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  • Animal activist rallies showcase continued pressure on agriculture

    08/21/2011 6:12:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    dairy herd ^ | August 18, 2011
    Each summer, animal activists travel across the country to meet and discuss the latest topics of the animal rights movement. This year, animal agriculture was once again the focus. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) hosted its annual Taking Action for Animals Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 15-18, and Farm Animal Rights Movementís Animal Rights 2011 Conference (AR 2011) was held two weeks later on July 21-25 in Los Angeles. Both events claimed to have ďrecord-breakingĒ attendance, attracting a combined total of more than 1,600 activists from around the world, ranging in age from 20-60 years old....
  • Obama Dismisses Farmer's Concerns About Regulations: 'Don't Always Believe What You Hear'

    08/17/2011 1:55:10 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2011 | B. H. Obama
    Politics August 17, 2011 Obama Dismisses Farmer's Concerns About Regulations: 'Don't Always Believe What You Hear' Fire it up 94 Share During a town hall meeting at Wyffels Hybrids in Atkinson, Illinois, a farmer expressed concern to President Obama about forthcoming regulations. The man stated that people would rather be farming than "filling out forms and permits to do what we like to do." President Obama told the farmer "don't always believe what you hear" and blamed Washington for ginning up speculation. Obama added that, "Nobody is more interested in seeing our agricultural sector successful than I am, partly because...
  • Report: Stateís drought losses top $5 billion

    08/17/2011 4:11:57 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 8 replies
    Austin Statesman American ^ | 17 August 2011 | Farzad Mashhood
    The Texas drought, lasting since fall 2010, has cost $5.2 billion to agriculture, a report said. This is now the most expensive year of drought, according to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service economists. Most of the losses accounted for in the report are higher costs and lost grazing land for livestock. To remain comparable with past reports, this one does not take into account losses to fruit and vegetable producers, horticultural and nursery crops, or other grain and row crops, according to a news release, making this a conservative estimate. A similar report released in May put the costs just...
  • Proposed rule on farms called Ďabsurdí

    08/12/2011 6:27:45 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 103 replies
    gazettevirginian.com ^ | August 12, 2011 | Sonny Riddle
    A new rule being proposed by the federal Department of Transportation would require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is a part of DOT, wants to adopt standards that would reclassify all farm vehicles and implements as Commercial Motor Vehicles, officials said. Likewise, the proposal, if adopted, would require all farmers and everyone on the farm who operates any of the equipment to obtain a CDL, they added. The proposed rule change would mean that anyone who drives a tractor or operates any piece of motorized farming equipment would be required to pass...
  • Governor Almost Wasn't--After years on ranch, Perry saw climate was right for politics

    08/11/2011 3:06:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | March 12, 2006 | CHRISTY HOPPE
    Ö."I was burned out," he said. "In 1977, I didn't know what I wanted to do. And actually, was a little lost - as a person, both in my temporal life and my spiritual life, a little lost." So three days before his 27th birthday, the man who had owned the skies and commanded a crew was finally heading home, where he would live with his parents, Ray and Amelia, and work on the family farm. Ö..They formed JR Perry Farms in early 1978. And then it stopped raining. The green stalks wilted, and the ground began to crack. The...
  • NFU Says Farm Equipment Should be Exempt from CDL Requirements

    08/02/2011 6:55:24 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies
    Hoosier Ag Today ^ | July 29th
    National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted comments to Thomas Yager of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) about a possible reinterpretation of the Motor Carrier Act of 1935, the Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1984, and the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986. The FMCSA is exploring the possibility of categorizing "implements of husbandry and other farm equipment" as commercial motor vehicles, thus requiring a commercial driver's license (CDL) to operate. "Most farmers have little, if any, control or knowledge of the final destination of the commodities they produce," said NFU President Roger Johnson. "As such, it is inappropriate...
  • Labor fight in sugar beet land

    07/26/2011 11:30:01 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    mpls star tribune ^ | 7-26-11 | Mike Hughlett
    American Crystal Sugar threatens a lockout, which would be the company's first work stoppage since 1981. When the first sugar beets ripen and the Red River ... A lockout would affect three Minnesota plants -- in Moorhead, East Grand Forks and Crookston -- and mills in Hillsboro and Drayton, N.D. The last time American Crystal Sugar had a work stoppage was in 1981, when the union struck for almost a month. Union representatives say American Crystal Sugar's contract proposal would dismantle seniority rights and allow the company to contract out union jobs to outside firms. There also is disagreement over...
  • White House Council Takes Aim on Rural America (While Weiner was all the news)

    07/21/2011 3:47:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Right Side News ^ | July 3, 2011 | Henry Lamb
    Where, exactly, does the U.S. Constitution authorize the federal government to create "sustainable communities" in order to: "... expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands." Clearly, the Constitution provides no such authority, and the Tenth Amendment prohibits the federal government from engaging in activity not explicitly enumerated and authorized in the Constitution. This fact meant nothing to Bill Clinton, who created the President's Council on Sustainable Development by executive order. Nor does this fact have meaning to Barack Hussein Obama. On...
  • Will Perry Carry the Day?

    07/21/2011 1:56:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 131 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 21, 2011 | Brian Bolduc
    In the Russell Senate Office Building Caucus Room, Fred McClure was watching the crowd. It was March 1978, and the American Agriculture Movement ó a pressure group for government support of farm prices ó was meeting with Texan congressmen. A legislative aide to Sen. John Tower (R.), McClure was leaning on a door when a rancher from Paint Creek, Texas, named Rick Perry walked past. Newly retired from the Air Force, Perry held a degree in animal science from Texas A&M. His class ring gave him away. Spotting the ring, McClure, a fellow Texas A&M grad, introduced himself, and the...
  • How Rick Perry Could Shake Up The GOP Race

    07/20/2011 1:59:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | July 20, 2011 | Liz Halloran Interview
    Jul 20, 2011 ó Will the Texas governor elbow his way into the crowded presidential race? Longtime Perry watcher Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune talks about why he thinks Perry will run and what kind of candidate he'd be. [snip] We spoke with the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith about the man he has followed since the early 1990s. A former editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Smith says he's convinced Perry will make a run at the White House, and tells us why other Republican hopefuls should be worried.
  • Military Veterans Learn to farm with Farmer-Veteran Coalition

    07/20/2011 1:46:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Grit ^ | The July/August 2011 edition | Evan B. Welch
    An innovative, relatively young program provides active-duty soldiers and military veterans a jump start into civilian existence while bringing life to agriculture. One-sixth of the U.S. population is enlisted in the military, and 45 percent of that number is from rural farm communities, according to the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Farms need more hands, and veterans need work after service. So Michael OíGorman founded the nonprofit Farmer-Veteran Coalition, based in Davis, California, to plow the hindrances and help reintegrate service men and women on a national scale. OíGorman, a seasoned organic farmer, watched the...
  • Down on the farm, investors see big potential

    07/18/2011 9:45:18 AM PDT · by posterchild · 29 replies
    AP via finance.yahoo.com ^ | Fri July 15, 2011 | Bernard Condon
    Braden Janowski has never planted seeds or brought in a harvest. He doesn't even own overalls. Yet when 430 acres of Michigan cornfields was auctioned last summer, it was Janowski, a brash, 33-year-old software executive, who made the winning bid. It was so high -- $4 million, 25 percent above the next-highest -- that some farmers stood, shook their heads and walked out. And Janowski figures he got the land cheap. "Corn back then was around $4," he says from his office in Tulsa, Okla., stealing a glance at prices per bushel on his computer. Corn rose to almost $8...
  • Dying bats called No. 1 mammal crisis in U.S.

    07/13/2011 9:49:34 AM PDT · by americanophile · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 12, 2011 | CBS News
    (CBS News) The lightning-fast die-off of bats is being called the No. 1 crisis affecting mammals in this country. Scientists from more than 100 state and federal agencies are coordinating their efforts to learn why bats are dying. CBS News Correspondent Betty Nguyen noted on "The Early Show" that one of the consequences of the bats' deaths is more bugs. Wildlife officials now are pointing to a fungus they say is killing bats in unprecedented numbers. It's a desperate situation with no solution in sight. Nguyen reported bats often get a bad rap as creepy, blood-sucking night creatures. But farmers,...
  • House Cuts FDA Budget by $285 Million!

    06/22/2011 8:21:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 28 replies
    And with that budget hit, the so-called ďfood safetyĒ law canít be implementedóand no money to approve Frankenfish! This is huge! Last week the House of Representatives passed the agriculture funding bill for fiscal year 2012, and the bill included a gigantic cut in FDAís budget. This is particularly significant because they were tasked with implementing most of the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act that Congress passed last year. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the cost of implementing the Food Safety act would be $1.4 billion over five years. The whopping $285 million budget cut makes it...
  • A REALLY neat Web Site...

    06/18/2011 9:51:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    6/18/2011 | US Navy Vet
    Ran across this Web Site: http://vintageaerial.com/
  • Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

    06/16/2011 8:27:01 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes and guarantees loans to approved socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms and ranches. A socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmer, rancher, or agricultural producer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as a member of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities. SDA groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=fmlp&topic=sfl
  • The Death of the American Dream II

    06/08/2011 10:30:02 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    The American Interest ^ | Jun. 6, 2011, 11:28 AM | Walter Russell Mead
    In one of the great American classic musicals ‚ÄúLittle Shop of Horrors,‚ÄĚ Audrey sings a paean to the American Dream of the twentieth century: ‚ÄúSomewhere That‚Äôs Green.‚ÄĚ Living in Skid Row, she dreams of escape to life as it ought to be lived:A matchbox of our own A fence of real chain link, A grill out on the patio Disposal in the sink A washer and a dryer and an ironing machine In a tract house that we share Somewhere that‚Äôs green.This is the sound of the American Dream 2.o. You can listen to it here.The twentieth century incarnation of...
  • Snowe Boiled and Steamed Over USDA Proposal Restricting Potato Consumption in Schools[Fish Update]

    06/07/2011 11:39:43 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 11 replies
    The Snowe Report ^ | 06/07/2011 E-Mail | Olympia Snowe
    Senator Snowe said a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) limiting total servings of starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, green peas, and lima beans) to one cup per week and eliminating these vegetables from breakfast meals is not grounded in scientific data and does not make economic sense. In letters to First Lady Michelle Obama, founder of the Letís Move campaign, and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Snowe urged reevaluation of the nutritional and economic impacts of this proposal. Senator Snowe recently joined her colleagues in calling on President Obama to resolve a discrepancy within the Administration regarding...
  • California Assembly passes 'card check' for agricultural workers

    05/17/2011 7:25:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/17/2011 | Phil Boehmke
    The United Farm Workers Union is just a Jerry Brown autograph away from salvation.¬† The UFW which has seen its membership decline from more than 70,000 in the seventies to roughly 27,000 (including part time and seasonal workers) today is ready to fill its ranks and coffers through ‚Äėcard check.‚Äô¬† ¬†The Sacramento Bee reports that the California Assembly passed the ‚Äėcard check‚Äô bill on Monday.¬† The measure, Senate Bill 104, cleared the Assembly by a vote of 51-26 with Republicans opposed.¬† It now goes to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not yet announced whether he will sign it.¬†Proposed...
  • PETA Worried About Heightened Criminal Penalties For Trespass, Theft, and Fraud

    04/27/2011 6:15:49 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 2 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | April 27, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    Is it possible that PETA, an organization which has equated the eating of animals to the lynching of black Americans, has something in common with the Tea Party? I wondered when I received an email from a fellow Tea Partier which had originated from the radical animal rights group. House File (HF) 1369 and Senate File (SF) 1118, which are currently making their way through the Minnesota State Legislature, could subject whistleblowers to criminal prosecution for their efforts to expose animal abuse on factory farms. If passed, these bills would penalize those who report and expose cruelty to animals and...
  • Genetically modified cows produce 'human' milk

    04/02/2011 4:57:37 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9:00PM BST 02 Apr 2011 | Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
    The scientists have successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk. Human milk contains high quantities of key nutrients that can help to boost the immune system of babies and reduce the risk of infections. The scientists behind the research believe milk from herds of genetically modified cows could provide an alternative to human breast milk and formula milk for babies, which is often criticised as being an inferior substitute. They hope genetically modified dairy products from herds of similar cows could be sold in supermarkets. The research has...
  • US farmers fear the return of the Dust Bowl

    03/07/2011 4:48:30 PM PST · by camerongood210 · 26 replies
    The Telegraph Online ^ | 7:00AM GMT 07 Mar 2011 | Charles Laurence
    There is not much to be happy about these days in Happy, Texas. Main Street is shuttered but for the Happy National Bank, slowly but inexorably disappearing into a High Plains wind that turns all to dust. The old Picture House, the cinema, has closed. Tumbleweed rolls into the still corners behind the grain elevators, soaring prairie cathedrals that spoke of prosperity before they were abandoned for lack of business.
  • Ivolga puts world's biggest farm up for sale

    02/13/2011 4:23:11 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/13/2011 | Richard Orange, in Almaty
    The world's biggest farm has put up the for-sale sign, after being hit by a collapse in grain prices during the world financial crisis, and then by the droughts and the fires that raged across its territories last summer. Ivolga, a farming conglomerate which controls 1.5m hectares of land across Russia and Kazakhstan, is presently negotiating with Royal Bank of Scotland, which leads its creditors, to restructure a $300m loan it arranged in 2007. The company's immense holding, an area a third the size of Wales, easily outstrips that of El Tejar, the Argentine conglomerate which is the largest farm...
  • Campaign to vilify ethanol revealed

    05/17/2008 9:22:13 AM PDT · by Kevin J waldroup · 86 replies · 2,222+ views
    ethanol producer Magazine ^ | May 16, 2008 | By Kris Bevill
    The ďfood versus fuelĒ debate being waged in the United States has been nothing more than a cleverly planned public relations campaign. A request for a public relations proposal put forth by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the media campaign response by the Glover Park Group prove that there has been a concerted effort to attack the ethanol industry. Both documents were recently made public by long-time ethanol advocate, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The GMA represents more than 300 food, beverage and consumer household goods companies in the United States. The association released a request for a public relations campaign...
  • The Bum Rap on Biofuels

    05/14/2008 3:59:06 AM PDT · by Renfield · 61 replies · 4,245+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 5-13-08 | Herbert Meyer
    One of the striking features of modern politics is the speed at which a candidate, or a cause, can topple from the pedestal to the doghouse. Just a few years ago the emergence of biofuels was considered so important to our country's drive for energy independence that Congress voted a fifty-one-cent-per-gallon subsidy for ethanol to help get this fledgling industry on its feet. Now ethanol and other biofuels are being blamed for everything from global warming, to increased pollution, to the sharp rise in food prices that have triggered riots in parts of Asia and Africa. My colleagues here at...
  • Mexico crop loss 80 to 100 percent

    02/11/2011 11:11:43 AM PST · by Errant · 144 replies
    IceAgeNow ^ | 8 Feb, 2011
    Here's an announcement to its customers that I'm told came directly from Sysco Foods. ALL OF OUR GROWERS HAVE INVOKED THE ACT OF GOD CLAUSE ON OUR CONTRACTS (Force majuere) DUE TO THE FOLLOWING RELEASE. WE WILL BE CONTACTING YOU PERSONALLY TO REVIEW HOW THIS WILL AFFECT OUR CONTRACTED ITEMS WITH YOU GOING FORWARD. THE DEVASTATING FREEZE IN MEXICO IS WORST FREEZE IN OVER 50 YEARS... THE EXTREME FREEZING TEMPERATURES HIT A VERY BROAD SECTION OF MAJOR GROWING REGIONS IN MEXICO, FROM HERMOSILLO IN THE NORTH ALL THE WAY SOUTH TO LOS MOCHIS AND EVEN SOUTH OF CULIACAN. THE EARLY...
  • Federal government spends millions on hoop houses

    01/17/2011 5:00:30 AM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies · 1+ views
    AP/Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 1/17/11 | Steve Karnowski
    The federal government has spent millions of dollars to help farmers nationwide buy greenhouse-like structures called high tunnels that can add valuable weeks and even months to their growing seasons by protecting produce from chilly temperatures. About $13 million has gone to more than 2,400 farmers in 43 states to help pay for the low-tech tunnels that look like a cross between Quonset huts and conventional greenhouses. The structures, also known as hoop houses, have been particularly beneficial in the north, where they allow farmers to plant as much as four weeks early and keep growing later in the fall....
  • Video: Federal policies failing the Central Valley

    01/14/2011 11:36:44 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 13, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Reason TV gives a report on the problems plaguing Californiaís Central Valley, once a breadbasket to the world, and now a government-created basket case of dust, unemployment, poverty, and now starvation. The short documentary focuses on two federal policies that heavily impact the farming region, the first water policy and environmentalism, and the second immigration: The crisis in the Central Valley comes directly from the application of the Endangered Species Act to the Delta smelt, one of a number of bait fish species indigenous to the area. The order by a federal judge relying on that law cut off irrigation...
  • Oil refineries sue EPA over ethanol plan

    01/04/2011 8:03:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 4, 2011 | Ken Thomas (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó A ruling by the Obama administration allowing the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol is running into legal hurdles from trade groups opposing the plan. The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday over the decision to allow the sale of gasoline containing higher blends of corn-based ethanol, the second major group to protest the ruling. The Obama administration said in October that gas stations could start selling the ethanol blend for vehicles built since the 2007 model year, increasing it from the current blend of 10 percent ethanol.
  • Farming subsidies face 'green' reform (UK)

    01/03/2011 1:15:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 3, 2011 | Louise Gray
    In a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference, Mrs Spelman will set out the UKís position on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). ....ďWe need a CAP that will help producers and consumers alike move towards a model where the true cost of producing food is included in its price Ė one where the industry no longer relies on subsidies for its commercial viability and recognise the economic imperative of environmental sustainability,Ē she said. At Ä55 billion (£48.5 billion), the CAP accounts for 42 percent of the EU budget, making it the largest agricultural aid programme in the world....
  • Agriculture faring better than overall economy

    12/14/2010 4:53:24 PM PST · by Dominic L. Fottfoy · 1 replies
    Western Farm Press ^ | December 13, 2010 | Harry Cline
    The 18-month U.S. ďgreat recessionĒ ended a year ago, according to the federal government. Nevertheless, no one told the economy. Since the proclaimed end of the recession a year ago, the economy has been like a lost marathon runner searching for the finish line and recovery after completing the 26-mile, and 385-yard course. The economy is still out of gas, struggling to find relief.
  • Democrats attempt to revive food safety bill

    12/08/2010 9:38:14 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 26 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | December 8th | MARY CLARE JALONICK (D-NY)
    WASHINGTON -- Food safety legislation stalled by a constitutional snag could be revived as part of a giant year-end budget bill. The bill to increase the Food and Drug Administration's powers to keep food safe stalled after overwhelmingly passing the Senate last week. House Democrats said after it passed that the bill contains fees that are considered tax provisions, which under the Constitution must originate in the House.
  • 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,
    ó 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.
  • The Pigford Downpayment

    12/06/2010 7:25:12 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 4 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/06/2010 | Gary Hewson
    This past Tuesday, Nov 30th, the Democratically-controlled lame-duck House passed the $1.2 billion Black Farmerís Settlement funding known as Pigford II. The previous week the bill had passed the Senate with assurances of strict measures to protect the taxpayers against the rampant fraud that has been widely documented from multiple sources in both the media and government. The bill passed the House 256-152, and is now headed to President Obama to sign: the man who single-handedly introduced the Pigford II legislation in 2007 to curry favor with rural black Southern voters, to which he was trailing significantly to then front-runner...
  • Change in rattlesnake behavior?

    11/19/2010 10:16:49 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 68 replies · 1+ views
    11/20/10
    HUNTERS AND FARMERS AND THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY.....TAKE HEED.... My fellow friends and family, We have killed 57 rattlesnakes on two separate ranches this year. 24 @South bend & 33 @ Murray, since mid May. Not one has buzzed! We provoked one fair sized boy with a stick and he coiled & struck at the stick a couple of times before he buzzed up and rattled. The purpose of this explanation is that I have been hearing the same from fellow ranchers and hunters in regards to the lack of warning with rattlesnakes. I had lunch with a...
  • Monsantoís Food Safety Bill S-510 Set for Vote Today

    11/17/2010 12:09:29 PM PST · by Mortrey · 68 replies · 5+ views
    Constitution Party ^ | 11/16/2010 | Darrell Castle
    # Preclude the publicís right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. # It will more than likely make Michael Taylor (mentioned above) the Food Czar. # End U.S. sovereignty over its own food supply by forcing compliance with WTO guidelines.
  • Think $5 Corn Is Expensive? Some Are Betting On $10 Next Year

    11/15/2010 5:23:28 PM PST · by FromLori · 30 replies
    Cattle Network ^ | 11/12/10
    The corn marketís rally above $5 a bushel this fall has stirred growing consternation among livestock producers and others dependent on the largest U.S. crop. As the global grain supply outlook tightens, some traders in Chicago are placing bets that prices may double next year. Over the past week, trading firms including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and MF Global Holdings Ltd. bought call option contracts that would pay off if corn rose above $10 or $11 a bushel next spring. The options are traded at Chicago-based CME Group, along with futures based on grain, cattle, hogs and other commodities. Itís...
  • Ethanol Could Go on GOP Chopping Block

    11/11/2010 5:45:03 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 78 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/11/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    When the Republican majority is seated in the House of Representatives this January, many have high expectations that they will cut government spending as many of the candidates promised on the campaign trail. But the tricky question now is: Where to cut? Some energy and environmental experts say they should begin with energy subsidies; specifically for ethanol. Ethanol is a biofuel made mostly from corn in North America and can be used as an additive to gasoline. In many states, there is a mandated 10% blend with gasoline; the idea being to lower the amount of oil needed. But many...
  • Family Farm Ordered to Destroy 50,000 Pounds of Cheese

    11/04/2010 11:05:05 AM PDT · by Sopater · 42 replies
    Eau Claire Journal ^ | 2010-10-27 | Doreen Hannes
    Reality? Reason? Nah, Weíve got Regulatory Authority! Morningland Dairy is the latest attempt by the FDA to fulfill the Healthy People 2020 objective to kill raw dairy. Morningland is owned by Joseph and Denise Dixon, who operate the cheese plant and make raw cheese from cows kept right on the property and managed by one of their eldest daughters. They have 12 children, 4 who still live at home, and they have been actively engaged in real food for decades. They were caught up in the Rawesome Raid dragnet and many believe the questionable California Dept of Food and Agriculture...
  • End of Liberty

    10/31/2010 12:23:11 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 3 replies
    National Inflation Association ^ | October 31th, 2010 | InflationUS
    How the U.S. is headed for a complete societal collapse! The most important film of all time!
  • Neighbors harvest 80 acres of beets for ill farmer ( Montana )

    10/01/2010 8:33:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | October 1, 2010 | TOM LUTEY
    Doctors warned that getting on a tractor could kill Don Goodman. Neighbors knew grounding the 70-year-old sugar beet farmer during harvest was medicine Goodman wouldnít take. So Thursday afternoon, friends and family from as far as 30 miles away gathered in Goodmanís fields south of Fromberg with a cure of their own. They rolled up in tandem-axel farm trucks and semitrailers, brought beet diggers and bushels of good will. As Goodman watched, uncomfortable being idle, they harvested the 80-acre crop doctors forbid him from doing himself. By 4 p.m. they had more than 400 tons of beets loaded up and...
  • Day 28: Family Media Detox

    09/29/2010 7:09:09 PM PDT · by MintyHippo1980 · 4 replies
    familymediadetox.com ^ | 09/29/10 | Staff
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkq3tnzkcWM As today's video explains, our Craigslist ad finally paid off: The TV was sold! A young fellow who looked like he may have been a college student outfitting his dorm room got quite a bargain. But the transaction reminded of something that occurred years ago, when I got convicted that my huge collection of secular rock 'n' roll cd's needed to go. I had always loved rock (the edgier, the better) and I had amassed a remarkable library of music; if I were to deny that the sometimes satanic, always worldly content of those songs influenced me, I'd be...
  • Day 16: Family Media Detox

    09/17/2010 6:07:40 AM PDT · by MintyHippo1980
    Family Media Detox ^ | 09/17/10 | Staff
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC-mgpnGAKo Jim's update: In the Day 15 video, Missy and I were discussing our hope that someone would hear about Family Media Detox and take up the challenge. In today's video, we introduce you to the answer to that prayer!
  • Bountiful crop lands farmer in legal trouble (GA)

    09/15/2010 9:09:24 AM PDT · by bamahead · 34 replies
    WALB-TV - Albany, GA ^ | September 13, 2010
    CLARKSTON, GA (CNN) - A Georgia man is headed to court over how many vegetables he can grow on his land. Code enforcement says until recently, the farmer had too many vegetable plants for his property in Clarkston, just outside Atlanta. Steve Miller's profession is landscaping, but his passion is growing organic vegetables. That passion landed the Clarkston man in court. Before he rezoned the land two months ago, DeKalb County Code Enforcement cited him for illegal growing crops and using unpermitted workers. "I never realized this could get me in trouble," Miller said. "In fact, it was a shock...
  • The backlash begins against the world landgrab

    09/12/2010 1:05:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/12/2010 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Neo-colonial rush for global farmland has gone exponential since the food scare of 2007-2008. Last week's long-delayed report by the World Bank suggests that purchases in developing countries rose to 45m hectares in 2009, a ten-fold jump from levels of the last decade. Two thirds have been in Africa, where institutions offer weak defence. As is by now well-known, sovereign wealth funds from the Mid-East, as well as state-entities from China, the Pacific Rim, and even India are trying to lock up chunks of the world's future food supply. Western agribusiness is trying to beat them to it. Western funds...
  • Los Lunas mother to testify on proposal to thin cougar population ( New Mexico )

    08/28/2010 5:51:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    News-Bulletin ^ | 28 August 2010 | Dana Bowley
    Salazar's 5-year-old son was attacked and severely mauled by a cougar that tried to drag the boy off a well-used hiking trail and into the woods in the Sandia Mountains outside of Albuquerque. The story was so frightening that it made national news. "People would say that it was just an accident. That it was extremely rare, just a rare accident." ...Convinced that three attacks in three months didn't qualify as rare... In 2006 and 2007, there were nine reported ... In 2008, there were 40 reported encounters before the attack on her son in May. This led her into...
  • British beekeeper breeds 'super-bee' that protects itself from deadly mite wiping out colonies

    08/24/2010 5:29:35 PM PDT · by dennisw · 42 replies
    dailymail ^ | 25th August 2010 | By Chris Brooke
    Ron Hoskins has found a breed of the insect that protects itself against the parasite blamed for the alarming fall in numbers. The 79-year-old made the discovery after realising that one of his hives had far fewer deaths from the varroa mite than others. He found that the insects in that hive 'groomed' each other to get rid of the mites before they had the chance to do any harm. Now he is attempting to spread his mite-resistant breed of bees by cross-breeding them with queens from other hives. Decline: The UK's bee population had dropped by 60 per cent...
  • Biotech Beets Banned - Beet ban will hurt farmers while strengthening massive seed monopolies

    08/17/2010 2:20:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Reason ^ | August 17, 2010 | Ronald Bailey
    Last week, a federal district court judge in northern California issued an injunction against planting biotech sugar beets next year. Why? He accepted the activist argument that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must issue a full environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act before permitting the improved sugar beets to be grown. An EIS is required when a federal government agency engages in actions that might be "significantly affecting the quality of the human environment." So how are biotech sugar beets (already approved by the USDA, mind you) significantly affecting the human environment? Activists at the...
  • Farm Guns And The Jobs They Do (The Best Gun Control)

    08/14/2010 7:12:44 PM PDT · by Copernicus · 9 replies · 2+ views
    John Jacob Hís RKBA Commentary ^ | 08/14/10 | John Jacob Hís RKBA Commentary
    Frank W. James demonstrates the proper way to blog about guns-specifically the 10MM Auto- as in how well they function in the context of a tool to carry to accomplish certain tasks. (CLICK LINK HERE) His comments remind me just how different is life out on the farm. About 10-15 years ago I started to hang around an Old Farmer¬ís ¬ďback 40‚Ä≥ on a fairly regular basis and came to appreciate how common views about guns and shooting over the course of my lifetime have become skewed in favor of complete foolishness. Whether the foolishness is the foolishness of ¬ďresponsible...
  • Down Economy: America's 'Oldest Family Farm' Up For Sale

    08/03/2010 9:20:23 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies · 13+ views
    In a sign of these dismal times, the oldest family farm in America is up for sale because its owners just cannot survive this down economy. After 378 years of contiguous family ownership and operation, the Tuttle family of Dover, New Hampshire is selling its 134-acre farm. Founded in 1632 by John Tuttle fresh off the boat from the Old World, the Tuttle family farm has moved on with the times, improved and changed to continue operating. But, at long last, this economy is too much for them to bear. Curiously, the Associated Press worked very hard to downplay the...