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Paul Files Legislation to Legalize Hemp Farming
Paul to Congress: Bring back the hemp!
DAILY News  February 14, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Ron Paul, R-Surfside, yesterday revived legislation that would reauthorize the legal cultivation of industrial hemp. Paul’s House Resolution 1009, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007, seeks to amend the 1970 Controlled Substances Act in order to define hemp as a specific strain of Cannabis sativa – distinct from its illicit cousin, marijuana – and to wrest control and oversight of hemp-farming operations away from federal narcos with the Drug Enforcement Administration and grant regulatory power to the states..."

Good News on Urban Farming
Postmarks  April 17, 2013
"...Dear Editor, For those fretting about the future of urban farming after the HausBar Farms conflict, I write to share some good news and express some public thank-yous. The truth is, our urban farming movement is stronger than ever. The HausBar Farms case is one crucial episode in an epic adventure in which hometown heroes are taking bold action, raising important questions, and diving into the complexities of one of the most important challenges of our city: nourishing our diverse urban community. Thank you Susana Almanza, and PODER! Your efforts to remove the toxic tank farm from the Govalle/Johnston Terrace neighborhood led to greater health for neighbors, including opportunities to grow healthy food again..."

Schwarzenegger Terminates Hemp-Farming Hopes in California
Guv's hemp-farming bill veto a "letdown" for farmers
News Story  October 6, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...After months of work by a bipartisan group of California legislators to pass a bill legalizing industrial hemp-farming in the state, on Sept. 30 Gov..."

Hemp-Farming Update
North Dakota Ag commissioner asks DEA to waive individual federal registration requirements for state's licensed hemp farmers
News Story  January 5, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Nonetheless, North Dakota lawmakers have for nearly a decade sought to reintroduce hemp to its stable of rotational crops, citing in part its economic potential and its sustainability as an environmentally friendly crop. Still, the DEA continues to balk at any suggestion that hemp could be a viable crop – one that could, in fact, revitalize the agricultural economy – claiming, repeatedly, that hemp legalization is somehow a backdoor attempt to legalize marijuana and, alternately, that hemp farming would merely provide a good cover crop for outdoor pot-growing operations..."

Game Farming and Ranching in Central Texas
Food Story  November 16, 2001, by MM Pack


Reefer Madness
Hemp Farming Battle Update
News Column  December 8, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...On Nov. 15, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson announced that his state is one step closer to approving and issuing its first-ever hemp-farming license..."

Reefer Madness: 'Let's Embarrass Ron Paul'
Libertarian/Republican presidential candidate discusses hemp farming and other 'crazy' ideas
News Column  May 25, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...As such, perhaps it isn't surprising that Paul is a staunch supporter of legalized industrial hemp farming – it is an issue that should be decided at the state level and not by the federal government, he says, and most certainly not by the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 2005 he introduced the first-ever federal bill to reauthorize hemp cultivation, eventually earning 11 co-sponsors before the bill died in committee..."

Weed Watch
North Dakota could be first state to issue farmers licenses to grow industrial hemp; and Limbaugh off the hook
News Story  May 12, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Since then, the Drug Enforcement Administration has tightly controlled hemp production through its power to grant or deny (or simply ignore) individual requests for permission to grow the environmentally friendly crop. (The DEA has only ever approved one license, which expired in 2003.) Nonetheless, there's been renewed interest in hemp farming; since the mid-Nineties, 14 states have passed laws calling for scientific, economic, or environmental studies of the crop, and several, including North Dakota, have legalized industrial hemp farming, despite the virtual ban on its cultivation imposed by the feds, who claim, among other things, that legalizing hemp farming will somehow encourage the illegal trade in smokeable pot..."

The Moneytree
It is nice, for a change, to see a movie that couples pot farming and questions of morality and doesn't come down on the side of “just say no.” This...
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Film Review  March 6, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Caldwell, Kathrine Schutzman and Nadarien. It is nice, for a change, to see a movie that couples pot farming and questions of morality and doesn't come down on the side of “just say no.” This independent production was a father/son collaboration with father, Alan directing and son, Christopher producing and starring..."

American Meat
Throwing conventions aside and bringing the farmer back to the table
DAILY Food  February 17, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...Tales of regret and debt are commonplace in the world of factory farming. In the land of Tyson, Perdue, and Pilgrim’s Pride, conventional farmers are often lured into a so-called deal with the devil in an attempt to keep their family farms afloat...."

Reefer Madness
North Dakota ag commissioner still waiting to hear from feds on whether they'll waive individual federal registration for qualified farmers who gain state approval to farm hemp; and hemp revolution seeds germinating in South Carolina
News Story  February 9, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...With or without Tandy and the federal narcos, North Dakota has continued moving forward with its plans to license individual state farmers to cultivate industrial cannabis – the non-narcotic cousin of marijuana that is easy to grow, and actually rejuvenates the soil – and on Feb. 6 issued the nation's first-ever hemp farming licenses to two farmers there, at least one of whom is ready to push Tandy and her pals into federal court in order to win the right to cultivate the environmentally friendly crop..."

Reefer Madness
'Hemp for Farming' and Acronym Antics
News Column  October 27, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Despite California Gov. Terminator's decision to veto a bipartisan measure reauthorizing the cultivation of industrial hemp by the state's farmers, the broader movement to restore industrial cannabis farming to the American agricultural economy continues to barrel forward..."

Elgin Agrarian Community Promises Co-op Living on the Blackland Prairie
“It’s like an urban twist on traditional farming.”
News Story  September 15, 2016, by Robyn Ross
"..."It's like an urban twist on traditional farming for Elgin," Garretson says. "It will appear as a New Urbanism kind of development and mixed-use community, but the underlying principles of a co-op are right under that surface."..."

Communication Breakdown
Does the closure of HausBar Farms spell trouble for the urban farming movement?
Food Story  April 12, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...Barger originally made her mark on the Eastside as the original co-owner and operator of Eastside Cafe. In 2011, Barger sold her share in the eatery to co-owner Elaine Martin in order to focus her attention on farming..."

Court Says No to Hemp
After years of legal wrangling, appeals court rules against North Dakota farmers
DAILY News  December 23, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...22 in favor of the Drug Enforcement Administration and, by default, the ban on U.S. hemp farming...."

Legalize Hemp Now
Federal lawmakers will again file hemp legalization bill
DAILY News  March 14, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...With lawmakers looking for ways to revive an economy in the dumper -- putting money toward developing renewable energy sources, for example -- could it be that the time is finally right for Congress to reauthorize industrial hemp farming?..."

Reefer Madness
If the DEA has its way, hemp-farming will go to seed
News Column  August 24, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...(The only hemp-cultivation license the agency ever approved expired long ago.) In 2006, North Dakota enacted its own hemp-growing regulations, allowing farmers to apply for a license to grow the crop. The North Dakota rules are fairly strict – patterned after a successful Canadian law that reauthorized hemp farming there in 1997 – requiring farmers to pass a criminal-background check and be fingerprinted, to provide global-positioning-system coordinates for their fields, and to agree to allow state officials (including law enforcement) unfettered access to their crop in order to ensure they're not growing narcotic dope..."

Bitter Harvest
In 1930s Ukraine, young lovers fight Stalin and forced starvation
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Film Review  February 24, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Set in a picturesque peasant farming community just outside of Kiev, Bitter Harvest sets up a fated-at-birth (okay, adolescence) love story between Max Irons’ Yuri and his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks). Foreshadowing arrives early on during a traditional “Will I get married?” ritual as Natalka’s candlelit crown drifts across a midnight pond and then sinks without a trace while an old crone averts her gaze..."

Divergent
Yet another dystopic YA book series gets translated to film – and one that resembles thebestseller: engrossing yet flimsy.
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Film Review  March 21, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...A forceful emoter, but too wimpy with weaponry to take seriously as an action figure, Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now, The Descendants) plays an average-seeming girl, Beatrice Prior, living in a post-war, futuristic version of Chicago. Her voiceover narration guides the viewer through a thicket of exposition – namely, how this particular scorched-earth community came to be a walled-off republic split into five temperamentally determined factions: Dauntless protects the republic, Abnegation feeds the poor, Erudite advances technology and science, Amity does the farming, and Candor supplies the judicators..."

Sweetgrass
This documentary about sheep herding in Montana captures a way of life that has become extinct.
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Film Review  June 18, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...They’ve since sold the ranch, which makes this documentary an ethnographic freeze-frame of a way of life now lost. But Sweetgrass is no elegy; there’s no editorializing here, just a straightforward immersion in the day-to-day work of sheep farming and herding..."

Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham
A Depression-era biopic about the formative years of the influential Christian evangelist Billy Graham.
Film Review  October 10, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Not reviewed at press time. No advance screenings were held for this Depression-era story about the formative years of the influential Christian evangelist Billy Graham, during which time he chose his career path and broke away from the family dairy-farming business..."

Humboldt County
This fine ensemble piece – thoughtful and cheering, even giddy in stabs – presents a seriocomic, sympathetic portrait of a pot-growing family operating along the coast of Northern California.
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Film Review  September 26, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...1 producer of marijuana, medical and otherwise, should you wonder). Strong plays an emotionally gut-shot med-school washout who is cast adrift, aloft, and ultimately alive by an extended, cannabis-farming family led by genre stalwart Dourif and Six Feet Under's Conroy..."

A Man Named Pearl
A self-taught topiary artist in South Carolina is profiled in this amiable but unadventurous documentary.
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Film Review  August 8, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...In north-central South Carolina, sandwiched between Darlington to the east and Camden to the west, sits the tiny city of Bishopville, population 4,000. Bishopville, with a farming economy on the wane and a main street peppered with empty storefronts, is the poorest county seat in the state..."

Honeydripper
John Sayles’ new drama is about life in a destitute African-American cotton-farming town in Jim Crow-era Alabama and the music that gave the region its mythology.
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Film Review  February 1, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...(If your woman leaves you all alone in the first line of a song, shouldn’t she do something different in the second? Call on the phone or pick up a stone or play the trombone?) Whatever the reason, the blues and I never clicked. Until I saw Honeydripper, Sayles’ new drama about life in a destitute African-American cotton-farming town in Jim Crow-era Alabama and the music that gave it its mythology..."

King Corn
The film’s light hand, appealing style, and simple exposition make it an eminently watchable inquiry into the politics of food, public health, and the reasons why corn has become an ingredient in virtually everything we eat.
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Film Review  November 9, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...I’m talking about the corn that’s being used as a material going into the foods we use ubiquitously.” This mystery corn has a name – Yellow dent No. 2 – and it has overtaken Iowa, where Ellis and Cheney go to learn about corn by farming a 1-acre plot of it..."

California Lawmakers Pushing for Legal Hemp
DAILY News  April 4, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...California lawmakers are moving forward with their second attempt in as many years to legalize hemp farming. The liberal-conservative odd couple of Assembly Members Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, have offered AB 684, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, to reauthorize and regulate agricultural production of the earth-friendly crop..."

More Madness from the Mouth of ONDCP Flack Tom Riley
Sounds like ONDCP spokesman Tom Riley's been smokin' the whacky weed....
DAILY News  February 8, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...As Reefer Madness reports below, instead of respond to a reporter’s questions about the ONDCP budget, Riley called the reporter’s boss – in a true second-grade nanny-nanny-boo-boo moment – to try to imply that reporter Ryan Grim was somehow unqualified or too biased to handle reporting on the ONDCP because he used to work for the pot-law reform group, the Marijuana Policy Project. Now, Vote Hemp reports that Riley worked his seemingly mean-spirited – and, unfortunately, completely inaccurate – brand of spin on Jan. 28 for a reporter from the Minneapolis Star Tribune with his comments about industrial hemp farming..."

To Be and to Have
In this documentary, a one-room schoolhouse in France is a microcosm of the teaching universe.
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Film Review  January 16, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Nicolas Philibert. When To Be and To Have received the Best Documentary award at the Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain), jurors cited the film specifically "for its placid view of rural education as a Utopia which is possible." Indeed, Nicolas Philibert’s lovely and contemplative film, which follows a year in the life of a one-room schoolhouse in the farming village of Auvergne, France, does look a lot like educational nirvana..."

La Ciénaga
Martel's debut film is a family portrait of people falling down the class ladder.
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Film Review  January 4, 2002, by Marrit Ingman
"...The publicity for this Argentine drama makes it sound like a domestic potboiler (with “tensions laid bare” that “erupt into violence”), but the reality of the film is something more uncommon -- and better. Writer-director Martel, who makes her feature debut with a handful of shorts and a documentary television series under her belt, is less interested in manufacturing suspense and more interested in farming the fetid social, cultural, and physical environment in which her characters dwell..."

The Beans of Egypt, Maine
Egypt, Maine is the other Maine, the part of the state that doesn't have Kennebunkport spreads and fresh-scrubbed, healthy complexions. Egypt is a depressed farming community now owned by paper...
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Film Review  February 10, 1995, by Alison Macor
"...Egypt, Maine is the other Maine, the part of the state that doesn't have Kennebunkport spreads and fresh-scrubbed, healthy complexions. Egypt is a depressed farming community now owned by paper companies, and the home of the Pomerleau and Bean families..."

Sommersby
Sommersby is an updated American adaptation of a popular French story made in !982 as the film The Return of Martin Guerre. Maybe executive producer and star Gere mis-read the...
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Film Review  February 13, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Laurel welcomes the sensitive lover into her bed. The townspeople readily latch onto his progressive ideas of crop rotation, cooperative farming and racial equality..."

Nolan Ryan Pitching at Kinky Friedman?
The no-hitter king and the Jewish cowboy for ag commissioner
DAILY News  November 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Texas is that nation's leading ranch state. One out of every seven Texans works in or around the farming business, adding $100 billion to the state's economy..."

Farmers Market Report: June 15-16, 2013
Watermelon, okra, plums: It’s officially summer
DAILY Food  June 14, 2013, by Kate Thornberry
"...They say the way to make a living at farming is to be the first with each seasons delicacies, because folks will line up to buy the first peaches (or asparagus, or corn) of the year...."

Farm Aid
Community supported agriculture: the proof is in the produce, and Central Texas consumers are noticing
Food Story  November 29, 2002, by Rachel Feit
"..."Farming is a bit like being called to the ministry," said Gary as he stooped to pluck an oriental cucumber from the vine. "It comes from within ....."

Back to the Future
Austin's agrarian past rises again
Food Story  April 9, 2010, by Kate Thornberry
"..."We wanted to grow our own food and live a rural life," Sayle remembers. "Larry and I wanted a farming life, but we couldn't economically figure it out, how to make a living at it..."

Weed Watch
North Dakota ag commissioner signs off on final version of proposed state rule that would allow farmers to obtain state approval to grow industrial hemp
News Story  September 1, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Although Johnson's signing of the documents (which will now make their way down to the Capitol's first floor, for review by the state attorney general) was decidedly low-key, the significance of his signature is monumental. Indeed, when the rule takes effect this fall, North Dakota will be first in line to challenge the near virtual ban on industrial-hemp farming that has been imposed by the feds – and, specifically, the Drug Enforcement Administration – since the 1970s...."

Urban Roots
Urban Roots gets kids growing vegetables and growing up, too
Food Story  October 3, 2008, by Kate Thornberry
"...Evans came to Austin four years ago with a degree in African-American studies and a boatload of experience working with urban youth, primarily with Boston's renowned Food Project (www.thefoodproject.org), which he ran for five years. Elliot hails from Shreveport, La., and his résumé contains most of the farming know-how, especially concerning farming in our blisteringly hot (and largely arid) climate..."

Veggie Heaven
A visit to Angel Valley Organic Farm
Food Story  March 24, 2006, by MM Pack
"..."We were 23 and tended to do things impulsively," Jo says. "Actually, we still do." John learned organic practices at the Sunshine Community Gardens, and "from the beginning, we had a big garden wherever we lived, but the idea of farming hadn't yet crossed our radar..."

My SXSW ECO 2012 Experience Wrap Up
Sustainability in food and environment and culture! Oh, my!
DAILY Food  October 6, 2012, by Jessi Cape
"...De Los Santos spoke of many awesome experiences photographing food culture in 45 countries, citing a universal awareness that food brings people together. The anthropological elements included speaking of the need to preserve traditional recipes of all cultures, especially as the generations see changes in eating habits and farming patterns..."

Reefer Roundup: 8/12/11
It's back! Your dose of drug news has returned
DAILY News  August 12, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Eleven years after Cali state lawmakers passed a resolution declaring that the Legislature should move to reinstate industrial hemp farming, a bill to do just that is poised to land on the desk of Dem Gov. Jerry Brown..."

Reefer Roundup 12/14/2010
News from the front line of the War on Drugs
DAILY News  December 14, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...That's right: According to VoteHemp, the hemp industry's advocacy and education arm, each of the 25 Congressional co-sponsors of the federal Industrial Hemp Farming Act were re-elected in November. The point? Supporting hemp isn't a deal-killer..."

Reefer Madness: The Great Capitol Hemp Heist
See what happens when you try to separate a hemp lobbyist from his inner woody hurd fibers?
News Column  September 4, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Thinking back, Droz says that maybe he should have pushed his case, but he was so confused by what happened that he didn't. Misinformation – or, perhaps, propaganda – has been a bane of hemp farming advocates who, like Droz, take pains to explain the difference between the environmentally friendly agricultural commodity that has a broad variety of industrial applications and its illegal cousin, the "evil weed" marijuana..."

To Your Health
When organic produce is not available or is too expensive, are those grown in water or in greenhouses less likely to be contaminated with pesticides?
Columns  August 18, 2006, by James Heffley, Ph.D.
"...Americans are becoming increasingly health-conscious. One response to this trend is an increased market for organically grown produce, even though both the public and governmental agencies are struggling to find a definition of "organic farming" that is widely acceptable..."

Weed Watch
DEA agents do their best impression of the Grinch this month by carrying out a string of medi-pot dispensary raids and by denying a group of American Indians the ability to grow and sell industrial hemp
News Story  December 30, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...Ironically, hemp farming was perfectly legal in the U.S. until the 1970s (when changes to the CSA made continued cultivation untenable), and the feds actually encouraged hemp farming during World War II..."

Memories of My Father Watching TV: A Novel
Books Review  January 14, 1999
"...-- Stuart Wade The Farming of Bones..."

The Mouse That Roared
Organic Food Production Threatened by the USDA
Food Story  February 27, 1998, by Steve Sprinkel
"...illustration by Jason Stout The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) is the mouse that roared. Like organic farming itself, the act is a response to the failure of regulatory bodies in the United States to address issues of food safety, particularly in regard to agricultural pollution on farms and the manufacture of farm chemicals..."

The Luv Doc: A Carp in a Sand Trap
There's nothing much sadder than a stripper in a golf cart
Columns  September 7, 2017, by The Luv Doc
"...That golf looks more like a bass fishing tournament, but with much uglier clothing. By the way, somehow, bass fishing is also a sport, which would theoretically make wheat farming a sport..."

Reefer Madness
The 8th Circuit has ruled in favor of the DEA's opposition to hemp farming
News Column  January 8, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...22 in favor of the Drug Enforcement Administration and, by default, the ban on U.S. hemp farming...."

Reefer Madness: The DEA's Dopiness
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is blocking North Dakota farmers' right to grow industrial hemp
News Column  November 28, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...Court of Appeals that the federal government should not be allowed to block their attempts to farm nonnarcotic industrial hemp. Specifically, the farmers argue that because their proposed cultivation is an entirely intrastate proposition, sanctioned by state law, the Constitution's commerce clause precludes the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to regulate their hemp farming within the state..."

Reefer Madness: North Dakota Hemp Heads Toward Federal Showdown
State's farmers stuck in web of federal bureaucracy
News Column  May 11, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...In the end, Johnson says all involved with the state effort to reauthorize hemp farming were "disappointed but not surprised" by the DEA response – the agency is quick with a litany of reasons why it's unable to handle the request but doesn't offer any solution – nor does the letter suggest the officials have even begun putting the applications through the bloated process. Indeed, the Chronicle was unable to find any evidence that the agency had even posted the applications in the Federal Register, a move that, by its own account, is the first step in the process..."

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