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"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...It's all hands up a ewe, pulling the lamb out by its hooves in a breech birth. The first moment of farming shown here is a dead calf, the fault of the young John Saxby (O'Connor) who was off getting drunk as the only way to deal with the tedium of country life..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"..."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."..."
"...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..."
"...22 in favor of the Drug Enforcement Administration and, by default, the ban on U.S. hemp farming...."
"...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?..."
"...(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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...(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..."
"...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 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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Laurel welcomes the sensitive lover into her bed. The townspeople readily latch onto his progressive ideas of crop rotation, cooperative farming and racial equality..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"..."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 ....."
"..."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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"..."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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...-- Stuart Wade The Farming of Bones..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...22 in favor of the Drug Enforcement Administration and, by default, the ban on U.S. hemp farming...."
"...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..."