Texas Republican Ron Paul, along with ten co-sponsors, is once again seeking to allow for the commercial farming of industrial hemp. House Bill 1866, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, would exclude low potency varieties of marijuana from feder
Look close at these American families and realize they are a vanishing species. Over 1000 livestock producing families per month go broke or terminate their businesses.
I read with horror this morning that over 1,500 farmers in India committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure.
It is important for horse owners to know why NAIS is being forced on the equine industry within the United States.
North America's cradle of civilization can be traced 3,800 years back to the lower Illinois River valley. It's there that archaeologists have found evidence of the continent's first so-called agricultural complex — a set of different cro
...the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map – is about to make very clear how much rising temperatures have shifted planting zones northward.
As the economy continues to falter, law enforcement officers in Kentucky and throughout the country are seeing major increases in the number of unwanted and neglected horses, some abandoned on public land, others left to starve by their owners.
The key to EcoSystem’s bioreactor technology is the use of the Black Soldier Fly. When at full capacity, Black Soldier Fly food scrap waste conversion technology could yield up to 190,000 gallons of crude (non-food) natural oils per acre of biore
Food is, as we have been saying for some time, the central battle for freedom and survival. "Change", which sounds great, has, in fact, become the mantra of those who seek corporate triumph over independent producers - and it's happeni
Scattered patches of dark, charcoal-rich soil known as terra preta (Portuguese for "black earth") are the inspiration for an international effort to explore how burying biomass-derived charcoal, or "biochar," could boost soil fert
These notes from Peggy Korth bring us up to date as a new growing season begins. It is welcome to follow a group of enthusiasts learning the rules of cattail husbandry and sharing the results. Step by step, some level of mastery is achieved.
Get in the fight - grow your own food and save the seeds for next year's harvest. Learn how!
The sugar and starch content is surprising. What we have is a crop that can produce ethanol easily, be refined for protein and whose cellulose byproduct will be easy to use for additional processing because of the low lignin content. We have already
What is the problem we are facing? Ten years ago we identified a new stem rust race in Uganda—that's why it's called Ug99. More than 90 percent of the world's wheat varieties are susceptible to it. Clearly, this represents a major threat
It is also clear that ideally we need to start at the periphery of the drainage systems and slowly work our way inward. These are often beginning highlands and their restoration as active woodlands will capture and hold the sporadic rains. This will
Monsanto's monopoly - how it started, and where it is headed. Watch a reporter who takes a picture of a Monsanto sign from a public street being chased down by Monsanto security. This abomination of a company will stop at nothing.
HR 875, was introduced by Rosa DeLauro whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto. WELL, DUH!
Combined with the report today on the advance on using xylose, we see the ingredient for an emergent corn cellulose to biofuel industry that will have a low producer cost base and ample developed land to grow on. We have never focused on maximizin
[finally reported by MSM] Genetically modified material did contaminate native corn in the crop's birthplace in southern Mexico, scientists said. The controversy started in 2001 with an article in the journal Nature, which said that biotech genet
Eric deCarbonnel has done us a favor and assembled in a rough and ready manner, the apparent numbers developing in the global agricultural scene. He is an alarmist here but one gets the inescapable sense that it will be very difficult to cover short
This is a welcome bit of news, not so much the establishment of the seed bank itself, but the expressed intent to establish a broad network of individual growers who can apply well established breeding protocols and act as conservators. The fact is t
It turns out that the yield per acre is an astounding 140 tons of rhizomes. It also almost certainly produces another thirty tons or so of reeds that also might be used. The dry weight of this bounty is thirty two tons, easily ten times the competiti
Finding this item from 2007 gives us an important snapshot of a key crop in the American tropics and informs us that key crops easily moved between the Amazon and Central America as one would reasonably expect but was disputed because of a lack of
The thesis today is better accepted and the response is now better directed for this insight. Most importantly, step by step, the buffalo is been reintroduced and properly managed. The herds are expanding steadily, but not as fast as natural expansio
When you read a report like this you become very grateful in the invisible hand of the market place. The real scope and scale of the task facing us on this planet is completely outside the capacity of governments to properly tackle. As I have posted
I agree that real numbers will be much higher. A paddy should produce as much as thirty dry tons and that suggests possibly an order of magnitude more porduct than a field crop. i would expect the rhizomes only to be used while the rest can be sur
Australian soils are famously poor at holding nutrients and have troubled Australian agriculture from the beginning. This is the one country in the world that is highly aware of soil fertility and deficiencies. It is thus no surprise whatsoever that
A further consideration that has bedeviled biochar productiion is that few can get wood out of their thinking. It is only slowly that people are coming to understand that terra preta is and must be made from soft plant material. Biochar will have
This describes the enabling machine for terraforming the Earth in General and all arid lands and deserts in particular. Its cost profile is now trending downward because of recent laboratory discoveries in solid state refrigeration and the advent of
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