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  • California Farmer Fights Government Claim That Dirt Is a Pollutant

    12/04/2019 2:12:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 3, 2019 | Kevin Mooney
    No one told Jack LaPant that he could be in violation of the Clean Water Act for farming his own land. That’s mostly because the federal law includes a clear exemption for “normal” farming activities. But it’s also because the government officials LaPant consulted didn’t view overturned dirt that has been tilled and plowed as pollution. In 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers, which administers the Clean Water Act with the Environmental Protection Agency, began legal action against LaPant for plowing he did in 2011 to plant wheat on a ranch property he owned in Northern California. But in March...
  • India farmer paints dog to look like tiger to protect coffee crop from monkeys: report

    12/04/2019 6:45:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 4, 2019 | Robert Geart
    Monkeys in India apparently can’t tell a tiger from a dog made to look like a tiger -- or at least that is what one farmer claims. The farmer, identified as Srikanth Gowda, said he has been able to protect his coffee crop from monkeys by painting his pet dog Bulbul with black stripes, an Indian news outlet reports.
  • 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...
  • China Trade Deal Hopes Revive On Soybean Offer; Can Dow Jones Rally Last?

    10/09/2019 12:56:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 9, 2019 | Jed Graham
    This pivotal week of China trade talks started with a slap in the face, but Beijing may be turning the other cheek. Despite the Trump administration ban on sales to 28 Chinese tech firms accused of a role in the government's human rights abuses, China is still talking about buying more soybeans. Beijing's determination to reach a deal, however small, sparked a Wednesday rebound for the Dow Jones and broader stock market after Tuesday's 314-point drubbing. The Financial Times reported that China is willing to boost soybean purchases by 10 million tons, worth about $3.5 billion at current prices. That...
  • 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...
  • Fighting for food and racial justice (Vermont)

    09/27/2019 8:03:03 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    Brattleboro Reformer ^ | 9-16-19 | Chris Mays
    Systemic racism in the world of agriculture is being fought on a daily basis with an eye toward returning people of color to roles in operating farms and getting more nutritious foods to low-income communities. "The amount of farmland controlled by African Americans has consistently declined from a high point around the turn of the 20th century," Amani Olugbala, raptivist, spoken word artist and abolitionist, said Thursday night during "Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty" in the Sanctuary of Epsilon Spires in the First Baptist Church in Brattleboro. "Right now, the folks who own the land are overwhelmingly white....
  • [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...
  • 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...
  • #MeToo Cow insemination is rape, milking is sexual assault says researcher

    08/16/2019 10:51:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 84 replies ^ | August 16, 2019 | S. Noble
    A research paper currently being pushed by a researcher at the College of Brockport Gender Studies program wants society — feminists — to talk about the unseemly “sexual exploitation” of dairy cows in order to “fully fight gendered oppression.” The author claims the dairy industry is rife with ‘sex-based discrimination’ (of cows), and compares insemination of the cattle to “rape.” The milking of cows is, of course, “sexual assault.” This isn’t satire, so be careful, if you start buying into this, you too could be assimilated. According to Campus Reform: A paper currently being promoted by a New York University...
  • Speaking of the farm economy, how will farmers farm or get their products to market without fuel?

    08/10/2019 4:13:32 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    vanity | by Jim Robinson
    Been listening to the democrats and the talking heads for the last few days worrying about the China trade negotiations and tariffs hurting the Iowa farm economy, especially soybeans for export to China. Well, with every democrat running--including Biden--promising to eliminate coal, gas & oil if elected, I'm wondering how they expect the farmers to farm or get their products to market without fuel? Without tractors? Without farm equipment? Without trucks? Trains? Ships? Obviously, eliminating coal, gas & oil would devastate the coal, gas & oil producing states, but also the states that depend upon abundant supplies of coal generated...
  • Farm Contribution to Agricultural GDP at Record Low

    08/06/2019 9:09:09 AM PDT · by central_va · 38 replies
    Farm Bureau. ^ | June 12th, 2018 | Farm Bureau
    Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ Value Added by Industry series, recently released by USDA’s Economic Research Service, indicates that – on a broad level – agriculture contributed a record-high $1.05 trillion to U.S. gross domestic product in 2016, up $35 billion, or 6 percent, from the prior year. U.S. GDP in 2016 was $18.6 trillion, thus agriculture’s contribution represented 5.7 percent of the U.S. economy. However, as a direct result of falling commodity prices, in 2016, the contribution of farm production to U.S. GDP fell to $136.7 billion, down 6 percent from 2015, and the lowest level since...
  • “Due To A Poor Harvest Season, We Are Experiencing Shortages On Many Of Our Canned Vegetable Items”

    07/19/2019 12:12:25 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 138 replies
    tecb ^ | 7/16/19 | Michael Snyder
    I know that this headline is alarming, but it is actually a direct quote from a notice that was recently posted in a Kroger supermarket. And as you will see below, similar notices are being posted in the canned vegetable sections of Wal-Mart stores nationwide. I would encourage you to examine the evidence in this article very carefully and to come to your own conclusions about what is happening. At this moment, social media is buzzing with reports of shortages of canned vegetables all around the country. But so far, the mainstream media is being eerily quiet about all of...
  • Watermelon crop behind schedule, Texas growers worry ahead of July 4th

    06/29/2019 10:26:53 AM PDT · by bgill · 36 replies
    kxan ^ | June 28, 2019 | Wes Rapaport
    Spring weather has delayed the Texas watermelon harvest, casting doubt on the supply ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. Fields across the state are behind schedule due to weather, meaning peak sales for the summer holiday are in jeopardy statewide, growers say. Gary Collins first started growing watermelons 66 years ago. This season, he said, has been “pretty rough.” “Ground was cold, ground was real cold,” Collins said.
  • Illinois Farmers Have “Given Up” On Planting

    06/18/2019 10:24:54 AM PDT · by amorphous · 66 replies ^ | 18 Jun 2019 | Mac Slavo
    Farmers in Illinois whose land has been thrashed by flooding have given up on planting. Instead of growing food, they decided to throw a party. And who could blame them? The storms that have caused major flooding in Illinois have forced farmers to give up on their crops. Forecasts for even more rain also sent corn futures to a 5-year-high, bringing the food crisis ever closer to reality. Few farmers will even see a benefit from the higher prices because they can’t even get their corn planted in the ground. Dozens of corn farmers and those who sell them seed,...
  • German Green Party Proposes Ban on All Industrial Farming

    06/17/2019 12:16:25 PM PDT · by libstripper · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 17, 2019 | Thonas D. Williams, PHD
    The Green party in Germany said it will ban industrial farming to reduce global warming if it comes to power.
  • German Greens look to ban all industrial farming

    06/16/2019 3:18:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Telegraph via Yahoo ^ | 6/16/17 | Jorg Luyken
    The Green party in Germany has said it intends to ban industrial farming as part of a wide-ranging and costly package to combat climate change should they come to power. Katrin Goering-Eckardt, the party’s leader in the Germany parliament, said her party would establish a fund worth at least €100 billion to finance climate projects including dam construction, reforestation and environmentally friendly transportation projects. Ms Goering-Eckardt did not go into further details on a timeline for the prohibition of intensively reared meat. But the proposal is likely to stoke up debate over whether the Greens are still Germany’s Verbotspartei (prohibition...
  • The Biggest Undercover Dairy Investigation in History – Fair Oaks Farms and Coca Cola…

    06/08/2019 5:10:56 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 69 replies ^ | 6/7/19 | Kane
    Fair Oaks Farms Apologizes After Video Surfaces Of Workers Abusing Calves; 4 Employees Fired CHICAGO (CBS) — The owners of an Indiana dairy farm are apologizing after undercover video released by an animal rights group showed workers kicking, beating and throwing around newborn calves. The video was filmed at Fair Oaks Farms, a popular destination for school field trips and tourists about 75 miles southeast of Chicago. The video was filmed by a member of Animal Recovery Mission, which had an undercover investigator get a job at Fair Oaks Farms from August to November of last year in order to...
  • A new AccuWeather analysis predicts a significant dropoff in 2019 crop yields.

    05/31/2019 10:46:26 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 33 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | 5/31/2019 | John Roach, Accu-Weather
    AccuWeather is predicting a significant shortfall in United States corn production for 2019 as a result of continued flooding, wet weather and the upcoming forecast throughout key parts of the U.S. Corn Belt. AccuWeather predicts corn yield will be a significant 9% lower than an earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimate. The USDA predicted 14.96 billion bushels – last year’s corn yield was 14.3 billion bushels -- but a just-released AccuWeather analysis estimates this year’s total at 13.6 billion bushels.
  • American Soil Is Being Globalized: 30 Million Acres Of Farmland Foreign Owned

    05/31/2019 9:24:18 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 52 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 5/31/2019 | Michael Snyder/Economic Collapse Blog
    All across America, U.S. farmland is being gobbled up by foreign interests. So when we refer to "the heartland of America", the truth is that vast stretches of that "heartland" is now owned by foreigners, and most Americans have no idea that this is happening. These days, a lot of people are warning about the "globalization" of the world economy, but in reality our own soil is rapidly being "globalized".