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  • China To Waive Tariffs On Some US Soybeans, Pork In Goodwill Gesture

    12/06/2019 6:46:47 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/06/19
    The tariff waivers were based on applications by individual firms for U.S. soybeans and pork imports, the finance ministry said in a statement, citing a decision by the country’s cabinet. It did not specify the quantities involved. China had imposed the levies in response to tariffs launched by Washington over allegations that China steals and forces the transfer of American intellectual property to Chinese firms, known as Section 301. That includes tariffs of 25% on both U.S. soybeans and pork in July 2018 and a further 10% on pork and 5% on soybeans in September this year.
  • US trade deal passes Japan Parliament: Trump’s victory for American farmers

    12/06/2019 7:07:47 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 12 replies ^ | 12/05/19, 02:04 | Ben Rogers
    Japan’s Parliament on Wednesday, Dec. 4, approved a US-Japan trade deal that is taking effect at the beginning of 2020 and bringing good news for American farmers. The deal cutting tariffs between the countries was signed by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 25. It cleared Japan’s upper house on Wednesday after clearing the more powerful lower house earlier. The deal will pave the way for cheaper American beef and other agricultural products in Japan. The president called the US-Japan trade deal the “first stage of a phenomenal new trade agreement” and described it as...
  • Trump says he will reimpose steel and aluminum tariffs on Brazil and Argentina, opening new trade war

    12/02/2019 7:29:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/02/2019 | By Rachel Siegel and Terrence McCoy
    President Trump said he would impose tariffs, effective immediately, on all steel and aluminum shipped into the United States from Brazil and Argentina. “Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies. which is not good for our farmers,” Trump said in Monday morning tweet. He then directed his attention to the Federal Reserve, saying the central bank should “act so that countries, of which there are many, no longer take advantage of our strong dollar by further devaluing their currencies. This makes it very hard for our [manufacturers] & farmers to fairly export their goods....
  • Only eat oysters in months with an 'r'? Rule of thumb is at least 4,000 years old

    11/27/2019 8:57:31 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | November 20, 2019 | Florida Museum of Natural History
    Snails known as impressed odostomes, Boonea impressa, are common parasites of oysters, latching onto a shell and inserting a stylus to slurp the soft insides. Because the snail has a predictable 12-month life cycle, its length at death offers a reliable estimate of when the oyster host died, allowing Florida Museum of Natural History researchers Nicole Cannarozzi and Michal Kowalewski to use it as a tiny seasonal clock for when people collected and ate oysters in the past. Stowaways on discarded oyster shells, the snails offer new insights into an old question about the shell rings that dot the coasts...
  • China's millet spread to Europe 7,000 years ago

    05/18/2009 7:53:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 438+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | May 14, 2009 | unattributed
    Millet was brought into Europe from China more than 7,000 years ago, archaeologists from the University of Cambridge in the UK stated in a thesis published by US journal "Science" on May 8. The report, entitled "Origins of Agriculture in East Asia," was coauthored by Martin Jones, a professor of archaeology at the University of Cambridge and his Chinese student Liu Xinyi. The study said that charred millet seeds found in the Neolithic farming remains in Northeast China indicated that locals had planted millet as early as 8,000 years ago. Millet was gradually introduced to Europe during the next millennium....
  • Early Agriculture Left Traces In Animal Bones

    04/06/2009 9:47:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies · 213+ views
    EurekAlert! ^ | March 23, 2009 | Seth Newsome
    The dog and pig bones, as well as bones of other animals analyzed in the study, come from an archaeological site in a region of northwest China considered to be a possible early center of East Asian agriculture. Chemical traces within the dog bones suggest a diet high in millet, a grain that wild dogs are unlikely to eat in large quantities, but that was a staple of early agricultural societies in northwest China. "If the dogs were consuming that much millet, their human masters were likely doing the same," says Seth Newsome, a coauthor on the study and a...
  • China Exclusive: Chinese Archaeologists Discover Worlds Earliest Millet

    09/17/2005 7:05:56 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 1,007+ views
    China Daily ^ | 9-2-2005 | Xinhua
    China Exclusive: Chinese archaeologists discover world earliest millets (Xinhua) Updated: 2005-09-02 16:14 Chinese archaeologists have recently found the world earliest millets, dated back to about 8,000 years ago, on the grassland in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. A large number of carbonized millets have been discovered by Chinese archaeologists at the Xinglonggou relics site in Chifeng City. The discovery has changed the traditional opinion that millet, the staple food in ancient north China, originated in the Yellow River valley, Zhao Zhijun, a researcher with the Archaeology Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told Xinhua on Friday. Carbon-14...
  • German farmers stage tractor protest over climate measures

    11/16/2019 8:09:47 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    France 24 ^ | 22/10/2019
    Thousands of farmers drove their tractors into German cities on Tuesday, in protest at the government's new agricultural policies which they say will hurt their livelihoods and make them scapegoats for climate change.
  • Scandinavian Wine? A Warming Climate Tempts Entrepreneurs

    11/10/2019 5:07:31 AM PST · by karpov · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 9, 2019 | Liz Alderman
    SKAERSOGAARD, Denmark — On a mild autumn morning, Sven Moesgaard climbed a sunbathed hill and inspected an undulating expanse of neatly planted vines. A picking crew was harvesting tons of hardy Solaris grapes that he would soon turn into thousands of bottles of crisp white and sparkling Danish wine. A decade ago, winemaking was regarded as a losing proposition in these notoriously cool climes. But as global temperatures rise, a fledgling wine industry is growing from once-unlikely fields across Scandinavia, as entrepreneurs seek to turn a warming climate to their advantage. “We’re looking for the opportunities in climate change,” said...
  • Illinois County Fair Queen relieved of duties [after enlistment and quick ship]

    11/02/2019 7:54:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF) says other events played in to the decision to release County Fair Queen Alexi Bladel of her duties, not her decision to enlist in the U.S. Army Reserve. Bladel, who is from Rockford and served as Miss Winnebago County in 2018, was crowned the 60th Miss Illinois County Fair Queen in January 2019. Now, the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF) has relieved her of her duties. State Rep. Joe Sosnowski released a statement Friday afternoon, criticizing the IAAF for doing so after Bladel’s decision to join the U.S....
  • For Astronauts on Mars, the Veggie of the Day May Be Asparagus

    11/01/2019 6:28:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Space .com ^ | 1101/219 | Meghan Bartels
    NASA has focused its vegetable-growing efforts on lettuce, which astronauts tend to while they live on the International Space Station. The orbiting laboratory poses different challenges than the Red Planet's surface, however, and crops that Mars visitors can expect to rely on may not be to everyone's taste. "In fact, in this particular area the soils are more alkaline so this would be OK for growing asparagus and beans and not potatoes," NASA chief scientist Jim Green said during a presentation held here last week as part of the International Astronautical Congress of soil studied by NASA's Curiosity rover. However...
  • 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...
  • Pigs caught on video using tools for the first time

    10/31/2019 11:43:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies
    Science mag ^ | October 7, 2019 | Eva Frederick
    Dolphins, chimpanzees, and crows all use tools to help accomplish tasks. Now, pigs have joined the club, National Geographic reports. For the first time, researchers have caught a species of swine called the Visayan warty pig using pieces of bark as a shovel to move dirt around in their nests. Researchers filmed several of the pigs in captivity as they got their nests ready to welcome piglets in the spring, and observed the animals using tools 11 times over 2 years. The team also sprinkled a few spatulas around the enclosure, in case the pigs might prefer a more easily...
  • Swine Fever Is Killing Vast Numbers Of Pigs In China

    08/15/2019 5:52:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/15/2019
    An epidemic of African Swine Fever is sweeping through China's hog farms, and the effects are rippling across the globe, because China is a superpower of pork. Half of the world's pigs live in China — or at least they did before the epidemic began a year ago. "Every day, we hear of more outbreaks," says Christine McCracken, a senior analyst at RaboResearch, which is affiliated with the global financial firm Rabobank. McCracken and her colleagues now estimate that by the end of 2019, China's production of pork could be cut in half. "That's roughly 300 million to 350 million...
  • Bipartisan group reveals agricultural worker immigration bill

    10/30/2019 4:23:28 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2019 | Rafael Bernal
    A bipartisan group of House members revealed an immigration bill to prop up the dwindling agricultural labor base by regularizing the status of foreign-born workers. The bill, presented by Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), and Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) has the support of 24 Democrats and 20 Republicans. “The success of our farmers, growers and producers is essential not only for our economy but for our national security," said Diaz-Balart, the lead Republican on the bill. "For far too long, we’ve suffered from a broken H2A visa...
  • US-China trade talks: Beijing’s hesitation to commit to buying farm goods is a big sticking point

    10/30/2019 2:29:00 AM PDT · by cba123 · 9 replies
    Reuters / CNBC ^ | 4 hours ago
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that Beijing commit to big purchases of American farm products has become a major sticking point in talks to end the Sino-U.S. trade war, according to several people briefed on the negotiations. Trump has said publicly that China could buy as much as $50 billion of U.S. farm products, more than double the annual amount it did the year before the trade war started. (Please see link for full article)
  • Nancy Pelosi visits Omaha, talks impeachment and Nebraska farmers

    10/28/2019 7:08:30 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 41 replies
    KETV OMAHA ^ | 10/27/2019 | Emily Tencer
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Omaha Saturday night to speak at the Nebraska Democratic Party's annual Morrison-Exon fundraiser. The Nebraska Democratic Party said Saturday's turnout was one of the biggest crowds the event has ever seen. Pelosi urged more women and more diversity in Congress. She pledged $1,000 to the Frank Lamere Grassroots Fellows and Candidates of Color Fund. The speaker praised rural America and mentioned Nebraskan farmer frustration over the trade war. "We're fighting for the hardworking Nebraska families left behind in the GOP agenda -- and they are -- and for Nebraska farmers struggling under Trump's trade recklessness...
  • 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...
  • 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,...