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  • Company will grow lettuce in Virginia using fish waste (21 jobs)

    10/17/2017 1:20:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WCAV-TV ^ | The Associated Press
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A company that uses fish waste to grow organic baby lettuce and arugula plans to create 21 new jobs in Northern Virginia. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Friday that Kappa Farms will invest $865,000 to open a new "aquaponics" operation in Loudoun County....
  • Agri. Robots Market: Future Forecast Assessed on the Basis of How the Market Is Predicted to Grow

    10/08/2017 9:03:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | October 6, 2017
    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/06/2017 -- The global agriculture robots market features a widely diverse competitive landscape characterized by region-wise dominance of prominent players, notes Transparency Market Research (TMR). For instance, the agriculture robots market in North America was dominated Harvest Automation, Inc., Clearpath Robotics, and PrecisionHawk, Inc., in 2015, while in the same year, Naio Technologies and SenseFly SA led the Europe market. In addition, Shibuya Seiki was one of the leading players in the Asia Pacific market for agriculture robots in 2015. Furthermore, driven by abundant lucrative avenues, the market is witnessing a constant influx of emerging...
  • Facing an even hotter, drier climate, Jordan testing desert agriculture

    10/04/2017 3:58:19 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 14 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 4, 2017 | Taylor Luck
    PATH TO PROGRESS   In a patch of barren land that hasn't yielded crops for centuries, engineers from the Sahara Forest Project say they're designing a sustainable farm that uses solar power to desalinate seawater for crops, then uses the runoff to fend off desertification. AQABA, JORDAN—Hope in Jordan is taking the form of a cucumber in the desert. It is not a mirage. Some say it is the future. In the arid southern desert of Wadi Araba, where scorching temperatures and dust devils leave scant signs of life, a team of environmental engineers is working on a solution for...
  • Farm breeds mutant pigs with huge muscles

    10/01/2017 7:04:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    unexplained-mysteries.com ^ | 30 September, 2017
    A farm in Cambodia has reportedly been creating massive mutant pigs with abnormally oversized muscles. ... In 2015, an experiment conducted by researchers from South Korea and China demonstrated that the concept did not work in practice because most of the animals didn't survive and even among those that did, most suffered from health problems and were of no commercial value. "Hulk-like pigs are the stuff of nightmares, not meals, and those who are genetically engineered are also likely to be born with painful health issues," PETA wrote
  • World's first hands-free farmland in Britain hailed a success

    09/30/2017 2:03:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    New China ^ | September 30, 2017 | Xinhua
    LONDON, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- In what has been described Friday as a world first, a farm field in Britain has been planted and harvested completely by autonomous vehicles and drones without any farmhands in sight. The hands-free crop farming was delivered in joint project by Harper Adams University in Shropshire and Yorkshire-based Precision Decisions, in an initiative partly-funded by the government agency, Innovate UK. The renowned agricultural university and Precision Decisions announced Friday the successful completion of "Hands Free Hectare", a project to plant, tend and harvest a crop using only autonomous vehicles and drones. A spokesman for Innovate...
  • Inquiry Highlights Terry McAuliffe’s Ties to Chinese Company

    05/24/2016 7:19:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and STEPHANIE SAUL
    Four years ago, one of China’s largest agricultural importers sent representatives to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., hoping that meetings with elite party officials might yield business opportunities. The company, the Dandong Port Group, was particularly focused on the governors in attendance, according to an interview with Dandong’s general counsel broadcast by Chinese state television. But now, the company’s widening influence is coming under scrutiny by federal prosecutors, who are examining the relationship between Dandong’s wealthy and connected chairman, Wang Wenliang, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a Democrat who was elected in 2013. A federal law enforcement...
  • Local Atlantic Salmon farm is the first of its kind in the U.S.

    09/01/2017 6:53:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    WKBT-TV ^ | August 31, 2017 | Sarah Thamer
    HIXTON, Wis. (WKBT) - Nestled in the small town of Hixton, Wisconsin, sits a one-of-a-kind farm. Superior Fresh is the first of its kind indoor Atlantic Salmon farm in the country and it's one of the largest aquaponics facilities in the world. The facility combines aquaculture and hydroponics, where waste from fish will be used to supply nutrients for plants grown in water. The 720-acre-farm uses recirculating technologies that collect water and reuse it to grow plants. That water is collected from the aquaculture systems which carry 120,000 pounds of Atlantic salmon. Nutrient-rich water from the fish is then used...
  • Quiet Epidemic of Suicide Claims France’s Farmers

    08/20/2017 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Aug 2017 | Paméla Rougerie
    A dairy farmer, Jean-Pierre Le Guelvout, once kept 66 cows at a thriving estate in southern Brittany. But falling milk prices, accumulating debts, depression and worries about his heath in middle age became too much to bear. Just 46, Mr. Le Guelvout shot himself in the heart in a grove behind his house one cold December day last year. “It was a place that he loved, near the fields that he loved,” explained his sister Marie, who said she was “very close” to him but did not see his suicide coming. The death of Ms. Le Guelvout’s brother was part...
  • 10 Easiest Goat Breeds to Raise

    08/18/2017 4:12:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Stocks Review ^ | August 17, 2017 | Maria Mancic
    If you consider buying a farm or you already have some field and want to use it for this purpose, you would need to know about 10 easiest goat breeds to raise. First of all, you need to know why to choose goats instead of cows, pigs, or sheep? They give the same product as these three breeds, but products of cows, pigs, and sheep are more in demand. Well, that is true, but, when you look at the numbers, you will see that raising goats is more profitable and better in every matter than keeping these three. First of...
  • Marijuana Stock Investors, Take Note: The Weed Industry Could Create 283,422 Jobs by 2020

    07/23/2017 3:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | July 23, 2017 | Sean Williams
    The cannabis industry could have a notable economic impact, if the U.S. federal government stays out of the way. Investors are always on the lookout for fast-growing industries, which means there's no surprise why marijuana stocks have been such strong performers over the past year. Far more pot stocks than not with a market cap of at least $200 million have doubled or tripled in value over the past year. Optimistic growth figures for the industry are seemingly everywhere. Aside from the fact that a record number of Americans surveyed by Gallup and CBS News want to see cannabis legalized...
  • 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...
  • As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

    07/21/2017 6:28:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 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.
  • An abandoned Pepsi factory is being turned into a massive marijuana grow (Colorado)

    07/18/2017 4:51:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 18, 2017 | Melia Robinson
    A former Pepsi factory that sat vacant for a decade is being reincarnated as an indoor marijuana grow — one of the largest in the pot-friendly state of Colorado. Doyen Elements, a holding company that leases real estate properties out to legal cannabis companies, bought an old bottling plant in Pueblo County. Upon completion in 2019, the facility could potentially produce up to 70,000 pounds of marijuana flower a year. According to a recent report in Forbes, the company is one of a growing number of real estate investment firms that are making money in legal weed without actually touching...
  • Congressman breaks with Trump on border wall, young immigrants

    06/02/2017 2:51:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | June 2, 2017 | Dion Lefler
    In a speech otherwise laden with praise for President Trump, Rep. Roger Marshall broke ranks on immigration, questioning the feasibility of a mammoth border wall and saying mass deportation would wreck Kansas’ economy. Marshall represents Kansas’ 1st District, a sprawling, mostly rural and agrarian district that covers the western two-thirds of the state. He said the U.S. needs to revise its immigration policies and document those who come to the United States to work in the farms and feedlots....
  • Farmer faces $2.8 million fine after plowing field

    05/29/2017 9:06:22 AM PDT · by RedStateRocker · 16 replies
    A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County. A lawyer for Duarte Nursery said the case is important because it could set a precedent requiring other farmers to obtain costly, time-consuming permits just to plow their fields.
  • An Organic Farm Under Threat

    05/13/2017 10:18:55 AM PDT · by TimeofReason · 69 replies
    Azure Farm, a Certified Organic farm in Central Oregon, is under threat from the local county government who wants to spray Azure's Certified Organic farm with herbicides like Roundup (Glyphosate). Here's what you can do to help. Contact Sherman County court via email at lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us or call Lauren at 541-565-3416 and express your concern. See azurestandard.com/healthy-living/info/azure-farm-moro/ for more details. Video explaining legal action being taken against the 18 year certified organic farm in Oregon... http://vimeo.com/216920516
  • McCain’s $200 million expansion to boost demand for Idaho potatoes (180 direct/650 indirect jobs)

    05/05/2017 9:32:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Capital Press ^ | May 5, 2017 | John O’Connell
    BURLEY, Idaho — Potato farmers say the expansion of the local McCain Foods USA processing plant should significantly increase demand for their crop and boost the area’s economy. McCain officials announced the $200 million investment this week. The expansion should be operational by the late summer of 2018 and will employ 180 new workers. “From my standpoint, that’s as big of a thing as we could have had announced in this area,” said Mark Darrington, a McCain grower from Declo. “For this to come right into the heart of our production area, this is a huge win for agriculture and...
  • Military veterans find good fit in Michigan’s agricultural jobs

    04/25/2017 9:21:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Model D ^ | April 24, 2017 | Deven King
    Those who are responsible for feeding our world and keeping up with the forever changing challenges facing the food and agriculture industry have come together to work with those who have defended our nation. Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology accompanied by extension agencies and some of the food and agriculture industry's leaders, work with partners like the Veterans' Services Division of the Michigan Workforce Development Agency and the VA Hospital System to train veterans and ultimately help them obtain a job within the field as part of a program called Vets to Ag. Founded in 1894, the Institute...
  • [ From July 29, 2016 ] Venezuela is about to force people to work in the fields

    04/24/2017 7:33:51 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 29, 2016, 9:32 PM | Linette Lopez
    Amnesty International says a new decree in Venezuela that says the government can make any of its citizens farm the country's fields in order to combat its current, punishing food crisis "effectively amounts to forced labour." "The decree, officially published earlier this week, establishes that people working in public and private companies can be called upon to join state-sponsored organizations specialized in the production of food," Amnesty International reported. "They will be made to work in the new companies temporarily for a minimum of 60 days after which their 'contracts' will be automatically renewed for an extra 60-day period or...
  • One Helluva Bad Day

    03/31/2017 11:27:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/31/17 | Jimmy Reed
    Shaking his head and staring down at me, Jaybird said, “I almost feel sorry for yo’ brother. For him, it’s sho’ been one helluva bad day.” It was a torrid July day in the summer of 1961. On my father’s Mississippi Delta farm, a huge field was covered with 80-pound hay bales that had to be loaded by hand onto trailers and hauled to the barn. At five o’clock, Dad opened the bedroom door. “Hay time, boys, git up. Jaybird is waiting outside for y’all.”