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Cooling dairy cows with fans and misters at Pacheco Dairy in Kerman, Calif., during a heat wave in 2006. AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian

Heat is a serious threat to dairy cows – we’re finding innovative ways to keep them cool

Dairy cows are sensitive to heat, so farmers cool them down with sprinklers and fans. Researchers are designing better, more efficient systems to keep cows comfortable through hot California summers.
Do we need yet another class of guest workers to pick our fruit? Shutterstock

Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense

Introducing yet another special agricultural employment visa might destroy the good things about the ones we've got.
Clinical trials using immune cells engineered through synthetic biology have been shown to push some patients into remission from blood cancer. from www.shutterstock.com

The synthetic biology revolution is now – here’s what that means

Right now, you're living in a kind of industrial revolution – where biotechnology, information technology, manufacturing and automation all come together to form synthetic biology.
Scott Morrison visiting a Queensland farm this week. Alex Ellinghausen/AAP

Drought is inevitable, Mr Joyce

Having an envoy for drought and a prime minister keen to visit drought-affected areas puts the government under pressure to do the wrong thing.

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