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  • Happy National Fried Chicken Day: 10 Best Restaurants To Celebrate This Holiday

    07/06/2020 5:28:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    www.ibtimes.com ^ | 07/06/20 AT 7:00 AM | By Cortney Drakeford
    On July 6, foodies won’t have to worry about having a case of the Monday blues because they will be too busy celebrating National Fried Chicken Day! Luckily, they will be able to indulge in the crispy and tasty dish without breaking the bank thanks to a variety of deals, discounts, and specials. Consider cashing in on one of the deals for your 2020 National Fried Chicken Day celebration. Popeyes: Customers who want to fill up on drumsticks, tenders, and more can receive free delivery from the fast-food chain on orders over $15. Friendly’s: Customers who join the BFF Club...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - July 4-10, 2020

    07/04/2020 6:46:40 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 77 replies
    July 4, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. 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...
  • White People Own 98 Percent of Rural Land. Young Black Farmers Want to Reclaim Their Share.

    06/29/2020 3:56:01 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 215 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | June 27, 2020 | Tom Philpott
    Innovations by Black farmers remain at the core of sustainable agriculture today. Black people have largely been expelled from the US agricultural landscape. In 1920, nearly a million Black farmers worked on 41.4 million acres of land, making up a seventh of farm owners. Today, only about 49,000 of them remain, making up just 1.4 percent of the nation’s farm owners, and tending a scant 4.7 million acres—a nearly 90 percent loss. This didn’t happen by accident. Since Emancipation, Black farmers have had to fight for a share of this country’s fertile ground, due to a history of racist policies...
  • weekly Garden Thread - June 27 - July 3, 2020

    06/27/2020 6:25:41 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 87 replies
    June 27, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. 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...
  • Florida woman's lawsuit seeks paternity test for goats

    06/25/2020 2:19:00 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 45 replies
    UPI ^ | June 23, 2020 | Ben Hooper
    A Florida woman filed a civil suit against a neighbor demanding a paternity test for the five goats she purchased in December. The lawsuit filed by Kris Hedstrom demands that her neighbor, Heather Dayner, either refund the $900 she paid for the five Nigerian dwarf goats she purchased in December or provide a sample of DNA from the goats' purported father to prove their lineage. Hedstrom's lawsuit alleges she was under the impression that she would be able to register the goats' pedigrees with the American Dairy Goat Association. She said Dayner, owner of Baxter Lane Farm in Odessa, told...
  • Giant Saharan Dust Cloud Blowing Blowing Over the Atlantic is Visible From a Million Miles Away in Space

    06/24/2020 12:44:12 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 63 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | June 24, 2020 | Tom Yulsman
    A colossal cloud of dust that rose up over the Sahara Desert in mid-June has been swept more than 4,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean and now threatens to bring haze and health impacts to the U.S. The cloud is so prominent that it is easily seen in images of Earth acquired by the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft orbiting a million miles away. Strong updrafts in the atmosphere above the Sahara lofted huge amounts of dust on or around June 13, 2020. The cloud was then picked up by the prevailing winds and blown west out over the Atlantic...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - June 20-26, 2020

    06/20/2020 6:16:26 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 82 replies
    June 20, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. 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 Garden Thread - June 13-19, 2020

    06/13/2020 5:50:50 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 102 replies
    June 13, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. 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...
  • Give Up Your Farm

    06/07/2020 9:49:10 AM PDT · by The Louiswu · 92 replies
    Me | 6/7/2020 | Me
    I’m wondering, since this BLM movement seems to have gained the upper hand in the US, before extra-governmental groups begin going to rural areas and demanding White owners give up their farms and. Businesses. It happened in South Africa, I believe it’s just a matter of time.
  • Did we skip the Murder Hornets?

    06/03/2020 8:11:18 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 49 replies
    It feels like we skipped the Murder Hornets.
  • Almonds Are Out. Dairy Is a Disaster. So What Milk Should We Drink?

    05/31/2020 12:45:55 PM PDT · by Bob Ireland · 82 replies
    The Guardian via Pocket Worthy {Yahoo} ^ | May 30, 2020 | Annette McGivney The Guardian
    A glass of dairy milk produces almost three times more greenhouse gas than any plant-based milk. But vegan options have drawbacks of their own. For environmentally minded consumers, the news is hard to swallow: almond milk is not healthy for the planet and the popular milk substitute is especially hard on bees. Our recent investigation into the connection between California’s industrialized almond industry and a record 50bn commercial bee deaths created quite a buzz. The widely read story prompted one primary response from readers: “What should we be drinking instead?” This is a thorny question, and food sustainability experts are...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 30-June 5, 2020

    05/30/2020 5:51:59 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 194 replies
    May 30, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. 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...
  • Corn prices keep slumping, and farmers keep planting more

    05/27/2020 7:53:27 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 10 replies
    StarTribune ^ | May 22, 2020 | Adam Belz
    Corn farmers are throwing another government-backed Hail Mary this year, planting more of the crop than in 2019 even though prices are near the bottom of a six-year slump. “They call it plant and pray,” said Al Kluis, a commodities broker in Wayzata. “What you want is a disaster in some other part of the Corn Belt or some other country.” Favorable weather in April helped most Minnesota farmers get corn in the ground faster than last year, when a wet spring kept them out of some fields until June and some cornfields were never planted. But despite all those...
  • Farmers Will Soon Be Able to Start Applying for Stimulus Funds Alex Robinson

    05/25/2020 2:32:27 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | May 20, 2020 | Alex Robinson
    After the long weekend, farmers will be able to start applying for some much needed financial relief. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump and USDA chief Sonny Perdue released the details of a previously announced $16-billion aid program for farmers and ranchers. Starting May 26, farmers will be able to apply for up to $250,000 in direct payments through the fund called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). To qualify for the program, farmers must have suffered a price loss of at least 5 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and must have significant additional marketing costs. Farmers can sign up...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 23-29, 2020

    05/23/2020 7:34:43 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 123 replies
    May 23, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. 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...
  • The Charm And Beauty Of Nancy Pelosi

    05/19/2020 7:23:01 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 39 replies
    The world of fashion | 5/20/2020 | blueunicorn6
    The old grouch opened up a can of worms for herself and crawled in for a family reunion. Have at her.
  • ‘Extinct’ No More: Rare Blue Bee Rediscovered in Florida

    05/16/2020 8:16:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Global News ^ | May 14, 2020 | Josh K. Elliot
    Insect researchers are buzzing in Florida this week over the rediscovery of the blue bee, a rare little creature thought to have gone extinct shortly after it was discovered. Researchers in Florida say the blue calamintha bee (Osmia calaminthae) has been spotted for the first time since 2016, stoking hopes that it might be possible to save the insect from extinction. Blue calamintha bees nest alone and feed on Ashe’s Calamint, a threatened plant found only in Florida. The bees were first recorded in 2011 and dropped out of sight a few years later, despite calls to protect their threatened...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 16-22, 2020

    05/16/2020 7:11:20 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 73 replies
    May 16, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. 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...
  • Most Farmers in the Great Plains Don’t Grow Fruits and Vegetables. The Pandemic is Changing That.

    05/15/2020 9:27:27 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 47 replies
    Civil Eats ^ | 5-12-2020 | Daphne Miller
    On a recent Thursday, a group of farmers from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska hosted a remote agriculture happy hour. There were a few dozen attendees, and nearly everyone was wearing a cowboy hat. In total, they farm more than 30,000 acres of cropland, most of it planted in soy, corn, or cotton destined for the global commodity market. The happy hour started with presentations about integrating livestock into cropping systems, but then things took a surprising turn: farmers began to discuss how they are feeding their families and communities. “Normally, between me and the consumer there is a gigantic divide...
  • The Zika Virus Culling Was Misplaced -- Microcephaly Was Likely Caused by an Insecticide

    05/10/2020 7:03:37 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    Freep | 05-10-20 | CharlesOconnell
    Latest Zika Info Lacking Balance Zika Panic Careened Out of Control Microcephaly Was Likely Caused by Broad Use of a Chemical Pesticice, Pyriproxyfen, in Drinking Water, a "Larvicide" Summary: Nobody should be careless about getting Zika. But allowing a panic to deflect attention from the most important issues is no help either.These are Microcephaly Kids. Disclaimer: Their Moms probably didn’t have Zika.As you can see, they’re terrific people. I want to be with them.If God were to send me one, I would probably learn to “wag more, bark less” from them.The most highly regarded American reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, reports that...