Reuters’ Michael Hirtzer reports Walmart has set its sights on a new efficiency: sponsoring its own wheat fields.
“The aim is simple: use Wal-Mart’s commercial muscle to get its Great Value-branded flour and wheat products from field to shelf more efficiently, using less carbon,” he writes.
The company’s involvement could have far reaching consequences, lowering costs and improving yields as wheat suppliers compete for the Bentonville behemoth’s business, he says.
But Paint Creek, where ranches and wooden homes, some now abandoned, are dotted beside cotton and wheat fields, is the place that defines the man who some Republicans believe could unseat President Barack Obama next November.
Governor Rick Perry was part of the fifth generation to work the land at Paint Creek, some 200 miles west of Dallas on [...]
5/31 GE Prophesizes Solar Power May Be Cheaper Than Traditional Power In 5 Years http://ewireinformer.com/ge-prophesizes-…
April saw an announcement by Fairfield, Connecticut based GE that they have boosted thin-film solar panel efficiency to an astounding 12.8%. The improvement in efficiency could enable costs to be reduced without any further reliance on subsidies.
Wheat Fields Wilt in Drought as Parched Earth Spreads From China to Kansas http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-05…
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The worst Texas drought in 44 years is damaging the state’s wheat crop and forcing ranchers to reduce cattle herds, as rising demand for U.S. food sends grain and meat prices higher.
Texas, the biggest U.S. cattle producer and second-largest winter-wheat grower, got just 4.7 inches (12 centimeters) of rain on average in the five months through February, the least for the period since 1967, State Climatologist John Nielsen- Gammon said. [...]