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Agriculture (General/Chat)

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  • Tilapia . . . 'nuf said.

    07/16/2017 3:45:17 PM PDT · by Macoozie · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 09, 2014 | Sky McCarthy
    A 2009 study conducted by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited some alarming facts about Chinese farm-raised seafood.
  • Iowa farmers receive major boost after soybean deal

    07/14/2017 10:50:21 AM PDT · by jjotto · 29 replies
    KCCI Television ^ | Jul 13, 2017 | Cynthia Foder
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa farmers received a major boost Thursday after a Chinese delegation in Des Moines signed commitments to purchase nearly all of Iowa’s soybeans. The $4.5 billion deal to buy 460 million bushels of soybeans comes a week before Gov. Kim Reynolds is expected to lead an agricultural trade mission to China and brings tremendous value to the Iowa economy. Advertisement “As an Iowa farmer, this is huge,” said April Hemmes, a farmer who owns a 1,000-acre farm near Hampton in rural Franklin County. “They basically bought the entire production that we have in the state of...
  • Freepin' GARDENERS - ID this plant for me..?

    07/06/2017 5:45:59 PM PDT · by gaijin · 56 replies
    MyBrain ^ | July 6th, 2017 | me
    PLANT IDENTIFICATION REQUEST: -------------------------------------- My guess is this is some type of blue lavender. Smells nice but I can't be sure of the exact type. I have to buy one or two and plant them for a relative who is in hospital and doesn't know what the landscaper put in there. Another similar plant I looked up is lavender, but that is purple and smaller, while this grows about 60% larger and is blue, not purple. I included a photo featuring a Home Depot bucket included in the shot to provide a general sense of size of the plant. What...
  • Monsanto Pushes Back Against California, Arkansas Restrictions on Products

    06/28/2017 7:45:47 AM PDT · by Neoliberalnot · 9 replies
    Laboratory equipment news ^ | June 28, 2017 | Lauren Scrudato
    Monsanto’s legal woes continue to mount as two separate state-level decisions against the agrochemical company’s products were announced this past week. In a first for the U.S., California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) reported on June 26 that it will require Monsanto’s popular weed killer product Roundup to have a label warning stating it contains a known carcinogenic. Beginning July 7, 2017, Roundup’s primary ingredient glyphosate will be added to California’s Proposition 65, a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive damage. Monsanto and other companies that produce glyphosate-based products in the state...
  • Farming robots get to grips with weeding at Harper Adams

    06/23/2017 8:05:53 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/23/17 | David Gregory-Kumar
    Researchers at Harper Adams University in Shropshire are trying to sow, look after and then harvest a field of barley using only robots and autonomous vehicles. No humans are allowed into the pilot-plot at all. We covered the project when it started and again here. They call it "Hands Free Hectare" and in the office we call it "Robocrop". Long story short the team are actually doing pretty well with a field of barley shoots that looks healthy if a bit patchy here and there. In fact, they're doing so well with their combination of off-the-shelf tech and nifty engineering...
  • Zinke moves to drain the swamp at Interior Department

    06/21/2017 1:51:23 PM PDT · by Twotone · 51 replies
    Free Range Report ^ | June 19, 2017 | Marjorie Haun
    Trump’s Interior Department Secretary, Montana rancher and former Navy Seal Ryan Zinke, is proving to be more than just a dramatic contrast to Obama’s Interior chief, liberal Democrat recreation industry exec., Sally Jewell. Zinke’s getting to work unraveling her legacy–and that of previous progressive predecessors–in short order. Beyond the Obama monument land grabs, which are currently under review as ordered by President Trump, with significant reductions and reversals in the works, Zinke is breaking up the bureaucratic status quo in his department’s upper echelons. On June 16, Greenwire reported: Dozens of Senior Executive Service employees — career officials within the...
  • Evidence shows dogs in Bali are being brutally killed and the meat sold to unsuspecting tourists

    06/19/2017 2:01:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies (Australia) ^ | 06-19-2017 | By James Thomas and Lesley Robinson
    Australian tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat in Bali, according to evidence provided to the ABC's 7.30 program. The animals are brutally caught and then butchered not far from the beaches visited by more than 1 million Australians every year. Some of the animals are poisoned, posing a risk to human health, according to a leading toxicologist. Whilst eating dog meat is not illegal in Bali, killing animals cruelly or eating meat contaminated with poison is against the law, Animals Australia's campaign director Lyn White said. "The dog-meat trade breaches animal cruelty laws and food safety laws. That is a...
  • HRC lost because Bernie Supporters Stayed Home after she Murdered Seth Rich, Bernie Supporter

    05/23/2017 1:51:44 PM PDT · by txhurl · 23 replies
    FR ^ | 5/23/2017 | Facts
    There's your narrative!
  • HRC lost because Bernie Supporters Stayed Home after she Murdered Seth Rich, Bernie Supporter

    05/23/2017 1:51:44 PM PDT · by txhurl
    FR ^ | 5/23/2017 | Facts
    There's your narrative!
  • Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Says Black Tobacco Farmers Producing More Than Whites

    05/12/2017 9:21:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NewZimbabwe ^ | 11 MAY 2017
    Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has once again defended the chaotic land reform programme boasting that black tobacco farmers are now producing more of the golden leaf than the white commercial farmers during the colonial era. Responding to questions soon after delivering a public lecture on command agriculture at the Midlands State University main campus in Gweru, Mnangagwa said the tobacco production figures justified government's seizure of prime land from the white commercial farmers. "There used to be a man called Ian Smith who used to rule this country. At the height of production of their tobacco they used to produce...
  • Abolish Private Property in Water? California Needs Markets (Stroshane Reconsidered)

    05/10/2017 9:01:34 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 6 replies ^ | May 10, 2017 | Wayne Lusvardi
    It took some 6,000 years for persons to overcome slavery, serfdom, and oppressive rent and taxation to acquire secure property rights to farmland and to adjacent river water (riparian rights – see Joshua Getzler, A History of Water Rights and Common Law, [2004]). Enter Tim Stroshane, a former Berkeley central planner, activist and environmentalist, who proposes to abolish such property rights because farming monopolists in California allegedly fail to “share” water with the hordes of urbanites that want it. This post revisits Stroshane’s case in his 2016 book, Drought, Water Law and the Origins of California’s Central Valley Project (Reno:...
  • Researchers find more efficient way to make oil from dead trees

    05/02/2017 7:10:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies ^ | 02 May 2017 | Provided by: University of Washington
    A forest with beetle-killed trees as seen from Mt. Fraser, British Columbia. Credit: Themightyquill/Wikimedia Commons ==================================================================================================================================== The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn with conifers left for dead. The beetles introduce a fungus that prevents critical nutrients and water from traveling within a tree. Beetles also lay their eggs under the bark and the feeding larvae help kill the trees, sometimes within several weeks of the initial attack. These standing dead trees can fall at any...
  • Natural Progression of 2010, 2014, 2016 to 2018: DJT will Primary K-Street RINOs

    05/01/2017 7:43:05 PM PDT · by txhurl · 6 replies | 5/1/2017 | history
    '10: Tea Party surges conservatives in the House. Zero sics Lerner for the 501C(3)s and Koskinen after Robert Mercer. '14: Dems crossover after ISIS, Ebola, Obamacare, other make it clear the RATS/Uniparty are intentionally terrorizing Americans. '16: Dems perform the ultimate crossover - 12 million - to elect our President, now fully cognizant their Party has been hijacked. '18: Ex-Dems unite with conservatives to oust the Uniparty that brought us the happenings of today. Mr. President, you must tell us now whom of the obstructionists to jettison, and who to support as primary opponents. There is no time to waste.
  • Lab-Grown Meat Coming to Supermarket Shelves Soon?

    05/01/2017 2:37:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | May 01, 2017 | By Jade Scipioni
    If this Silicon Valley food-tech startup has its way, its lab-grown meat—which includes chicken, duck and beef—will be on a supermarket shelf near you within the next five years. “[We’re] trying to put products on the shelves by 2021/2022,” Uma Valeti, Memphis Meats co-founder and CEO, tells FOX Business. In March, the company announced that it created the “world’s first chicken strip from animal cells,” following their animal-free meatball debut in 2016. Lab-grown beef was previously developed in 2012 by a group of Dutch scientists. “Essentially, we are taking a number of animal cells, giving them clean and nutritious food...
  • delicious BBQ for hungry people

    04/30/2017 5:03:46 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 6 replies
    Liveleak ^ | 4/30/17 | Liveleak
    Quick video of regional, mouth watering cuisine. Video Here
  • California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

    04/28/2017 3:26:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | April 27 | EZRA DAVID ROMERO
    The avocados on the right are Hass, America's favorite variety of the green fruit. At left are GEM avocados, the great-granddaughter of the Hass. GEM avocados grow well in California's Central Valley and, in taste tests, they scored better than the Hass in terms of eating quality. President Trump's tough talk on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada has raised many questions — including how such a move might negatively affect the flow of beloved produce to the U.S. Like the avocado. Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year, two-thirds of which were...
  • The chunky monkey! Macaque nicknamed 'Uncle Fatty' gorges on tourists' food in Thailand

    04/28/2017 8:31:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | Updated: 07:59 EDT, 28 April 2017 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    The 33lb long-tailed macaque weighs twice the normal weight of a macaque Nicknamed 'Uncle Fatty', the monkey was fed by tourists in a Bangkok market Wildlife officials took him in for a health check and monkey 'fat camp' He has been put on a strict diet and made to run a around with other animals They say the money is not sick and that they want him to return to the wild An obese monkey in Thailand is being sent to a fat camp after ballooning to twice the normal weight for his species - by gorging on food from...
  • How do we adjust in an age of migrants on the move? (Plants)

    04/24/2017 9:25:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    The Daily Astorian ^ | Matt Winters
    The plant world’s annual race beginsIf dandelions were hard to grow, we’d pay $2.49 for a slender package of seeds and hold festivals in their honor. There’s often a fine line between what we define as a weed or esteem as a pretty little flower. This distinction is front of mind this time of year as the plant world’s annual race begins for real, everything busting out into bud and bloom over the next few weeks. It would take a lot of willpower to pull off with a straight face, but we just might get away with redefining our luxuriant...
  • Water District Mulls Ways to Sweep French Broom From Santa Cruz Sandhills

    04/22/2017 7:53:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 4/22 | Ryan Masters
    “It grows in dense thickets that block sunlight and out-compete native specialty plant species, many of which are listed as endangered,” said Jen Michelsen, the water district’s environmental programs manager. “However, removing mature French broom in the sandhills habitat is challenging because of its huge root systems.” The water district manages roughly 2,000 acres of land in the San Lorenzo Valley Watershed. Of that land, 180 acres is sandhills habitat within the Olympia Watershed — an area in the Zayante area northeast of Felton. The sandhills are basically the exposed remnants of an ancient seabed. In 1963, the fossil remains...
  • What to eat for breakfast if you want to have a productive day

    04/19/2017 6:38:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 95 replies ^ | April 19, 2017 3:02pm Aussie Time | Hannah Ferrett
    THE saying goes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day — but apparently only if you eat the right thing. Those hoping to hear the full English is the way forward will be sorely disappointed too. According to William Cole, who specialises in nutrition, what we should be eating first thing is a little more unusual. He told Mind, Body, Green that a breakfast crammed with fat is the key to maintaining energy levels throughout the day, and eating this way will make you more productive.