Edaphic – of, pertaining to, conditioned or influenced by, or resulting from the soil, especially as it affects living organisms.
So You Want To Set Up Your Own Small Scale Milk Business? This Is What You Really need To Know – Milking on the Moove:
Well, it appears that there are lots of people in New Zealand (and the world) who want to either set up their own milk business or want to go mobile milking.
My goal is to set up a streamlined system that will allow others to start their own small scale dairy business.
My inbox is full of people asking me questions about how to set up their own milk business. I would spend 45 minutes to an hour replying to these emails from complete strangers. I did it because I want to promote small scale dairy & I want others to do well. . .
Chinese infant formula and Synlait – the story moves on – Keith Woodford:
In recent weeks, I have been writing about Synlait’s new infant formula Akarola [here and here]. The Akarola project is a joint venture between China’s New Hope agri-food conglomerate (75%) and Synlait (25%) which has set out to market New Zealand made infant formula online direct to consumers through JD.com.
The strategy is based on cutting out the multiple layers of middle men and pricing the product at just a fraction of what Chinese consumers are used to paying. But the strategy can only work if Chinese consumers can be convinced that low price does not mean low quality.
I am on record as saying that the Akarola product has potential to be transformational in relation to the Chinese infant formula market. But others are not so sure. . .
2015 is the UN designated International Year of Soils, and soil management will be a key feature of a series of one day workshops for farmers and horticulturists interested in finding ways of increasing sustainability on their farms.
The free events, kick-off in Ashburton and Timaru next week, then move north to Palmerston North and Pukekohe in early June. They are being run by the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) and the Future Farming Centre (FFC), and are aimed at all growers of arable and horticultural crops.
FAR CEO Nick Pyke says it is clear that agriculture is entering a period of major change and that the workshops will help growers identify practical ways of introducing sustainable techniques and technologies onto conventionally farmed properties. . . .
A judge at last night’s Beef and Lamb Steak of Origin awards says New Zealand farmers are doing a fantastic job of producing great tasting beef – but need to be very careful about who’s processing their stock.
Forbes and Angus Cameron who farm at Ashhurst in Manawatu, won the supreme award last night at the 2015 Steak of Origin Grand Final with their angus sirloin.
Food writer and New Zealand Listener columnist Lauraine Jacobs was involved in judging the top 20 final steaks and said it was a privilege. . .
Two University of Waikato students have won horticultural scholarships that they hope will help open doors for them in the sector.
Rhiannon Bond, a bachelor of science and technology student, was awarded the $4500 Horticentre Trust Undergraduate Scholarship.
The scholarship will also allow Ms Bond to attend Horticulture New Zealand’s annual conference in Rotorua this July and she says jealously played a role in her applying for it.
More at curiosity.com
Does this take into account the environmental impact of making the hand dryer and its disposal when it dies?
What’s more important – the environment or hygiene?
And what’s the environmental impact of stomach bugs?
Rutger Gunnarsson, who played bass for Abba, has died at the age of 69.
Gunnarsson, who performed on every album by the ‘Waterloo’ hitmakers and also joined them onstage, passed away at his home in Sweden on Friday.
In a post on Facebook, Abba paid tribute to Gunnarsson, writing, “His unique way of playing his bass, his beautiful string arrangements and thorough work as a producer for countless Swedish and foreign artists and musicians have colored pop music from the early ’70s up until today. . .
“Irresistibility is not about who has the highest Alps or whitest beaches, nor the most personal data or smartest tech; all are commodities, all replicable in one way or other.
“Irresistibility is about the living force that defines us, about the power and mystery of human emotion and storytelling, about people being understood, touched, involved and inspired by other people. How many times have you heard the story, “the hiking was amazing, the shopping was unique, but the people…they were so helpful and friendly…” – Kevin Roberts
1373 Julian of Norwich had visions which were later transcribed in her Revelations.
1568 Battle of Langside: the forces of Mary, Queen of Scots, were defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, Earl of Moray, her half-brother.
1619 Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt was executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.
1648 Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi was completed.
1730 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1782).
1779 War of Bavarian Succession: Russian and French mediators at the Congress of Teschen negotiated an end to the war.
1780 Cumberland Compact signed by leaders of the settlers in early Tennessee.
1804 Forces sent by Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli to retake Derne from the Americans attacked the city.
1830 Ecuador gained its independence from Gran Colombia.
1842 Arthur Sullivan, English composer, was born(d. 1900).
1846 – Mexican-American War: The United States declared war on Mexico.
1848 First performance of Finland’s national anthem.
186 American Civil War: Queen Victoria issueds a “proclamation of neutrality” which recognised the breakaway states as having belligerent rights.
1864American Civil War: Battle of Resaca began with Union General Sherman fighting toward Atlanta, Georgia.
1865 American Civil War: Battle of Palmito Ranch – in far south Texas, more than a month after Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, the last land battle of the Civil War ended with a Confederate victory.
1880 Thomas Edison performed the first test of his electric railway.
1883 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear, was born (d. 1962).
1888 With the passage of the Lei Áurea (“Golden Law”), Brazil abolished slavery.
1907 Dame Daphne du Maurier, English author, was born (d. 1989).
1912 The Royal Flying Corps (now the Royal Air Force) was established in the United Kingdom.
1913 Igor Sikorsky became the first man to pilot a four-engine aircraft.
1917 Three children reported the first apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal.
1922 Beatrice Arthur, American actress, was born (d. 2009).
1936 NZ National Party was formed.
1937 Trevor Baylis, English inventor (wind up radio) was born.
1939 The first commercial FM radio station in the United States was launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut – it later became WDRC-FM.
1940 Bruce Chatwin, British writer, was born (d. 1989).
1940 World War II: Germany’s conquest of France started as the German army crossed the Meuse River. Winston Churchill made his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech to the House of Commons.
1940 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands fled the Nazi invasion in the Netherlands to Great Britain. Princess Juliana took her children to Canada.
1941 World War II: Yugoslav royal colonel Dragoljub Mihailović started fighting with German occupation troops, beginning the Serbian resistance.
1943 World War II: German Afrika Korps and Italian troops in North Africa surrendered to Allied forces.
1947 Francis Hodgkins, the first New Zealand artist to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts, died.
1948 Arab-Israeli War: the Kfar Etzion massacre was committed by Arab irregulars.
1950 Danny Kirwan, British musician (Fleetwood Mac), was born.
1950 Stevie Wonder, American singer and musician, was born.
1952 The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, held its first sitting.
1954 Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter, was born.
1954 Anti-National Service Riots, by Chinese Middle School students in Singapore.
1958 The trade mark Velcro was registered.
1958 – May 1958 crisis: a group of French military officers lead a coup in Algiers, demanding that a government of national unity be formed with Charles de Gaulle at its head in order to defend French control of Algeria.
1960 Hundreds of UC Berkeley students congregated for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Thirty-one students were arrested, and the Free Speech Movement was born.
1967 Dr. Zakir Hussain became the third President of India – the first Muslim President of Indian Union.
1969 Race riots in Kuala Lumpur.
1972 Faulty electrical wiring ignited a fire underneath the Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and non-functional elevators cause 118 fatalities, with many victims leaping to their deaths.
1972 – The Troubles: a car bombing outside a crowded pub in Belfast sparked a two-day gun battle involving the Provisional IRA, Ulster Volunteer Force and British Army. Seven people were killed and over 66 injured.
1980 An F3 tornado hit Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
1985 Police stormed MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
1986 Alexander Rybak, Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest winner, was born.
1989 Large groups of students occupied Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.
1992 Li Hongzhi gave the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, China.
1995 – New Zealand won the Americas Cup for the first time.
1996 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh killed 600 people.
1998 Race riots break out in Jakarta, shops owned by Indonesians of Chinese descent were looted and women raped.
1998 – India carried out two nuclear tests at Pokhran.
2000 In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory exploded, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.
2005 The Andijan Massacre in Uzbekistan.
2006 A major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
2007 – Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria started.
2011 – 2011 Charsadda bombing: in the Charsadda District of Pakistan, two bombs exploded, resulting in 98 deaths 140 wounded.
2014 – An explosion at an underground coal mine in south-western Turkey killed 301 miners.
2014 – Major floods in Southeast Europe killed at least 47 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia