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Farming - Agriculture


Farming is the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock. Agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life.

Agriculture is the cultivation of animals, plants and fungi for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinal plants and other products used to sustain and enhance human life. Agriculture can also refer to the federal department that administers programs that provide services to farmers (including research and soil conservation and efforts to stabilize the farming economy); created in 1862.

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Farm Fields Farmer is a person who operates a farm. A farmer (also called an agriculturer) is a person engaged in agriculture, raising living organisms for food or raw materials. The term usually applies to people who do some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock.

Farm is an area of land that is devoted primarily to agricultural processes with the primary objective of producing food and other crops; it is the basic facility in food production. Herbivore or Omnivore?

Everyone should know how to Grow and Harvest Food. Even if you grow food on a small scale, like in a small backyard garden or on your windowsill, the benefits are numerous. Not only does growing your own food provide you with healthy nutrition, you can also learn several subjects at the same time, like science, math, engineering, biology, botany, chemistry, soil health, water use, time management, taste, smell, awareness, focus and discipline, spatial skills, Body skills, love and sharing.

Produce is a group of farm-produced crops and goods, including fruits and vegetables – meats, grains, oats, etc. are also sometimes considered produce.

Orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs that is maintained for food production. Orchards comprise fruit- or nut-producing trees which are generally grown for commercial production.

Vineyard is a plantation of grape-bearing vines, grown mainly for winemaking, but also raisins, table grapes and non-alcoholic grape juice. The science, practice and study of vineyard production is known as viticulture.

In a Letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington (1787)
"Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness."

Each week, around 330 farm families leave their land for good. We must stop this exodus and do what ever we can to turn this around, our lives, and our future lives, depend on it. 47 Million in Americans don't have Food Security.

City Farming - Grow Beds - Container Gardens - Community Gardens - Small Town Farming.
Soil Testing - Fertilizers - Pesticides
Vertical Farming
Hydroponics - Aquaponics - Areoponics - Green Houses - Grow Lights - Micro-Greens
Permaculture (Food Forests) - Edible Landscapes
Organic - Responsibly Grown
Dry Land Farming - Draught - Sensors
Breeding - Grafting
Sustainability
Food Security - Food Safety
Seeds
Bees
Nutrition
Water Safety

Pick Your Own Farms 
Connecticut
Pick your Own
Farm Fresh Ri
Food Preserving

Agroecology is the study of ecological processes applied to agricultural production systems. The prefix agro- refers to agriculture. Bringing ecological principles to bear in agroecosystems can suggest novel management approaches that would not otherwise be considered. The term is often used imprecisely and may refer to "a science, a movement, [or] a practice". Agroecologists study a variety of agroecosystems, and the field of agroecology is not associated with any one particular method of farming, whether it be organic, integrated, or conventional; intensive or extensive. Although it has much more common thinking and principles with some of the before mentioned farming systems. Sustainable Farming - Landscaping

Horticulture is the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology, and business of growing plants. It includes the cultivation of medicinal plants, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs, sprouts, mushrooms, algae, flowers, seaweeds and non-food crops such as grass and ornamental trees and plants. It also includes plant conservation, landscape restoration, landscape and garden design, construction, and maintenance, and arboriculture. Inside agriculture, horticulture contrasts with extensive field farming as well as animal husbandry. Horticulturists apply their knowledge, skills, and technologies used to grow intensively produced plants for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs. Their work involves plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving plant growth, yields, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases, and environmental stresses. They work as gardeners, growers, therapists, designers, and technical advisors in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture. Horticulture even refers to the growing of plants in a field or garden.

Agronomy is the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber, and land reclamation. Agronomy has come to encompass work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, meteorology, and soil science. It is the application of a combination of sciences like biology, chemistry, economics, ecology, earth science, and genetics. Agronomists of today are involved with many issues, including producing food, creating healthier food, managing the environmental impact of agriculture, and extracting energy from plants. Agronomists often specialise in areas such as crop rotation, irrigation and drainage, plant breeding, plant physiology, soil classification, soil fertility, weed control, and insect and pest control. Agronomist

Agricultural Science is a broad multidisciplinary field of biology that encompasses the parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture. (Veterinary science, but not animal science, is often excluded from the definition.)  Agriculture is the set of activities that transform the environment for the production of animals and plants for human use. Agriculture concerns techniques, including the application of agronomic research. Agronomy is research and development related to studying and improving plant-based crops. Agricultural sciences include research and development on: Production techniques (e.g., irrigation management, recommended nitrogen inputs). Improving agricultural productivity in terms of quantity and quality (e.g., selection of drought-resistant crops and animals, development of new pesticides, yield-sensing technologies, simulation models of crop growth, in-vitro cell culture techniques). Minimizing the effects of pests (weeds, insects, pathogens, nematodes) on crop or animal production systems. Transformation of primary products into end-consumer products (e.g., production, preservation, and packaging of dairy products). Prevention and correction of adverse environmental effects (e.g., soil degradation, waste management, bioremediation). Theoretical production ecology, relating to crop production modeling. Traditional agricultural systems, sometimes termed subsistence agriculture, which feed most of the poorest people in the world. These systems are of interest as they sometimes retain a level of integration with natural ecological systems greater than that of industrial agriculture, which may be more sustainable than some modern agricultural systems. Food production and demand on a global basis, with special attention paid to the major producers, such as China, India, Brazil, the USA and the EU. Various sciences relating to agricultural resources and the environment (e.g. soil science, agroclimatology); biology of agricultural crops and animals (e.g. crop science, animal science and their included sciences, e.g. ruminant nutrition, farm animal welfare); such fields as agricultural economics and rural sociology; various disciplines encompassed in agricultural engineering.

Subsistence Agriculture is self-sufficiency farming in which the farmers focus on growing enough food to feed themselves and their families. The output is mostly for local requirements with little or no surplus trade. The typical subsistence farm has a range of crops and animals needed by the family to feed and clothe themselves during the year. Planting decisions are made principally with an eye toward what the family will need during the coming year, and secondarily toward market prices. Tony Waters writes: "Subsistence peasants are people who grow what they eat, build their own houses, and live without regularly making purchases in the marketplace."

Regenerative Agriculture is an approach to food and farming systems that regenerates topsoil and increases biodiversity now and long into the future. Regenerative Agriculture improves water cycles, enhances ecosystem services, increases resilience to climate fluctuation and strengthens the health and vitality of farming and ranching communities.

Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration is a low-cost, sustainable land restoration technique used to combat poverty and hunger amongst poor subsistence farmers in developing countries by increasing food and timber production, and resilience to climate extremes. It involves the systematic regeneration and management of trees and shrubs from tree stumps, roots and seeds.

Agricultural Productivity is measured as the ratio of agricultural outputs to agricultural inputs. While individual products are usually measured by weight, their varying densities make measuring overall agricultural output difficult. Therefore, output is usually measured as the market value of final output, which excludes intermediate products such as corn feed used in the meat industry. This output value may be compared to many different types of inputs such as labour and land (yield). These are called partial measures of productivity. Agricultural productivity may also be measured by what is termed total factor productivity (TFP). This method of calculating agricultural productivity compares an index of agricultural inputs to an index of outputs. This measure of agricultural productivity was established to remedy the shortcomings of the partial measures of productivity; notably that it is often hard to identify the factors cause them to change. Changes in TFP are usually attributed to technological improvements. Farm Inputs: Land, equipment, seeds, feed, fuel, and fertilizer.

Agribusiness is the business of agricultural production. The term was coined in 1957 by Goldberg and Davis. It includes agrichemicals, breeding, crop production (farming and contract farming), distribution, farm machinery, processing, and seed supply, as well as marketing and retail sales. All agents of the food and fiber value chain and those institutions that influence it are part of the agribusiness system.

Agricultural Economics is an applied field of economics concerned with the application of economic theory in optimizing the production and distribution of food and fibre—a discipline known as agronomics. Agronomics was a branch of economics that specifically dealt with land usage. It focused on maximizing the crop yield while maintaining a good soil ecosystem.

Food Industry is a complex, global collective of diverse businesses that supply most of the food consumed by the world population. Only subsistence farmers, those who survive on what they grow, and hunter-gatherers can be considered outside of the scope of the modern food industry. The food Industry includes: Agriculture: raising of crops and livestock, and seafood. Manufacturing: agrichemicals, agricultural construction, farm machinery and supplies, seed, etc.. Food processing: preparation of fresh products for market, and manufacture of prepared food products. Marketing: promotion of generic products (e.g., milk board), new products, advertising, marketing campaigns, packaging, public relations, etc.. Wholesale and distribution: logistics, transportation, warehousing. Foodservice (which includes Catering). Grocery, farmers' markets, public markets and other retailing. Regulation: local, regional, national, and international rules and regulations for food production and sale, including food quality, food security, food safety, marketing/advertising, and industry lobbying activities. Education: academic, consultancy, vocational. Research and development: food technology. Financial services: credit, insurance.

Agritourism involves any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. Agritourism has different definitions in different parts of the world, and sometimes refers specifically to farm stays, as in Italy. Elsewhere, agritourism includes a wide variety of activities, including buying produce direct from a farm stand, navigating a corn maze, slopping hogs, picking fruit, feeding animals, or staying at a bed and breakfast (B&B) on a farm







Advanced Farming Tools


Agricultural Machinery is machinery used in farming or other agriculture. There are many types of such equipment, from hand tools and power tools to tractors and the countless kinds of farm implements that they tow or operate. Diverse arrays of equipment are used in both organic and nonorganic farming. Especially since the advent of mechanised agriculture, agricultural machinery is an indispensable part of how the world is fed.

Farming Tools and Machines

Automatic Cow Milking Machine
Meat Protein Substitutes
Adopt a Cow
Meat Analogue
Holistic Grazing Management

Cows who are fed a diet rich in Seaweed Edible Algae not only saves money, it also makes cows healthier, even eliminating their methane-rich burps and farts.

Energizer Cow a cow stands on a non-powered inclined belt that the animal will slowly slide down unless it walks forward, turning the belt, which spins a gearbox to drive a generator. A feed box entices the cow to keep trekking. The one-cow prototype generates up to two kilowatts, enough to power four milking machines. A small farm could earn back a 50-cow system’s estimated $100,000 price in three years.
Human Power

Robots and Farming
Combine Harvester
Mechanized Planting Machine (youtube)
Robot Tractors
Rowbot Fertilizers
Farm Logs

Hello Tractor comes with a GPS antenna. Location, market trends, and uptake booking system allows farmers to conveniently request, schedule and prepay for tractor services, from nearby Smart Tractor owners, through SMS messaging and mobile money.

Software Tools

Discovery of new stem cell pathway indicates route to much higher yields in maize, staple crops

Drones can be used to provide aerial views of crops to monitor disease, gather data, validate crop loss or locate animals, and to use sprays more accurately without waste.
Eyes in the Sky

Livestock are domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting to produce commodities such as food, fiber, and labor. The term is often used to refer solely to those raised for food, and sometimes only farmed ruminants, such as cattle and goats. In recent years, some organizations have also raised livestock to promote the survival of rare breeds. The breeding, maintenance, and slaughter of these animals, known as animal husbandry, is a component of modern agriculture that has been practiced in many cultures since humanity's transition to farming from hunter-gatherer lifestyles. No universally accepted criteria exist to separate "livestock" from pets or "companion animals", defined as animals kept primarily for companionship.

How to Butcher
Livestock Conservancy
Farm Sanctuary
Rare Breed Agriculture

Poultry are domesticated birds kept by humans for the eggs they produce, their meat, or their feathers. These birds are most typically members of the superorder Galloanserae (fowl), especially the order Galliformes (which includes chickens, quails and turkeys). If there are ducks and or geese that are kept as pets they shall not be considered poultry unlike domesticated chickens. Poultry also includes other birds that are killed for their meat, such as the young of pigeons (known as squabs) but does not include similar wild birds hunted for sport or food and known as game. The word "poultry" comes from the French/Norman word poule, itself derived from the Latin word pullus, which means small animal.

Under the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906, farmers who want to sell meat commercially across state lines must get their animals slaughtered and processed at a meat plant that has been approved by the USDA. Government meat inspectors are required to be on the floor anytime those plants are operating.
Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act
PRIME Act Custom Slaughterhouses

Slaughterhouse
Meat Packing Industry
Sustainable Farming

Development of Land

Factory Farms Destruction

Food Safety

Department of Crop Sciences
Methyl Jasmonate
1-Methylcyclopropene

Economic Research Food - Farming


Fuel
Waste to Energy - Manure
Earth Friendly Toilets
 

Trade - Fair Trade


Trade involves the transfer of the ownership of goods or services, from one person or entity to another, in exchange for money, goods or services. A network that allows trade is called a market.

Quid pro quo
means something for something. This for that. Exchange of goods or services of equivalent value.

Free Trade is when countries or governments do not restrict imports from, or exports to, other countries.

Fair Trade is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability.

Balance of Trade is the difference between the monetary value of a nation's exports and imports over a certain period. Sometimes a distinction is made between a balance of trade for goods versus one for services. If a country exports a greater value than it imports, it is called a trade surplus, positive balance, or a "favourable balance", and conversely, if a country imports a greater value than it exports, it is called a trade deficit, negative balance, "unfavorable balance", or, informally, a "trade gap".

Fair Transport is sustainable Cargo Shipment. Emission free from A to B.

Free Market is a system in which the prices for goods and services are determined by the open market and consumers, in which the laws and forces of supply and demand are free from any intervention by a government, price-setting monopoly, or other authority. Another view considers systems with significant market power, inequality of bargaining power, or information asymmetry to be less than free.

People should Trade Knowledge and Information and not just trade Products. Learn to Self Manage.

Protectionism is the economic policy of restraining trade between states (countries) through methods such as tariffs on imported goods, restrictive quotas, and a variety of other government regulations. Protectionist policies protect the producers, businesses and workers of the import-competing sector in a country from foreign competitors.

Offshoring is the relocation of a business process from one country to another—typically an operational process, such as manufacturing, or supporting processes, such as accounting. Typically this refers to a company business, although state governments may also employ offshoring.

Outsourcing sometimes includes offshoring (relocating a business function to a distant country) transferring employees and assets from one firm to another.

World Trade is an intergovernmental organization which regulates international trade.
Some Trade Agreements were about Profit over People, at Americas expense. Talk about Terrorism.

Trade Agreement is a wide ranging tax, tariff and trade treaty that often includes investment guarantees. The most common trade agreements are of the preferential and free trade types are concluded in order to reduce (or eliminate) tariffs, quotas and other trade restrictions on items traded between the signatories.

Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO), also known as a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO), is a specified document certifying the country of origin of the merchandise required by certain foreign countries for tariff purposes, it sometimes requires the signature of the consulate of the country to which it is destined.

Bill of Lading is a document issued by a carrier (or his agent) to acknowledge receipt of cargo for shipment.

United States Free Trade Agreements (wiki)

We need Less Regulation and more Education. Trading should be decided locally, no one should decide for you. Trade is needed to balance our food diets so that everyone has access to healthy food. Origins

Tariff is a Tax on imports or exports. Duties (wiki)

Smuggle is secretly importing prohibited goods or goods on which tax is due. To import or export without paying customs duties.

Food Power is the use of agriculture as a means of political control whereby one nation or group of nations offers or withholds commodities from another nation or group of nations in order to manipulate behavior. Its potential use as a weapon was recognized after OPEC’s earlier use of oil as a political weapon. Food has a major influence on political actions of a nation. In response to acts of food power, a nation usually acts in the interest of its citizens to provide food.
Harmonized System is a standardized system of names and numbers to classify traded products.

Fair Food Matters
Fair Food Project
Fair Food Network
Fair Trade Federation
Fair Trade
Trans Fair USA
Fair Trade Resource
Farmers Markets

Grey Market is the trade of a commodity through distribution channels that are legal but unintended by the original
manufacturer.

Open Market a fully open market is a completely free market in which all economic actors can trade without any external
constraint. In reality, few markets exist which are open to that extent, since they usually cannot operate without an enforceable legal framework for trade which guarantees security of property, the fulfillment of contractual obligations associated with transactions, and the prevention of cheating.

World Bank Trade Data
World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) software
Trade Association (wiki)
Laissez-Faire (monopolies)

16 Percent of the food Americans eat is Imported. One in three U.S. farm acres is planted for Export.

Farm Facts - Local Farming

Import is a good brought into a jurisdiction, especially across a national border, from an external source. The party bringing in the good is called an importer. An import in the receiving country is an export from the sending country. Importation and exportation are the defining financial transactions of international trade.

Export means shipping in the goods and services out of the jurisdiction of a country. The seller of such goods and services is referred to as an "exporter" and is based in the country of export whereas the overseas based buyer is referred to as an "importer". In international trade, "exports" refers to selling goods and services produced in the home country to other markets.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for ensuring that all goods entering and exiting the United States do so in accordance with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations. Although CBP enforces these U.S. Export Regulations for various other government agencies, specific questions pertaining to commodity licensing requirements should be directed to that lead agency. But like most regulations, criminals always find a way to get around regulations using loopholes.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Flaws and Corruption
Investor-State Dispute Settlement
TTIP: Might is Right (VPRO Backlight) (youtube) 
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP)

Transport

Fair Transport - Transportation (city management)

Sustainable Transport refers to the broad subject of transport that is sustainable in the senses of social, environmental and climate impacts and the ability to, in the global scope, supply the source energy indefinitely. Components for evaluating sustainability include the particular vehicles used for road, water or air transport; the source of energy; and the infrastructure used to accommodate the transport (roads, railways, airways, waterways, canals and terminals). Another component for evaluation is pipelines for transporting liquid or gas materials. Transport operations and logistics as well as transit-oriented development are also involved in evaluation. Transportation sustainability is largely being measured by transportation system effectiveness and efficiency as well as the environmental and climate impacts of the system.

Eco-Marine Power - Wiki
Fuel For Eco-Boats
Eco-Friendly Shipping Tips
Eco-Friendly Shipping Boxes
Green Products
Logistics



GMO


Genetically Modified Food are foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering. Genetic engineering techniques allow for the introduction of new traits as well as greater control over traits than previous methods such as selective breeding and mutation breeding or variation breeding. which is the process of exposing seeds to chemicals or radiation in order to generate mutants with desirable traits to be bred with other cultivars. Plants created using mutagenesis are sometimes called mutagenic plants or mutagenic seeds.

Selective Breeding is the process by which humans use animal breeding and plant breeding to selectively develop particular phenotypic traits (characteristics) by choosing which typically animal or plant males and females will sexually reproduce and have offspring together. Domesticated animals are known as breeds, normally bred by a professional breeder, while domesticated plants are known as varieties, cultigens, or cultivars. Two purebred animals of different breeds produce a crossbreed, and crossbred plants are called hybrids. Flowers, vegetables and fruit-trees may be bred by amateurs and commercial or non-commercial professionals: major crops are usually the provenance of the professionals.

GM Food Overview - ekah
Non GMO Project
Pesticides
Seeds of Deception

Films about GMO's
Seeds of Death (youtube)
Poison on the Platter (youtube)
Of the Land (2015 - 1 hr. 29 min.) A film about GMOs and the industrial food juggernaut.
Prop 37
Washington's Food Fight: The Debate Over GMO Labels (youtube)
Fed Up! (video)

Not to say that all Genetically Engineered food is bad, but we would have to know the details in order to determine which ones are bad and which ones are good.

Accurate Labels

Food Integrity

Gregor Mendel founder of the modern science of genetics. (20 July 1822 – 6 January 1884).

RNA Interference is a biological process in which RNA molecules inhibit gene expression or translation, by neutralizing targeted mRNA molecules.

How Plants turn off Genes they don't need. Small sequences in plant DNA that act as signposts for shutting off gene activity, directing the placement of proteins that silence gene expression. A plant has one genome, a specific sequence of millions of basepairs of nucleotides. Yet how this genome is expressed can vary from cell to cell, and it can change as a plant goes through various life stages, from germination to vegetative growth to flowering to dormancy. Some genes must be turned on and others shut off to ensure each plant cell is doing what it needs to do when it needs to do it.

Polycomb-group Proteins are a family of proteins first discovered in fruit flies that can remodel chromatin such that epigenetic silencing of genes takes place. Polycomb-group proteins are well known for silencing Hox genes through modulation of chromatin structure during embryonic development in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster).

Neurotoxins
Biology
Plant Breeding or GMO?
Evolution

Membrane Transport Protein is a membrane protein involved in the movement of ions, small molecules, or macromolecules, such as another protein, across a biological membrane.

Biological Membrane is an enclosing or separating membrane that acts as a selectively permeable barrier within living things. Biological membranes, in the form of cell membranes, often consist of a phospholipid bilayer with embedded, integral and peripheral Proteins used in communication and transportation of chemicals and ions. Bulk lipid in membrane provides a fluid matrix for proteins to rotate and laterally diffuse for physiological functioning. Proteins are adapted to high membrane fluidity environment of lipid bilayer with the presence of an annular lipid shell, consisting of lipid molecules bound tightly to surface of integral membrane proteins. The cellular membranes should not be confused with isolating tissues formed by layers of cells, such as mucous membranes and basement membranes.

90 percent of America's corn and soybeans are genetically modified, and producers of eggs, milk, and Meat rely on those crops to feed their animals. A quick, five-minute check can verify if a crop contains specific proteins that are the signature of genetic modification. We can't allow criminals to use Proprietary Information as a reason for not listing ingredients. "GMO-free" means that something contains no more than 0.9 percent GMOs.

Clarks on Grain
Crop Yield Gets Boost with Modified Genes in Photosynthesis .
Non-GMO Report is a buyer's guide to suppliers of non-GMO and organic seeds, grains, ingredients, feed and foods.
Non GMO Source Book is a buyer's guide to suppliers of non-GMO and organic seeds, grains, ingredients, feed and foods.
Seed Matters (video animated)  Seed Matters.org

Journey to Forever

Increasing Crops Nutritional Value (Biofortification)



Tillage


No-Till Farming - Minimum Tillage

Tillage is the agricultural preparation of soil by mechanical agitation of various types, such as digging, stirring, and overturning. Examples of human-powered tilling methods using hand tools include shovelling, picking, mattock work, hoeing, and raking. Examples of draft-animal-powered or mechanized work include ploughing (overturning with moldboards or chiseling with chisel shanks), rototilling, rolling with cultipackers or other rollers, harrowing, and cultivating with cultivator shanks (teeth).
Aeration is the process by which air is circulated through, mixed with or dissolved in a liquid or substance.

Repeated Ploughing degrades soil, killing off its biology, including beneficial fungi and earthworms. But occasional tilling helps mix in fertilizers and manure, helps churn weeds and crop residue back into the earth, and also helps loosen the top layer of the soil to ready it for sowing. Occasional tilling uses less nitrogen fertilizer or fungicide and produces yields that are above average with less labor and lower costs. Soil health proponents say that by leaving fields unplowed and using cover crops, which act as sinks for nitrogen and other nutrients, growers can increase the amount of organic matter in their soil, making it better able to absorb and retain water.

No-Till Farming
Soil Conservation
Soil Knowledge
Seed Knowledge

Video 5 Minimum Tillage Systems (youtube)
Cultipacker
Chisel Plow Rototiller, Straw Mulching, Disking, Subsoiling, Landplaning, Bed Formation, Dry Mulching, Soil Compaction, Incontrolled Weeds, Excessive Plant Residue, Uneven Beds Cultivation, Harvest Operations, Non-uniform Stand Establishment.

Deep Tillage. Ripping, or Row-Till.
Deep plowing is a plowing to a depth greater than 50 cm (20 in) as compared to ordinary plowing which rarely exceeds 20 cm (8 in). The purpose of deep plowing is to modify the soil water retention characteristics over the long term. In one long term test, lasting 35 years, the mean annual grain yield was 2,800 lbs per acre (3,138 kg per ha) with deep plowing, which was 10% greater than the 2,550 lbs per acre (2,858 kg per ha) yield in unplowed plots. There is a movement away from plowing altogether, and from deep plowing in particular. The theory is that this will stop the loss of topsoil, increase the organic content of soil and reduce runoff of fertilizer and pesticides into rivers. Another part of the no-plowing theory is that ground moisture would be conserved; but this was shown to be incorrect by a 35-year study.
Deep Tillage
A subsoiler or flat lifter is a tractor mounted implement used to loosen and break up soil at depths below the level of a traditional ploughing, disk harrow or rototiller. Most tractor mounted cultivation tools will break up and turn over surface soil to a depth of 15–20 cm (6–8 in) while a subsoiler will break up and loosen soil to twice those depths. Typically a subsoiler mounted to a Compact Utility Tractor will reach depths of about 30 cm (12 in) and typically have only one thin blade with a sharpened tip. The subsoiler is a tillage tool which will improve growth in all crops where soil compaction is a problem. In agriculture angled wings are used to lift and shatter the hard pan that builds up due to compaction. The design provides deep tillage, loosening
soil depth is deeper than a tiller or plough is capable of reaching. Agricultural ubsoilers, according to the Unverferth Company, can disrupt hardpan ground down to 60 cm (24 in) depths.
Various manufacturers' brochures claim that crops perform well during hot and dry seasons because roots penetrate soil layers deeper to reach moisture and nutrients. Brochures further claim that in wet conditions, the water passes more easily through the shattered areas, reducing the possibility of crops drowning.
Agricultural subsoiler implements will have multiple deeper reaching blades; each blade is called a scarifier or shank. Purdue University's Dept. of Agriculture indicates that common subsoilers for agricultural use are available with 3, 5 or 7 shanks. Subsoilers can be up to 15' wide, some models are towed behind tractors while others are mounted to the three-point hitch. A form of this implement (with a single blade), a pipe-and-cable-laying plough, is used to lay buried cables or pipes, without the need to dig a deep trench and re-fill.

Masanobu Fukuoka "Natural Farming" or "Do-nothing Farming"

Food Preservation


Farming Statistics


Half the worlds population works the Soil with 3 quarters of them doing it by hand.  Farming Facts
Over 11% of the earths land surface is used for crops?
We have cleared 19.4 million square miles for crops and livestock, roughly the size of South America and Africa combined.
10 to 12 billion apples are harvested every year by hand.
3/4's of the varieties of foods developed by farmers over 1,000's of years has been wiped out.
A large portion of crops are being grown just to feed live stock.  Trade
70% of all water is for agriculture.  Where Farms are Sucking the Planet Dry 
There is less then 3 million farmers in America? 2.2 percent (6.8 million) are farm operators or farm household members.
13 million more acres of farmland would be required to produce enough fruit and vegetables for the daily diets of all Americans
to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition guidelines. 
The United States has a total land area of nearly 2.3 billion acres.  USDA Fact Sheets
Total U. S. farmland occupies 954 million acres, or 1.490.625 square miles.  Landuse    USDA

23 million acres of farmland (roughly the size of Indiana) have been lost since the late 1980's due to sprawl and development.
2007 USDA Census of Agriculture claims 62% of farms did not collect any Subsidy payments.

"United States produces 4,000 calories worth of food per resident daily, twice what's required. We have ample land; we just need to stop abusing the soil we have."

7 Million Farms in 1935, now less then 1.9 Million in 1997
Demographics
Analysis
Farming Stats
Agriculture Stats

Family Farming Knowledge Platform

One Million acres of Farm Land are lost each year. Each week, around 330 farm families leave their land for good. U.S. February 2012: 206,900 foreclosure filings, default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. As of 2013 there is an average of 50,000 foreclosures a month.

Suicides
America's Farmers are being forced to kill themselves in record numbers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that people working in agriculture – including farmers, farm laborers, ranchers, fishers, and lumber harvesters – take their lives at a rate higher than any other occupation. The data suggested that the suicide rate for agricultural workers in 17 states was nearly five times higher compared with that in the general population. Suicide Prevention
Since 2013, net farm income for US farmers has declined 50%. Median farm income for 2017 is projected to be negative $1,325. And without parity in place (essentially a minimum price floor for farm products), most commodity prices remain below the cost of production.
Farmers Suicides in India. In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau of India reported 5,650 farmer suicides. The highest number of farmer suicides were recorded in 2004 when 18,241 farmers committed suicide. The farmers suicide rate in India has ranged between 1.4 and 1.8 per 100,000 total population, over a 10-year period through 2005. More than 270,000 farmers have died by suicide since 1995 in India.

Buy a Farm

97 percent of the 2.1 million farms in the United States are family-owned operations.
88 percent of all U.S. farms are small family farms.
58 percent of all direct farm sales to consumers come from small family farms.
64 percent of all vegetable sales and 66 percent of all dairy sales come from the 3 percent of farms that are large or very large family farms.
18 percent of principal operators on family farms in the U.S. started within the last 10 years.
A family farm is any farm where the majority of the business is owned by the operator and individuals related to the operator, including through blood, marriage, or adoption.
Center for Rural Affairs reports that less than 6 percent of Nebraska farmers are under the age of 35.

Global Assessment of Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture: Irrigated and Rainfed Croplands - Article 

Two-thirds of all farms sell less than $25,000 worth of crops or livestock each year. That's not profit, that's total sales. So more than half of all farmers need to work second jobs. Meanwhile, though, big farms are getting bigger. There are just 80,000 farms with sales of over $1 million a year. They represent just 4 percent of the total farm population. But those few big farms account for two-thirds of all agricultural production in the country. 

Census of Agriculture

There are two million farms in America. But just four percent of those farms account for two-thirds of all agricultural production.
Mega farms are ignorant and dangerous.

Factory Farm Map
National Farmers Union

Agricultural Land is land devoted to agriculture, rearing of livestock and production of crops—to produce food for humans.It is thus generally synonymous with farmland or cropland. 

Arable Land is land capable of being ploughed and used to grow crops.

Arable Land (% of land area)
The World Factbook
Agricultural Land (% of land area)
Dry Land Farming

Land Use in Agriculture
Land Value Tenure
Agricultural Land Area
U.N. Statistics
Indoor Greenhouse Growing

America’s 56 million acres of wheat grow in a belt stretching more than 1,000 miles from the Canadian border to Central Texas.

For 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts farm income will drop 38 percent to $55.9 billion, the lowest in a decade
Net farm income went from just over $50 billion in 2000 to close to $130 billion in 2013, a nearly threefold increase. Much of that growth came thanks to a spike in trade with China, to which U.S. farm exports grew from just a few billion dollars in 2000 to a record $29.9 billion last year.

Small-Scale Agriculture threatens the Rainforest

Paying Farmers Not to Farm. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the
Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. If you would like to watch an informational video on CRP, please click here.


“What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can't stand still. It must grow or perish.” (Ellis Wyatt Atlas Shrugged (Part 3, Chapter 1, Page 722)

"We have always had Crop Loss, and that is a fact. So don't ever believe that we need GMO's or mega farms in order to feed people, because that is a lie. What we need is more local farms, then everyone will have food." 

"If solving a problem causes more problems then it solves, then you did not solve a problem."

Norman Borlaug (wiki)
Green Revolution (wiki)

Agrarian Society (or agricultural society) is any society whose economy is based on producing and maintaining crops and farmland. Another way to define an agrarian society is by seeing how much of a nation's total production is in agriculture. In an agrarian society cultivating the land is the primary source of wealth. Such a society may acknowledge other means of livelihood and work habits but stresses the importance of agriculture and farming. Agrarian societies have existed in various parts of the world as far back as 10,000 years ago and continue to exist today. They have been the most common form of socio-economic organization for most of recorded human history.


Origins of Plants


Native origins and primary regions of diversity for selected major agricultural crops.
Origins of Food Crops connect Countries Worldwide
Plant Science

Food Origins

Domesticated Plants List (PDF)

History of Agriculture (wiki) - Wild grains were collected and eaten from at least 20,000 BC.

Neolithic Founder Crops are the eight plant species that were Domesticated by early Holocene (Pre-Pottery Neolithic A and
Pre-Pottery Neolithic B, 11,700 years ago) farming communities in the Fertile Crescent region of southwest Asia, and which formed the basis of systematic agriculture in the Middle East, North Africa, India, Persia and (later) Europe. They consist of flax, three cereals and four pulses, and are the first known domesticated plants in the world. Although domesticated rye (Secale cereale) occurs in the final Epi-Palaeolithic strata at Tell Abu Hureyra (the earliest instance of domesticated plant species), it was insignificant in the Neolithic Period of southwest Asia and only became common with the spread of farming into northern Europe several millennia later. Cereals: Emmer wheat (Triticum dicoccum, descended from the wild T. dicoccoides). Einkorn wheat (Triticum monococcum, descended from the wild T. boeoticum). Barley (Hordeum vulgare/sativum, descended from the wild H. spontaneum).
Pulses: Lentil (Lens culinaris). Pea (Pisum sativum). Chickpea (Cicer arietinum). Bitter vetch (Vicia ervilia).
Other: Flax (Linum usitatissimum).


"We don't want to feed ignorance, that's just crazy, because if you feed ignorance then the product produced will be ignorant. That means innocent people will be subjected to people feeding them ignorance. We need to educate people so they don't grow up to become neither eaters nor feeders of ignorance. This way we can finally end this cycle of ignorance once and for all. Everyone needs to be educated on the matter, if not, then living wont matter."


Films about Farming and Food

Film Symbol
Life Running Out of Control
The Future of Food
Farmageddon (2011) 1:26
Food, Inc.
King Corn
Super Size Me
Bigger, Stronger, Faster
The Beautiful Truth
The Gerson Miracle DVD (amazon)
To Market, To Market: To Buy a Fat Pig
The Garden 14 The Garden in LA (2008)
Ripe for Change
The Truth About Your Food (Restaurants)
In Organic We Trust (2013)
The Food of the Future
Farmland (2014) (hulu)
The Starfish Throwers 2014
More Documentaries

"If you are not a benefit to humans, then you are most likely a threat to humans."

Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

US grows about 92 million acres of corn averaging about 160 bushels an Acre with 55 pounds per bushel, this equates to about 800 billion pounds per year, or 2500 lbs. per person per year (approximate 300 million people in the US), or 8 lbs. per day per person on one commodity crop alone. 8 lbs. of corn/food becomes 1/2 a pound of meat and a gallon of gas. About 40 percent of the planet's crops currently are fed to animals. University of Minnesota

Science Websites

Ideas to Help Improve the World
Natural Products
Water Safety
Physical Health - Nutrition

Food Forest Garden


Plant Breeding - Pruning - Grafting - Propagation


Plant Breeding is selecting only particular plants with desirable characteristics to grow, so that all the new plants grown will have these new desirable characteristics. Selective adaptation instead of the natural process of evolution where only the strongest survive. The art and science of changing the traits of plants in order to produce desired characteristics. Plant breeding can be accomplished through many different techniques ranging from simply selecting plants with desirable characteristics for propagation, to more complex molecular techniques (see cultigen and cultivar). Plant breeding has been practiced for thousands of years, since near the beginning of human civilization. It is practiced worldwide by individuals such as gardeners and farmers, or by professional plant breeders employed by organizations such as government institutions, universities, crop-specific industry associations or research centers.

Cultigen is a plant that has been deliberately altered or selected by humans; it is the result of artificial selection or Selective Breeding which is the process by which humans use animal breeding and plant breeding to selectively develop particular phenotypic traits (characteristics) by choosing which typically animal or plant males and females will sexually reproduce and have offspring together.

Cultivar an assemblage of plants selected for desirable characteristics that are maintained during propagation.

Hybrid (biology) or cross breeding, is the result of mixing, through sexual reproduction, two animals or plants of different breeds, varieties, species or genera. Using genetic terminology, it may be defined as follows. Hybrid generally refers to any offspring resulting from the breeding of two genetically distinct individuals, which usually will result in a high degree of heterozygosity, though hybrid and heterozygous are not, strictly speaking, synonymous. A genetic hybrid carries two different alleles of the same gene. A structural hybrid results from the fusion of gametes that have differing structure in at least one chromosome, as a result of structural abnormalities. A numerical hybrid results from the fusion of gametes having different haploid numbers of chromosomes. A permanent hybrid is a situation where only the heterozygous genotype occurs, because all homozygous combinations are lethal.

Cross-Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the flower of one plant to the flower of a plant having a different genetic constitution.

Pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred to the female reproductive organs of a plant, thereby enabling fertilization to take place. Like all living organisms, seed plants have a single major goal: to pass their genetic information on to the next generation. The reproductive unit is the seed, and pollination is an essential step in the production of seeds in all spermatophytes (seed plants).

Bees

Plant Parts Plant Propagation is the process of creating new plants from a variety of sources: seeds, cuttings, bulbs and other plant parts. Plant propagation can also refer to the artificial or natural dispersal of plants.

Propagate your shrubs from softwood cuttings
Plant propagation from softwood cuttings (youtube)

Fruit Tree Propagation is usually carried out vegetatively (non-sexually) by grafting or budding a desired variety onto a suitable rootstock.
Plant Breeding (PDF)

Grafting is a horticultural technique whereby tissues of plants are joined so as to continue their growth together. The upper part of the combined plant is called the scion while the lower part is called the rootstock. The technique is most commonly used in asexual propagation of commercially grown plants for the horticultural and agricultural trades. The success of this joining requires that the vascular tissue grow together and such joining is called inosculation, which is a natural phenomenon in which trunks, branches or roots of two trees grow together. It is biologically very similar to grafting.

Grafting Fruit Trees (youtube)
Graft Tomatoes onto Potatoes
Grafted Vegetables
Tree of 40 Fruit

Layering is a means of plant propagation in which a portion of an aerial stem grows roots while still attached to the parent plant and then detaches as an independent plant. Layering has evolved as a common means of vegetative propagation of numerous species in natural environments. Layering is also utilized by horticulturists to propagate desirable plants.

Rooting is to cause a plant or cutting to grow roots.

Rooting Hormones (liquid, powder, gel)

Plant Hormone are chemicals that regulate plant growth.

Cloning (youtube)
Shoot (microgreens)

Cutting Plant is when a piece of the stem or root of the source plant is placed in a suitable medium such as moist soil. If the conditions are suitable, the plant piece will begin to grow as a new plant independent of the parent, a process known as striking. A stem cutting produces new roots, and a root cutting produces new stems. Some plants can be grown from leaf pieces, called leaf cuttings, which produce both stems and roots. The scions used in grafting are also called cuttings.

Grow Cuttings from Established Plants 

Auxin are a class of plant hormones (or plant growth substances) with some morphogen-like characteristics. Auxins have a cardinal role in coordination of many growth and behavioral processes in the plant's life cycle and are essential for plant body development.

GMO

Pruning involves the selective removal of parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots. Reasons to prune plants include deadwood removal, shaping (by controlling or directing growth), improving or maintaining health, reducing risk from falling branches, preparing nursery specimens for transplanting, and both harvesting and increasing the yield or quality of flowers and fruits.

Pruning Tips
Tip Pruning
Tree Pruning Tips

How to Pinch your Garden Plants (youtube)

Rubber Alternative
Yulex Corporation applies crop science, bioprocessing and materials science for the production of agricultural-based biomaterials made from Guayule (Parthenium argentatum). Yulex

Sustainable Biomaterials

More Carbon Dioxide in the Air Helps crops but Lowers Nutrients

Increasing Crops Nutritional Value


Food Plant Diseases and Fungus


Food Plant Deseases

New test can detect plant viruses faster, cheaper

Plant Pathology is the scientific study of diseases in plants caused by pathogens (infectious organisms) and environmental conditions (physiological factors).

Blight refers to a specific symptom affecting plants in response to infection by a pathogenic organism. It is a rapid and complete chlorosis, browning, then death of plant tissues such as leaves, branches, twigs, or floral organs. Accordingly, many diseases that primarily exhibit this symptom are called blights.

Monocrops, and not enough verity in food crops, is a catastrophe ready to happen.

Great Famine Ireland or the Great Hunger was a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. About two-fifths of the population was solely reliant on this cheap crop for a number of historical reasons. Approximately one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland.

Monoculture is the agricultural practice of producing or growing a single crop, plant, or livestock species, variety, or breed in a field or farming system at a time. Polyculture, where more than one crop is grown in the same space at the same time, is the alternative to monoculture. Monoculture is widely used in both industrial farming and organic farming and has allowed increased efficiency in planting and harvest.

Seeds

Fusarium Oxysporum f.sp. Cubense is a fungal plant pathogen that causes Panama disease of banana (Musa spp.), also known as fusarium wilt of banana.

Panama Disease is a plant disease of the roots of banana plants. It is a type of Fusarium wilt, caused by the fungal pathogen Fusarium oxysporum. The pathogen is resistant to fungicide and cannot be controlled chemically.

Taxonomy, distribution and biology of lettuce powdery mildew (Golovinomyces cichoracearum sensu stricto)
Guidelines for Head Lettuce Production in Arizona
Cross breeding wild lettuce with regular lettuce that helps protects against fungus and mildew.

Food Disease

Invasive Species

Tree Diseases

Dry Weather Farming



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