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Agriculture (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Rebooting food: Finding new ways to feed the future

    05/24/2018 1:16:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 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 · 33 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...
  • An artisan’s exchange Local business women to open new farmers market

    01/17/2018 5:27:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Lauren Renteria
    SIERRA VISTA — When Pam Chandler teamed up with Lisa Thompson to start a new farmers market, the duo didn’t expect the vendors at the market’s debut would be all women. Chandler, general manager at the Sierra Vista Co-op, came up with the idea to start the Sierra Vista Food Co-op Community Market with Thompson, owner of Thunder Mountain Alpaca Ranch, as a way to give business owners the chance to reach out to different clientele. The market will launch Jan. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open the first Saturday of every month in front of the...
  • Alabama vs. Georgia

    01/07/2018 10:51:19 PM PST · by jonson · 22 replies
    2018-8-1 | Alabama vs. Georgia
    CFP Championship 2018 live stream: Early Predictions for Alabama vs. Georgia. Alabama Vs. Georgia: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Odds And Expert Picks. The 2017 college football season comes to an exciting conclusion on Jan. 8, in Atlanta, Georgia, when the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship pairs the University of Alabama Crimson Tide against the University of Georgia Bulldogs. The teams officially booked their ticket to Atlanta on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2018, as each won their Playoff Semifinal, the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Allstate Sugar Bowl games, respectively. Critics would hate...
  • CA Supreme Court Decision 'Preordained' by Jerry Brown

    11/28/2017 11:39:23 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/28/17 | Katy Grimes
    This is a bombshell because the agriculture industry, the governor's office, and the legislature knew the result could be the entire law being thrown out “The Marxians love of Democratic institutions was a stratagem only, a pious fraud for the deception of the masses within A Socialist community there is no room left for Freedom.”— Ludwig Von Mises California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrat-supermajority State Legislature hold the state Supreme Court’s purse strings. Evidence of this can be found in the Monday California Supreme Court 7-0 decision in the Gerawan Farming case.
  • Vertical farming, first of its kind coming to Vermont (12 jobs)

    11/21/2017 4:51:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WFFF-TV ^ | November 21, 2017 | Torrance Gaucher
    Barre, VT - In late November most farmers are getting the winter cover crop in the ground. But, two farmers are preparing crops as if it were spring. Vermont is well know for agriculture, and in Barre a first of it's kind farm is coming to the state, vertical farming. "It's growing horizontally in layers or in our case vertically, and we go up 16 feet," said Greg Kelly. He and Jake Isham are co founders of Ceres Greens. The two men are taking farming to the next level, growing produce indoors, in vertical tubes. "What this industry is able...
  • Tyson Foods: New Facility in Tennessee to Create 1,500 Jobs

    11/20/2017 2:04:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | November 20, 2017 | Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press
    HUMBOLDT, Tenn. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. plans to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a $300 million project that is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs when the facility begins operations in late 2019, the company said Monday. The new plant in Humboldt, about 85 miles northeast of Memphis, will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide, the Springdale, Arkansas-based company said in a statement before a news conference. The plant will help it meet strong consumer demand for its chicken. The announcement marks the second major economic development project Tyson has...
  • Controversial Ruling Says Organic Crops Don’t Have to Grow in Soil

    11/16/2017 10:01:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Sierra Magazine ^ | November 13, 2017 | Katie O'Reilly
    Is soil an essential element of organic farming? Or can a crop grown in a soil-free container still be considered organic? Since the launch of the National Organic Program in 2000, hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic crop systems have been eligible to use the coveted USDA Organic seal on their products, so long as their operations comply with all other USDA organic regulations. But some organic farmers say healthy soil is the non-negotiable foundation of organic methods, and for years they have objected to the inclusion of hydroponics in organic certification. In recent months, the discussion over organic hydroponics has become...
  • Inside Eataly World, Italy’s Massive Food Theme Park

    11/15/2017 5:51:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Eater ^ | November 15, 2017 | Coral Sisk
    It’s easy to get lost in the idea of FICO Eataly World, dubbed by many in the media as the “Disney World of food.” The park, located 30 minutes east of Bologna, Italy and open to the public today, is less of a Disney World and more of a industrial showroom and souped-up mall food court with contrasting surprises. There’s a dairy plant and outdoor livestock stalls housing more than 200 cows, goats, and chickens. There’s a mini-plot of forest land that’s home to truffle dogs (aka some of the sweetest Labradors around) who show guests how they can sniff...
  • The Farms of the Future Will Be Automated From Seed to Harvest

    11/10/2017 10:30:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | October 30, 2017 | Peter Rejcek
    Swarms of drones buzz overhead, while robotic vehicles crawl across the landscape. Orbiting satellites snap high-resolution images of the scene far below. Not one human being can be seen in the pre-dawn glow spreading across the land. This isn’t some post-apocalyptic vision of the future à la The Terminator. This is a snapshot of the farm of the future. Every phase of the operation—from seed to harvest—may someday be automated, without the need to ever get one’s fingernails dirty. In fact, it’s science fiction already being engineered into reality. Today, robots empowered with artificial intelligence can zap weeds with preternatural...
  • This Luxury Cannabis Company Is Completely Revolutionizing the Way We Think About Weed

    11/10/2017 6:36:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 173 replies
    POP SUGAR ^ | November 9, 2017 | Nicole Yi
    As marijuana legalization continues across the country, weed is becoming increasingly mainstream. However, as much as the stoner stereotype has evolved into a broader label that also encompasses CEOs, educated millennials, and the Spicolis of the world, it still has a negative connotation. Industry leaders have quickly learned that destigmatizing marijuana use begins with educating the public, but Adrian Sedlin of Canndescent has figured out that, as with anything, it's really all about branding. Sedlin's luxury cannabis company offers premium flower alongside sophisticated packaging that no other company in the current market rivals. One look and I can almost guarantee...
  • Athol looks to marijuana cultivation to create jobs in old mill (500 jobs in Massachusetts)

    11/05/2017 8:01:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Worcester Telegram ^ | November 5, 2017 | Paula J. Owen
    ATHOL – The town is negotiating an agreement for marijuana growing at a sprawling mill that has been mostly vacant for decades, and it could bring 500 jobs to town. Town Manager Shaun A. Suhoski said recently he is working on the host community agreement after a vote of non-opposition by selectmen last month for a medical marijuana indoor cultivation facility at 134 Chestnut Hill Ave., the former Union Twist Drill Co. mill. The building is owned by Bill Purple, 93, president of the L.P. Athol Corp., which purchased the building in 1986. Mr. Purple has been redeveloping the 365,000-square-foot...
  • Robot Farm: How farms are planting the seeds of technological progress

    11/03/2017 6:04:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    WAOW-TV ^ | November 3, 2017
    Agriculture is big business in Indiana. The US Census Bureau places the Hoosier State firmly in the top ten farming states with 11.2 billion dollars in annual sales. Farmers, faced with a labor shortage and declining profit, are quickly adopting robotic technology to ensure their family businesses stay afloat. These farms, like Superior Dairy in Garrett, are not your father’s farms. Not Your Father’s Farm Step onto the lot of Superior Dairy in Garrett, and the smell hits you right away. It’s not foul, not like a hog farm. Instead, it’s earthy, with notes of hay, mud and hints of...
  • Company will grow lettuce in Virginia using fish waste (21 jobs)

    10/17/2017 1:20:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WCAV-TV ^ | The Associated Press
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A company that uses fish waste to grow organic baby lettuce and arugula plans to create 21 new jobs in Northern Virginia. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Friday that Kappa Farms will invest $865,000 to open a new "aquaponics" operation in Loudoun County....
  • Agri. Robots Market: Future Forecast Assessed on the Basis of How the Market Is Predicted to Grow

    10/08/2017 9:03:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | October 6, 2017
    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/06/2017 -- The global agriculture robots market features a widely diverse competitive landscape characterized by region-wise dominance of prominent players, notes Transparency Market Research (TMR). For instance, the agriculture robots market in North America was dominated Harvest Automation, Inc., Clearpath Robotics, and PrecisionHawk, Inc., in 2015, while in the same year, Naio Technologies and SenseFly SA led the Europe market. In addition, Shibuya Seiki was one of the leading players in the Asia Pacific market for agriculture robots in 2015. Furthermore, driven by abundant lucrative avenues, the market is witnessing a constant influx of emerging...
  • World's first hands-free farmland in Britain hailed a success

    09/30/2017 2:03:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    New China ^ | September 30, 2017 | Xinhua
    LONDON, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- In what has been described Friday as a world first, a farm field in Britain has been planted and harvested completely by autonomous vehicles and drones without any farmhands in sight. The hands-free crop farming was delivered in joint project by Harper Adams University in Shropshire and Yorkshire-based Precision Decisions, in an initiative partly-funded by the government agency, Innovate UK. The renowned agricultural university and Precision Decisions announced Friday the successful completion of "Hands Free Hectare", a project to plant, tend and harvest a crop using only autonomous vehicles and drones. A spokesman for Innovate...