Ireland. Farming in the Good Old Days. — IRELAND – MALTA – TRAVEL

Ireland of the past was truly an agricultural economy. A century ago two thirds of Irish farms were owner-occupied and this trend was to gather pace in the following decades. The size structure of farms was heavily weighted towards smaller holdings: about 230,000 farms were less than 30 acres in contrast with around 50,000 today. […]

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Sea cucumber farming in Madagascar helping to increase all kinds of marine life — Life & Soul Magazine

Farming sea cucumbers is giving coastal communities in Madagascar an opportunity to earn a sustainable income while contributing to increasing levels of marine life of all kinds, previously in decline due to overfishing. Sea cucumbers are a vital part of the marine ecosystem. They keep ocean acidity levels in check, decompose organic matter into recyclable […]

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Torrential Rain Leaves U.S. Midwest Vegetable Farmers Struggling With No Aid in Sight — TIME

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Like farmers throughout the Midwest, this spring’s torrential rains turned Andrew Dunham’s land into sticky muck that set him back nearly a month in planting his crops. Unlike other farmers, though, Dunham won’t get a piece of a $16 billion aid package to offset his losses and he can’t fall…

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California’s Latest Weapon Against Climate Change Is Low-Tech Farm Soil — News : NPR

To help meet its ambitious climate goals, California is paying farmers to grow cover crops. The aim is to promote healthier soil that can absorb more carbon from the atmosphere.(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)

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The Weekly Bleat: Grain Treat — fourth generation farmgirl

A few weeks ago, Farmguy and I gathered our sheep for their spring shearing. We’ve had a number of warm days since late March with temperatures in the 70’s, and the sheep were appearing a bit stressed by the heat. I was happy to finally get a shearing date, but also a little nervous about […]

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Big pig problem: What to do after Yukon’s wild boar fiasco? – CBCNEWS

by Heather Avery – CBCNEWS

Don't underestimate the threat posed by wild boar, says a University of Saskatchewan professor. He took this photo in his home province.
© Ryan Brook Don’t underestimate the threat posed by wild boar, says a University of Saskatchewan professor. He took this photo in his home province

A Yukon group is calling for wild boars to be wiped from the territory, fenced or not, after a fiasco this summer.

Seven wild boar escaped from their enclosure into the wilderness, prompting fears the animals could reproduce and become an invasive species.

The Yukon Fish and Game Association, a wildlife advocacy group that draws its membership primarily from hunters and fishers, wants wild boar farming banned in the territory.

“We know with these particular animals that there is potential problems and big problems, so why would we take a chance on this?” said Gord Zealand, the association’s executive director.

Enforce regulations, says farmer

Dev Hurlburt farms wild boar outside of Whitehorse, not far from where the others escaped in June.

He uses a variety of fencing to keep them in and wants to see Yukon’s fencing standards enforced.

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3.4 Million Chickens and Turkeys and 5,500 Hogs Have Died in Flooding From Florence — TIME

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals Tuesday, as major flooding is continuing after…

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NAFTA negotiations ‘hang over heads’ of Canadian farmers, U.S. counterparts – CBCNEWS

by Kaitie Fraser (via msn.com)

As the sun comes up on farmers across Essex County, Ont., it’s not their livestock or crops they check first thing in the morning — it’s the markets.

The tough talk between Canada and the U.S. around NAFTA negotiations is having real-life consequences for those working in the industry every day.

“You’re at everybody else’s whim and whatever they want,” said Henry Denotter, a grain and oilseed farmer in Kingsville, Ont.


Denotter’s farm covers nearly 610 hectares, where he grows everything from soybeans and corn to wheat and rye. But each morning, he looks to the U.S. to see what kind of profits he can expect.


“We can’t set the prices, we’re looking at Chicago everyday to see how grain is doing. And somebody starts a rumour — whether it’s [U.S. President] Donald Trump or China and the market goes down 30 cents, 10 cents, even a penny makes a difference in our end profits.”


Those profits are what keeps Denotter’s equipment running and business afloat, he said, as he has to make payments on machinery just like anyone would on a home or car.


As a grain farmer, Denotter said he is selling on a global stage, not part of Canada’s supply management system of quotas, which control how much its dairy, poultry and egg farmers are allowed to produce.

a cow standing next to a wire fence: While politicians discuss NAFTA, Essex County, Ont. farmers worry about fluctuating markets and the possible flood of foreign dairy, should supply management go the wayside.
© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation While politicians discuss NAFTA, Essex County, Ont. farmers worry about fluctuating markets and the possible flood of foreign dairy, should supply management go the wayside.

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