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  • Corn prices keep slumping, and farmers keep planting more

    05/27/2020 7:53:27 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 10 replies
    StarTribune ^ | May 22, 2020 | Adam Belz
    Corn farmers are throwing another government-backed Hail Mary this year, planting more of the crop than in 2019 even though prices are near the bottom of a six-year slump. “They call it plant and pray,” said Al Kluis, a commodities broker in Wayzata. “What you want is a disaster in some other part of the Corn Belt or some other country.” Favorable weather in April helped most Minnesota farmers get corn in the ground faster than last year, when a wet spring kept them out of some fields until June and some cornfields were never planted. But despite all those...
  • Farmers Will Soon Be Able to Start Applying for Stimulus Funds Alex Robinson

    05/25/2020 2:32:27 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | May 20, 2020 | Alex Robinson
    After the long weekend, farmers will be able to start applying for some much needed financial relief. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump and USDA chief Sonny Perdue released the details of a previously announced $16-billion aid program for farmers and ranchers. Starting May 26, farmers will be able to apply for up to $250,000 in direct payments through the fund called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). To qualify for the program, farmers must have suffered a price loss of at least 5 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and must have significant additional marketing costs. Farmers can sign up...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 23-29, 2020

    05/23/2020 7:34:43 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 112 replies
    May 23, 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...
  • The Charm And Beauty Of Nancy Pelosi

    05/19/2020 7:23:01 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 39 replies
    The world of fashion | 5/20/2020 | blueunicorn6
    The old grouch opened up a can of worms for herself and crawled in for a family reunion. Have at her.
  • ‘Extinct’ No More: Rare Blue Bee Rediscovered in Florida

    05/16/2020 8:16:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Global News ^ | May 14, 2020 | Josh K. Elliot
    Insect researchers are buzzing in Florida this week over the rediscovery of the blue bee, a rare little creature thought to have gone extinct shortly after it was discovered. Researchers in Florida say the blue calamintha bee (Osmia calaminthae) has been spotted for the first time since 2016, stoking hopes that it might be possible to save the insect from extinction. Blue calamintha bees nest alone and feed on Ashe’s Calamint, a threatened plant found only in Florida. The bees were first recorded in 2011 and dropped out of sight a few years later, despite calls to protect their threatened...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 16-22, 2020

    05/16/2020 7:11:20 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 71 replies
    May 16, 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...
  • Most Farmers in the Great Plains Don’t Grow Fruits and Vegetables. The Pandemic is Changing That.

    05/15/2020 9:27:27 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 47 replies
    Civil Eats ^ | 5-12-2020 | Daphne Miller
    On a recent Thursday, a group of farmers from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska hosted a remote agriculture happy hour. There were a few dozen attendees, and nearly everyone was wearing a cowboy hat. In total, they farm more than 30,000 acres of cropland, most of it planted in soy, corn, or cotton destined for the global commodity market. The happy hour started with presentations about integrating livestock into cropping systems, but then things took a surprising turn: farmers began to discuss how they are feeding their families and communities. “Normally, between me and the consumer there is a gigantic divide...
  • The Zika Virus Culling Was Misplaced -- Microcephaly Was Likely Caused by an Insecticide

    05/10/2020 7:03:37 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    Freep | 05-10-20 | CharlesOconnell
    Latest Zika Info Lacking Balance Zika Panic Careened Out of Control Microcephaly Was Likely Caused by Broad Use of a Chemical Pesticice, Pyriproxyfen, in Drinking Water, a "Larvicide" Summary: Nobody should be careless about getting Zika. But allowing a panic to deflect attention from the most important issues is no help either.These are Microcephaly Kids. Disclaimer: Their Moms probably didn’t have Zika.As you can see, they’re terrific people. I want to be with them.If God were to send me one, I would probably learn to “wag more, bark less” from them.The most highly regarded American reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, reports that...
  • Weekly Garden Thread May 9-15, 2020

    05/09/2020 7:08:22 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 166 replies
    May 9, 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...
  • Father who died in water buffalo attack was a businessman farming the animals for milk to make soap

    05/07/2020 8:02:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 6 MAY 2020 | Joshua Knapman
    A man has died at a farm where his family had set up a business making soap from buffalo milkA father who was raising water buffaloes to make soap from their milk was killed by one of the animals. Ralph Jump, 57, was crushed to death in the incident, which happened at a farm in Gwehelog, near Usk, in Monmouthshire at about 2.50pm on Tuesday. His 19-year-old son Peter sustained critical injuries during the incident, and was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, for treatment by the Welsh Air Ambulance. Mr Jump's 22-year-old daughter Isabel, who was also...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 2-8, 2020

    05/03/2020 6:55:54 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 89 replies
    May 2, 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...
  • Is there enough wood in the world to feed sustainability? [AGW propaganda]

    05/02/2020 11:25:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.01.2020 | Richard Orange
    Wood is the resource the world is relying on for its low carbon future. It’s touted as a replacement for concrete and steel, fossil fuels, power and plastics. But is there enough of it to go around? […] According to the latest figures from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global forest production hit record levels in 2018. Up 11% on the year before. “We see an increasing demand for almost all of our products,” says Göran Örlander, strategist at Södra, Sweden’s largest association of forest owners. “The most obvious demand is for biofuels at the moment. Everybody wants...
  • New Meat Plant Will Serve Giant Grocery Stores

    04/28/2020 10:18:26 AM PDT · by IndispensableDestiny · 4 replies
    Lancaster Farming ^ | Nov 2, 2013 | Philip Gruber
    A new 162,000-square-foot meat processing plant opened Oct. 21 in Camp Hill, Pa. The factory, off Lisburn Road, is owned by Ahold USA, which operates grocery store chains Giant, Martin’s and Stop & Shop, and is managed by Vantage Foods. The plant will cut and package beef and pork products for distribution to Giant’s stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland and surrounding states, said Tracey Pawelski, Ahold’s vice president of external communications. No animals will be slaughtered at the factory. The carcasses will be brought in from the company’s current suppliers, including Pennsylvania-based brands such as Hatfield and Berks as well as...
  • China buying more US beef and soybeans

    04/26/2020 7:27:15 AM PDT · by DEPcom · 48 replies
    Agri Pulse ^ | 4-23-2020 | Bill Tomson
    The new sale of 1,400 tons of beef, made in the week period beginning April 10, comes on top of a 1,500-ton purchase made earlier this month — the highest weekly purchase ever for China, according to U.S. Meat Export Federation spokesman Joe Schuele
  • Germany heading toward drought amid coronavirus crisis: forecaster

    04/25/2020 10:50:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 04.25.2020 | Kate Martyr
    Germany could be facing its second drought in just two years, a leading meteorologist has said, just as farmers struggle with strict measures imposed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. “The past two years were unusually dry. The ground now needs rain,” forecaster and oceanographer Mojib Latif told German regional newspaper Rhein Neckar Zeitung (RNZ) on Saturday. Latif said the country’s network of reservoirs is only partly full, adding that if there is no heavy rain in the next two to three weeks then a failed harvest could threaten the agriculture industry. […] Rain is forecast in the coming weeks, according...
  • Minnesota farmers trying to find markets for their hogs — and save their livelihoods

    04/24/2020 7:27:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 62 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 4/24/20 | Mike Hughlett
    With Smithfield Foods' Sioux Falls pork plant closed by a COVID-19 outbreak, Minnesota hog farmer Greg Boerboom may face a grim choice. The South Dakota plant had been scheduled this week to slaughter about 1,400 of Boerboom's pigs. Smithfield directed 25% of that shipment to another Smithfield plant in Illinois — with Boerboom paying the extra $1,500 in freight costs. The remaining 850 hogs are in limbo. Boerboom is seeking a destination for them before they grow too big for market and thus face euthanization. Over 3,000 healthy pigs were put down in Minnesota this week, and 200,000 more could...
  • Villagers urge govt intervention as invaders plunder amacimbi during lockdown

    04/19/2020 3:03:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New Zimbabwe ^ | 19th April 2020 | Mbekezeli Ncube
    VILLAGERS in Filabusi, Matabeleland South are appealing for government intervention in stopping the influx of outsiders coming to harvest the mopane worm, commonly known as amacimbi in their area. Even the national lockdown declared by government against the spread of coronavirus has not stopped the movement of people coming to pick the delicacy. Mopane worms have emerged in parts of Filabusi in swarms, leaving locals apprehensive about the possibility of catching coronavirus from outsiders. Villagers in the area say there has been a lot of the mopane worm this season as compared to years before. This has seen hundreds of...
  • The World Is Facing A Natural Vanilla Shortage. This Guy Says He Will Fix That By Producing Vanilla From Corn Fiber

    04/18/2020 2:14:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    Forbes ^ | Apr 15, 2020 | Igor Bosilkovski
    The legend says that vanilla was introduced to Europe by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who had seen the Aztec Emperor Montezuma drink his xocolatl (sort of a chocolate drink) with a bit of vanilla. The Mesoamerican flavoring gained massively in popularity in the 19th century, when botanists found a way to hand-pollinate it, which allowed for it to be grown around the world. Today, the vast majority of vanilla (some 60%-80%) comes from the African island of Madagascar, and it is the second most expensive spice (only behind saffron) in the world, mostly because it’s difficult to produce. However, at...
  • 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...
  • Farmer Had to Destroy His Crop Amid Food Shortage Fears

    04/14/2020 6:01:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/14
    Farmer had to destroy his crop amid food shortage fears Florida farmer Sam Accursio explains why he has to destroy so much of his squash crop as fears of a food shortage begin to grow during the coronavirus pandemic.Source: CNN