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  • Cannabis Industry Attracts More Mainstream Investors as Business Grows

    04/15/2017 11:24:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Variety ^ | April 12, 2017 | Nick Clement
    With the legal cannabis industry generating $6.9 billion in sales in 2016, up 34% from 2015, it’s a no-brainer to say that much is at stake as the business inevitably grows. Much like the independent movie biz, the cannabis industry attracts investors looking for high-risk, high-reward investments, and as marijuana goes more mainstream, so does the funding mechanisms for the industry’s businesses. Just recently, numerous investment firms have cropped up, announcing themselves as major entities in the billion-dollar industry. The opportunities are wide-ranging: Everything from exotic strains of marijuana to concentrated edibles to topical creams fortified with CBD extracts, as...
  • New technology, jobs heading to McAllen (170 jobs in Texas)

    04/14/2017 1:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | April 13, 2017 | Mitchell Ferman
    McALLEN — Amid a time of uncertainty for business along the border, Scantech Sciences is doubling down with a new technology it predicts will revolutionize food safety practices. Scantech, a developer, manufacturer and operator of food treatment systems and facilities, already has a building in the Sharyland Business Park in McAllen. But the Atlanta-based company has not had an electronic cold-pasteurization food treatment center before. Scantech began construction Thursday on a 100,000-square-foot facility connected to its current building. It’s expected to open, at the latest, by the beginning of 2018. Bret Erickson, president of the Texas International Produce Association for...
  • China Caves: Trump Wins Huge Trade Concession

    04/11/2017 9:42:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | April 10, 2017 | Sierra Marlee
    Are you tired of winning yet? Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss several issues, including the massive trade imbalance between the nations. Of course, he came out on top. It is being reported that Beijing is offering the Trump Administration greater market access to avoid an all-out trade war between the two powers. The Financial Times claims that these concessions are not all that difficult for Beijing. “At present, foreign investors cannot hold a majority stake in securities and insurance companies in China. The country’s largest companies in these sectors, such as Citic Securities and China Life...
  • Star Snacks to create 115 jobs, invest $18 million in Macon-Bibb County (Georgia)

    04/04/2017 10:26:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Coosa Valley News ^ | April 4, 2017 | Staff
    The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that Star Snacks, Co. LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality branded nuts, trail mixes and dried fruits, will create 115 jobs and invest more than $18 million in a peanut roasting and packaging facility in Macon-Bibb County. “Georgia’s business-friendly environment has again attracted a leading manufacturer to invest in our state,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “In choosing Macon-Bibb County, Star Snacks will enjoy the benefits of locating in the top state for both business and peanut production. Georgia’s skilled workforce and unparalleled economic environment will serve Star Snacks well...
  • Reporters turn to ridiculing White House Easter eggs [Get egg on their faces!]

    03/31/2017 10:39:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.theamericanmirror.com ^ | March 29, 2017 | By Olaf Ekberg
    Many in the White House press corps have a raging case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. It flared up again when the White House released images of the commemorative eggs that will be available for purchase to celebrate the annual White House Easter Egg roll. Pastel versions of the official egg are $8.50. A gold version is $14.95. The eggs will feature the signature of President Trump and First lady Melania Trump. The seemingly innocuous announcement triggered public hackles from mainstream media reporters. New York Times reporter Julie Davis: “Forget those silly pastel/rainbow colors of White House East Egg Rolls past;...
  • How Sensors, Robotics And Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Agriculture

    03/27/2017 11:11:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 19, 2017 | Jennifer Kite-Powell
    The world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. China and India, the two largest countries in the world, have populations totalling around one billion. In four years, by 2022, India is predicted to have the largest population in the world, surpassing China. This means we need new ways to grow food that are smarter and helps regulate our use of land, water and energy in order to feed the planet and avoid a global food crisis. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute believe the answer lies in sensors, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots. In a new...
  • Effort Underway to Legalize All Pot (Illinois)

    03/25/2017 9:14:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 151 replies
    The Alton Daily News ^ | March 25, 2017 | Greg Bishop - Illinois News Network and WBGZ-FM
    Proponents and opponents of legalizing pot in Illinois are firing up their talking points after a proposal to legalize the sale of weed for recreational purposes sprouted up this week. Opponents of legalizing, regulating and taxing pot say they don’t care how much revenue it could generate for Illinois’ failed finances. Amendments to bills in the House and Senate this week would allow for the sale of recreational marijuana with a $50 tax per ounce. That would be on top of any sales tax. Supporters says it could generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the state. Democratic...
  • Water Hazard and Murphy at Ranch in 2017

    03/21/2017 2:21:44 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    At the Ranch in Arizona, I keep water trickling for a water hole. It is the only reliable water for about three miles in any direction.  I have a game camera there, and sometimes obtain interesting photographs, like the bobcat and coyote interaction above from a couple of months ago.  The water hole is about 15 yards from the backstop of the pistol range.  Some of the water pipe was exposed over the last few years. My bother and I were at the range, shooting 170 grain cast lead .40 caliber projectiles at a half silhouette steel target.   After...
  • Well, No, But I Did Fly Over It Once

    03/18/2017 2:17:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The March 27th 2017 Issue
    Princeton economics professor emeritus and Nobel laureate Angus Deaton has been running around making an extraordinary claim: “Being really poor in America is in some ways worse than being really poor in India or Africa," he recently told the National Association for Business Economics. Asked about those comments in an interview with the Atlantic, Deaton doubled down: "If you had to choose between living in a poor village in India and living in the Mississippi Delta or in a suburb of Milwaukee in a trailer park, I'm not sure who would have the better life." This claim was qualified—Deaton is...
  • Milk new symbol of hate?

    03/16/2017 4:15:27 PM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 52 replies
    Daily 49'er ^ | March 13, 2017 | Samantha Diaz
    When you think of milk, what first comes to your mind? If you’re a millennial, you probably think of strong bones, Got Milk? commercials, or maybe eating your favorite cereal while watching cartoons on a Saturday morning. What about racism? White nationalism? If you’re having trouble finding the connection between these institutions and milk, you’re not alone. You, along with the rest of the nation, have been so accustomed to hearing the benefits of milk that you probably didn’t even realize the subtle racism hidden in our health facts. It may not surprise you that the United States was founded...
  • Military-grade tech to monitor eggplants rather than explosives (Indoor farming)

    03/11/2017 3:07:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Standard Examiner ^ | March 11, 2017 | Gwen Ackerman, Bloomberg
    <p>On a rooftop in the Jewish-Arab Tel Aviv neighborhood of Jaffa, a former military technologist and an ex-journalist sit in a transparent bio-dome where their robot is busy learning how to grow food.</p> <p>Flux IoT’s Eddy, a robot measuring less than a foot tall and resembling a life buoy, is built with military-grade sensors and armed with image-processing technology.</p>
  • Any Alpaca Owners on FR?

    03/08/2017 5:51:19 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 104 replies
    Self ^ | 03/08/17 | GRRRRR
    My Lady Jean and have a nice little ranch near Denver. On our tender little 35 acres, we have ten alpacas. They belong to the Camelid family, llamas, vicuńa and the true humpty humpers. They're cute too, so Lady Jean is happy. We're expecting a baby "cria" in May. Our first breeding try. We have all females except one old gelded male, Andy. You don't keep the boys and girls together as the boys will go through a fence if he gets the right wink! We have two years of fleece, they get shorn once a year and yield around...
  • The Agriculture Revolution Is Coming

    03/07/2017 12:55:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Value Walk ^ | March 6, 2017 | Mauldin Economics
    Humans have needs, but we need some things more than others. Back in the 1940s, American psychologist Abraham Maslow famously classified human needs into a hierarchy, often shown as a pyramid. At the foundation are our physiological needs: air, water, food, etc. Only when these needs are met can we reach upward to more and more refined stages of material, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual fulfillment. You could say, the very existence of civilization depends on the stability of the bottom layer. It’s thus no accident that a huge part of the economy exists to fill these basic needs. Even smart...
  • Auditor General DePasquale Recommends Regulating, Taxing Marijuana as Right Move to Deal with Issues

    03/06/2017 5:26:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Auditor's Office ^ | March 6, 2017 | Press release
    HARRISBURG (March 6, 2017) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today Pennsylvania should strongly consider regulating and taxing marijuana to benefit from a booming industry expected to be worth $20 billion and employ more than 280,000 in the next decade. “The regulation and taxation of the marijuana train has rumbled out of the station, and it is time to add a stop in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” DePasquale said during a news conference at the state capitol. “I make this recommendation because it is a more sane policy to deal with a critical issue facing the state. Other states are...
  • The Beginner’s Guide to the Indoor Farming Industry

    03/04/2017 5:31:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Upstart University ^ | October 7, 2016 | Amy Storey
    Indoor farming is a popular subject in the media, and a booming industry with new farmers joining the game every day. In fact, there are growing conferences held solely for indoor farmers, their suppliers, influencers, and resources. But many are still left with questions about the indoor farm. •Just what makes an indoor farm an indoor farm? •What makes indoor farming so popular? •What potential does indoor farming really have in the future? •How will I interact with indoor farms? Dr. Nate has an overview for you. What is indoor farming all about?(VIDEO-AT-LINK) What is indoor farming? Indoor farms take...
  • Why It Matters What President Trump Eats (One of the silliest articles you'll read this month)

    02/26/2017 1:01:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 21, 2017 | Joseph Erbentraut
    It appears that one of the most visible achievements of Michelle Obama’s legacy as first lady will live on in the Trump White House: her garden. First lady Melania Trump announced last week that she would preserve the White House vegetable garden planted in 2009. It came as a surprise to many nutrition advocates and food policy experts, who had expressed fears that Michelle Obama’s garden and the health and nutrition initiatives it symbolized could be endangered under the Trump administration. Some advocates, including Michael Jacobson, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, are lauding the new...
  • Why a ganjapreneur dreams of building a 100-story skyscraper to feed city dwellers

    01/29/2017 3:29:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Cannabist ^ | January 24, 2017 | Jennifer Kaplan, Bloomberg News
    According to ganjapreneur Rick Byrd, the future of farming is tall, dirtless and local. Byrd’s vision of skyscraper farms to feed city dwellers begins with a much different kind of crop: marijuana. The 45-year-old is chief executive officer and founder of Pure Agrobusiness Inc., a company that sells equipment to grow legal cannabis, a market worth $6 billion in 2016 and expected to reach $50 billion by 2026, according to Cowen & Co. Because cannabis has higher profit margins than food, and pot is mostly grown inside, Byrd said he hopes the innovations perfected by PureAgro, with the help of...
  • N.Y. pol asks Trump not to interfere with state's medical pot

    01/26/2017 5:48:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 26, 2017 | Kenneth Lovett
    ALBANY - The lead state Senate sponsor of New York's medical marijuana law has written to President Trump asking that the feds allow such state programs to continue. Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) wrote to Trump on Dec. 9 when he was President-elect encouraging him to direct his Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions "to respect the wishes of the citizens and elected officials of 29 states and allow carefully regulated and closely monitored medical cannabis programs to continue without undue interference from the federal government." Despite the growing number of states allowing some type of marijuana use, the drug...
  • President Trump: 133 Food and Ag Organizations Ready to Work with You on Trade

    01/24/2017 2:45:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Pork Network ^ | January 24, 2017 | Corn Refiners Association
    A total of 133 organizations and companies from the food and agriculture sector, which supports more than 15 million jobs nationally, sent President Donald J. Trump a letter this week expressing their eagerness to work with his Administration to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), while preserving and expanding the gains achieved to date. “U.S. food and agricultural exports have produced a trade surplus for nearly 50 years,” the letter notes. “Consistent growth over this period resulted in over $130 billion worth of exports, which created $423 billion in U.S. economic activity in 2015.” The letter also noted...
  • Marijuana Industry Hopes Promise of Jobs Will Keep Trump, Sessions Happy

    01/13/2017 6:09:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    TheStreet ^ | January 13, 2017 | Emily Stewart
    Marijuana legalization advocates and industry actors remain optimistic about the incoming Trump administration's attitude towards pot, despite some less-than-reassuring comments from the man who will soon be charged with enforcing drug laws in America. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General, in a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week said he could not commit to not enforcing federal marijuana laws when at the helm of the Department of Justice. He didn't say he would crack down on cannabis, either. "I won't commit to never enforcing federal law...but absolutely it's a problem...