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  • London pottery finds reveal Shoreditch agricultural past: Radiocarbon test of early Neolithic remains can pinpoint dates to a human life span 5,500 years ago

    04/17/2020 9:47:59 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Wed 8 Apr 2020 | Dalya Alberge
    It is perhaps best-known for its hipsters, but long before Shoreditch became avant garde, it was a place of agriculture and farmers according to evidence from a radiocarbon dating technique that has revealed details about Neolithic London. The technique proved that the most significant early Neolithic pottery discovered in London is 5,500 years old. It reveals for the first time that the city's prehistoric inhabitants led a less mobile, farming-based lifestyle than their hunter-gathering forebears. The research, published in Nature, reveals that an area around Shoreditch High Street was once populated by farmers herding their livestock across a once-green landscape....
  • Crops were cultivated in regions of the Amazon '10,000 years ago' [8,000 BC]

    04/17/2020 9:05:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 April 2020 | Matt McGrath
    An international team found that during this period, crops were being cultivated in a remote location in what is now northern Bolivia. The scientists believe that the humans who lived here were planting squash, cassava and maize. The inhabitants also created thousands of artificial islands in the forest. The end of the last ice age, around 12,000 years ago, saw a sustained rise in global temperatures... Researchers have previously unearthed evidence that crops were domesticated at four important locations around the world. So China saw the cultivation of rice, while in the Middle East it was grains, in Central America...
  • How to Stop a Looming Food Crisis

    04/15/2020 9:31:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    he coronavirus has focused the world’s attention on the woeful lack of ventilators, respiratory masks, and intensive care unit beds available in many countries. Far less attention has been paid to another pandemic-driven shortage lurking over the horizon: food. As trade walls go up and governments panic about preserving their own food sources, the coronavirus threatens to disrupt global supply chains. Russia, the world’s largest wheat exporter, is limiting grain exports from April to June. Egypt, the world’s biggest wheat importer, has ramped up grain purchases and stopped exports of legumes. The looming food shortage has an echo of the...
  • 10 pioneer-era apple varieties, thought extinct, found in Pacific Northwest

    04/15/2020 11:59:45 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 85 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/14/20 | AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. — A team of retirees who scour the remote ravines and windswept plains of the Pacific Northwest for long-forgotten pioneer orchards has rediscovered 10 apple varieties that were believed to be extinct — the largest number ever unearthed in a single season by the nonprofit Lost Apple Project. The Vietnam veteran and former FBI agent who make up the nonprofit recently learned of their tally from last fall’s apple sleuthing from expert botanists at the Temperate Orchard Conservancy in Oregon, where all the apples are sent for study and identification. The apples positively identified as previously “lost” were...
  • COVID-19 spurs demand for home vegetable gardens (WI)

    04/10/2020 11:46:02 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 58 replies
    Sun Prairie Star ^ | April 3, 2020 | Jennifer Fetterly
    A seed catalog coming in the mail is enough to get a gardener’s heart pumping. Now more than ever people are expected to return to the earth, as they get weary of the COVID-19 indoor restrictions and foresee the punch the pandemic will have on their wallets. Call volume has spiked at Jung Seed Company with longer wait times as people place their orders for Wisconsin 55 Tomato and Butter and Sugar Sweet Corn seeds. Nathan Zondag, the company’s VP, has a theory on the demand. “More people are at home now with COVID-19 orders and looking at the seed...
  • Wisconsin dairy industry calls for help as farmers forced to dump milk amid COVID-19 pandemic

    04/05/2020 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 37 replies
    WI State Urinal ^ | April 3, 2020 | Chris Hubbuch
    Wisconsin’s dairy industry is calling for federal help as farmers have begun dumping milk because of falling demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite empty grocery store shelves in recent weeks, widespread closures of schools and restaurants — coupled with falling exports — have led to a sharp drop in demand. This is without precedent,” said John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. “Half the restaurants in the U.S. are closed or operating at a reduced level. That has never happened before.” With more than they can sell, processors are refusing to pick up milk from farmers, who...
  • It Appears Seeds Are "Non-Essential" In Vermont...

    04/02/2020 5:23:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Twitter ^ | 04/02/20
    It appears Seeds are "non-essential" in Vermont.. 
  • Weekly Garden Thread - March 28 - April 3, 2020

    03/28/2020 6:12:38 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 97 replies
    March 28, 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...
  • Proclamation on National Agriculture Day, 2020

    03/23/2020 8:54:06 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | Mar 23, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    Since our Nation’s earliest days, farming communities have been a bedrock of our society.  In a letter to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson famously stated that agriculture “is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”  As our Nation continues to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, we pay tribute to the unbeatable strength of America’s agricultural producers as they once again answer the call to feed our country and the world.  On this National Agriculture Day, and now more than ever, we salute and honor the men...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - March 21- 27, 2020

    03/22/2020 6:34:31 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 99 replies
    March 21, 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 - March 14-20, 2020

    03/14/2020 5:49:13 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 139 replies
    March 14, 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...
  • Stone Age Seafood-Based Diet Was Full Of Toxic Metals

    03/09/2020 1:43:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 65 replies
    Forbes ^ | Leap Day, February 29, 2020 | David Bressan
    In 2015, researchers reported that cod caught off the North American coast around 6,500 years ago by Stone Age hunter-gatherers contained more than 20 times the levels of mercury recommended for humans today... They analyzed the chemical composition of bones of animals, like Atlantic cod and harp seals, disposed of in ancient garbage pits, and so preserved to this day. Both species were among the main ingredients in the diet of the local people, even if the early hunter-gatherers, based on cut marks found on the bones, also successfully hunted for haddock, whale, dolphin, reindeer and beaver. The analyzed bones...
  • Weekly Garden Thread March 7- 13, 2020

    03/07/2020 4:59:02 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 73 replies
    March 7, 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...
  • Bill Announcement

    03/04/2020 10:37:54 AM PST · by ransomnote
    whitehouse.gov ^ | March 3, 2020 | White House
    On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, the President signed into law: H.J.Res. 80, which authorizes VA to refer certain veterans for dental care in the community; S. 394, the “Presidential Transition Enhancement Act of 2019,” which provides for changes to how the General Services Administration provides services and facilities to Presidents-elect and Vice Presidents-elect and makes other changes to the Presidential transition process; and S. 2107, the “Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019,” which authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hire additional agricultural specialists, agricultural technicians, and canine inspection teams to improve the...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 29-March 6, 2020

    02/29/2020 7:27:28 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 107 replies
    February 29, 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...
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Michigan Farm Bureau Lansing Legislative Seminar

    02/26/2020 11:57:30 AM PST · by ransomnote · 2 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | February 25, 2020 | VP Mike Pence
    The Lansing Center Lansing, Michigan 1:02 P.M. EST THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, hello, Michigan! AUDIENCE: Hello! THE VICE PRESIDENT: It is wonderful to be with all of you. Thank you for such a warm and generous welcome. But before you get too comfortable, I’ll tell you what — and maybe it’s because we’ve both served as governors — but I have to tell you: As we look around that Cabinet table, this President and I are proud of every member of this Cabinet, but no one more so than the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. Would you give him another...
  • Keeping Africa On the Brink of Starvation

    02/22/2020 3:41:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2020 | Paul Driessen
    Billions of desert locusts have descended again on East Africa. Crawling first, then sprouting wings and flying in hungry hoards of 40-150 million or more, they are devastating crops and threatening tens of millions of people with lost livelihoods and starvation. This year’s plague, says the United Nations, is the worst in 70 years for Kenya, the worst in a quarter-century for Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia.  Locust swarms can blanket scores or hundreds of square miles at a time, travel 80 miles a day, and consume more than 400 million pounds of vegetation daily, Africa Fighting Malaria cofounder Richard...
  • Trump Administration Plans to Raise Seasonal-Worker Cap

    02/21/2020 12:38:49 PM PST · by Theoria · 147 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 20 Feb 2020 | Michelle Hackman
    The Trump administration plans to allow 45,000 additional seasonal guest workers to return to the U.S. this summer, the highest number since the president took office, according to three administration officials. The Department of Homeland Security plans to announce the additional seasonal-worker visas next week, an administration official said. They will become available in two waves: the first 20,000 will be immediately available, while employers can apply for the remainder for jobs beginning June 1. It wasn’t clear whether the White House has fully signed off on the numbers, and an administration official cautioned they could change. The additional visas...
  • The Biggest Threat to America’s Farmers Is America’s Left

    02/20/2020 4:47:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2020 | Congressman Fred Keller
    America’s farmers have faced many difficulties over the past several decades. Misaligned trade deals, troubling weather patterns, and an onslaught of attacks from anti-agriculture activists have all contributed to an unfortunately high number of struggling family farms representative of the entire agriculture industry.While these issues persist, it has become increasingly clear that America’s farmers are facing a new threat: the progressive left of American politics.From far-left Hollywood elites to out-of-touch liberal billionaires, today’s Democrat Party is pushing an anti-agriculture agenda that would spell doom for thousands of family farmers and the rural communities in which they live.During his acceptance speech...
  • Trump signs order diverting water to California farmers against state wishes

    02/19/2020 6:16:10 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 09 2020 | Rebecca Beitsch
    President Trump on Wednesday signed an order in California to re-engineer the state’s water plans, completing a campaign promise to funnel water from the north to a thirsty agriculture industry and growing population further south. The ceremonial order comes after the Department of the Interior late last year reversed its opinion on scientific findings that for a decade extended endangered species protections to various types of fish — a review that had been spurred by the order from Trump. Trump said the changes to the “outdated scientific research and biological opinions” would now help direct “as much water as possible,...