I went to my class reunion in Estherville Iowa this past weekend. Since the Estherville International Airport has not yet opened, I drove across Iowa from Omaha. 4 hours of cornfields and soybeans and surprisingly few feedlots and pastures. Big round hay bales stacked up where livestock operations were in place.
Category Archives: Agriculture
A study finds that percentage of agricultural lands in three watersheds correlates with testicular oocytes (eggs) in male smallmouth bass. A correlation between testicular oocytes (TO) was found with estrone, a naturally occurring hormone. There is no correlation between actual pesticides used was not studied. Testicular oocytes were not found in two species of suckers. Continue reading
The Right to Farm Act prevents nuisance suits against established farm operations.
84% of the biofuel used in Ireland is imported. Weren’t reduced transportation and decreasing the need for imports part of the biofuel charm? Continue reading
We have repeatedly reported on the question of EPA and the “Navigable Waters” issue.
If they can really get rid of kudzu, being overrun with goats might be a benefit. Continue reading
Very important economic analysis on the effects of carbon dioxide.
The EPA is like any bureaucracy, populated by people who think their preferences are golden.
Thomas Lifson discusses what some might suspect–the Wall Street oligarchs have an agenda.
A news item on the run off problem in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes.
Do you trust the Federal Government to do the right thing on property rights and Land use?
Consider the Missouri Floods, caused by the Corps of Engineers, on purpose, or the CA Delta.
Now we have a dispute about a ranch in arid Nevada.
But it’s close to a tributary to Lake Mead impoundment.
Surface water and deep water. Endangered Species Act as a weapon to stop industry, business, oil and agriculture.
Think about it–who do you trust. And do not DO NOT trust the media accounts.
Food supply and security is one of those staples that seems to be immune to facts. Continue reading
A discussion on the GM crops issues, featuring an advocate who is on the science and policy advisory group for ACSH.
Want to expand your green, organic food business by moving closer to a road? Not in Maryland when you have to tangle with the green laws. Continue reading
The EPA has proposed a rule making the requirements for agricultural pesticides applications more restrictive, requiring more worker training, limiting field entry and increasing the age workers can enter fields at certain times. As usual, family members are not covered by the rule. The basis for this rule seems rather farfetched. Continue reading
Either release the methane into the air or burn it for energy. Otherwise…
(from the BBC):
German cows cause methane blast in Rasdorf, Germany
Methane gas released by dairy cows has caused an explosion in a cow shed in Germany, police said. The roof was damaged and one of the cows was injured in the blast in the central German town of Rasdorf. Continue reading
“Two neonicotinoid insecticides – acetamiprid and imidacloprid – may affect the developing human nervous system, said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Experts from the Authority propose that some guidance levels for acceptable exposure to the two neonicotinoids be lowered while further research is carried out to provide more reliable data on so-called developmental neurotoxicity (DNT).”
The key reason ethanol is added to gasoline is very simple. Most of it is derived (in the US) from corn. Iowa, the first State in the Presidential election primary calendar grows lots of corn.
(To be sure, the so-called “oxygenation” additives to fuel have some, emphasize some, utility in reducing local air pollution in congested urban areas. But there are huge, make that HUGE, downsides to ethanol. Including massive increases in the price of food).
Now it’s starting to look like it’s losing some of its clout. Continue reading
A “convincing hypothesis”? Continue reading