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  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Betrayal of Its Own Industry

    10/18/2019 7:45:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The American Policy Center ^ | October 16, 2019 | Tom DeWeese
    My address to the Colorado Independent Cattlemen’s Association I’m not a cattleman and I’m not going to pretend I know everything you are facing. But I do know that the major weapon being used against your industry is the misnamed control devise called Sustainable Development. I know why and I know who the players are. I hope I can leave you today with some ideas on how to fight them. To begin, let’s set the terms and make one thing very clear. The use of the word sustainable may sound like a comfortable term, not threatening. After all, you, your...
  • Discovery of Prehistoric Baby Bottles Shows Infants Were Fed Cow's Milk 5,000 Years Ago

    10/18/2019 6:22:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | September 26, 2019 | Julie Dunne, The Conversation
    ...we did some very delicate drilling to produce enough ceramic powder and then treated it with a chemical technique that extracts molecules called lipids... from the fats, oils and waxes of the natural world and are normally absorbed into the material of the prehistoric pots during cooking, or, in this case, through heating the milk. Luckily, these lipids often survive for thousands of years. We regularly use this technique to find out what sort of food people cooked in their ancient pots. It seems they ate many of the things we eat today, including various types of meat, dairy products,...
  • Prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago...

    10/18/2019 5:09:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 9, 2019 | American Friends of Tel Aviv University
    Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain, have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone marrow at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, the site of many major discoveries from the late Lower Paleolithic period some 400,000 years ago. The research provides direct evidence that early Paleolithic people saved animal bones for up to nine weeks before feasting on them inside Qesem Cave... The researchers contend that the deer metapodials were kept at the cave covered in skin to facilitate the preservation of marrow for consumption in time of need. The researchers evaluated the...
  • There’s a pro-Trump rally planned this week – in Pretoria [South Africa]

    10/18/2019 2:22:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Africa Times ^ | October 8, 2019 | The Editor
    United States President Trump may be embattled at home, where he faces an impeachment inquiry and high-stakes diplomatic crises, but right-wing activists are planning a pro-Trump rally this week anyway – in Pretoria. Willie Jordaan, the attorney who leads the Patriots for Minorities movement in South Africa, announced his plans on Monday to host a Trump 2020 support rally at the U.S. Embassy building this Thursday morning. Jordaan condemned the “ridiculous and unfounded” impeachment process in the politically tense U.S. and praised Trump for “keeping an eye on South Africa.” “We would like to thank you for your continued support...
  • 'There was nothing there:' Farming family says someone stole 22,000 apples from their orchard

    10/18/2019 12:26:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 106 replies
    KOAA ^ | Posted: 6:14 AM, Oct 18, 2019 Updated: 7:24 AM, Oct 18, 2019 | WXYZ Staff
    HARTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- It's a place where thousands of families go every year to celebrate fall. Now, Spicer Orchards northwest of Detroit, Michigan is dealing with a crime like no other in its more than 50-year history. Someone stole more than 22,000 apples off acres of trees under the cover of darkness. After running the orchard for more than 50 years, the Spicer family has learned that you only pick apples when they are perfectly ripe. As harvest time nears, they check the apples every few days. On Sunday, October 6, the apples in the farm’s supplemental orchard on...
  • Thousands of Tractors Shut Down Highways in Farmer’s Anti-Green Madness Protest

    10/17/2019 8:09:10 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Oct 2019 | OLIVER JJ LANE
    Thousands of farmers shut down highways in a go-slow protest converging on the Dutch capital Monday, as they protested being victimised by a government trying to meet European Union emissions laws by cracking down on agriculture. The day of protest is the thirds of its kind and follows another at the start of October. At the time, Dutch media reported the protests were against a call by the government that herds of animals reared for food should be culled so the nation could meet its European Union-imposed nitrogen emission targets. The Dutch police and army, on the instructions of the...
  • Trump says Chinese demand after 'greatest deal ever made' may overwhelm US farmers

    10/12/2019 10:32:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | October 12, 2019 | Megan Henney
    President Trump lauded the partial trade agreement he struck with China this week, calling it the “greatest and best” deal in a tweet Saturday morning. As part of the deal -- which Trump and President Xi Jinping could sign as soon as next month -- China agreed to raise its agricultural purchases to between $40 billion and $50 billion from $8 billion to $16 billion and to make certain reforms on intellectual property and financial services. The U.S. will not raise tariffs on Oct. 15 from 25 percent to 30 percent. It’s still unclear whether Trump plans to halt another...
  • Researchers rediscover fast-acting German insecticide lost in the aftermath of WWII

    10/11/2019 3:24:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies ^ | 10/11/2019
    In continuing to explore the crystal structure of insecticides, the research team began studying fluorinated forms of DDT, swapping out chlorine atoms for fluorine. They prepared two solid forms of the compound—a monofluoro and a difluoro analog—and tested them on fruit flies and mosquitoes, including mosquito species that carry malaria, yellow fever, Dengue, and Zika. The solid forms of fluorinated DDT killed insects more quickly than did DDT; the difluoro analog, known as DFDT, killed mosquitoes two to four times faster. The researchers also made a detailed analysis of the relative activities of the solid-state forms of fluorinated DDT, noting...
  • Trump to farmers: ‘Buy more land and get bigger tractors’

    10/11/2019 6:00:23 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    NOQ Report ^ | October 11, 2019 | Chastity Mansfield
    President Trump announced today a “phase one” trade agreement with China. Part of the deal includes a dramatic increase in agricultural products to be sold to China, ramping up from around $16 billion worth per year at its highest historic mark to $40-$50 billion per year moving forward. Current levels are estimated at around $8 billion. While announcing it, the President said farmers should immediately “buy more land and get bigger tractors.” The deal is expected to be written and signed in three to five weeks. It was negotiated on China’s behalf by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. Both...
  • Trump sides with farmers in ethanol proposal angering oil industry

    10/04/2019 9:25:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 4, 2019 | Rebecca Beitsch
    The Trump administration unveiled a fuel proposal Friday that would buoy corn farmers and ethanol producers while alienating the nation’s oil industry. The proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would require oil refineries to blend more ethanol into gasoline, a minimum of 15 billion gallons of each year. The rollout marks the latest twist in a months-long feud between two groups viewed by President Trump as key supporters in his base: farmers and the oil and gas industry. “Once again the president has demonstrated he’s a champion for our nation’s farmers and for rural America,” a senior EPA official...
  • 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...
  • China junks limits on import of US soybeans and pork for now

    09/13/2019 8:01:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/13/2019 | Thomas Lifson
    Chinese consumers are not happy about higher prices and decreased supplies of food.  Yesterday, Chinese buyers snapped up "at least 10 boatloads of soybeans," according to Reuters, as the U.S.-China trade war showed signs of compromise.  The South China Morning Post reports: Beijing will allow Chinese businesses to purchase a "certain amount of farm products such as soybeans and pork" from the United States, according to the Xinhua report. "China's market is big enough and there's great potential to import high-quality US farm products." The official Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday that China's National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce made...
  • Weekly Garden Thread August 31-Sept 6, 2019

    08/31/2019 7:42:36 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 129 replies
    August 31, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one...
  • U.S. Farmers May Be Angrier, But Their Trump Love Is Growing

    08/29/2019 7:04:32 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug 29, 2019 | Isis Almeida
    <p>Support for the president rebounded in the past year, with 67% of farmers saying they’d back him for reelection in 2020, according to a survey of 1,150 growers carried out by Farm Futures between July 21 and Aug. 3. That’s up from last year, when backing fell to just under 60% following the introduction of Chinese retaliatory tariffs on American soybeans...</p>
  • Rick Manning: Trump Isolates China by Making Deals with the Rest of the World

    08/26/2019 6:32:11 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Aug 2019 | Rick Manning
    China and the United States traded punches last week in the ongoing trade dispute, after China announced tariff increases on $75 billion of U.S. agricultural and other goods. The Trump administration responded by ending a delay in the imposition of U.S. tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods and by tacking on a five percent increase in overall tariffs to boot. But President Trump landed a haymaker on Sunday at the previously scheduled G-7 meeting when he announced that the Japanese would replace China’s broken corn purchase promise with $7 billion of agricultural product purchases. The bilateral deal will also...
  • [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...
  • Why Farmers Aren’t Going To Abandon Trump Over The Trade War Despite China's Threats

    08/20/2019 7:51:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/20/2019 | By Willis L. Krumholz
    The popular narrative goes that because President Trump launched a trade war against China, China has retaliated by tariffing agriculture products from red states that voted for Trump. False. You’ve all seen the headlines: “China is hitting the U.S. where it hurts: Soybeans,” and “China takes aim at America’s soybean farmers,” and “Soybean farmers are still paying for Trump’s trade war” (all from CNN).The popular narrative goes that because President Trump launched a trade war against China, China has retaliated by tariffing America’s chief export to China—agricultural products—which happen to mostly come from red states that voted for Trump. China...
  • Archaeologists to explore feasting habits of ancient builders of Stonehenge

    12/23/2009 6:29:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 408+ views
    Culture24 ^ | Monday, December 21, 2009 | Culture24 Staff
    The team who worked on the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2009 are to return to their findings to explain the eating habits of the people who built and worshipped at the stone circle over four thousand years ago... the new 'Feeding Stonehenge' project will analyse a range of materials including cattle bones and plant residue... Initial research suggests the animals were brought considerable distances to the ceremonial site.. The original Stonehenge Riverside project, which strengthened the idea that nearby Durrington Walls was part of the Stonehenge complex, yielded a surprisingly wide range of material ranging from ancient tools to animal...
  • 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...