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Old Horse Found With Eyes And Anus Cut Out, Farm In Argentina July 2013.

By ScottCWaring


Date of discovery: July 2013
Location of discovery: Fernandez, Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Translated from Spanish
Source: http://www.visionovni.com.ar/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1112

This horse was found this way by its owner in the town of Fernández, Santiago del Estero.

The peculiarity of the case is that the animal aged, so it is presumed he died in those days, came late to the next morning with a sharp cut in the eye area and one in the anus area.

Given this information, we asked the farmer for photographs of wounds so we could share the pictures.

The photos we received, show a cut with the total eye organ missing. It also has a cut in the skin about the eye bowl (2 cm. Approximately), with flush cutting areas and areas with irregularities cuts, similar to the action of the knife.

Anal area, may be a flat, circular section of approximately 18 cm in diameter, with detachment of the bristles of the queue, a “kind” rising above the anus.

It is noteworthy that around the body, on the ground, we see the typical kicking the dying animal, with many marks of respect.

No residual blood is observed, or the eye socket, or around the anus. Also on the ground. Yes appreciated, fresh bleeding hinted in one of the nostrils.

REPORT From ANIMAL OWNER

Equine owner expressed surprise at the cut that appeared in the eye area, saying that he had never seen anything like it.
Moreover, during the night he did not hear any noise, nor any evidence of action of scavengers such as crows, common in the area.

He stated that they did not work on the body with knives, and if someone had, by the proximity of the animal to the house, they would have heard, because the farm has dogs that alert any them of any movement.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at UFO Sightings Daily

Co-Op Gives Farm Workers Shot at Field of Own Dreams

By John Johnson

Being an itinerant farm worker might be one of the most grueling ways to make a living in the country. But what if these workers could take their experience and turn it into a farm of their own? NPR profiles a cooperative in California’s Salinas Valley that offers that otherwise… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Great Finds

Against All Odds- Launching a Retail Organic Foods Business

By Candida Brush, Contributor

  The dramatic rise in sales of organic foods and beverages from $1 billion in 1990 to $26 billion in 2013 has encouraged many aspiring entrepreneurs to start organic or natural foods businesses.  http://www.ota.com/organic/mt/business.html.   The fact is it is relatively easy to start selling a natural foods product on line or from your own storefront-  all you need is a brand name, a website, source of supply from a local farm,  a location,  and a Paypal account. In other words, you can start your natural foods business with a relatively small up-front investment. http://org.enom.com/starting-online-organic-store-460.html But,  because the entry barriers are low, this means there is a high likelihood that the business will discontinue or fail within the first 5 years.  More than 47% of retail based businesses fail within the first 5 years, while on line retail businesses have an even higher rate of failure.  So how do natural foods businesses carve out a niche and overcome the odds that allows them to sustain over time?  One of the keys is a differentiation strategy that has a clear value proposition.  In other words, making sure that the benefits natural foods business provides is crystal clear to the consumer and differentiated from local competition. In many cases, the benefits and differentiation of successful ventures in this space have to do with a commitment to social purpose.  My colleagues and I identify a “social purpose business” as one that is for profit (economic mission) and makes a social impact on the marketplace (Neck, Brush & Allen, 2009, The Landscape of Social Entrepreneurship, Business Horizons).  I have observed that many of the new start- ups in the organic food retail sector are not only offering a new organic food alternative, but a founded on a principle of changing our life style to be healthier.  This commitment to a larger societal mission drives these businesses, differentiating the venture and attracting a loyal customer base. For instance, I had the pleasure of meeting Kiki Heinzer, a Stanford alumna and Jodi Remenap, a private chef, who launched KLEAN, a premium meal delivery service for the purpose of weight loss, weight management and nutrition, located in Hollywood, Calif.  https://www.kleanla.com/index.php?page=home. The business was inspired by Kiki and Jodi’s concern with the growing problem of obesity in our society, which, they believe is related to lifestyle, demand for convenience, and a rise in the use of GMOs, additives and preservatives in our food chain.  KLEAN delivers proportioned meals that are macronutrient balanced to subscribers six days a week.  They spend as much time assessing the proportion of ingredients and the food groups in the meals as they do sourcing, cooking and preparing.  Most important- they have not compromised flavors in any way.  Customers get fabulous meals delivered conveniently and they lose weight and improve their overall health.   Another example is NatureBox, co-founded by Gautam Gupta, a former venture capitalist and Babson alum, and Ken Chen, an internet marketing entrepreneur  http://naturebox.com/  The NatureBox team was also motivated to help change …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Rural Communities

By The White House

New Report Released by the White House

“So if we’re truly committed to strengthening our middle class and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we’ve got to fix the system. We have to make sure that every business and every worker in America is playing by the same set of rules. We have to bring this shadow economy into the light so that everybody is held accountable — businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law. That’s common sense. And that’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”

– President Barack Obama, January 29, 2013

Today, the White House released a report, Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Rural Communities, detailing the important benefits provided by the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill for the domestic agriculture sector, its workforce, and rural American communities.

As the report states, in recent years, the agriculture sector has seen strong growth, with farm income and agriculture exports both reaching historic highs. In 2013, net farm income is forecast to total $128.2 billion, which would be the highest level since 1973 after adjusting for inflation. Much of this growth is due to the demand for American agricultural exports: the value of agricultural exports has steadily risen in recent years and is projected to reach $135.8 billion in Fiscal Year 2013, which would also establish a new record.

But there’s more work to do, and currently the agriculture industry is hampered by a broken immigration system that fails to support a predictable and stable workforce. Among all economic sectors, the U.S. agriculture sector is particularly reliant on foreign-born workers. Agricultural producers cite difficulty in locating qualified available authorized workers—both foreign and domestic—as one reason for the high rate of undocumented labor. Moreover, there continue to be insufficient U.S. workers to fill labor needs: of those crop workers surveyed between 2007 and 2009, 71 percent were foreign born. By providing a path to earned citizenship for currently unauthorized farmworkers, the bipartisan Senate bill gives unauthorized workers and their families the security they need to invest in their own skills and education and pursue higher-paying employment.

In June, the Senate passed historic legislation that is largely consistent with the President’s principles for commonsense immigration reform with a strong bipartisan vote. This bill would strengthen border security while providing an earned path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers who are vital to our nation’s agriculture industry, and a new temporary worker program negotiated by major grower associations and farmworker groups. If enacted, the Senate bill would provide a path to earned citizenship for undocumented farmworkers that includes paying a fine, their full share of taxes and is estimated to allow an estimated 1.5 million agricultural workers and their dependents to earn a legal status, and eventually citizenship.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House Press Office

How Immigration Reform Will Benefit Farmers and Rural Communities

By <a href="/author-detail/3336903">Matt Compton</a>

Today, the White House released a new report detailing the important benefits provided by the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill for the domestic agriculture sector, its workforce, and rural American communities. As the report states, in recent years, the agriculture sector has seen strong growth, with farm income and agriculture exports both reaching historic highs. But there’s more work to do, and currently the agriculture industry is hampered by a broken immigration system that fails to support a predictable and stable workforce. Among all economic sectors, the U.S. agriculture sector is particularly reliant on foreign-born workers. Agricultural producers cite difficulty in locating qualified available authorized workers—both foreign and domestic—as one reason for the high rate of undocumented labor. Moreover, there continues to be insufficient U.S. workers to fill labor needs: of those crop workers surveyed between 2007 and 2009, 71 percent were foreign born.

As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “If we’re truly committed to strengthening our middle class and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we’ve got to fix the system. We have to bring this shadow economy into the light so that everybody is held accountable — businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law. That’s common sense. And that’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”

In June, the Senate passed historic legislation that is largely consistent with the President’s principles for commonsense immigration reform with a strong bipartisan vote. This bill would strengthen border security while providing an earned path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers who are vital to our nation’s agriculture industry, and a new temporary worker program negotiated by major grower associations and farmworker groups. If enacted, the Senate bill would result in undocumented workers paying a fine, their full share of taxes and is estimated to allow an estimated 1.5 million agricultural workers and their dependents to earn legal status.

To learn more about how the Senate-passed bill and bipartisan commonsense immigration reform would benefit the agriculture sector and rural communities, check out this fact sheet or read the full report released today by the White House.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House

A Bespoke Organic Garden For L.A.'s Top Chefs

By David Hochman, Contributor

The farm keeps getting closer to the table in the farm-to-table movement. Yes, every Los Angeles restaurant worth its weight in wormy compost relies on sustainable organic produce of local origin. But The Cook’s Garden, an urban farm that popped up last month in a vacant lot on Abbot Kinney in Venice,  has customers practically nibbling straight off the vines. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Technical Trading: Minor Gold Uptrend Intact, But Event Risk Is High This Week

By Kitco News, Contributor

(Kitco News) – Mon July 29 – December Comex gold futures shrugged off modest European weakness overnight to edge slightly higher into the New York open. A minor daily uptrend is intact on the daily chart, but “event risk” is high this week, with the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on Wednesday and Friday’s release of the U.S. July non-farm payrolls data. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

water under sunroom door threshold?

By gemelli2

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hi,
i have a 1885 brick home that had a wrap around side porch which was enclosed and made into a small laundry room and hallway – and then 2 small steps down, it looks like they poured a concrete slab and framed a small sunroom. I believe this was done in the 1960’s – and from what a very old neighbor said, the work was done by the homeowner at that time. The strange thing about the sunroom is that it has a back door which opens up to a small 2 tiered deck. The sunroom floor and the deck are on the same level – with a small step up to the larger portion of the deck. If you look in between the the deck boards on the lower part that attaches to the door, you can see probably 1 inch or less down and then gravel.

2 nights ago there was a huge rain storm and i saw water in my sunroom floor by the door (never happened before) and today noticed that the carpet (which is an indoor/outdoor carpet with a pad) was wet in one small area near to where the door is – in the photo you can see a 4×5 piece of vinyl flooring btw.
The room also now smells like a farm ;-( i suspect that the concrete foundation was never sealed and am wondering what kind of flashing is under a very nice anderson french door leading out.

Since i’ve lived here for the past 7 years, the room feels like it is progressively getting more damp in the spring and summer (i live in PA).
So i guess my questions are ….
after i rip the carpet out (to rid myself of the barn odor) how can i properly seal the concrete and should i rip out the decking attached to the door area and use stone or brick?
is it ok that it is level with the door (other than the threshold that you must step up over)?
How do i divert any water away from the door?

I guess i just don’t want my sunroom to slowly be rotting away! here’s a pic … and thanks for any suggestions!

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‘Little People, Big World: Breaking Down Walls’: Amy Decides To Go Back To Work (VIDEO)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Amy Roloff has spent most of her life with husband Matt raising their kids and supporting his dreams about their farm. On the latest “Little People, Big World” special, “Breaking Down Walls,” she decided that it was finally time for her to go back to work.

With just one child left in the home, she was ready to find something that was just for her. So she decided to pursue a career in education. Unfortunately, Matt wasn’t very supportive of her plans. He’d rather she just work more on the farm.

“I just don’t think he understands or values some of my aspirations or dreams, because they’re not as big as his,” she said in a confessional. “Or, what is that really going to contribute to our bank account?”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

Memoir Reveals Mrs. Partridge's Threesome, and More

By Evann Gastaldo

She played the Partridge Family ‘s Mrs. Partridge, the Music Man ‘s Marian the librarian, Oklahoma! ‘s farm girl Laurey … but a decidedly raunchier side of Shirley Jones is revealed in her new self-titled autobiography, out today. The 79-year-old, who co-wrote the memoir, spends quite a bit of time on… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Home

George Miller Criticizes House Republicans Over Farm Subsidies

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) chastised Republicans in a Monday report over their decision to forfeit nutrition programs, while approving farm subsidies from which they benefit.

Fourteen Republican members of Congress that voted in favor of farm subsidies have received a joint total of $7.2 million in such benefits since 1995, the report reads. Additionally, Republican representatives holding a total net worth of up to $124.5 million “personally benefit” from the farm subsidies for which they voted, the report claims.

“It’s outrageous that some members of Congress feel it is OK to vote for their own taxpayer subsidies but against critical nutrition assistance for 47 million Americans,” Miller told Politico. “It’s bad enough that the House of Representatives didn’t pass a farm bill that included authorization for sorely needed nutrition programs, but to see members of Congress approving their own benefits at the expense of the working poor is a new low, even for this Congress.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

Boehner Stabbed By Modern-Day Brutus

By Floyd G. Brown

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John Boehner is known as the Speaker of the House who easily cries. Now, it seems that he’s got good reason to cry, as he may not hold his job much longer. You see, the Republican caucus is restless.

This past week Boehner was able to muscle a farm subsidies bill through Congress, but only after he agreed to ditch the 40-year linkage to the Food Stamps program that I wrote about in May.

Boehner has a small majority, with only 234 Republicans out of the 435 House members. But the majority is actually smaller than it looks – and it’s fractured. Tea Party Republicans, who make up about 50 members, are disheartened by Boehner’s continued attempts to work hand-in-glove with President Obama. And another 25 members of the Republican caucus are reliably willing to vote with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats.

Not only that, but John Boehner is also surrounded by Republicans in his leadership team who are waiting in the wings, ready to take his job. One of them is Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, has been quoted by friends as being interested in the top job. With friends like these two, odds makers are beginning to count the days until a rebellion. One member privately told me, “None of us are too impressed with Boehner’s ability to negotiate with the White House. The tax deal at the end of last year left most of us with a bad taste in our mouth and mad constituents to mollify.”

He was, of course, referring to the fiscal cliff deal that forced many Republicans to support massive tax increases. And now these Boehner-pushed tax increases are partially to blame for 2013’s sluggish economy.

We Won’t Get Fooled Again

Boehner’s new farm bill will be opposed by the U.S. Senate because it failed to include additional money for EBT cards and free food for the working poor and disabled, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Originally, Boehner included SNAP (otherwise known as food stamps) in his first bill, but it failed to garner enough votes to pass.

Because it cut SNAP by more than $20 billion, most Democrats voted against the legislation. Tea Party-aligned Republicans believed it was still too expensive while the country has a staggering $17 trillion debt.

Additionally, many committee chairmen voted against the original bill, including Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce.

Faced with his initial failure, Boehner was able to corral more Republican votes by splitting the bill into two bills: one becoming an actual “farm” bill, and the other covering SNAP. Tea Party Republicans consider this an energizing chance to actually cut food stamps by even more than the $20.5 billion spread out over 10 years, as was proposed in the failed farm bill.

Let’s hope this division can withstand the forces of Washington. The two bills …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Vermont Hemp Rules Conflict With Federal Law

By The Huffington Post News Editors

WAITSFIELD, Vt. — Some Vermont farmers want to plant hemp now that the state has a law setting up rules to grow the plant, a cousin of marijuana that’s more suitable for making sandals than getting high.

But federal law forbids growing hemp without a permit, so farmers could be risking the farm if they decide to grow the plant that the Drug Enforcement Agency basically considers marijuana.

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Hotel Of The Day: Andaz Wall Street

By Caroline Patek, Contributor

What: Take a stroll through New York City’s Financial District, and you may just miss Andaz Wall Street. Housed in the old J.P. Morgan office building, it’s truly a respite from the bustle outside. In traditional Andaz fashion, the 253-room, Rockwell Group-designed hotel feels soothing and modern with the incorporation of natural materials such as cerused oak and end grain bamboo, farm-to-table cuisine and top-notch technology. Once you walk through the doors, you’ll be taken aback by the lobby’s central staircase—made of metal and glass—and the way it seamlessly curves its way up from the hotel’s lower spa and meeting areas to the second-floor Bar Seven Five. Don’t forget to check the staircase’s giant TV screen, too, which plays a live news feed of current happenings. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Lightning strikes injure 10 in Colorado, 3 in Montana

Nine people working at a Colorado farm were injured by a lightning strike Thursday, two of them critically and four seriously, a fire official said.

The incident came as two other lightning strikes in Colorado and Montana left people injured, and as firefighters battled lightning-sparked wildfires across the West.

Wellington Fire Protection District Chief Gary Green said the critically injured farm workers weren’t responding appropriately to questions and had weak muscles and tingling or loss of feeling after the strike. However, everyone was breathing and had a pulse, he said. Three workers were able to leave in personal vehicles.

Also Thursday, a 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning near a trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The National Park Service said the woman was taken to Estes Park Medical Center. Her condition wasn’t immediately released.

In Montana, two adults and a child were injured Wednesday after lightning struck near them as they hiked on a trail in Glacier National Park.

The three remained hospitalized Thursday in serious but stable condition, officials at Kalispell Regional Medical Center said.

Glacier Park spokeswoman Denise Germann said the man and woman, both 23, and the 11-year-old boy initially were unconscious and not breathing after the lightning strike. She said other visitors in the area quickly responded.

“Some bystanders performed CPR, which was a life-saving measure,” Germann told The Daily Inter Lake.

The boy was airlifted to the Kalispell hospital, and an ambulance transported the adults.

Hospital nursing supervisor Tracy Keller said the lightning didn’t directly hit the hikers so they weren’t burned. But Keller said the three suffered effects from the noise and electrical field.

Hospital spokesman Jim Oliverson declined to comment on the nature of their injuries but said the typical manifestation of such an injury is being confused.

Green said if people see lightning and can’t seek shelter, they should try to squat or get low to the ground.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox US News