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The Agroforestry Research Trust – | Forest Gardening
The Agroforestry Research Trust is a non-profit making charity, registered in England, which researches and educates about agroforestry and into all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops. We do practical research on our trial grounds, run courses, publish guides, and sell plants, seeds and books.
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2 days ago by mvh
Farmers are angry over Trump’s trade war, and they’re getting very vocal about it - The Washington Post
One of the worst habits among the D.C. commentariat is the tendency to treat President Trump’s lies as if they possess magical qualities. We are constantly told that Trump’s lying “works,” a claim that rests on the idea that no matter what Trump says, his supporters will believe him.
It’s true that Trump supporters generally accept what he tells them. But the reverence accorded to Trump’s powers of deception sometimes seems to imply they have an almost paranormal quality. And this takes things way too far.
Case in point: American farmers. There are indications that they are now getting genuinely angry over Trump’s efforts to gaslight them so shamelessly over the impact of his trade war with China.
The New York Times has a good report that fleshes out the damage that farmers are sustaining right now — and their reaction to it. China’s retaliatory tariffs are closing off the biggest export market in the world — leading to a massive drop in exports of soybeans, pork, wheat and other agricultural products.
gov2.0  politics  trump  farming  op-ed 
6 days ago by rgl7194
For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity - StarTribune.com
Old tractors still work, can be fixed without computers and are much cheaper than new ones so are sought after in the US. It makes you think that selling a new "simple" tractor that was reasonable and maintainable is a gap in the market. It probably says something that it doesn't seem to be one that if being filled.
business  agriculture  farming  usa 
7 days ago by mr_stru
For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity • StarTribune.com
Adam Belz:
<p>Kris Folland grows corn, wheat and soybeans and raises cattle on 2,000 acres near Halma in the northwest corner of Minnesota, so his operation is far from small. But when he last bought a new tractor, he opted for an old one — a 1979 John Deere 4440.

He retrofitted it with automatic steering guided by satellite, and he and his kids can use the tractor to feed cows, plant fields and run a grain auger. The best thing? The tractor cost $18,000, compared to upward of $150,000 for a new tractor. And Folland doesn’t need a computer to repair it.

“This is still a really good tractor,” said Folland, who owns two other tractors built before 1982. “They cost a fraction of the price, and then the operating costs are much less because they’re so much easier to fix.”

Tractors manufactured in the late 1970s and 1980s are some of the hottest items in farm auctions across the Midwest these days — and it’s not because they’re antiques. Cost-conscious farmers are looking for bargains, and tractors from that era are well-built and totally functional, and aren’t as complicated or expensive to repair as more recent models that run on sophisticated software.

“It’s a trend that’s been building. It’s been interesting in the last couple years, which have been difficult for ag, to see the trend accelerate,” said Greg Peterson, the founder of Machinery Pete, a farm equipment data company in Rochester with a website and TV show.

“There’s an affinity factor if you grew up around these tractors, but it goes way beyond that,” Peterson said. “These things, they’re basically bulletproof. You can put 15,000 hours on it and if something breaks you can just replace it.”</p>


If they've lasted 40 years, that says a lot about their durability and repairability in itself. Less fuel-efficient (biodiesel makes up for that), but the offset against the cost of a new one is substantial. Of course, all John Deere needs to do is wait. The old tractors will eventually die.
technology  farming  deere  software  drm 
8 days ago by charlesarthur
Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet
Research by the thinktank RethinkX suggests that proteins from precision fermentation will be around 10 times cheaper than animal protein by 2035. The result, it says, will be the near-complete collapse of the livestock industry. The new food economy will “replace an extravagantly inefficient system that requires enormous quantities of inputs and produces huge amounts of waste with one that is precise, targeted, and tractable”. Using tiny areas of land, with a massively reduced requirement for water and nutrients, it “presents the greatest opportunity for environmental restoration in human history”.

Not only will food be cheaper, it will also be healthier. Because farmfree foods will be built up from simple ingredients, rather than broken down from complex ones, allergens, hard fats and other unhealthy components can be screened out. Meat will still be meat, though it will be grown in factories on collagen scaffolds, rather than in the bodies of animals. Starch will still be starch, fats will still be fats. But food is likely to be better, cheaper and much less damaging to the living planet.
by:GeorgeMonbiot  from:CommentIsFree  food  farming 
10 days ago by owenblacker
LettUs Grow
LettUs Grow design aeroponic irrigation and control technology for indoor and vertical farms.
agriculture  farming  aeroponic  irrigation  technology  biology  control 
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