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17 hours ago, Boris Johnson said:

Not really, in comparison to much better soils which I have experience of in the UK.

The composition of the soils of the west and north of the Island, having a high sand and grit composition providing excellent drainage would be ideal for one alternative and lucrative cash crop- good quality cannabis and hemp. An Alaskan/Afghan hybrid-variety plant would flourish in those conditions. No need to rotate fields either as the plant takes very little out of the soil even with two crops per year...

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5 hours ago, SleepyJoe said:

Southern & northern plains are pretty good for crops aren't they? 

It's the uplands which might benefit from new forms of sustainable farming or forestry if Tynwald might be persuaded to fund it & the farming community were amenable

Yes according to soil capability maps there is an area of grade 1 land on limestone base in the south around billown . Areas of grade 2 in parts of the north and west. Maybe not as good as some places in the UK where I've worked, but plenty good enough for cropping. 

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15 hours ago, quilp said:

The composition of the soils of the west and north of the Island, having a high sand and grit drainage would be ideal for one alternative and lucrative cash crop- good quality cannabis and hemp. An Alaskan/Afghan hybrid-variety plant would flourish in those conditions. No need to rotate fields either as the plant takes very little out of the soil even with two crops per year...

Bring on the hempcrete!

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The agricultural policies around the world...

SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbour.
COMMUNISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk.
FASCISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.
NAZISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and shoots you.
BUREAUCRATISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away.
TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.
AN AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.
A GREEK CORPORATION
You have two cows. You borrow lots of euros to build barns, milking sheds, hay stores, feed sheds, dairies, cold stores, abattoir, cheese unit and packing sheds. You still only have two cows.
A FRENCH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.
A JAPANESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
You then create a clever cow cartoon image called a Cowkimona and market it worldwide.
AN ITALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows, but you don't know where they are.
You decide to have lunch.
A SWISS CORPORATION
You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you.
You charge the owners for storing them.
A CHINESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.
AN INDIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows. You worship them.
A BRITISH CORPORATION
You have two cows. Both are mad.
AN IRAQI CORPORATION
Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No-one believes you, so they bomb the ** out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least you are now a Democracy.
AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows. Business seems pretty good.
You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.
A MANX CORPORATION
You have two cows.
The one on the left looks rather attractive.....
 
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Off a tangent - The Nations Propaganda Mouthpiece this lunchtime has an article on the news. Farmers are having a moan about the price of wool. This being between 3p and £3 per kilo. No doubt before long the taxpayers will be subsidising the farmers for the wool produced. There were probably times when Manx Farmers got good wool prices. 

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2 hours ago, 2112 said:

Off a tangent - The Nations Propaganda Mouthpiece this lunchtime has an article on the news. Farmers are having a moan about the price of wool. This being between 3p and £3 per kilo. No doubt before long the taxpayers will be subsidising the farmers for the wool produced. There were probably times when Manx Farmers got good wool prices. 

Sheep farmers bleating again. Happy to subsidise them, if and only if, there is a windfall tax in the years when there is a good price. 

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Apparently, the wool is shipped to China for making stuff like insulation.  Would it not be an idea to see if we can make our own insulation here from our own wool?  You know, carbon cost of shipping to China, need to insulate homes here, etc. 

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36 minutes ago, quilp said:

The process of producing insulation isn't really environmentally-friendly. China has no conscience. 

No, they don't.  But is there a way of doing it in a environmentally friendly way.  There must be a bit of the climate budget that could look into this? 

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41 minutes ago, quilp said:

The process of producing insulation isn't really environmentally-friendly. China has no conscience. 

https://www.celticsustainables.co.uk/thermafleece-cosywool-sheeps-wool-insulation/

Presumably a UK firm would be compliant with all sorts of environmental considerations? I heard mention in the news of an 'agent' who buys the wool on the island, so presumably the farmers could bypass this agent if they wanted to get a better price? Or be content to keep getting fleeced.

 

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