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  • DRONE FOOTAGE REVEALS THOUSANDS OF SACRIFICED ANIMALS FROM TODAY’S GADHIMAI FESTIVAL

    12/05/2019 1:31:28 AM PST · by CaptainPhilFan · 16 replies
    Animal Equality ^ | 12/5/19 | Lisa
    Just had both of my EffBook accounts jailed for posting this news item. I guess they had issues with my calling these subhuman scum muzlims and hindus. This is beyond disgusting. I foolishly looked at the video. Effing diversity.
  • President Xi goes to Iowa? Trump floats farm state to seal trade deal

    11/01/2019 8:38:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 1, 2019 | Andrea Shalal
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday suggested he could sign a long-awaited trade agreement with China in the farm state of Iowa, which has been hard hit by tariffs in a nearly 16-month trade war between the world’s largest economies. Trump said on Friday evening that negotiations about a “phase one” agreement were going well and he hoped to sign the deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a U.S. location when work on the agreement was completed. “We’re looking at a different couple of locations. It could even be in Iowa,” he told reporters at the White House. “We’re...
  • Bittersweet Succession

    10/31/2019 10:34:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Comstock's Magazine ^ | October 21, 2019 | Allison Joy
    Woodland’s Z Specialty Food seeks to double the footprint of its honey warehouse and create a community gathering spot The Zeldner family legacy is rooted in yellow star thistle. The noxious weed, an invasive species native to the Mediterranean region of southern Europe and northern Africa, covers an estimated 14 million acres in California. It grows densely and depletes soil moisture. It can cause a fatal nervous disorder in horses who graze on it. The spines that extend from the flower head, giving the plant its name, are the bane of hikers and grazing animals alike. For honeybees, however, the...
  • A new industry grows in Farrell (50 marijuana jobs in Pennsylvania)

    10/27/2019 10:44:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Herald ^ | October 20, 2019 | Quinn Schwartz
    FARRELL – Rebecca Myers is ready to bring another champion to the city of Farrell. She and her team might not be able to compete with the city’s 22 state titles, by her own admission, but the FarmaceuticalRX founder and chief executive officer said the city’s new medical marijuana growing, processing and research facility will provide the city with economic development and job creation for years to come. “It’s amazing to be a part of this proud community,” she said in front of a group of state and local officials, FRX employees and citizens at a ribbon-cutting ceremony across the...
  • How 3D Printing, Vertical Farming, and Materials Science Are Overhauling Food

    10/22/2019 5:34:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | October 20, 2019 | Peter H. Diamandis, MD
    Food. What we eat, and how we grow it, will be fundamentally transformed in the next decade. Already, indoor farming is projected to be a US$40.25 billion industry by 2022, with a compound annual growth rate of 9.65 percent. Meanwhile, the food 3D printing industry is expected to grow at an even higher rate, averaging 50 percent annual growth. And converging exponential technologies—from materials science to AI-driven digital agriculture—are not slowing down. Today’s breakthroughs will soon allow our planet to boost its food production by nearly 70 percent, using a fraction of the real estate and resources, to feed 9...
  • China Trade Deal Hopes Revive On Soybean Offer; Can Dow Jones Rally Last?

    10/09/2019 12:56:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 9, 2019 | Jed Graham
    This pivotal week of China trade talks started with a slap in the face, but Beijing may be turning the other cheek. Despite the Trump administration ban on sales to 28 Chinese tech firms accused of a role in the government's human rights abuses, China is still talking about buying more soybeans. Beijing's determination to reach a deal, however small, sparked a Wednesday rebound for the Dow Jones and broader stock market after Tuesday's 314-point drubbing. The Financial Times reported that China is willing to boost soybean purchases by 10 million tons, worth about $3.5 billion at current prices. That...
  • Forest Service Lifts Fuelwood Ban on New Mexico Forests After Judge Modifies Ruling

    10/04/2019 5:36:03 AM PDT · by cowpoke · 22 replies
    THE WESTERNER ^ | 10/3/2019 | Frank DuBois
    The U.S. Forest Service lifted the suspension of sales of fuelwood permits to collect firewood in New Mexico’s five national forests Tuesday after a U.S. District Judge in Arizona modified his original order banning all timber management in the state. The legal dispute centered on protecting a species of spotted owl, which had stopped all timber management — including fuelwood collection — which is critical to many families who use wood to heat their homes and for tribal activities. Other timber management activities, such as timber sales, forest thinning and prescribed burns, were excluded from the judge’s new ruling....
  • Keen on quinoa: Idaho Falls miller expanding quinoa processing, plans buckwheat facility

    10/03/2019 8:57:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Intermountain Farm & Ranch ^ | September 20, 2019 | John O'Connell
    IDAHO FALLS — Local miller Jeremiah Clark plans to soon expand into a new Idaho Falls facility with the capacity to process up to 5 percent of the world’s quinoa supply. Clark, owner of American Mills, LLC, contracts with 17 growers from American Falls through Ashton to raise his own proprietary variety of the nutrient-rich, pseudo-cereal crop. His quinoa fields range in size from 100 to 200 acres, and he’s already made Eastern Idaho the largest quinoa production region in North America. He hopes to have equipment installed by the end of October to commence operations at his new quinoa...
  • Trump's two big wins for farmers, manufacturers, workers vs. Dems' impeachment squad

    10/02/2019 1:49:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | October 1, 2019 | Peter Navarro
    The radical Democrats’ impeachment squad and much of the American media are missing a great presidency. Just last week, in a single day, President Trump signed a historic Japanese trade deal in New York as a White House-led team negotiated a radical reform of the Universal Postal Union in Geneva. Together, these two quintessentially Trump deals will net American farmers, manufacturers and workers billions of dollars and create thousands of jobs. Yet last week’s news cycle was dominated by another politically motivated witchhunt circus. Regarding the Japan deal, on his first business day in office, the president stopped the U.S....
  • Endangered species court decision means no White House Chrismas Tree from NM?

    09/27/2019 8:39:20 AM PDT · by cowpoke · 17 replies
    THE WESTERNER ^ | 9/27/2019 | Frank DuBois
    Here is some background:Carson National Forest to Provide the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be coming from New Mexico. The tree will be displayed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., with a public tree-lighting ceremony in early December. The 2019 tree will be cut from the Questa Ranger District on the Carson National Forest. Seventy smaller companion trees will also be sent to our nation’s capital to decorate government buildings and public spaces...  The FS has sponsored events around NM to have ornaments made for the tree....
  • Think you have the president on the ropes? Try visiting a county fair in Trump Country.

    09/25/2019 5:15:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2019 | Gary Abernathy
    HILLSBORO, Ohio — President Trump is seen in the news as perpetually on the verge of being toppled by the latest scandal of the week. But not here in Hillsboro or places like it. The latest round of accusations involving Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh led to calls for Kavanaugh’s impeachment in Washington but were largely dismissed here as more flimsy, partisan attacks. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s scornful testimony before Congress brought demands for a contempt citation from some but was mostly cheered here. The saga of Trump, Ukraine and the unknown “whistle­blower” leaves people here wondering...
  • Are vertical farms ready for prime time?

    09/01/2019 1:42:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Manitoba Co-Operator ^ | August 27, 2019 | Jane Lanhee Lee, Reuters
    Indoor farm companies say they're scaling up, but many question their business model Leafy salad greens grown under banks of LED lights, with mist or drips of water are having their day in the sun. Several top U.S. indoor farms say they are boosting production to a level where they can now supply hundreds of grocery stores. Plenty, Bowery, Aerofarms and 80 Acres Farms are among young companies that see a future in salad greens and other produce grown in what are called vertical farms that rely on robotics and artificial intelligence, along with LED lights. While the first versions of modern vertical farms...
  • Maryland State Fair food: We tried everything from crab cakes to deep-fried Reese’s.

    08/31/2019 7:37:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 24, 2019 | Chris Kaltenbach and Sameer Rao
    With so much food to eat, what’s a hungry person to do? That’s a question sure to be raised continuously as the 138th Maryland State Fair runs through Labor Day at the state fairgrounds in Timonium. Sure, there’s tons of fun to be had roaming the grounds, checking out the livestock, riding a carousel or Ferris Wheel, trying your hand at the ring toss, even checking out a horse race or two. Inevitably, however, the time is going to come when your stomach demands attention. It’s time to eat. So you head for the Maryland Foods Pavilion, home to some...
  • A middle finger to Red Flag laws - do they really expect us to keep all of our guns in one place?

    08/28/2019 9:20:15 AM PDT · by Enge1934 · 55 replies
    8/28/2019
    Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love pvc. Sometimes you just have to admire the chutzpah of the Commie-Democratic party. They live in an insane fantasy world were unicorns leap over rainbow pride flags and we are all just one more law away from living in complete peace and harmony. The only thing is that one law keeps on changing, this time around it’s magic of confiscating guns with red flag laws. To hear them talk, all they need is the power to send in a SWAT team in at 3:00 AM on a no-knock warrant, kill everyone...
  • Changes to Endangered Species Act prompt lawsuit

    08/27/2019 9:38:25 AM PDT · by cowpoke · 7 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 8/25/2019 | Theresa Davis
    Several environmental groups are suing the Trump administration over recent changes to the Endangered Species Act that they say threaten wildlife. Earthjustice filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California The Department of the Interior announced rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act on Aug. 12. The changes remove a blanket rule that gave newly-listed threatened species the same protections as endangered species. As part of the rule changes, agencies must now consider economic impact when listing a species or designating critical habitat. Wednesday’s lawsuit alleges the Interior Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...
  • [INTERVIEW] For indoor farming, why are cargo containers more optimal than warehouses?

    08/25/2019 9:39:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Indoor farming projects have been touted for their environmental benefits, but a lack of scalability and profitability have caused smart farm startups to fail all over the world. However, Seoul-based automatic indoor farming startup n.thing is betting on a modular approach for success. The company found that shipping containers are appealing as scalable indoor vertical farming units, especially in countries that are short of fertile land. The key to its flagship Planty Cube farming facility is a cluster of multiple 12-meter cargo containers, Kim Hye-yeon, CEO and co-founder of n.thing, said in an interview with The Investor. “A stand-alone, single-unit...
  • The future of food: Why farming is moving indoors

    08/23/2019 7:53:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | August 23, 2019 | Russell Hotten
    A car park opposite the infamous New York City housing estate where rapper Jay-Z grew up seems an unlikely place for an agricultural revolution. Ten shipping containers dominate a corner of the Brooklyn parking area, each full of climate control tech, growing herbs that are distributed to local stores on bicycles. This is urban farming at its most literal. The containers are owned by Square Roots, part of America's fast-expanding vertical farming industry, a sector run by many tech entrepreneurs who believe food production is ripe for disruption. The world's best basil reputedly comes from Genoa, Italy. Square Roots grows...
  • Trump, Biden lead the presidential Iowa State Fair Straw Poll

    08/22/2019 6:16:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    KCAU-TV ^ | August 20, 2019
    DES MOINES, Iowa (WOI) – More than 4,000 people voted in the Iowa State Fair Straw Poll this year. Historically, the poll has been a fairly good indicator of how races will look. For the Democratic presidential candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden slipped past Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 17.7 percent to 17.2 percent. Biden won by just 10 votes. Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg finished third with 14 percent, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders came in fourth with 10 percent of the vote. There were 24 Democrats at the fair this year. President Donald Trump had...
  • Farmers at the Iowa State Fair Say They’re Backing Trump’s Trade War

    08/17/2019 1:38:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | August 16, 2019 | Abigail Weinberg
    Beneath a blazing mid-August sun at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines last week, liberal voters crowded around the Des Moines Register’s political soapbox to hear the Democratic presidential candidates speak. Meanwhile, on the other side of the fairground, farmers in the sheep, cattle and swine barns tended to their animals. A Trump poster hung from a rafter in the sheep barn and a Trump flag flew in front of a row of massive black cows in the cattle barn. Yet the farmers—who will play a key role in the 2020 presidential race in Iowa—didn’t talk much about politics...
  • Outdoor insecticide

    08/13/2019 10:44:22 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 46 replies
    8-13-2019 | Me
    I made the mistake of spilling some outdoor insecticide in the house. Now I need to get rid of the nasty smell Any suggestions?