritional needs in the last trimester may lead to greater productivity for both the mother and her piglets, according to assistant professor Crystal Levesque of the South Dakota State University Department of Animal Science. Through a pilot study, she has found “fairly clear preliminary evidence that we’re impacting at least piglet survivability in the first week post-weaning.”

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Researchers Develop Detailed Genetic Map of World Wheat Varieties

Researchers have produced the first haplotype map of wheat that provides detailed description of genetic differences in a worldwide sample of wheat lines. This is an important foundation for future improvements in wheat around the world.

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Healthy Grain Fibre Helps Barley Resist Pests

Research at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus has shed light on the action of the serious agricultural pest, cereal cyst nematode, which will help progress improved resistant varieties.

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University Develops Detection Test for Subclinical Mastitis in Dairy Cows

Researchers have developed a nanotechnology platform that positively identifies mastitis in dairy cattle earlier and for less cost than current technologies on the market. Mastitis is the most common disease in U.S. dairy cattle and costs the U.S. dairy industry more than $2 billion annually in loses.

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Experts Discuss Irish Beef's Availability in U.S. For First Time in 15 Years

Trade and agricultural experts from Kansas State University say this "green beef" could open the door for trade agreements with other countries in the European Union.