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Agriculture (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Trump wants to impose work requirement for food stamp users

    05/23/2017 2:23:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 22, 2017 | Marisa Schultz
    The Trump administration wants to impose a work requirement on able-bodied adults who receive food stamps and force states to pick up some of the costs as part of a wider plan to slash spending by $3.6 trillion over the next decade. Budget director Mick Mulvaney said that once states have “a little skin in the game,” they will be more inclined to root out abuses and waste in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Enrollments haven’t decreased much since the recession despite a low 4.5 percent unemployment rate. The program cost about $33 billion in 2007 with 26 million...
  • Sasse, Schumer, handler, DC Building and that Doggie in the Window

    05/19/2017 2:06:05 PM PDT · by txhurl · 12 replies
    DC Swamp ^ | 5/19/17 | DC Building
    Why are Sasse and Schumer meeting?
  • Company to open nation's largest hydroponic greenhouse in Rochester (137 jobs in New York State)

    05/10/2017 5:36:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    WHEC-TV ^ | May 10, 2017
    A company is set to open what Governor Cuomo's office says will be the biggest commercial hydroponic facility in the nation in Rochester. The governor says Clearwater Organic Farms will build a 15 acre, 650,000 square-foot facility at Eastman Business Park, creating 137 new jobs. About half of those positions will be reserved for veterans and the unemployed, the state says. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. "The new Clearwater Organic Farms facility will drive innovation, create jobs for New Yorkers who need them most, and bolster economic growth throughout the region," Governor...
  • McCain’s $200 million expansion to boost demand for Idaho potatoes (180 direct/650 indirect jobs)

    05/05/2017 9:32:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Capital Press ^ | May 5, 2017 | John O’Connell
    BURLEY, Idaho — Potato farmers say the expansion of the local McCain Foods USA processing plant should significantly increase demand for their crop and boost the area’s economy. McCain officials announced the $200 million investment this week. The expansion should be operational by the late summer of 2018 and will employ 180 new workers. “From my standpoint, that’s as big of a thing as we could have had announced in this area,” said Mark Darrington, a McCain grower from Declo. “For this to come right into the heart of our production area, this is a huge win for agriculture and...
  • Oregon pushes for wooden skyscrapers to revive timber industry

    04/30/2017 5:08:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | April 30, 2017 | Elliot Njus and Molly Harbarger
    It's rare that a governor shows up to celebrate a new condo tower. But this one's made of wood, and that's a bigger deal than it seems. Gov. Kate Brown was on hand the day Carbon12 in North Portland reached its full eight stories and became the nation's tallest wood building. The feat was made possible by cross-laminated timber, wood engineered to have the strength of steel. The distinction won't last long. Another Portland development, an 11–story high-rise made of the same wood product, is expected to secure a building permit within weeks and start construction this summer. For Oregon,...
  • Colorado Governor: Sessions Finds Obama-Era Marijuana Policy ‘Not Too Far’ Off (No crackdown?)

    04/27/2017 10:44:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 27, 2017 | Matt Ferner
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week in Washington, says that he doesn’t believe a federal crackdown on legal marijuana is on the way, adding that Sessions called the Obama administration’s guidance on marijuana “not too far from good policy.” “The meeting was very productive, and overall it was very good,” Jacque Montgomery, press secretary for the Democratic governor, told HuffPost. Montgomery said that Sessions spent about an hour with Hickenlooper, and they discussed the state’s successful marijuana regulation, its collection of data on usage, what the state has learned since the first legal...
  • Military veterans find good fit in Michigan’s agricultural jobs

    04/25/2017 9:21:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Model D ^ | April 24, 2017 | Deven King
    Those who are responsible for feeding our world and keeping up with the forever changing challenges facing the food and agriculture industry have come together to work with those who have defended our nation. Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology accompanied by extension agencies and some of the food and agriculture industry's leaders, work with partners like the Veterans' Services Division of the Michigan Workforce Development Agency and the VA Hospital System to train veterans and ultimately help them obtain a job within the field as part of a program called Vets to Ag. Founded in 1894, the Institute...
  • Senate Democrats Have No Clothes (Or Ethics), With ALRB Confirmation

    04/25/2017 8:55:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/25/17 | Katy Grimes
    Senate Democrats have no clothes, nor the moral principles that govern a person's behavior Democrats in the State Senate Thursday confirmed former Sen. Isadore Hall (D-Compton) to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board on a party line vote. You’ll recall Hall’s recent “obscenity-laced tirade” and threats to use his position to ‘get’ several farmers who opposed his confirmation:
  • 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, vicuña 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...