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  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JAN 13, 2017

    01/13/2017 2:27:15 PM PST · by greeneyes · 90 replies
    fr | 12/13/2017 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JANUARY 6, 2016

    01/06/2017 4:14:00 PM PST · by greeneyes · 57 replies
    freerepublic | January 6, 2016 | greeeyes
    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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • The indoor harvest

    12/31/2016 12:48:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Western Producer ^ | December 29, 2016 | Robert Arnason
    For Randy King, the argument for indoor farming in Canada is just common sense. For one, Canada is a northern country with long winters. Two, during those long winters almost all fruit and vegetables in Canadian grocery stores are imported from Central America, Mexico or California. Three, wouldn¬ít it be better if Canadians grew their own fruits and veggies? ¬ďI think this is the way of the future for growing produce in northern regions,¬Ē said King, co-owner of West Grow Farms, a company with plans to build an indoor farm near Edmonton. ¬ďIn order to gain food sovereignty, we need...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DECEMBER 30, 2016

    12/30/2016 2:21:51 PM PST · by greeneyes · 59 replies
    freerepublic | 12/30/2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Former California lt. gov. to meet with Trump to discuss running Agriculture department

    12/28/2016 9:03:32 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 28, 2016 | By Michael A. Memoli and John Myers
    President-elect Donald Trump is considering former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado to lead the Agriculture department, a move that would bring greater diversity to the Republicanís Cabinet. Maldonado will meet with Trump on Wednesday at his Palm Beach, Fla., estate. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer noted that Maldonado, owner of Runway Vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, comes from three generations of farmers and has ďstrong roots in the agriculture industry of California.Ē Trump will also meet with Dr. Elsa Murano, the former president of Texas A&M; University and a former Agriculture undersecretary for food safety, in connection to the post,...
  • The C-Free Diet: If we didn't have California, what would we eat?

    12/24/2016 12:15:54 PM PST · by EveningStar · 213 replies
    Slate ^ | July 10, 2013 | Brian Palmer
    Food scientists at Cornell University have produced a strain of broccoli that thrives in hot environments, which may make it possible for states with stiflingly hot summers to grow the vegetable. California, where cool coastal fog is perfect for growing standard broccoli, currently produces more than 90 percent of the broccoli grown in the United States. If California were to disappear, what would the American diet be like? Expensive and grainy. California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DECEMBER 23, 2016

    12/23/2016 4:17:30 PM PST · by greeneyes · 46 replies
    freerepublic | 12/23/2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DECEMBER 16, 2016

    12/16/2016 7:55:14 PM PST · by greeneyes · 128 replies
    fr | 12/16/2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Asia digs deep to upgrade its agriculture

    12/11/2016 11:36:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Financial Times ^ | December 11, 2016 | Tadanori Yoshida, Nikkei senior staff writer
    Consider it a wake-up call from nature. Asian crops were devastated by a severe drought this year, highlighting the urgent need to stabilise farm output and brace for the consequences of climate change. And with the region's population projected to continue growing over the long term, this is no easy task. The good news is that answers are starting to emerge. Agribusinesses are harnessing information technology. Organic farms and so-called plant factories are becoming hothouses for innovation. International investors are keen to water the seeds. This week, we head out into the fields ó and some cutting-edge facilities ó to...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DECEMBER 9, 2016

    12/09/2016 7:58:30 PM PST · by greeneyes · 59 replies
    freerepublic | 12/09/2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Farmers: New proposed law in Town of Sweden (NY) could cripple our businesses

    12/06/2016 10:40:07 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 23 replies
    whec TV 10 ^ | November 23, 2016 | Brianna DiPilato
    Local farmers say a new proposed law in the Town of Sweden could cripple their businesses and potentially their livelihood. Best known for their U-Pick Pumpkin Patch and October events, McCracken Farms draws in people from all over the state every year. Now, the farm's owner, Paul McCracken tells us it might be more difficult to bring in all those visitors. "We've been doing this for over 30 years and now all of a sudden, here's a whole slew of zoning permits and special-use permits," says McCracken. "The list goes on and on, it's unnecessary." The newly required permits come...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DECEMBER 2 ,2016

    12/02/2016 6:56:41 PM PST · by greeneyes · 39 replies
    freerepublic | Dec. 2, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Bad news for farmers, good news for children: Brussels sprouts crop faces Christmas ruin [UK]

    12/02/2016 5:00:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 30 November 2016 | Leon Watson
    For some, it threatens to ruin Christmas; for others, perhaps of younger generations, it is the promise of joyous relief. Brussels sprouts could be off the menu this year as the crop could be ruined by a plague of immigrant moths invading the UK. Supplies of the vegetable are already running low after several farmers' festive crops were decimated by armies of the cabbage-loving diamondback insects. And now there are fears the insect Ė also known as a cabbage moth Ė could wipe the traditional trimming off the festive menu for families across the UK. The invasion is said to...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD NOVEMBER 25, 2016

    11/25/2016 5:54:47 PM PST · by greeneyes · 65 replies
    freerepublic | Nov 25, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD NOVEMBER 18, 2016

    11/18/2016 5:44:05 PM PST · by greeneyes · 64 replies
    freerepublic | 11/18/2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD NOVEMBER 11, 2016

    11/11/2016 5:15:23 PM PST · by greeneyes · 80 replies
    freerepublic | November 11, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD NOVEMBER 4, 2016

    11/04/2016 12:14:20 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 59 replies
    freerepublic | Nov. 4, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Syngenta-ChemChina deal faces delay

    11/01/2016 6:59:25 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Agriculture Wire (origninal article from Black Sea Grain) ^ | 1 November 2016 | UkrAgroConsult (original article)
    Although considerable progress has been made on the regulatory front concerning ChemChinaís $43 billion acquisition of Syngenta, the transaction now is not expected to close by the end of the year, said Erik Fyrwald, chief executive officer of Syngenta. ďWe achieved national security clearance from CFIUS in the U.S. and anti-trust clearance from a total of 11 regulatory authorities,Ē Fyrwald said during an Oct. 25 conference call with analysts. ďThe key outstanding anti-trust approvals are the E.U., for which we filed on Sept. 23, and the U.S., where we are ready to file, subject to updated feedback from the FTC,...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD OCT. 28, 2016

    10/28/2016 5:06:09 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 122 replies
    freerepublic | Oct 28, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Agri-Pulse Poll Shows Trump Leading in Farm Country

    10/27/2016 8:46:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Wisconsin Ag Connection ^ | October 27, 2016 | USAgNet
    With mounting concerns about the farm - and the U.S. - economy, a new nationwide poll indicates how farmers and ranchers will vote in the 2016 presidential election. Agri-Pulse reports that 55 percent of those surveyed in its latest Farm and Ranch Poll say they'll support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump while 18 percent are throwing their support behind Democratic Hillary Clinton. Only 2 percent plan to vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and just 1 percent for the Green Party's Jill Stein. However, in another sign of how fluid the race remains in farm country with less than two...
  • Love Avocados? Well, They're Running Out

    10/23/2016 1:01:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Oct 22, 2016 | Candice Nguyen and Jaspreet Kaur
    The import of avocados from Mexico to the U.S. has decreased by more than half this month, according to the San Diego County Farm Bureau If you love avocados, you might want to head to your nearest grocery store and grab some before they run outóand this time, the wait might be longer than a few days. NBC 7 confirmed with the San Diego County Farm Bureau on Friday that there is a massive shortage of avocados in the county and nationwide caused by labor strikes in Mexico. Growers and pickers in Mexico are having what officials called a ďslow...
  • Gaza Agriculture on Brink of Collapse

    10/23/2016 12:40:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 1p/22
    h small manufacturing plants in the Gaza Strip shutting down one after the other and the bigger ones barely holding on against impossible odds, agriculture there is next in line for a resounding crash. Unlike other manufacturing sectors, the farmersí economic downfall will have immediate and dire consequences for residents of the Gaza Strip. Even now, the UNís Relief and Works Agency regularly supplies more than half the residents with sacks of flour, rice, sugar and oil. Fruits and vegetables grown locally make up an important part of their meager diets. The slow ruin of Gazaís agricultural sector began about...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD OCT. 21, 2016

    10/21/2016 6:52:14 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 107 replies
    freerepublic | Oct. 21, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • EPA Expands Power by Calling Plowed Farm Fields 'Mini Mountain Ranges'

    10/20/2016 12:36:29 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 31 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/15/2016 | Tom Gantert
    When farmers plow their land, it produces grooves called "furrows," bordered by small ridges of dirt. But in pursuit of new regulatory powers, federal agencies refer to the little dirt mounds by another term: ďmini mountain ranges.Ē That seemingly absurd distinction is being used to impose more federal control over private land use decisions made by U.S. farmers. That was the claim described in a U.S. Senate committee report released Sept. 20. The committee reviewed the powers held by the nationís two largest environmental regulation agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency, and a proposed...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD OCT. 14, 2016

    10/14/2016 4:20:12 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 110 replies
    freerepublic | Oct. 14, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Americaís Dairy Farmers Dump 43 Million Gallons of Excess Milk (WSJ Oct. 12, 2016 10:59 a.m. ET)

    10/12/2016 12:33:01 PM PDT · by Early2Rise · 60 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/12/16 | K Gee
    Farmers in the U.S. are pouring out tens of millions of gallons of excess milk, amid a massive glut that has slashed prices and has filled warehouses with cheese. More than 43 million gallonsí worth of milk were dumped in fields, manure lagoons or animal feed, or have been lost on truck routes or discarded at plants in the first eight months of 2016, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That is enough milk to fill 66 Olympic swimming pools, and the most wasted in at least 16 years of data requested by The Wall Street Journal....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD OCT. 7, 2016

    10/07/2016 3:09:27 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 49 replies
    freerepublic | Oct. 7, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • China set to export corn, threatening global market: sources

    10/02/2016 6:35:00 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 43 replies
    The U.S. Trade Representative, which negotiates with foreign governments, told Reuters the move by China would not be surprising "given the high levels of domestic support China provides to its corn producers." "China's overproduction of corn has created a growing stockpile of corn that appears to have reached unsustainable levels," agency spokesman Matt Swenson said. "Chinese exports could negatively impact corn prices just as U.S. farmers are harvesting their crops." U.S. officials will monitor whether Chinese exports may be subsidized, a prospect the agency finds concerning, he said. Traders and analysts said exports have been increasingly likely as China struggles...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

    09/30/2016 7:42:32 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 94 replies
    freerepublic | Sept. 30, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • What Happened When New Zealand Got Rid of Government Subsidies for Farmers

    09/28/2016 9:02:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2016 | Josh Siegel
    In 2006, Chris Hausman, a fourth-generation Midwestern farmer long accustomed to depending on government support for survival, traveled across the world to witness a revolution in agriculture. It had been more than 20 years since a left-leaning government in New Zealand chose to eliminate government subsidies for farmers, and Hausman was surprised at what had transpired since. ďI will tell you it was a shock to their agricultural system,Ē says Hausman, 58, who farms corn and soybeans on a 1,500-acre plot 150 miles south of Chicago. ďYou had a system dictated by government programs that was thrown out the window...
  • [South Texas:]Dozens of nilgai antelope killed to stop tick spread

    04/08/2007 4:19:18 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 407+ views
    Valley Morning Star/AP ^ | April 7, 2007 | LYNN BREZOSKY
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas ó South Texas ranchers brought nilgai antelope from a California zoo decades ago, when it became fashionable to stock their sprawling acreage with exotic quarry. These days the species native to India and Pakistan are not so much a rarity in South Texas as a nuisance. For cattle ranchers they are a possible nemesis, threatening to spread a deadly tick to their herds. Federal wildlife officials say they are competing with native Rio Grande Valley species for food and trampling the brush they are trying so hard to preserve. The fast-running, 600-pound antelope have wandered all around the...
  • What Was This German National Doing with Bombs, a Cell-Phone Detonator, Multiple Guns and Passports

    08/17/2013 9:05:39 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 17, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    It started innocently enough: Andreas H. Koertel, 46, was pulled over in a traffic stop. Then things got hairy in hurry. Turns out Koertel, a German national, was in possession of meth and illegal weapons, according to the Placer County Sheriffís Office, so he was booked into jail on multiple charges, KXTV-TV reports. Wisely the deputies called the Sacramento County Sheriffís Department to see if they could check out a property in Rio Linda where Koertel had been staying. But detectives encountered quite a bit more than they bargained for Friday. Hereís what they found, KTXL-TV reports: Several explosive materials,...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

    09/16/2016 3:59:51 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 66 replies
    freerepublic | Sept 16. 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • The Caribbean Is Running Out Of Coconuts

    09/12/2016 6:28:25 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
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  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

    09/09/2016 5:47:48 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 53 replies
    freerepublic | Sept. 9, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

    09/02/2016 6:28:44 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 76 replies
    freerepublic | sept 2, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • California Just Passed A $1 Billion Tax On The Whole Country That No One Noticed

    09/02/2016 10:59:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/2/16 | Tyler Durden
    The California State Assembly recently passed a bill that received minimal recognition by the press, outside of the state, but has substantial negative consequences for basically everyone in the country. Once signed by Jerry Brown, the bill, known as AB 1066, will make California the only state in the entire country to provide overtime wages to ag workers after 8 hours a day or 40 hours per week. This change will add about $1BN annually to the cost of growing food in California which will ultimately be passed along to consumers. And since eating isn't really optional, this is effectively...
  • ĎLike itís been nuked': Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes

    09/01/2016 3:20:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 65 replies
    MSN Washington Post ^ | September 1, 2016
    On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers. Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit ó in that odd phenomenon, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind. Instead, the dead heaps signaled the killer was less mysterious, but no less devastating. The pattern matched acute pesticide poisoning. By one estimate, at a single apiary ó Flowertown...
  • Indoor farming will be integral to the worldís food security

    08/28/2016 1:48:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Business Day ^ | August 23, 2016 | Staff
    FARMING will need to shift towards indoor vertical farms and precision techniques that could make use of drones. Just as important will be the planting of drought-resistant crops and even printing meat to secure food production globally. This is according to Ernst Janovsky, senior agricultural economist at Absa, who emphasised that technology will need to be incorporated into farming practices in order to keep up with costs and supply. Speaking at an Absa Agribusiness roundtable in Centurion on Tuesday, Janovsky said population growth would create more demand for food, water and land. By 2050, the global population is expected to...
  • The Latest: Trump says he will end 'war on American farmer'

    08/27/2016 5:55:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Lancaster Farming ^ | August 27, 2016 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT): 4:20 p.m. Donald Trump is telling Iowans that one of his campaign goals is to "make America grow again." Speaking at a rally Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump touted his plans to boost economic growth and help American farmers, including his proposal to lower the tax rate on family farms to 15 percent....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 26, 2016

    08/26/2016 3:57:46 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 68 replies
    freerepublic | aug 26. 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Feds Spend $1 Million for Refugees to Become Farmers

    08/26/2016 2:38:03 AM PDT · by knarf · 26 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 25, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending nearly $1 million to teach refugees how to farm. New grants announced last week include two projects in Idaho and Kansas to ďcultivate the next generation of farmersĒ by helping refugees get land leases to start their own farms.
  • LEED for vertical farms? Defining high-tech sustainable food

    08/20/2016 3:03:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Business Green ^ | August 19, 2016 | Lauren Hepler
    The Association for Vertical Farming aims to create the first sustainability standard for towering indoor food systems From shipping containers-turned-micro farms to fruit-picking robots, the wide world of agriculture techis attracting attention and investor dollars as increasingly urgent concerns about food scarcity come into focus. Amid a wave of in-field technology, food data analytics and experimental urban agriculture, the particularly futuristic field of vertical farming is attracting entrants including industrial incumbents such as Fujitsu and upstarts such as AeroFarms, City Farm and Green Sense. As ag tech blooms, attracting a total $4.6 billion in investment during 2015, the nonprofit Association...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 19, 2016

    08/19/2016 3:34:11 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 44 replies
    freerepublic | Aug 19, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Feds Holding Summits for Lesbian Farmers

    08/16/2016 12:37:08 PM PDT · by PROCON · 109 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | Aug. 16, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding summits to promote the role of lesbian farmers as a part of its ďRural PrideĒ campaign. The agency is working with singer and LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper for a ďday of conversationĒ about the struggles of gay and transgender individuals in rural America. The agency says its wants to change the perception of what it means to be a farmer in America away from the ďwhite, rich male.Ē The latest summit, first reported by the College Fix, will be held on August 18 at Drake University in Iowa. ďThe Office of the Assistant...
  • Minnesota farmers turn to bankruptcy as low prices continue

    08/15/2016 10:55:44 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Mainichi, The ^ | 14 August 2016
    Minnesota's crop, livestock and dairy farmers are suffering with continuing rock bottom prices for their commodities, driving some into bankruptcy. John Quaal, 71, operates a dairy farm near Fergus Falls and tells Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/2b5RcoD ) that it's nearly impossible to break even producing milk. "For almost two years now we've been going backwards," said Quaal. "You've got to learn to deal with it I guess. It's just the way it is." Quaal said his farm has lost as much as $40,000 in a single month and figures the family operation lost a total of $300,000 last year....
  • Recent high school grads represent the future of southeast Ohio farming

    08/14/2016 1:58:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Athens Messenger ^ | July 17, 2016 | Larry Di Giovanni
    Maryrose Littler, who is committed to organic farming and permaculture, picks fresh onions from her grandmother Barbara Keyes¬í raised vegetable beds near McArthur. ÔĄź ÔĀ• Ôāö Ôāô ÔɆ ÔÄĮ Ôāä Two Class of 2016 graduates ¬ó organic farmer-in-the making Maryrose Littler, and Kayla Cline, raised on an historic farm in Albany ¬ó represent the future of farming in southeastern Ohio. Littler recently graduated from Athens High School and Cline from Alexander High School. Littler enjoys living an organic lifestyle on her parents¬í five-acre homestead near Morrison-Gordon Elementary School, where she helps raise honeybees, homegrown vegetables, chickens and beef. She...
  • Twin Falls Police Report Reveals Shocking Details of Latest Refugee Sex Assault

    08/13/2016 1:11:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | August 11, 2016 | Lee Stranahan
    TWIN FALLS, IDAHO ó The victimís mother heard her 33-year-old daughter ďscreaming and cryingĒ as the mentally disabled daughter ran home Saturday afternoon after allegedly being trapped and sexually assaulted by refugee Mohammed Hussein Eldai. Thatís just one of the heartbreaking details in a police report obtained exclusively by Breitbart News that sheds new light on this latest alleged refugee sex attack to hit this small southern Idaho city. Just as many Americans have begun to learn about the shocking early June attack on a five-year-old girl by three Muslim refugee boys who orally and anally penetrated the girl before...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 12, 2016

    08/12/2016 4:04:37 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 74 replies
    freerepublic | Aug. 12, 2016 | 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. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • This Canadian Startup Wants to Be the ĎPlant Whispererí of Indoor Farming

    08/12/2016 3:05:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | August 5, 2016 | Andrew Amelinckx
    Two guys from Canada have come up with a new way for everyone from small indoor growers to large-scale vertical farmers to easily automate their operations. Their system's called Motorleaf and it collects data about your plants and then instructs your existing grow equipment to adjust to the cropís needs. Think of it as the Nest for your indoor farm. In the summer of 2015, Ramen Dutta began tinkering around with a way to more easily care for his small indoor hobby farm. Although he had a degree in agricultural engineering, he had been working in IT and created an...