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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Årets første lam — Beretninger fra et autentisk landbrug

I mandags blev årets første lam født. Og det er stort, ikke bare at det er årets første, men med to moderfår i alt er der megen opmærksomhed på den enkelte. Krølle, som det ene får hedder, kom ikke hen til høbunken for at spise, men lå i ly og stønnede. Af og til stak […]

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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.

Read the full article here.