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  • Clues to Prehistoric Human Exploration Found in Sweet Potato Genome

    01/21/2013 8:39:59 PM PST · by Theoria · 23 replies
    Science ^ | 21 Jan 2013 | Lizzie Wade
    Europeans raced across oceans and continents during the Age of Exploration in search of territory and riches. But when they reached the South Pacific, they found they had been beaten there by a more humble traveler: the sweet potato. Now, a new study suggests that the plant's genetics may be the key to unraveling another great age of exploration, one that predated European expansion by several hundred years and remains an anthropological enigma. Humans domesticated the sweet potato in the Peruvian highlands about 8000 years ago, and previous generations of scholars believed that Spanish and Portuguese explorers introduced the crop...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 43 OCT. 24 2014

    10/24/2014 12:39:47 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 51 replies
    freerepublic | Oct 24 2014 | 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... that...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 42 OCT. 17, 2014

    10/17/2014 12:32:51 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 68 replies
    Free Republic | 10/17/2014 | 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... that...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Oct. 10, 2014

    10/10/2014 6:01:53 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 56 replies
    Free Republic | 10/10/2014 | greeneyes
    The weekly gardening thread........
  • Cowboy Express gallops into Utah to protest federal land managers ( BLM )

    10/10/2014 10:50:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 2 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    A group of horseback riders drew stares, honks and a few handshakes and high-fives along Redwood Road Thursday, hooves clattering on pavement in a protest ride of federal land management policies. The Utah trek of the Grass March Cowboy Express hit Salt Lake City and continued east up Parleys Canyon, with Tooele County Commission Chairman Bruce Clegg and Utah Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, riding in tandem. With them they carried a mail pouch sporting a letter demanding the resignation of a BLM field office manager who ordered grazing reductions in Battle Mountain, Nevada, and petitions from rural Utah counties...
  • Utah congressmen cry foul over yellow-billed cuckoo protections ( UN Agenda 21 )

    10/08/2014 9:12:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 7 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Two Utah congressmen say the public needs more time to weigh in on a "sweeping" proposal to designate more than a half-million acres as critical habitat for the Western yellow-billed cuckoo. Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart are among 17 members of Congress who urged U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to extend the comment period on the designation beyond Oct. 14. "While we oppose this listing proposal, we find it completely unacceptable that the (agency) has proposed only 60 days of public comment with no public hearings, effectively shutting out meaningful comment on a sweeping critical...
  • Hunger Growls in Egypt: The country is now an agricultural basket case.

    10/08/2014 8:05:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/08/2104 | Daniel Pipes
    Egypt, famed for millennia as the “breadbasket of the Mediterranean,” now faces alarming food shortages. “Food for Stability,” a startlingly candid report by Gihan Shahine in Cairo’s Al-Ahram newspaper, makes clear the extent of the crisis. To begin, two anecdotes: Although compelled by her father to marry a cousin who could afford to house and feed her, Samar, 20, reports that they “have only had fried potatoes and aubergines for dinner most of the week.” Her sisters, ten and 13, who left school to take up work, are losing weight and suffer chronic anemia. Manal, a nurse and single mother...
  • How to solve global warming in 2 easy steps: It starts with a skyscraper full of vegetables

    10/05/2014 9:50:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | October 3, 2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Most clear-thinking people can see by now that there isn't going to be a functioning global carbon emissions abatement scheme in the foreseeable future. Whether or not that's a good thing (and I think it is) is a separate question. Because regardless, we should look at the world as it is. Now of course, excessive carbon emissions into the atmosphere remain a serious concern and a real problem. So what can we do to solve it? First, let's look at the main sources of carbon emissions. The two big ones are energy production and agriculture, which is set to explode...
  • weekly garden thread volume 40 october 36, 2014

    10/03/2014 12:33:33 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 114 replies
    Free Republic | Oct. 3, 2014 | 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... that...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 39, SEPT. 26,2014

    09/26/2014 12:43:51 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 99 replies
    Free Republic | Sept. 26, 2014 | 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... that...
  • weekly garden thread volume 38 sept. 19, 2014

    09/19/2014 12:39:42 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 95 replies
    Free Republic | Sept. 19, 2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • New groundwater laws to have ripple effect on agriculture (w/video)

    09/18/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | September 16, 2014 | Angela Hart
    Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic groundwater legislation Tuesday, imposing new rules in the Golden State that could limit how much water commercial and residential users are allowed to pump from underground aquifers — a move decades in the works, spurred this year by California’s drought. The new laws, which take effect in January, will require local government officials to ensure use of groundwater basins is sustainable, protecting underground reserves and averting other environmental damage. The regulations could have a ripple effect on thousands of farmers and ranchers across the North Coast.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 37 SEPT. 12, 2014

    09/12/2014 12:29:15 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 94 replies
    Free Republic | 9/12/2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • weekly garden thread

    09/05/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 137 replies
    Free Republic | Sept 5, 2014 | 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... that...
  • weekly garden thread volume 35 august 29, 2014

    08/29/2014 12:20:32 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 150 replies
    Free Republic | August 29, 2014 | 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... that...
  • weekly garden thread volume 34 august 22, 2014

    08/22/2014 12:34:40 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 74 replies
    Free Republic | August 22, 2014 | 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... that...
  • Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

    08/19/2014 1:57:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 19, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents--or about 12 percent. Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef...
  • Western cuckoo up for endangered species listing ( UN Agenda 21 )

    08/18/2014 9:14:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Record Courier ^ | August 14, 2014
    More than a half-million acres of land across nine Western states is being proposed for designation as critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 546,335 acres of critical habitat is up for listing in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The bird is a neotropical migrant that winters in South America and nests along rivers and streams in western North America. ... The Service is seeking information concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo’s biology and habitat, threats to the species and current efforts to protect...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 33 August 15, 2014

    08/15/2014 12:26:58 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 165 replies
    Free Republic | August 15, 2014 | 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... that...
  • Poland asks US to import apples banned by Russia

    08/10/2014 5:03:40 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/89/2014 | AFP
    Poland has asked the United States to open its market quickly to Polish apples banned by Russia in a sanctions war over the crisis in Ukraine. Poland's ambassador to Washington, Ryszard Schnepf, said he had met Michael Scuse, a senior official in the US Department of Agriculture, about the steps needed to open up the US market, the Polish press agency PAP reported. "We are interested in a quick decision because the situation is extraordinary," Schnepf was quoted as saying. "He told us to begin the procedure. We have a new meeting planned for August 18 with the heads of...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 32 August 8, 2014

    08/08/2014 1:25:23 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 72 replies
    Free Republic | 8/8/2014 | 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... that...
  • Sheep grazing study suspended: Detailed approach replacing it ( Colorado: Forest Service, BLM )

    08/03/2014 10:07:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | August 01, 2014 | Dale Rodebaugh
    Proposed regulations to guide sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness are so weighty and controversial that the level of environmental examination of the issues is being ramped up a notch. The original Environmental Assessment (EA) of the plan – for which an unusual second public comment period was opened – has been suspended to allow preparation of a more comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Kara Chadwick, recently named supervisor of the San Juan National Forest to replace Mark Stiles, broke the news Thursday in a talk to Club 20. She confirmed it later to The Durango Herald. Chadwick cited heightened...
  • Missouri Weighs Unusual Addition to Its Constitution: Right to Farm

    08/03/2014 10:07:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 2, 2014 | Julie Bosman
    KINGDOM CITY, Mo. — Missourians already have the constitutional right to religion, speech and guns. On Tuesday, they could make a novel addition to the State Constitution: the right to farm. A proposal known as Amendment 1 will be taken up in a statewide vote on Tuesday, leaving Missouri poised to change its Constitution to guarantee the rights of its people to “engage in farming and ranching practices.” The right to farm hardly seems threatened in Missouri, one of the leading agricultural states, with nearly 100,000 farms producing crops including soybeans, corn and wheat. But a coalition of state farming...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 31, AUGUST 1, 2014

    08/01/2014 12:20:34 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 119 replies
    Free Republic | August 1, 2014 | 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... that...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread

    07/25/2014 6:40:01 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 5 replies
    7/25/2014 | ApplegaeRanch forGreeneyes
    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... that...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 29 July 18, 2014

    07/18/2014 12:31:17 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 120 replies
    Free Republic | 7/18/2014 | 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... that...
  • Pressure builds against EPA water proposal

    07/15/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    California Farm Bureau Federation ^ | June 18, 2014 | Kate Campbell
    Proposed changes to the federal Clean Water Act have roiled farmers across the nation and created an uproar among many other water users—including cities and counties with parks and recreation areas, golf courses and local water agencies. If adopted, the proposed rule changes would expand the definition of "waters of the United States" to potentially allow federal agencies to regulate virtually every area of ground in the nation that gets wet or has flow during rainfall. California Farm Bureau Federation leaders were in Washington, D.C., in mid-May to explain to lawmakers face to face the damage the proposed changes could...
  • Weekly Garden Thread, Volume 28 July 11, 2014

    07/11/2014 2:15:53 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 144 replies
    Free Republic | July 11, 2014 | 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... that...
  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/04/2014 12:43:46 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 185 replies
    Free Republic | July 4, 2014 | 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... that...
  • NM ranching family tells feds: ‘Don’t fence us out’

    07/03/2014 9:51:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species. Now, the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the Santa Fe National Forest, is considering erecting a series of 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse’s habitat. The Luceros, members of the San Diego Cattleman’s Association and holders of grazing permits with the federal government, say the fences will lock out their cattle — as well as those of other permit holders — from ever returning to the meadow where the livestock graze for 20 days in the spring and up to 40 days...
  • Why China is Stealing America's Corn Seeds

    07/03/2014 8:47:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 7-3-14 | Charles Riley
    Three years ago, a security guard working for seed company Pioneer Hi-Bred came across something unusual on a road in Iowa: Just off the pavement, a man was on his knees, digging in a field. Challenged by the guard, Mo Hailong claimed to be an employee of the University of Iowa who was traveling to a nearby conference. He jumped back in his car and sped away. U.S. authorities would later accuse Hailong, and five other Chinese nationals, of stealing corn seeds and attempting to smuggle them back to China. A seventh defendant, Mo Yun, was arrested and charged Wednesday...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 26 JUNE 27, 2014

    06/27/2014 12:49:59 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 242 replies
    Free Republic | 6/27/2014 | 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... that...
  • Monsanto Slammed for ‘Fraudulent’ EU Patent on Non-GMO Tomatoes

    06/26/2014 7:00:29 AM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies
    Representatives of the international coalition No Patents on Seeds! from France, Germany and Spain have filed an opposition against a European patent held by Monsanto on conventionally bred tomatoes (EP1812575). The patent claims tomatoes with a natural resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis. The original tomatoes used for this patent came from the international gene bank in Gatersleben, Germany. It was already known that these plants had the desired resistance and they were simply crossed with other tomato plants. Monsanto then produced a cleverly worded patent in order to create the impression that genetic engineering had been used to...
  • Grouse hits 400,000 Acres Out of Energy Production

    06/21/2014 8:19:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 20, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    The federal government’s decision to ban energy development across a wide swath of Colorado and eastern Utah to protect the Gunnison sage grouse habitat has raised concerns the action would inflict economic damage. Although the Obama administration was not expected to make its decision as to whether the bird warrants the endangered listing until November, the Bureau of Land Management’s decision this week effectively puts an oil, gas and coal moratorium on 400,000 acres – roughly 90 acres per bird. The final decision was “pushed back until after the election, because when people understand the impact on jobs, people get...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 24 June 20, 2014

    06/20/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 227 replies
    Free Republic | June 20, 2014 | 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... that...
  • 4th New Mexico county joins prairie chicken fight

    06/17/2014 9:12:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | June 16, 2014
    Another New Mexico county has joined a lawsuit to fight the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. Lea County in southeastern New Mexico joined three other counties in the state last week in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... U.S. Rep., Steve Pearce, R-N.M., .. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to cater to environmental groups and disregard science will devastate New Mexico’s way of life,” he said. “New Mexicans will pay the price in lost jobs, industry, ranching and oil and gas production.”
  • Feds block oil and gas leasing in Sage Grouse habitat ( Utah & Colorado )

    06/17/2014 7:17:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 17, 2014
    Federal authorities have issued a moratorium blocking oil, gas and coal leasing on 800,000 acres of public land in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah that is habitat for the imperiled Gunnison sage grouse. ... restrictive measures that will impact jobs and economic development
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 24 June 13, 2014

    06/13/2014 12:33:35 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 156 replies
    Free Republic | 6/13/2014 | 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... that...
  • The Plight of the Monarch Butterflies

    06/09/2014 7:05:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 6/8/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    The Monarch Butterflies are threatened, no doubt about that. Well-meaning groups, like LMF are grassroots efforts to encourage gardeners to grow milkweed plants, the monarchs predominant food source. The crucial question though has not been asked: why is the milkweed plant rapidly disappearing? Some Ideas Some people think the use of genetically modified (GM) corn that is the source of the problem. They think that herbicides applied to GM corn prevent the growth of errant milkweed plants in corn fields. I don’t think so. The milkweed rate of growth is much less than that of corn and the monarchs would...
  • Monarch butterfly decline linked to spread of GM crops

    06/09/2014 5:05:10 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 62 replies
    CBC ^ | 6/4/2014 | Emily Chung
    The main cause of the monarch butterfly's decline is the loss of milkweed — its food — in its U.S. breeding grounds, a new study has found. That all but confirms that the spread of genetically modified crops is indirectly killing the monarch.
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 23 June 6, 2014

    06/06/2014 12:39:39 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 252 replies
    Free Republic | June 6, 2014 | 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... that...
  • Washington Post: Can we please cut it out with all of this anti-GMO asininity?

    06/03/2014 12:38:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Human beings have been using various agricultural techniques to genetically modify (i.e., breed for preferred traits in) their food for thousands of years, and the more recent and more rapidly innovative advent of genetically modified foods via laboratory has helped scientists and farmers to develop hardier, more nutritious, pest-and-weather-resistant crops that have the ability to feed more people while using up less space and fewer resources (which, I might mention, is a pretty great environmental development to boot).Despite their boundless potential for feeding the hungry and alleviate poverty the world over, genetically modified organisms have inspired a small but...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 22 May 30, 2014

    05/30/2014 12:57:27 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 180 replies
    Free Republic | May 30, 2014 | 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... that...
  • GOP: Water rule is murky. EPA is urged to make revisions

    05/30/2014 6:48:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Herald ^ | May 29, 2014 | Mary Bowerman
    Members of the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives urged the Environmental Protection Agency to go back to the drawing board on a proposed rule aimed at clarifying bodies of water that fall under the Clean Water Act. In March, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to define what “waters of the United States” fall under federal jurisdiction. The rule would include smaller bodies of water including streams, riverbanks, wetlands and floodplains that may have access to larger bodies of water. Republican lawmakers have opposed the rule since its inception, saying the...
  • Impact of EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule on Small Businesses Could Be Significant

    05/30/2014 6:56:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 30, 2014 | U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business
    The Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a hearing about how small businesses would be affected by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule to expand the Clean Water Act. Last week, Graves and Members of the Committee wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to urge withdrawal of the pending rule. Among the witnesses' and Members' concerns, the EPA and Corps of Engineers did not adequately assess the impact of...
  • Seaford Oyster Farmer Moves Forward with Suit Against York County

    05/30/2014 5:49:02 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 6 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | May 30, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    York County oyster farmer Anthony Bavuso’s lawsuit against his county’s special-use permit requirement will move to the York County-Poquoson Circuit Court, after the county attempted to dismiss the case. The case revolves around the question of whether York County’s zoning ordinance, which requires those who engage in agricultural or aquaculture activities to obtain a special-use permit, is in violation of the Right to Farm Act in the Code of Virginia. The Complaint was filed on Jan. 31, 2014. “We are thankful we will now find out how the Right to Farm Act can protect local farmers like us,” Bavuso said...
  • Va. Small Family Farm Promote Historical Agricultural Practices

    05/28/2014 8:45:01 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 6 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | May 27, 2014 | Kate Miller
    Brian and Kim Criley operate their farm business Slow Grown in Virginia from the Spring Hill Farm in Caroline County, Va. The Crileys are on a mission to preserve Virginia’s historical small family farming practices, as they produce natural herbal products (including teas), organic seasonal produce, bath and body care products, homemade baked goods, and crafts and home décor products, as well as pasture-raised pork, poultry and eggs. They do not use any herbicides, pesticides, hormones, chemical growth enhancers or genetically modified organisms. They also operate a farm store, where they offer community-supported agriculture and co-op programs. Brian, a former...
  • Agri-Foods Dramatic Price Rise During 2014

    05/27/2014 11:00:53 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    TMO ^ | 5-27-2014 | Ned W Schmidt
    May 27, 2014 - 02:40 PM Ned W Schmidt Agri-Commodities Prices Winning - Or, how long does it take the Street to identify an elephant in the room? Apparently the answer to that question is a time period longer than should be the case. Agri-Food prices have been rising fairly dramatically thus far this year. With an average gain of about 10% since the beginning of the year, eating is becoming far more expensive. Rather than a short-term phenomenon, higher prices for Agri-Foods over time are part of the future, an unavoidable one. Prices rise for Agri-Foods when demand grows...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 21 MAY 23, 2014

    05/23/2014 12:40:08 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 369 replies
    Free Republic | 5/23/2014 | 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... that...
  • Why The US Department of Agriculture Needs Submachine Guns

    05/23/2014 10:14:34 AM PDT · by blam · 46 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 5-23-2014 | Jeff Berwick
    May 23, 2014 - 05:54 PM Jeff Berwick Wendy McElroy writes: On May 7, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) posted a notice on the government's Federal Business Opportunities site in order to solicit bids on an undisclosed number of submachine guns. The notice read, in part, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical [sic] acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts [sic] trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails...