I have really enjoyed having my own blog and writing about agriculture topics. It has kept me updated on all of the latest news in agriculture when trying to find a topic and has improved my research skills. Also, it is so cool to get notifications of new followers of my blog and people that have “liked” it. It makes you feel like people care about what you are saying and hopefully can take away something from the post. Additionally, the commenting was a great way to interact with other bloggers and see what they were writing about. I did not realize all of the people that blog that have other professions, but use it for marketing tactics. It gives us all a way to share our opinions or share about what is going on in our lives. Blogging allows us all to form our own style and how we choose to relay the messages that we feel are important. I really like how informal a blog is but still gets the point across. I don’t know why but I was shocked when the blogger commented back to my comment. It showed how dedicated they are to their blog and how important their readers are to them. I have really enjoyed this assignment and plant to continue.
For the past fifteen years my dad has traveled to South Dakota to hunt pheasant. He goes with a group of about thirty men and some of them have been going on the same hunt for thirty-three years now. It has evolved into a tradition and these men have become more like family each time they go. Additionally, my brother got to attend for the first time three years ago and has been going ever since. They just got back last Friday and they had a great time as usual but they mentioned that they didn’t see as many birds as in past years. So I did some of my own research to find that the pheasant population has indeed fallen 64 percent statewide and has decreased even more in other areas, according to the Game, Fish, and Parks Department.
The town that they hunt in, Chamberlin, SD, showed that their annual brood count survey has declined 83 percent below the 10-year average. It has been said that the causes for the reduction in numbers is from a combination of weather and habitat loss. Furthermore, the Pheasants Forever Foundation has announced that the loss has been declining for years due to the habitat loss due to conversion of grasslands to row crops. They also indicated that reports have shown 1.52 pheasants per mile, down from 4.19 pheasants per mile just in the last year. Also, the drought in 2012 and a cold, wet spring in 2013 has contributed to the problem. Although the numbers are down, the South Dakota Conservation Department claim to still offer the best pheasant hunting experience in the country, providing more than 1.1 million acres of public land available for hunting.
With all the concerns with the food supply and not being able to keep up with the world’s rapidly growing population, Japanese homebuilder, Daiwa House, may have found a solution. He has constructed a complete indoor greenhouse that is said to be the first step into the industrialization of agriculture. They are a new line of prefabricated hydroponic vegetable factories that produce safe and secure food called Agri-Cubes. They can be easily moved with a heavy-duty truck and measuring 8×16 feet, which can fit in the space the size of a parking spot! Additionally, a concrete foundation measuring 108 square feet has to be poured, plumbing, and electrical utility hookups have to be installed to prepare for the house. It creates an atmosphere, using heavy insulation to separate the environment from the elements of outside.
Also, the Agri-Cube uses air-conditioners and fluorescent light to create the ideal environment that is appropriate for cultivation. There is no soil used inside, but a hydroponic culture and vegetables are growing on aqueous solution water with a nutrient ingredient. Theses cubes allow locations that do not have the accommodations of farm or garden land to produce fresh produce all year around, such as rooftops, apartment community areas, and other urban areas. Daiwa claims that the Agri-Cube can grow about ten thousand servings of fruits and vegetables every year and would end up costing about $4,500 per year, which calculates into 45 cents per head of lettuce. These miracle inventions are being sold to housing complexes, hotels, retirement homes, nursing facilities, top-end restaurants, and schools in Japan. Currently an Agri-Cube will cost you between $70,000 and $100,000 and with the growing popularity we can only hope that the price will reduce. Daiwa will also take custom orders and export these Agri-Cubes to other countries and is developing his product to meet the need of the countries conditions.
When people think of beef they most generally think of a big juicy hamburger full of calories. With all the latest health trends this does not paint the greatest picture for the beef producers. After searching the web this week I found a great website produced by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association that promotes beef. It has a nutritional facts page called, “Beef’ Big 10” vitamins and minerals that beef provides for our bodies.
Additionally, it shows a bunch of different recipes that include beef. They are categorized into dishes for Halloween, tailgating, fall comfort foods, beef for breakfast, salads, quick & easy, grilling, and several others.
My favorite part of the Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner website is the Butcher Counter and the Interactive Meat Case that allows you to choose a section of a grocery store meat case and view helpful beef information and cooking tips. Also, this page shows the different types of beef and gives a brief description of what categorizes them as, grain-finished, grass-finished, naturally raised, or certified organic.
This is such an informational website and a great outlet to send people that aren’t as familiar with the nurtitional facts and cooking beef.