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Agriculture (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • S. Korea to begins sales of farmed bluefin tuna

    06/22/2018 12:21:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | June 22, 2018
    Sushi lovers in South Korea will be able to taste a new breed of tuna in local restaurants and gourmet shops as farm-bred bluefin tuna is coming to the market this year, the fisheries ministry said Friday. Local fishermen have tried to cultivate bluefin, one of the most popular fish with its rich red meat, to meet the high demand, but their efforts were fraught with challenges like typhoons and cold winters. After a lot of trial and error over the past decade, Hongjin Fishing Association said it succeeded in growing bluefin tuna in a pen in waters off Tongyeong,...
  • The Food Insecurity Of North Korea

    06/19/2018 4:03:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    National Public Radio's Goats and Soda ^ | June 19, 2018 | Paul Chisholm
    In the 1990s, a devastating famine struck North Korea. According to international observers, a combination of drought, flooding and government mismanagement decimated food production. The death toll is uncertain, but estimates range from 240,000 to 2 million. By all accounts, the situation is better today. Domestic agriculture has improved significantly. Today, grain production hovers around 5 million tons per year, roughly double what it was in the famine-stricken '90s. But agricultural scientists and aid representatives familiar with the situation believe that the country is still unable to feed all of its population. And some question whether it even wants to....
  • Indoor farms could fine-tune the flavours of our food

    06/15/2018 4:43:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Phys. Org. ^ | June 12, 2018 | Steve Gillman, Horizon Magazine
    A new way to farm indoors using different wavelengths of light could boost the taste of fruits, salads and herbs, while also increasing food supply and nutritional value. Growing food inside brings many benefits to farmers by reducing the amount of land, fertilisers, energy and water needed to cultivate the plants. But it can come with a major drawback – produce grown indoors sometimes lacks the depth of flavour it would have if it was allowed to flourish and ripen outside. And it is the controlled environment of indoor farming itself that seems to be at least partly responsible. "A...
  • Ndwedwe aquaponic farm continues to thrive (South Africa)

    06/11/2018 5:18:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The modern day aquaponic system, which has its roots in South China and Southeast Asia, is rapidly gaining in popularity. Here on home soil, an aquaponic farm in the rolling hills of Ndwedwe, which was established by a group of big-hearted Durban University of Technology (DUT) students back in 2016, continues to thrive. From subsistence farming in rural areas, to large-scale commercial farming in peri-urban areas, as well as vertical and indoor farming by hobbyists to feed neighbours and beautify urban spaces, when it comes to aquaponics, the possibilities are endless. Situated in the Noodsberg community, the project came about...
  • Pot businesses are on a hiring spree. Here’s how much the jobs pay

    06/09/2018 8:06:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | June 8, 2018 | David Goldstein And Anita Chabria
    Eight years ago, Samantha Miller was earning six figures a year as a product developer for a LED lighting company in Northern California when a high school friend called to ask a favor. Would Miller be able to help her friend's boss at a medical marijuana dispensary figure out how to use a new machine purchased to analyze the quality of pot? Miller passed on the job, but offered some free advice. With her background in machinery design and lab supervision, she told the dispensary folks: "You need (to hire) a scientist because you are going to ruin that piece...
  • Family harvest: Hydroponic farming provides a new job and a new life on the Northern Neck

    06/07/2018 2:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | June 3, 2018 | Bill Lohmann, The Richmond Times–Dispatch
    As snow fell on the fields of the Northern Neck in March, Justin McKenney was in his tomato greenhouse tending to his plants with his young assistants: daughters Josslyn, 5, and Joely, 2. In April, he was back in the greenhouse, and the plants were about 4 feet tall with plump, green tomatoes forming on the vines. He expects to pick the first ripe tomatoes by the end of April. He will harvest until December, with each of his 1,050 plants—growing to about 40 feet in length by then—producing upwards of 50 pounds of tomatoes for the year. Hydroponic farming...
  • Senators announce bill to protect states’ legalization of marijuana

    06/07/2018 1:44:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Sandhills Express ^ | June 7, 2018 | ABC Radio
    Sens. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, and Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a bill Thursday intended to protect the laws of states that have legalized some form of marijuana from federal intervention. The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act would ensure that states can make and enforce their own laws pertaining to the production and distribution of marijuana as long as states comply with a few federally-mandated basic protections. Currently, 46 states and additional territories have laws permitting medical and/or recreational marijuana. Both Colorado and Massachusetts have legalized recreational marijuana. But on the federal level, the...
  • Calif. Farm Workers' Appellate Court Victory To Evict United Farm Workers Union

    06/04/2018 10:44:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/04/18 | Katy Grimes
    Where are the Gerawan Farming Workers' ballots from the 2013 UFW decertification election? Gerawan Farming workers just won a huge victory over the United farm Workers labor union and California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. In a 3-0 decision, the Fifth District Court of Appeal ordered the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board to count the workers’ ballots from the November 2013 election to decertify the United Farm Workers labor union, and issue a tally. But where are the ballots? The decertification election took place November 3, 2013. After all of the ballots were in, the ALRB impounded them, refused to count...
  • Cedar Rapids Officials Hoping For Medical Marijuana Manufacturing Center (Iowa)

    06/02/2018 3:26:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Iowa Public Radio ^ | June 1, 2018 | Kate Payne
    The city of Cedar Rapids is still hoping to land a medical marijuana production center. That’s after state regulators passed over Iowa's second-largest city for a dispensary earlier this year. Iowa officials are currently reviewing four applications for the state’s second and last medical marijuana manufacturing license. One in-state company and three out-of-state companies are competing for the rights. It’s still not clear where in Iowa the center will go. But Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart is hopeful it’ll be in his city, which he said is strategically located near major highway routes and supports a diverse economy and workforce....
  • These Cannabis Companies Are Aggressively Hiring Professionals

    05/31/2018 1:13:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    New Cannabis Ventures ^ | May 3, 2018 | Carrie Pallardy
    With regulations trending toward medical programs and adult-use in markets across the world, the cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing businesses, which means companies are looking for top talent to support and further their growth. It can be challenging to find qualified candidates due to stigma that still exists, as well as the job security issues that come with the startup nature of many cannabis companies. Despite these obstacles, the cannabis space is filled with passionate people dedicated to building a thriving industry, and more people like them are looking to make their mark. Here are some examples...
  • Graceland Fruit tastes rapid growth ("We're always hiring" in Michigan and Wisconsin)

    05/31/2018 11:49:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Record-Eagle ^ | May 30, 2018 | Dan Nielsen
    FRANKFORT — Consumer demand for healthier food in convenient packaging is fueling rapid growth at Graceland Fruit. "We have the capacity to process all kinds of fruit," said President and CEO Alan DeVore. Cherries, cranberries, blueberries and apples provide the bulk of Graceland's product. But Graceland also has processed a variety of more exotic products, like orange peel and mango. The company's sales have accelerated rapidly during the last five years as consumers scrambled to buy products that are vegan and gluten-free. The Frankfort processing plant runs three shifts five days a week. It just inked a deal with CranGrow...
  • Can a nozzle provide the breakthrough indoor farming has been waiting for?

    05/28/2018 11:15:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Horticulture Week ^ | May 3, 2018 | Gavin McEwan
    A British company says it can greatly extend the range of crops grown in indoor growing formats beyond the established leafy greens and herbs. Discussions on the potential of urban and indoor farming invariably mention the need to feed a growing global population, forecast to reach 10 billion by the middle of the century, against a backdrop of climate change and depleted land and other resources. But so far, for technical and economic reasons, the movement has largely targeted leafy greens and herbs — relatively high-value but low-mass, low-calorie crops. Indeed, one successful London grower specialises in "micro-salads" sought by...
  • Visa woes have summer businesses looking to Puerto Ricans

    05/28/2018 4:57:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | May 27, 2018 | The Associated Press
    PHIPPSBURG, Maine (AP) — Frustrated by red tape and visa limits on foreign workers, tourism businesses from Maine to Missouri are turning to Puerto Ricans who are fleeing a shattered economy and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bob Smith, owner of Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, hired a half-dozen Puerto Ricans last summer for housekeeping, landscaping and kitchen work, providing relief to his overworked staff. This summer he is doubling the number, and he would like to hire even more. Louis Morales, 50, of Comerio, Puerto Rico, is happy to be here because he makes double the salary he would...
  • These 4 Tech Trends Are Driving Us Toward Food Abundance

    05/25/2018 2:33:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | May 18, 2018 | Peter H. Diamandis, MD
    From a first-principles perspective, the task of feeding eight billion people boils down to converting energy from the sun into chemical energy in our bodies. Traditionally, solar energy is converted by photosynthesis into carbohydrates in plants (i.e., biomass), which are either eaten by the vegans amongst us, or fed to animals, for those with a carnivorous preference. Today, the process of feeding humanity is extremely inefficient. If we could radically reinvent what we eat, and how we create that food, what might you imagine that “future of food” would look like? In this post we’ll cover: 1.Vertical farms 2.CRISPR engineered...
  • Rebooting food: Finding new ways to feed the future

    05/24/2018 1:16:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2018 | Thin Lei Win
    VIENNA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Banana trees that fit in a test tube. Burgers made without a cow in sight. Fish farmed in the desert. Robots picking fruit. Welcome to the brave new world of food, where scientists are battling a global time-bomb of climate change, water scarcity, population growth and soaring obesity rates to find new ways to feed the future. With one in nine people already short of enough food to lead a healthy, active life, supporters pushing for a Second Green Revolution argue without major changes hunger will become one of the biggest threats to national security...
  • Area greenhouse that supplies large grocers preparing to open, hiring 30 (Ohio)

    05/24/2018 1:03:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | May 23, 2018 | Kaitlin Schroeder, Staff Writer
    A new greenhouse in the region that will sell produce in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati is about to start operations. BrightFarms said in a statement that the company is hiring 30 for its Wilmington greenhouse, which will grow greens, herbs and tomatoes year-round. BrightFarms produce is sold at major grocery chains like Wal-Mart and Kroger. The Irvington, N.Y.-based company markets its produce as a local option instead of shipping in produce from other states or out of the country. In 2016, BrightFarms raised $30.1 million in funding to expand beyond the three greenhouses it was operating at the time in...
  • Bowery Farming is growing crops in warehouses to create food like customized kale

    05/24/2018 12:20:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 24, 2018 | Lora Kolodny and Magdalena Petrova
    •Bowery Farming is using robotics and software to raise crops in warehouses outside of big cities. •Jose Andres, Carla Hall and David Barber are among the star chefs who have invested in Bowery's indoor farming venture. •The U.N. projects that by 2050, food production will need to increase by about 60 percent to feed the growing global population....
  • Bacon and a Year without Summer

    04/19/2018 11:14:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/19/18 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Communists do not recognize the law of supply and demand and are not particularly adept at planning centralized economies based loosely on Marxist ideology I’m placing the thickly sliced uncured bacon in the pan and, when it begins to sizzle, the marvelous aroma fills the house. It is a memory from my childhood when Grandma Elena would render bacon fat into lard in her tiny kitchen. It was a preservative for chunks of pork she would seal with wax in glass jars that would feed us for an entire year. It was stored in the cellar, the dank, damp, and...
  • Gerawan Farming Taking State-Forced Unionization Case to US Supreme Court

    04/18/2018 11:14:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/18/18 | Katy Grimes
    Gerawan's employees do not want to be unionized by the UFW or forced into union servitude by the California ALRB Surprising no one, on Nov. 27, the California Supreme Court upheld the dubious Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation law against Gerawan Farming. The California Supreme Court heard the Gerawan case last fall on whether the state’s attempting to force mandatory agricultural labor union contracts violates the constitutional safeguard of equal protection. Fresno-based peach grower Gerawan Farming is one of the largest agriculture employers in the state. The serious wrangling with the United Farm Workers Labor Union and ALRB began again in...
  • Farmers Hit Hard As Trump Backs Big Oil

    04/04/2018 2:48:40 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 68 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-04-2018 | hoi
    The Trump administration seems to be leaning towards allying with the oil refining industry in its fight against Big Corn and federal rules requiring the use of corn ethanol. Reuters reports that the U.S. EPA apparently granted an exemption to Andeavor, a large oil refiner, from having to comply with blending requirements as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) last month. The RFS requires refiners to blend biofuels, such as corn ethanol, into their refined fuels. If they can’t or find it too costly, they are required to purchase credits. The law dates back to 2007 under the George...