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  • Earliest Evidence of Dairy Farming Found

    01/28/2003 3:08:12 PM PST · by Junior · 17 replies · 291+ views
    AP - Science ^ | 2003-01-27
    WASHINGTON - Dairy farming became widespread in Britain as early as the new stone age — around 4,000 B.C. — a team of researchers at England's University of Bristol reports.Mark Copley, an archaeological chemist, said evidence of milk fats was found on broken pieces of pottery at several ancient sites in southern England.Using new methods of analysis, scientists have learned to differentiate between ancient residue from milk fat and other fats and oils in recent years, Copley and his team report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.Their findings provide evidence of "the earliest farming communities in Britain, though...
  • Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food

    12/31/2013 12:24:47 PM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | Edward Wong
    The farm-to-table process in China starts in villages like this one in the agricultural heartland. Food from the fields of Ge Songqing and her neighbors ends up in their kitchens or in the local market, and from there goes to other provinces. The foods are Chinese staples: rice, cabbage, carrots, turnips and sweet potatoes. But the fields are ringed by factories and irrigated with water tainted by industrial waste. Levels of toxic heavy metals in the wastewater here are among the highest in China, and residents fear the soil is similarly contaminated. Though they have no scientific proof, they suspect...

    03/08/2013 1:17:48 PM PST · by greeneyes · 79 replies
    Free Republic | March 8, 2013 | 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 ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say

    12/07/2010 8:58:43 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | December 3,2010 | Calestous Juma,
    — Africa can feed itself. And it can make the transition from hungry importer to self-sufficiency in a single generation.The startling assertions, in stark contrast with entrenched, gloomy perceptions of the continent, highlight a collection of studies published December 2 that present a clear prescription for transforming Sub-Saharan Africa's agriculture and, by doing so, its economy. The strategy calls on governments to make African agricultural expansion central to decision making about everything from transportation and communication infrastructure to post-secondary education and innovation investment.
  • Israel to share agricultural know-how with struggling African farmers

    04/26/2010 1:49:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 330+ views
    haaretz ^ | 4/26/10 | rueters
    Israel is getting ready to share technology and skills with African countries struggling to sustain agricultural output due to increasingly unreliable rains, said Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon. Simhon said sharing know-how, especially in irrigation and water management, was his focus on a tour of Senegal, Ivory Coast and Gabon. His trip comes as some 10 million people in West and Central Africa face food shortages due to failed rains. "We are not arriving here in Africa to take resources from the African countries. We are coming here in order to give know-how and abilities to these countries to develop," Simhon...
  • Trade war with Mexico could devastate Washington state growers

    03/31/2009 10:07:47 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 445 replies · 2,673+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | March 31, 2009 | Les Blumenthal
    WASHINGTON -- The long-simmering dispute over allowing Mexican trucks onto U.S. highways is escalating into a trade war that could cost Washington state agricultural interests millions of dollars in lost sales and present the Obama administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress with an early test of their trade policies. Washington's pear, cherry, apricot and Christmas tree growers find themselves in the middle of a trade clash not of their own making and facing 20 percent tariffs on their exports to Mexico. The biggest impact, however, could be on the state's potato growers and processors. Mexico buys $83 million worth of frozen...
  • Agricultural Experts Plant Seeds in Kirkuk

    03/22/2009 10:36:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 330+ views
    FOB WARRIOR — The food that finds its way on to the tables of Kirkuk City residents has to start somewhere. Researchers from Team Borlaug wanted to see where the journey began, and they found some of those origins at one of the city’s animal processing plants and markets, March 18. Team Borlaug is taking a nearly six-month tour of northern Iraq to study the agriculture and offer guidance on how it can be improved. “Our mission is to assess agriculture in Multi-National Division – North’s area and provide recommendations to the command regarding project development and how to get...
  • U.S. Agricultural Team Vaccinates Chicks

    03/05/2009 3:53:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 297+ views
    Charles Russell, a member of the U.S. State Department Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team and an agricultural advisor, sprays 21-day-old chicks with a vaccine to prevent Gambaro disease, which attacks a chick's immune system, at the Poultry Agkardi Hatchery during an EPRT event in Mahmudiyah, Feb. 27. Photo by Jamie Vernon, 1st Armored Division Public Affairs. MAHMUDIYAH — The U.S. State Department’s Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (EPRT) participated in a project inoculating and delivering chickens to the Mahmudiyah Poultry Association, Feb. 27. Charles Russell, an agricultural advisor for the EPRT, traveled to the Poultry Agkardi Hatchery here to assist local Iraqi...

    03/05/2009 6:41:40 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 51 replies · 2,171+ views ^ | March 4, 2009 | Ann Coulter
    Fortunately, we have Keith Olbermann to point out that Rush Limbaugh did not accurately quote the preamble to the Constitution in his CPAC speech last weekend. I'm not sure what scam Olbermann imagined Rush was trying to put over on the American people by saying conservatives believed in the "preamble to the Constitution" and then quoting words from the Declaration of Independence -- but Olbermann put an end to that cruel deception! These small-time opportunities to show off by correcting someone else's teeny-tiny mistakes are the lifeblood of Olbermann's MSNBC show, "Countdown." Olbermann is no more capable of not correcting...
  • Missouri Guard's Agricultural Mission Grows in Afghanistan

    12/23/2008 5:33:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 447+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2008 – Missouri National Guard soldiers are overcoming one of the biggest hurdles on Afghanistan’s road toward self-sustainment, one of the state’s U.S. senators said here yesterday. Missouri U.S. Sen. Christopher Bond and Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn, director of the Army National Guard, answer questions from the media during a Dec. 22, 2008, news conference in Bond’s Washington, D.C., office. Bond recently returned from Afghanistan, where he saw the work of Missouri Guard agriculture development teams. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Sen. Christopher Bond discussed the Missouri...
  • New Agricultural Center Opens in Safwan

    12/09/2008 4:40:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 198+ views
    SAFWAN — A newly renovated agricultural center in Safwan, a town in southern Iraq’s Basrah province, was dedicated Dec. 7. Members of the Safwan Agricultural Society Board, the Agricultural Society president and Coalition representatives were on hand for the celebration. The newly renovated facility, seeds, tractors, generators, greenhouse kits and plastic sheathing were part of the $1.5 million investment the Coalition made to get the community’s economy back on its feet. “This project has jumpstarted the agro-business for farmers,” said Sgt. Adam Kirschner, project management officer for the agricultural center. “With 50 percent of the local population in the business,...
  • Leaders Seek Ways to Boost Iraq’s Agricultural System

    11/18/2008 3:15:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 147+ views
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Nov. 18, 2008 – Multinational Division Center leaders met here Nov. 13 to discuss Iraq’s agricultural economy. Army Brig. Gen. Jefforey A. Smith, Multinational Division Center deputy commander for support, introduces Edwin Price, left, Team Borlaug leader, during an agriculture roundtable at Camp Victory, Iraq, Nov. 13, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Emery  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The roundtable allowed attendees to measure progress since the last conference in August, officials said. "There are two important aspects of a conference like this," said Army Brig. Gen. Jefforey A. Smith, Multinational Division...
  • PRT Facilitates Mada’in Agricultural, Technology Expo

    05/05/2008 5:26:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 67+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Joe Sowers, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — More than 1500 Iraqi farmers attended the Mada’in Agricultural Technology Exposition in al-Wahida, Iraq, recently. The expo resulted from efforts by the embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team, attached to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, to revitalize farming and agribusiness. The 3rd HBCT ePRT leaders emphasized agricultural initiatives in the qada to provide long-term economic stability in the primarily agrarian district east of Baghdad. Fifty-eight percent of the Mada’in citizens are farmers, and another 15 percent are in farm-related businesses, said Col. Bud Jameson, from Sherwood, Ark., ePRT deputy team leader. During the expo, Baghdad PRT...
  • Anbar Agricultural College Returned to Province, GOI

    12/07/2007 4:39:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 58+ views
    CAMP FALLUJAH — Camp Corregidor and Combat Outpost were returned to the Government of Iraq during a signing ceremony held in the provincial capital of Ramadi Dec. 7. Governor Mamoun Sami Rashid Alawani, on behalf of the National Government, signed the documents and officially took possession of the property at the Provincial Government Center a few kilometers from the campus. Coalition Forces established Camp Corregidor on the abandoned campus of the Agricultural College in early 2004. Strategically located on the main highway connecting Baghdad to Syria, the outpost was under constant attack by Al Qaeda in Iraq foreign fighters and...
  • Feinstein to push guest-worker bill

    08/23/2007 12:25:14 PM PDT · by Plutarch · 30 replies · 741+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | August 23, 2007 | Michael Doyle
    Senator to assure that farm legislation is a priority in today's Fresno appearance. WASHINGTON -- Get ready for another ride on the immigration roller coaster. Today, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be assuring a San Joaquin Valley audience that Congress will once more take up a big agricultural guest-worker bill. A top priority for Valley farmers, the bill soon could resurface on Capitol Hill. "Agriculture is going to push this thing," Manuel Cunha, president of the Fresno-based Nisei Farmers League, said Wednesday. The agricultural guest-worker package is getting its second wind two months after comprehensive immigration reform collapsed in the...
  • Students Graduate From Agricultural Course

    01/11/2007 5:13:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 258+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Capt Vince King Jr.
    Students Graduate From Agricultural Course Students learn how to help others improve farm production. By Capt Vince King Jr. 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2007 -- More than 50 students from Kapisa and Parwan provinces graduated from the Comprehensive Agricultural Course for Soils, Crops, Agronomy and Animal Sciences, Jan. 6. "The hard work and dedication demonstrated by the students emphasizes the commitment local officials have on improving the lives and increasing the prosperity of the people of their community," Army Maj. Don Johnson The 20-week course, taught by Dr. Mike Gangwer, a Department...
  • Australian PM Warning On Drought

    10/13/2006 8:27:54 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 340+ views
    bbc ^ | 10-13-2006
    <p>Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said that the country's worsening drought could hit economic growth. Mr Howard said the drought, which some experts have described as one of the worst on record in Australia, would "affect our GDP growth".</p>
  • Was Fig First Fruit Of Man's Agricultural Endeavours?

    06/01/2006 5:48:33 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 535+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-2-2006 | Roger Highfield
    Was fig first fruit of man's agricultural endeavours? By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 02/06/2006) The dawn of agriculture may have come with the domestication of fig trees near Jericho some 11,400 years ago, archaeologists report today. The discovery of ancient carbonised figs suggests that fruit, rather than grains that are traditionally thought to have heralded agriculture, may yield the earliest evidence of purposeful planting. The figs date back roughly 1,000 years before wheat, barley and legumes were domesticated in the region, making the fruit trees the oldest known domesticated crop, a team reports today in the journal Science. Nine...
  • <b>USA Citizens Day - July 1st Rally to Stop Illegal Immigration</b>

    05/24/2006 2:27:38 PM PDT · by Angelina211 · 5 replies · 845+ views ^ | 5/23/2006 | CitizenDay
    USA Citizens Day - July 1st Immigration Control Rally Nationwide Rally on Saturday, July 1st, at noon, at your City HallMay 1st - Million of Illegal Aliens Marched in our StreetsTwelve million illegal aliens demonstrated their political power, and declared May 1st to be A Day Without Undocumented Workers ( illegal aliens ). They boycotted the USA, all US businesses and institutions. Millions of them marched in our streets, carried Mexican flags, shouted "Si se puede!", and demanded new laws from our Congress. July 1st - U.S. Citizens Nationwide Rally for Immigration ControlRally to stop our continuous invasion by...
  • Evolution Persisted In Agricultural Era

    03/19/2006 3:22:32 PM PST · by blam · 69 replies · 1,209+ views
    Science News ^ | 3-18-2006 | Bruce Bower
    Evolution persisted in agricultural era Bruce Bower Natural selection continued to sculpt humanity's genetic identity after the Stone Age gave way to farming around 11,000 years ago, according to a new DNA analysis. A team led by Jonathan K. Pritchard of the University of Chicago identified survival-enhancing gene variants that began spreading through human populations between roughly 10,800 and 6,600 years ago. The scientists scanned the genomes of 89 East Asians, 60 Europeans, and 60 Africans to find DNA stretches recently affected by natural selection. Their technique exploits the tendency of DNA regions containing advantageous genes to spread quickly through...
  • Happy 161st Birthday Florida, the 27th State! (March 3, 1845)

    03/03/2006 3:03:33 PM PST · by bd476 · 5 replies · 419+ views
    Florida Capital: TallahasseeState abbreviation/Postal code: Fla./FLGovernor: Jeb Bush, R (to Jan. 2007)Lieut. Governor: Toni Jennings, R (to Jan. 2007)Senators: Mel Martinez, R (to Jan. 2011); Bill Nelson, D (to Jan. 2007)U.S. Representatives: 25Historical biographies of Congressional membersSecy. of State: Glenda Hood, R (to Jan. 2007)Atty. General: Charlie Crist, R (to Jan. 2007)Chief Financial Officer: Tom Gallagher, R (to Jan. 2007)Organized as territory: March 30, 1821Entered Union (rank): March 3, 1845 (27)Present constitution adopted: 1969Motto: In God we trust (1868)State symbols: flower orange blossom (1909) bird mockingbird (1927) song “Suwannee River” (1935) Nickname: Sunshine State (1970)Origin of name: From the...
  • Hurricane-Felled Timber Worth Billions (agricultural losses top $3 billion; timber hardest hit)

    10/10/2005 3:34:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies · 946+ views
    Fox 23 ^ | 10/10/05
    Hurricane-Felled Timber Worth Billions United Press International U.S. timber companies are scrambling to harvest tons of timber felled by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The companies are moving as quickly as possible to recover the millions of trees before they rot, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Industry analysts estimate that more than 20 billion board feet are down, enough to build 1 million houses. Timber down in Louisiana is worth $900 million; in Mississippi, the felled timber is worth $2.4 billion, experts estimate.
  • Neolithic Agricultural Community's Daily Life Shown In Amazing Detail (Greece, 7,500 YA)

    10/06/2005 4:59:11 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 702+ views
    Kathimerini ^ | 10-5-2005 | Iota Sykka
    Neolithic agricultural community’s daily life shown in amazing detail in dig at ancient site Well-preserved settlement in Kastoria, northern Greece, dating 7,500 years ago illuminates the characteristics of rural life of the times Remains of buildings (trenches for foundations, poles, wall coating, floorings) in the western section of the excavation. By Iota Sykka - Kathimerini The finds at Avgi in Kastoria are far from common. At a site of 3.5 hectares near the Aghia Triada municipality, a 7,500-year-old rural community has been unearthed. Rare miniature vessels the size of a ring, nine fine impressive stamps, 20 human and animal-shaped idols,...
  • Still Crazy After 20 Years [Did Bono, Madonna's aid to victims also aid their executioners]

    07/11/2005 5:55:16 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 48 replies · 1,301+ views ^ | Monday, July 11, 2005 | Ralph R. Reiland
    The first time Bono and Madonna got together to save Africa, the unintended consequence was the death of perhaps as many as 100,000 people. That's aid expert David Rieff's conclusion in the July 2005 issue of the resolutely liberal American Prospect magazine regarding the end result of Live Aid in 1985. Billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth," Live Aid was a multivenue rock concert held on July 13, l985, in London and Philadelphia in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. With an estimated 1.5 billion viewers watching the live broadcast in 100 countries, the event reportedly...
  • Brussels plans 'dramatic' overhaul of Common Agricultural Policy

    07/03/2005 4:14:27 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 351+ views
    The Observer ^ | July 03, 2005 | Nick Mathiason
    The European Commission is planning a radical overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy. The CAP currently costs European taxpayers Ł30 billion. In the midst of an attack on the controversial EU farm subsidy regime from Tony Blair, Brussels is attempting to reassert its political leadership of the 25-member trading bloc by putting on the table proposals which could dramatically alter the CAP. The Commission is floating the possibility of using its upcoming CAP review process to reduce farm subsidy payments to individual farmers. To replace this, the Commission proposes to increase payments for regional rural development. The move, revealed by...
  • NYT Editorial: Real-World New Year's Resolutions (The Times tries to take off its Unreal-World Hat)

    12/31/2004 8:53:28 AM PST · by OESY · 9 replies · 610+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 31, 2004 | Editorial
    This is the moment when we list our priorities for the new year, counting off the most important social challenges the country faces and the remedies we'd like to see our elected officials adopt. Normally, we urge that all this be accomplished in a spirit of bipartisanship. All that requires a leap of faith that's beyond us this season. Instead, we'd like to pick out a few areas that may be a little lower on the agenda, but where the need is aching and the potential bridges between the parties are already clear and sturdy. All it takes is a...
  • A Complex Agricultural Society In Uruguay's La Plata Basin, 4,800 - 4,200 Years Ago

    12/02/2004 11:26:39 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 503+ views
    Eureka Alert/Smithsonian ^ | 12-2-2004 | Jose Iriarte
    Contact: José Iriarte 202-786-2094 x8350 Smithsonian Institution A complex agricultural society in Uruguay's La Plata basin, 4,800-4,200 years ago A complex farming society developed in Uruguay around 4,800 to 4,200 years ago, much earlier that previously thought, Iriarte and his colleagues report in this week's Nature (December 2). Researchers had assumed that the large rivers system called the La Plata Basin was inhabited by simple groups of hunters and gatherers for much of the pre-Hispanic era. Iriarte and coauthors excavated an extensive mound complex, called Los Ajos, in the wetlands of southeastern Uruguay. They found evidence of a circular...
  • Ending America's Dependence on Middle East Oil

    11/17/2004 6:14:40 AM PST · by forty_years · 15 replies · 1,631+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | November 17, 2004 | Gal Luft
    Gal Luft is executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security in Washington, D.C. He is a specialist on strategic issues and energy policy with a PhD in strategic studies from Johns Hopkins University. A former lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, his writings have appeared in Commentary, Foreign Affairs, the Los Angeles Times, Middle East Review of International Affairs, the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. Mr. Luft addressed the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia on October 27, 2004. Introduction In both World War Two and the Cold War, the side best deploying scientific...
  • NYP: NOT JUST 'MORALITY' -- The economy is not a Dem strength

    11/14/2004 9:14:53 AM PST · by OESY · 14 replies · 1,406+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 14, 2004 | STEVEN MALANGA
    Democratic politicians and left-leaning commentators, seeking to ex plain President Bush's victory, argue that Republicans have persuaded blue-collar voters to ignore their economic concerns and instead vote based on cultural issues like gay marriage, gun control and abortion.... The inspiration for this line of thought is Thomas Franks' recent book "What's the Matter With Kansas."... Social issues clearly played a crucial role in President Bush's re-election. But the notion that heartland voters are disregarding their economic well-being is wildly at odds with the facts, as a close look Franks' book and poll results makes clear. As long as Democrats continue...
  • Myth of the Hunter-Gatherer

    08/13/2004 12:07:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 846+ views
    Archaeology ^ | September/October 1999 Volume 52 Number 5 | Kenneth M. Ames
    On September 19, 1997, the New York Times announced the discovery of a group of earthen mounds in northeastern Louisiana. The site, known as Watson Brake, includes 11 mounds 26 feet high linked by low ridges into an oval 916 feet long. What is remarkable about this massive complex is that it was built around 3400 B.C., more than 3,000 years before the development of farming communities in eastern North America, by hunter-gatherers, at least partly mobile, who visited the site each spring and summer to fish, hunt, and collect freshwater mussels... Social complexity cannot exist unless I it...
  • Egypt cuts agricultural ties 25 years after Sadat visit to Israel

    11/19/2002 8:32:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies · 197+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Nov. 20, 2002 | HERB KEINON
    Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat's landmark journey to Jerusalem, but rather than being marked by pomp and circumstance, it was reported that Cairo is cutting agricultural ties. An-Nahar, which reported that the agriculture minister said the government decided to end agricultural ties, wrote that the reason is "the Israeli government's negative position, which is not in line with the principle of peace in the region." One Israeli official expressed surprise at the report, saying most of the agricultural ties were cut following Operation Defensive Shield earlier this year. "We are very sorry about this," he...
  • Jeb to US House: "Keep restrictions on private financing of trade in agricultural goods to Cuba"

    04/19/2002 5:07:16 AM PDT · by summer · 10 replies · 216+ views
    State of FL - ^ | April 18, 2002 | Executive office of FL Governor
    FL Gov. Jeb Bush Statement by Governor Jeb Bush in Opposition to Congressional Authorization of Private Financing of Agricultural Sales to Cuba For Immediate Release Thursday, April 18, 2002 Contact: Katie Muńiz (850) 488-5394 TALLAHASSEE -- "As early as this afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives may be considering a Motion to Instruct House Conferees on the Farm Bill, H.R. 2646, to support the U.S. Senate position lifting restrictions on the private financing of trade in agricultural goods to Cuba. I respectfully urge the U.S. House of Representatives to reject this motion. Authorizing financing for Cuba is troublesome from a...