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  • Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts [New England]

    09/16/2018 10:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 15, 2018 10:48 AM EDT | David Sharp
    There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks. Robert Randall, who has a 60-acre orchard in Standish, Maine, said he’s never seen anything like it. “They’re eating the pumpkins. They’re eating the apples. They’re raising some hell this year. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” he said. Evidence of the squirrel population explosion is plain to see along New England’s highways, where the critters are becoming...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD SEPT. 14, 2018

    09/14/2018 6:59:40 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 23 replies
    freerepublic | Sept 14 2018 | greeneyes
    he 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Iberia’s Neolithic Farmers Linked to Modern-Day Basques

    09/08/2015 12:40:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    archaeology.org ^ | Tuesday, September 08, 2015
    DNA samples were obtained from eight early Iberian farmers whose remains were discovered in Spain’s El Portalón cave in Atapuerca. Like populations in central and northern Europe, the Iberian farmers had traveled from the south and mixed with local hunter-gatherer groups. “The genetic variation observed in modern-day Basques is significantly closer to the newly sequenced early farmers than to older Iberian hunter-gatherer samples,” “Parts of that early farmer population probably remained relatively isolated since then (which we can still see in the distinct culture and language of Basques)
  • Meet the Farmers of Manhattan

    09/09/2018 8:16:22 AM PDT · by bkopto · 23 replies
    Ag Mag ^ | 9/7/2018 | SCOTT FABER
    A 52-story skyscraper on Park Avenue in New York City is the world headquarters for JPMorganChase, the largest bank in the U.S. But according to data from the Department of Agriculture, it’s also the home of one of 850 “farmers” who live in Manhattan. 270 Park Avenue, New York City. All photos from Google Street View. Between 1995 and 2016, those “farmers” received almost $16 million in federal farm subsidies. The map below plots their locations. Many of these “farmers” are also bankers, lawyers or Wall Street bigwigs. Their “farms” are at decidely urban addresses like 1015 Madison Avenue, 135...
  • 7,200-Year-Old Traces of Cheese Have Been Discovered in Cute Animal Pots

    09/06/2018 3:14:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    science alert ^ | 6 SEP 2018 | MIKE MCRAE
    Residue on 7,200 year old pottery found in Croatia has pushed back the dawn of cheese making in the Mediterranean. The find resets the timeline of agriculture in the region, with fermented dairy products being made a mere five centuries after milk was first stored. But its innovation was more than just a culinary milestone for dairy connoisseurs – it could have been a life saver. … Archaeological data shows people have been growing crops and raising livestock in the region for roughly 8,000 years. Impressed Ware, named for the simple shell-like impressions used to decorate the clay. They form...
  • South Africa 'unexpectedly' slides into recession as agricultural production plummets

    09/05/2018 10:26:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/5/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Full title: "South Africa 'unexpectedly' slides into recession as agricultural production plummets in wake of plans to seize white-owned farmland." Gee, who could have possibly anticipated that threatening to steal (that is, expropriate without compensation) land from farmers who have worked it for generations would cause farmers to cut back on planting? Thus, we have Bloomberg telling us, "South Africa's economy unexpectedly shrank for the second consecutive quarter in the three months through June." The recession, based on a second-quarter decline in GDP of 0.8%, is entirely due to a steep decline in agricultural production: "the agriculture market fell back...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 31, 2018

    08/31/2018 8:43:10 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 22 replies
    freerepublic | AUGUST 31, 2018 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • It’s the year 2038–here’s how we’ll eat 20 years in the future (Statist fantasy)

    08/27/2018 3:01:21 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 41 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 08/27/18 | Marius Robles
    It’s the year 2038. The word “flavor” has fallen into disuse. Sugar is the new cigarettes, and we have managed to replace salt with healthy plants.
 We live in a society in which we eat fruit grown using genetics. We drink synthetic wine, scramble eggs that do not come from chickens, grill meat that was not taken from animals, and roast fish that never saw the sea. ...... Agriculture is now mostly in the hands of the young generation, 70% of whom are college graduates and refer to themselves as “urban farmer-scientists.” They grow all kinds of plants in containers...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 24, 2018

    08/24/2018 8:04:35 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 36 replies
    freerepublic | AUGUST 24, 2018 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Iowa slaying focuses attention on immigrants in agriculture

    08/24/2018 6:12:10 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 58 replies
    APMail ^ | August 24, 2018 | Staff
    <p>The arrest of a Mexican farmworker in the death of an Iowa college student renewed calls to change immigration laws, but it also focused attention on the immigrant workers whose labor is essential to the state's agricultural industry.</p> <p>Hours after authorities found the body of Mollie Tibbetts and charged the suspect with murder, politicians including President Donald Trump, the Iowa governor and two senators expressed outrage that Cristhian Bahena Rivera had been able to live illegally in the U.S. for years. They urged a wider crackdown on illegal immigration.</p>
  • Suspect in Iowa woman's slaying was a hardworking farmhand

    08/23/2018 5:59:19 AM PDT · by Puppage · 220 replies
    The AP ^ | 08/23/2018 | AP
    BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) - For years, the young man from Mexico presented himself as a legal U.S. resident and reliable worker at a family dairy farm in small town Iowa, his employer said.
  • Origins and spread of Eurasian fruits traced to the ancient Silk Road

    08/21/2018 1:49:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | August 14, 2018 | Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
    Studies of ancient preserved plant remains from a medieval archaeological site in the Pamir Mountains of Uzbekistan have shown that fruits, such as apples, peaches, apricots, and melons, were cultivated in the foothills of Inner Asia. The archaeobotanical study, conducted by Robert Spengler of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, is among the first systematic analyses of medieval agricultural crops in the heart of the ancient Silk Road. Spengler identified a rich assemblage of fruit and nut crops, showing that many of the crops we are all familiar with today were cultivated along the ancient trade...
  • Emirates is building a giant vertical farm to feed airline passengers

    08/20/2018 5:54:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Eyewitness News ^ | August 16, 2018 | Alex Gray, World Economic Forum
    The world’s largest vertical farm is coming to Dubai. The indoor farm is a $40 million joint venture between Crop One Holdings and Emirates Flight Catering, who say it’s a way of producing pesticide-free crops while using a fraction of the water that traditional farming does. The produce will feed passengers of Emirates and other airlines at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport. The farm will be built near the airport, eliminating trucking costs and emissions. But is vertical farming really as green as it seems? HOW DOES IT WORK? To feed a growing global population, which could reach 9.1 billion...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 17, 2018

    08/17/2018 9:37:26 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 36 replies
    freerepublic | 8/17/2018 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Indoor farm offers new life for ex-elementary school

    08/14/2018 12:00:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | August 11, 2018 | Whitney Bashaw
    When the Unatego School District Board of Education voted to close the Otego Elementary School in February 2017, a committee formed to decide the fate of the building. In a 4-2 vote on Monday, Aug. 6, the board accepted an innovative farming proposal. AgZeit LLC has high hopes. The proposal bills the collaborative project as “a new way of doing business that will economically revitalize Otsego County and the Mohawk Valley Region and help New York State once again become the breadbasket for the entire northeast.” The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council prioritized agribusiness initiatives in its 2017 Progress...
  • A Mesolithic face from Southern Europe

    03/12/2014 4:00:53 AM PDT · by Renfield · 12 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 3-9-2014
    The Mesolithic, a transitional period that lasted from circa 11,000 to 5,000 years ago (between the Palaeolithic and Neolithic), ends with the advent of agriculture and animal husbandry and the concurrent arrival of new genetic material from the Middle East. The arrival of the Neolithic farmers, with their carbohydrate-based and domesticated animal diet, along with food-borne pathogens and the inherent metabolic /immunological challenges can be reflected in genetic adaptations of post- Mesolithic populations.Pre-Neolithic genetic material The individual at the centre of the study belongs to a group prior to this influx of new genetic material.“The biggest surprise was to discover...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 10, 2018

    08/10/2018 7:04:53 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 47 replies
    freerepublic | 8/10/2018 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Ship carrying US soybeans circles outside China for month after tariffs

    08/09/2018 5:39:02 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/8/18 | JACQUELINE THOMSEN
    A cargo ship carrying American soybean exports has reportedly been stuck in the Pacific Ocean off China for a month after failing to arrive at the country before a 25 percent tariff on the good was implemented. The Peak Pegasus had rushed to sail from the U.S. to China last month, ahead of the tariff start date of July 6. But The Guardian reported Wednesday that the ship arrived just past the deadline, and has been stuck outside China since. The ship is owned by JP Morgan Asset Management, while the cargo belongs to global merchant Louis Dreyfus, The Guardian...
  • Farmers Backed Trump But Suffer from His Trade War

    08/08/2018 8:58:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/08/2018 | Steven Hilding
    President Donald Trump is clearly concerned about the plight of American farmers. He pushed the Department of Agriculture to make available up to $12 billion of temporary relief to those farms caught in the middle of his tariff war – starting this Labor Day. It’s laudable that he wants to address this problem, but let’s remember that it was a problem of his own creation. America is a breadbasket to much of the world because of our exceptional farmland. We have about two-and-a-half times as much arable land as does China, for instance, with about the same landmass. That means...
  • China may have to resume U.S. soybean purchases in weeks: Oil World

    08/07/2018 12:50:59 PM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 7 Aug 18 | AP staff
    HAMBURG (Reuters) - China may have to start buying U.S. soybeans again in coming weeks despite the trade war between the two countries as other regions cannot supply enough soybeans to meet China’s needs, Hamburg-based oilseeds analysts Oil World said on Tuesday.