Agriculture, also called farming or husbandry, is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinals and other products used to sustain and enhance human life. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization. The study of agriculture is known as agricultural science. The history of agriculture dates back thousands of years, and its development has been driven and defined by greatly different climates, cultures, and technologies.
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    • Idaho wine worth $170 million to state

      Grapes ripen in a Snake River Valley vineyard in the heart of Idaho wine country. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) BOISE, Idaho – According to a new economic impact report, the Gem State’s wine industry has more than doubled in five years. “This is terrific,” said Moya Dolsby, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission.

      Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Winein Riesling- 7 readers -
    • Top Northwest wine stories: 10-1

      It was a fascinating, news-filled 2014 in the Pacific Northwest wine industry. We saw record warmth, huge harvests, big investments, anniversaries and sad losses. Today, we complete our review of the top 20 wine stories in the Northwest, unveiling stories 10 through 1. 10. Dan Marino, Damon Huard launch Washington winery Damon Huard, left, and Dan Marino walk through a vineya ...

      Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine- 10 readers -
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  • Wine: The Canary in the Coal Mine for Climate Change

    Discussions of the effects of a warming planet are in the news. Rising sea levels, less salinity in the ocean waters because of melting glaciers, stormy weather, hotter summers, etc. Like all farmers the wine grape growers are concerned. Maybe you've heard the concerns about some areas getting too hot to continue to grow grapes by the end of the century.

    Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonoma- 6 readers -
  • A Few Words From Volker Eisele on Organic Farming

    …." On chemical fertilizers "When you look, when you follow the New York Times daily, eventually you find a scandal here and there about groundwater contamination and it's very often from chemical fertilizer, from nitrates. look at the nitrate issue as it is right now developing in the Central Valley community. It is all nitrate from agriculture, from…

    Pam Strayer/ Organic Wines Uncorked- 5 readers -

    … here. Weather is important to all types of agriculture everywhere. But in France, where irrigating grape vines is not allowed, rain (its timing and its amount) are critical as are other factors that affect grape and other crops elsewhere. So while wine collectors and investors worldwide pay big sums for a Grand Cru from a great vintage (hoping…

    Wine Mizerin Merlot- 4 readers -
  • Boston Globe Raves About An Unlikely Vineyard by Deirdre Heekin

    … a country mouse in a big city,” she exclaims, brushing away a stray blond curl. She’s here to talk about her latest book, “An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir,” and is eager to discuss soil health, organic agriculture, and cold hardy grapes. Now in her fifth vintage, she acknowledges that she has taken…

    Carlo De Vito/ East Coast Wineries- 3 readers -
  • Toshiro Konishi: interview with Lima-based Japanese chef & master of nikkei cuisine

    … The bold-headed chef sparks with the Dalailama-like happy energy, friendly and welcoming attitude. Eloquent in fluent Spanish he educates chefs and food enthusiasts around the world interested in his culinary techniques and Peruvian ingredients. Sipping on his favourite drink – vodka, lime & soda; he treated me to one of his signature, award…

    Winebeing- 4 readers -
  • Perticaia Is Another Versatile Italian Red Wine

    … blended in perfectly with the medieval towers, hilltop castles and villages in the area. The company now has 37 acres, about half planted in Sagrantino with the rest split between Sangiovese, Colorino and Trebbiano Spoletino with a little Grechetto. There also are 250 olive trees. The sloping fields face south, southwest and are between 900 and 1,100…

    Dennis Sodomka/ 5 readers -
  • Ruppert-Leroy (Champagne)

    … to the southern tip of the Aube département and zoom in, you'll see that Essoyes is as close to Burgundy as Les Riceys, another hidden gem of Champagne. Leppert-Leroy, named from husband and wife Bénédicte Ruppert and Emmanuel Leroy is a small winery making less than 5 hectares in vineyard surface located a mere 7 kilometers from the village…

    Wine Terroirsin Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Deconstructing the Masseto vineyard: Irrigation management

    … the implications of this situation for the Masseto vineyard. According to Orlandini et al. (Water Use in Italian Agriculture: Analysis of rainfall patterns, water storage capacity, and irrigation systems), Tuscany gets about 22 billion cubic centimeters of precipitation annually with yearly values ranging from 2000 mm in the northwest to 500 mm in Maremma…

    Wine -- Mise en abyme- 5 readers -
  • Weekly Interview: Steve McIntyre

    … tradition with new varieties in a very traditional growing area. Steven Kistler: for making some of the most beautiful Chardonnays I have ever tasted. And Ken Wright: for taking Oregon Pinot to new heights. What new winemakers are you most excited about, and why? Eric Laumann pushes the envelope with new varieties (Dornfelder) with his Cambiata line…

    Albert Pak/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog- 2 readers -
  • Repeal Day! (Eighty Years of “Now What?”)

    … bird of American spirits, all but extinct. Only roughly half of the breweries that were shut down were able to open again. Vineyards had either gone to rot or were dug up and repurposed for other agriculture. The only positive thing to come out of this dark time was the social acceptance of women as drinkers, and anyone who made booze and also…

    Amanda Schuster/ The Alcohol Professor- 3 readers -
  • Georgia government backs wine industry revival

    … Georgia's government has agreed to fund a new winery that is set to be one of the country's largest, as part of plans to overhaul the sector and increase exports. Georgia's traditional winemaking technique, using earthenware qvevri, got UNESCO World Heritage status in 2013. Government funding will be provided to build a new winery in the area…

    Decanter- 4 readers -
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