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Agriculture (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • US Senator Roger Wicker files bill to further aquaculture industry

    07/20/2018 3:32:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Seafood Source ^ | July 9, 2018 | Steve Bittenbender
    U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) has filed a bill that he said would further develop the aquaculture industry in the country. S. 3138, named the “Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture Act,” calls for the creation of the Office of Marine Aquaculture within NOAA Fisheries. That office would oversee regulatory issues within NOAA and push for development opportunities to spur aquaculture’s growth, especially within the country’s exclusive economic zones. “Aquaculture is the fastest-growing sector of the agriculture industry,” Wicker said in a press release. “This bill would give farmers a clear, simplified regulatory path to start new businesses...
  • Robust new technology driving a new future for pork production

    07/18/2018 10:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    National Hog Farmer ^ | January 13, 2018
    Expect to see a dramatic increase in new technology coming into the pork industry as a host of manufacturers from diverse industries look at animal agriculture and attempt to measure or monitor welfare, environmental pressures and food safety with their technologies. That was the first message Lee Whittington, president and CEO of the Prairie Swine Centre had for delegates to the 2018 Banff Pork Seminar in Banff, Alta. The second is that what will be needed is a method to evaluate systematically how well the products work, the data integrity and security, and the link to decision support software and...
  • Sanderson Farms begins hiring at Tyler poultry complex (1,400 jobs in Texas)

    07/14/2018 5:36:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KLTV-TV ^ | July 13, 2018 | Stephanie Frazier
    Sanderson Farms, Inc., says they are beginning the hiring process for its newest poultry complex, which is under construction in Tyler. The company says they are seeking to hire over 1,400 hourly team members, with initial operations set to begin in early 2019. A statement from the company gives more details: “For those interested in pursuing hourly employment with the Fortune 1000 company, Sanderson Farms is hosting “Sanderson Way Career Interest Sessions” on Tuesday, July 17; Wednesday, July 18; and Thursday, July 19 at the Skills Training Center on Tyler Junior College’s West Campus. Career interest sessions will begin at...
  • Bugging out: Indoor insect-free farm providing new foods to observant Jews

    07/14/2018 1:04:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    NY1 ^ | July 13, 2018 | Michael Scotto
    The vegetables and fruits grown inside a Burlington, New Jersey greenhouse look completely ordinary. But Solomon Fried's crops are different. He goes to extreme lengths to make sure they are free of bugs. "You're always looking for insects, I would imagine? Yes, that's a 24-hour thing. They never sleep, so we have to be alert," Fried said. Fried is obsessed with bugs because his produce is sold in Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox community, and insects are not kosher. Jews who strictly observe religious dietary rules do not even want to eat them accidentally. "The problem is there are many insects that lodge...
  • Korean Consumers Gain Access to Cargill’s Premium, Imported Beef

    07/13/2018 8:21:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Cattle Site ^ | July 13, 2018 | Staff
    Cargill and Seoul-based AG Meat, a specialty import meat distributor are partnering to offer premium US beef brand, Excel®, in a new concept meat store called 'It’s Meat'. At 'It’s Meat', Korean consumers can now purchase high-quality, premium Excel® beef at competitive prices. Cargill Protein is focused on making sure the food it produces is safe to eat. The Excel® beef carried at ‘It’s Meat’ undergoes a seven-step, regulated production system, ensuring safe handling from the feeding environment to product packaging. In addition, micro-sized pathogens are accurately removed through a new scientific process offered by Cargill Protein globally to support...
  • Kim Jong Un snubbed Mike Pompeo for potato farm visit, state media suggests

    07/10/2018 8:23:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 10, 2018 | Alix Culbertson
    Kim Jong Un put potatoes ahead of Mike Pompeo during a US visit to agree denuclearisation details, state media has suggested. The US secretary of state visited Pyongyang on Friday and Saturday in an attempt to agree details of a deal made during June's historic summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator. However Mr Kim has not been seen in public for seven days, with every official move usually documented by news agency KCNA. During Mr Pompeo's trip relations between the US and North Korea appeared to take a dive as Pyongyang accused the US of a "gangster-like...
  • Trump pardons ranchers whose case sparked Bundy takeover of Oregon refuge

    07/10/2018 1:07:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 10, 2018 | Elizabeth Landers
    President Donald Trump pardoned two men on Tuesday who were involved in a dispute with federal authorities over federal land usage that sparked the takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon. Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond were granted executive grants of clemency by Trump, according to a White House statement. The father-son duo are cattle ranchers and were convicted in 2012 of committing arson on federal lands in Oregon. "Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency," the statement read....
  • Is Vertical Farming Really the Future of Agriculture?

    07/05/2018 3:29:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Eater ^ | July 3, 2018 | Steve Holt
    By now, the images of shelves full of perfect greens in hulking warehouses, stacked floor to ceiling in sterile environs and illuminated by high-powered LED lights, have become familiar. Food futurists and industry leaders say these high-tech vertical farming operations are the future of agriculture — able to operate anywhere, virtually invincible against pests, pathogens, and poor weather, and producing local, fresh, high-quality, lower-carbon food year-round. That future seemed one step closer to reality last year when San Francisco-based indoor farming startup Plenty, which grows a variety of salad and leafy greens hydroponically (without soil) and uses artificial lighting in...
  • Is Cannabis the Cure for Rural Unemployment?

    07/02/2018 8:04:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    High Times ^ | June 28, 2018 | Sarah Murell
    For those of us living in cities, the memories of the 2007 economic crash are a distant memory. But for our neighbors in rural counties, the ghosts of the depression are still haunting vacant towns where farming and manufacturing used to thrive. According to the Economic Research Service arm of the USDA, rural and metro employment equalized in the early part of 2008 before bottoming out, but while metro employment has more than recovered, rural employment has yet to achieve parity with its pre-crash levels. Farmers are suffering especially hard, and many are having to find supplemental work off the...
  • S. Korea to begins sales of farmed bluefin tuna

    06/22/2018 12:21:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | June 22, 2018
    Sushi lovers in South Korea will be able to taste a new breed of tuna in local restaurants and gourmet shops as farm-bred bluefin tuna is coming to the market this year, the fisheries ministry said Friday. Local fishermen have tried to cultivate bluefin, one of the most popular fish with its rich red meat, to meet the high demand, but their efforts were fraught with challenges like typhoons and cold winters. After a lot of trial and error over the past decade, Hongjin Fishing Association said it succeeded in growing bluefin tuna in a pen in waters off Tongyeong,...
  • The Food Insecurity Of North Korea

    06/19/2018 4:03:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    National Public Radio's Goats and Soda ^ | June 19, 2018 | Paul Chisholm
    In the 1990s, a devastating famine struck North Korea. According to international observers, a combination of drought, flooding and government mismanagement decimated food production. The death toll is uncertain, but estimates range from 240,000 to 2 million. By all accounts, the situation is better today. Domestic agriculture has improved significantly. Today, grain production hovers around 5 million tons per year, roughly double what it was in the famine-stricken '90s. But agricultural scientists and aid representatives familiar with the situation believe that the country is still unable to feed all of its population. And some question whether it even wants to....
  • Indoor farms could fine-tune the flavours of our food

    06/15/2018 4:43:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Phys. Org. ^ | June 12, 2018 | Steve Gillman, Horizon Magazine
    A new way to farm indoors using different wavelengths of light could boost the taste of fruits, salads and herbs, while also increasing food supply and nutritional value. Growing food inside brings many benefits to farmers by reducing the amount of land, fertilisers, energy and water needed to cultivate the plants. But it can come with a major drawback – produce grown indoors sometimes lacks the depth of flavour it would have if it was allowed to flourish and ripen outside. And it is the controlled environment of indoor farming itself that seems to be at least partly responsible. "A...
  • Ndwedwe aquaponic farm continues to thrive (South Africa)

    06/11/2018 5:18:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The modern day aquaponic system, which has its roots in South China and Southeast Asia, is rapidly gaining in popularity. Here on home soil, an aquaponic farm in the rolling hills of Ndwedwe, which was established by a group of big-hearted Durban University of Technology (DUT) students back in 2016, continues to thrive. From subsistence farming in rural areas, to large-scale commercial farming in peri-urban areas, as well as vertical and indoor farming by hobbyists to feed neighbours and beautify urban spaces, when it comes to aquaponics, the possibilities are endless. Situated in the Noodsberg community, the project came about...
  • Pot businesses are on a hiring spree. Here’s how much the jobs pay

    06/09/2018 8:06:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | June 8, 2018 | David Goldstein And Anita Chabria
    Eight years ago, Samantha Miller was earning six figures a year as a product developer for a LED lighting company in Northern California when a high school friend called to ask a favor. Would Miller be able to help her friend's boss at a medical marijuana dispensary figure out how to use a new machine purchased to analyze the quality of pot? Miller passed on the job, but offered some free advice. With her background in machinery design and lab supervision, she told the dispensary folks: "You need (to hire) a scientist because you are going to ruin that piece...
  • Family harvest: Hydroponic farming provides a new job and a new life on the Northern Neck

    06/07/2018 2:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | June 3, 2018 | Bill Lohmann, The Richmond Times–Dispatch
    As snow fell on the fields of the Northern Neck in March, Justin McKenney was in his tomato greenhouse tending to his plants with his young assistants: daughters Josslyn, 5, and Joely, 2. In April, he was back in the greenhouse, and the plants were about 4 feet tall with plump, green tomatoes forming on the vines. He expects to pick the first ripe tomatoes by the end of April. He will harvest until December, with each of his 1,050 plants—growing to about 40 feet in length by then—producing upwards of 50 pounds of tomatoes for the year. Hydroponic farming...
  • Senators announce bill to protect states’ legalization of marijuana

    06/07/2018 1:44:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Sandhills Express ^ | June 7, 2018 | ABC Radio
    Sens. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, and Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a bill Thursday intended to protect the laws of states that have legalized some form of marijuana from federal intervention. The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act would ensure that states can make and enforce their own laws pertaining to the production and distribution of marijuana as long as states comply with a few federally-mandated basic protections. Currently, 46 states and additional territories have laws permitting medical and/or recreational marijuana. Both Colorado and Massachusetts have legalized recreational marijuana. But on the federal level, the...
  • Calif. Farm Workers' Appellate Court Victory To Evict United Farm Workers Union

    06/04/2018 10:44:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/04/18 | Katy Grimes
    Where are the Gerawan Farming Workers' ballots from the 2013 UFW decertification election? Gerawan Farming workers just won a huge victory over the United farm Workers labor union and California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. In a 3-0 decision, the Fifth District Court of Appeal ordered the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board to count the workers’ ballots from the November 2013 election to decertify the United Farm Workers labor union, and issue a tally. But where are the ballots? The decertification election took place November 3, 2013. After all of the ballots were in, the ALRB impounded them, refused to count...
  • Cedar Rapids Officials Hoping For Medical Marijuana Manufacturing Center (Iowa)

    06/02/2018 3:26:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Iowa Public Radio ^ | June 1, 2018 | Kate Payne
    The city of Cedar Rapids is still hoping to land a medical marijuana production center. That’s after state regulators passed over Iowa's second-largest city for a dispensary earlier this year. Iowa officials are currently reviewing four applications for the state’s second and last medical marijuana manufacturing license. One in-state company and three out-of-state companies are competing for the rights. It’s still not clear where in Iowa the center will go. But Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart is hopeful it’ll be in his city, which he said is strategically located near major highway routes and supports a diverse economy and workforce....
  • These Cannabis Companies Are Aggressively Hiring Professionals

    05/31/2018 1:13:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    New Cannabis Ventures ^ | May 3, 2018 | Carrie Pallardy
    With regulations trending toward medical programs and adult-use in markets across the world, the cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing businesses, which means companies are looking for top talent to support and further their growth. It can be challenging to find qualified candidates due to stigma that still exists, as well as the job security issues that come with the startup nature of many cannabis companies. Despite these obstacles, the cannabis space is filled with passionate people dedicated to building a thriving industry, and more people like them are looking to make their mark. Here are some examples...
  • Graceland Fruit tastes rapid growth ("We're always hiring" in Michigan and Wisconsin)

    05/31/2018 11:49:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Record-Eagle ^ | May 30, 2018 | Dan Nielsen
    FRANKFORT — Consumer demand for healthier food in convenient packaging is fueling rapid growth at Graceland Fruit. "We have the capacity to process all kinds of fruit," said President and CEO Alan DeVore. Cherries, cranberries, blueberries and apples provide the bulk of Graceland's product. But Graceland also has processed a variety of more exotic products, like orange peel and mango. The company's sales have accelerated rapidly during the last five years as consumers scrambled to buy products that are vegan and gluten-free. The Frankfort processing plant runs three shifts five days a week. It just inked a deal with CranGrow...