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  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 18 (19) 2017

    08/18/2017 11:47:23 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 32 replies
    freerepublic | August 19, 2017 | greeenyes
    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 won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 11, 2017

    08/11/2017 7:32:26 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 49 replies
    freerepublic | 8/11/2017 | greeenyes
    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 won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Rice Industry Upset Over Term ‘Cauliflower Rice’

    08/10/2017 2:13:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | August 10, 2017
    Cauliflower rice is growing in popularity as a trendy substitute for carbohydrates but the rice industry is upset over the product’s name. Rice industry leaders say that calling it ‘cauliflower rice’ could be misleading and confusing. In the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, an often underrated vegetable is having its moment in the sun. “Cauliflower is one of the hottest vegetables we sell today,” said Vice President of Green Giant Jordan Greenberg. “You can use it as a main dish. You can use it as a side dish.” It can be bar-b-qued, baked, stir- fried and now Green Giant...
  • Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

    08/07/2017 3:44:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-7-17 | Sharon Bernstein
    Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital. The volume of banned or restricted pesticides and illegally applied fertilizers in the woods dwarfs estimates by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014, when a top enforcement official testified that the pollution was threatening forest land in California and other states. California accounts for more than 90 percent of illegal U.S. marijuana farming, with much of it exported to other states...
  • Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

    08/06/2017 10:47:21 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2017 | Sharon Bernstein
    <p>WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.</p>
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 4, 2017

    08/04/2017 7:35:17 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 60 replies
    freerepublic | 8/4/2017 | greeenyes
    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 won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Good news for bees as numbers rise and mystery malady wanes

    08/02/2017 9:05:49 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 2, 2017 | Alan Bjerga
    The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that's affected hives in North America and Europe declined, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee health survey released Tuesday.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JULY 28, 2017

    07/28/2017 8:47:10 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 144 replies
    freerepublic | July 2017 | greeenyes
    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 won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • 10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run

    07/26/2017 2:45:39 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 75 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2017 | Jenna Gallegos
    Most of us don’t spend our days plowing fields or wrangling cattle. We’re part of the 99 percent of Americans who eat food, but don’t produce it. Because of our intimate relationship with food, and because it's so crucial to our health and the environment, people should be very concerned about how it’s produced. But we don’t always get it right. Next time you’re at the grocery store, consider these 10 modern myths about the most ancient occupation.
  • New City Council bill would create a comprehensive urban agriculture plan for New York

    07/21/2017 9:26:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    6sqft ^ | July 21, 2017 | Michelle Cohen
    A new bill introduced in New York City Council Thursday addresses the need for an urban agriculture plan that doesn’t fall through the cracks of the city’s zoning and building regulations, the Wall Street Journal reports. The bill, introduced by Councilman Rafael Espinal and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and assigned to the Land Use Committee, also raises the possibility of an office of urban agriculture. If a New York City farm bill seems surprising, you may also be surprised to know that NYC has the country’s largest urban agriculture system, including community gardens, rooftop farms and greenhouses. The city’s...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JULY 21, 2017

    07/21/2017 9:08:26 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 78 replies
    freerepublic | JULY 21, 2017 | greeenyes
    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 won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Orchard Argicultural Machines

    07/21/2017 5:06:41 AM PDT · by Trumpnation · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-21-17 | JR
    Not quite sure how I feel about these hydraulic tree shakers...
  • As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

    07/21/2017 6:28:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 21, 2017 | Geoffrey Mohan
    Driscoll’s is so secretive about its robotic strawberry picker it won’t let photographers within telephoto range of it. But if you do get a peek, you won’t see anything humanoid or space-aged. AgroBot is still more John Deere than C-3PO — a boxy contraption moving in fits and starts, with its computer-driven sensors, graspers and cutters missing 1 in 3 berries.
  • The U.S. Can Now Ship Rice to China for the First Time

    07/20/2017 3:20:57 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 44 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 7/20/2017 | Megan Durisin and Alan Bjerga
    After 10 years of negotiation, the US can now sell Rice to China. link only: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-20/in-a-china-win-for-trump-u-s-can-now-ship-rice-for-first-time
  • Homeland Security to allow 15,000 more visas for seasonal workers

    07/17/2017 10:28:17 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/17/2017 | Rafael Bernal
    The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday it would expand the number of temporary visas granted this year for workers in seasonal non-agricultural industries like tourism. In a statement, DHS said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had consulted with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and determined there were not enough “qualified and willing U.S. workers” to fill the needs of businesses. “Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers,” Kelly said in a statement. “As a demonstration of the administration’s commitment...
  • THE WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JULY 14, 2017

    07/14/2017 3:25:21 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 42 replies
    freerepublic | July 14, 2017 | greeenyes
    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 won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • 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...
  • After 14 years, U.S. beef hits Chinese market - Trade deal an 'exciting opportunity' for agriculture

    07/13/2017 10:50:34 AM PDT · by johnk · 35 replies
    The Gazette - Cedar Rapids ^ | Jul 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm | James Q. Lynch
    During his Senate hearing to be confirmed as ambassador to China, then-Gov. Terry Branstad said he would prefer to serve Iowa beef — not cuts from Australia — at the U.S. Embassy there. He won’t get that wish yet, but the prime rib he slices into Friday when joined in Beijing by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Chinese government officials to ceremonially mark the return of U.S. beef to China after a 14-year ban will be from closer to home — Nebraska. Branstad: Work to open Chinese market to U.S. beef exports Trump calls for rural internet...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JULY 7, 2017

    07/07/2017 7:40:57 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 95 replies
    freerepublic | July 7, 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 won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Trump’s WOTUS Repeal Has Yet to Help Modesto Farmer Who Faces $2.8 Million Fine for Plowing

    07/02/2017 3:29:15 PM PDT · by ptsal · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/01/2017 | Susan Crabtree
    John Duarte, a fourth-generation California farmer, was disappointed this week when President Trump's repeal of the Waters of the United States rule didn't translate into immediate legal relief from an Obama administration's environmental case against him. Duarte says he has spent $2 million and five years fighting charges that he violated provisions of the Clean Water Act by plowing too deeply on watery areas of a 450-acre parcel of land he purchased to grow winter wheat for at least one year. ========== "I'm still trying to figure out how a plowing method that doesn't not move soil," Duarte said, referring...