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How the First Farmers Changed History

How the First Farmers Changed History

A fossilized skeleton of a human who was buried beneath a floor in a family home in Ain Ghazal, a 10,000-year-old farming village in Jordan.
How the First Farmers Changed History

How the First Farmers Changed History

A fossilized skeleton of a human who was buried beneath a floor in a family home in Ain Ghazal, a 10,000-year-old farming village in Jordan.
Sinosphere: How China’s Politics of Control Shape the Debate on Deserts

Sinosphere: How China’s Politics of Control Shape the Debate on Deserts

A homestead in the Tengger Desert, on the southern edge of the Gobi.
How Dairy Farmers in Belgium Held Up a Big E.U. Trade Deal

How Dairy Farmers in Belgium Held Up a Big E.U. Trade Deal

A tractor stood outside Wallonia’s regional Parliament in Namur, Belgium, earlier this month as deputies debated the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
How Dairy Farmers in Belgium Held Up a Big E.U. Trade Deal

How Dairy Farmers in Belgium Held Up a Big E.U. Trade Deal

A tractor stood outside Wallonia’s regional Parliament in Namur, Belgium, earlier this month as deputies debated the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
Economic Scene: Competing Views on How to Regulate Illegal Migration

Economic Scene: Competing Views on How to Regulate Illegal Migration

So-called braceros in 1963. At its peak in the late 1950s, the Bracero Program provided more than 400,000 temporary work visas a year to people from Mexico, most of them employed on farms.
Safe for Now, Canadian Dairy Farmers Fret Over E.U. Trade Deal

Safe for Now, Canadian Dairy Farmers Fret Over E.U. Trade Deal

George Thompson feeding dairy cows at his family’s farm in Thames Centre, Ontario. Without supply management, Mr. Thompson warned that those large dairies and milk processors would control milk
Safe for Now, Canadian Dairy Farmers Fret Over E.U. Trade Deal

Safe for Now, Canadian Dairy Farmers Fret Over E.U. Trade Deal

George Thompson feeding dairy cows at his family’s farm in Thames Centre, Ontario. Without supply management, Mr. Thompson warned that those large dairies and milk processors would control milk
Hatched From Peanuts, the South’s Hot New Oil

Hatched From Peanuts, the South’s Hot New Oil

Clay Oliver with a harvest of peanuts on his farm in Georgia that will be used for planting next year’s crop in the spring. Mr. Oliver uses raw peanuts to make a cold-pressed green peanut oil that has
Farmers’ Unchecked Crop Burning Fuels India’s Air Pollution

Farmers’ Unchecked Crop Burning Fuels India’s Air Pollution

A farmer burned a harvested wheat field last month on the outskirts of Jalandhar, India.
Farmers’ Unchecked Crop Burning Fuels India’s Air Pollution

Farmers’ Unchecked Crop Burning Fuels India’s Air Pollution

A farmer burned a harvested wheat field last month on the outskirts of Jalandhar, India.
You Might Be Paying Too Much for Your Chicken

You Might Be Paying Too Much for Your Chicken

Young broiler chickens, still gaining their feathers, are raised in an enormous barn at a commercial poultry farm.
What’s Organic? A Debate Over Dirt May Boil Down to Turf

What’s Organic? A Debate Over Dirt May Boil Down to Turf

Colin Archipley, who grows basil and other plants hydroponically, says the fight over organic certification for produce like his is about protecting other farmers.
Dwayne O. Andreas, Who Turned Archer Daniels Midland Into Food Giant, Dies at 98

Dwayne O. Andreas, Who Turned Archer Daniels Midland Into Food Giant, Dies at 98

Mr. Andreas, right, meeting with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at a Kremlin reception in Moscow in 1988.
Apútzio de Juárez Journal: Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico

Apútzio de Juárez Journal: Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico

Davíd Romero Hernández, 51, center, trimming grass in his new avocado orchard on the edge of Apútzio de Juárez, in Mexico, in October.
Apútzio de Juárez Journal: Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico

Apútzio de Juárez Journal: Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico

Davíd Romero Hernández, 51, center, trimming grass in his new avocado orchard on the edge of Apútzio de Juárez, in Mexico, in October.
With an Eye on Hunger, Scientists See Promise in Genetic Tinkering of Plants

With an Eye on Hunger, Scientists See Promise in Genetic Tinkering of Plants

Scientists at the University of Illinois used tobacco because it is a particularly fast and easy plant to use when trying new genetic alterations. They hope food crops will also be successful.
Apútzio de Juárez Journal: Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico

Apútzio de Juárez Journal: Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico

Davíd Romero Hernández, 51, center, trimming grass in his new avocado orchard on the edge of Apútzio de Juárez, in Mexico, in October.
With an Eye on Hunger, Scientists See Promise in Genetic Tinkering of Plants

With an Eye on Hunger, Scientists See Promise in Genetic Tinkering of Plants

Scientists at the University of Illinois used tobacco because it is a particularly fast and easy plant to use when trying new genetic alterations. They hope food crops will also be successful.