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Fir tree farmers brace for record winter demand amid pandemic

Uncategorized By Mar 22, 2023

Fir tree farmers in the US are preparing for record sales this winter as more people plan to stay home for the holidays due to the pandemic. While the cancellation of traditional selling avenues has impacted sales, many farmers are¬†looking to direct-to-consumer channels to meet demand. Farmers are also adapting to provide customers with a safe shopping experience, offering curbside…

Cedar’s Economic Growth: A Silver Lining Amidst Crisis

Uncategorized By Mar 22, 2023

Despite the ongoing crisis, Cedar, a city in Iowa, has experienced impressive economic growth. Cedar’s city-friendly policies, skilled workforce, and strategic location have helped attract investors and businesses, including Collins Aerospace, TransAmerica, and General Mills. Cedar’s economic growth has benefited both residents and businesses, contributing to a sense of community and increased job opportunities, which has increased income and improved…

Oak Declared State Tree of Iowa Amid Growing Environmental Concerns

Uncategorized By Mar 21, 2023

Iowa has declared the oak tree as the official state tree due to environmental concerns such as the decline of native tree species and loss of important habitats. The oak is a slow-growing, long-lived tree that plays a vital role in providing habitat and resources for a range of species while also having cultural significance. Environmental conservation efforts are growing…

Pine forests at risk of wildfire due to climate change

Uncategorized By Mar 21, 2023

Pine forests, essential for global biodiversity, are at risk of wildfire due to climate change, warns an article by World Wildlife Fund for Nature. Wildfires disrupt the ecosystem of forests, affecting animals and plants that live there, destroy the soil, making it difficult for plants to grow and changing the microclimate of the surrounding area, and pose risks to human…

Bark Brings New Technology to Pet Training: The Future of Dog Obedience

Uncategorized By Mar 21, 2023

Bark, a leading US dog training and behavior company, has developed innovative products that use technological advances to improve communication with pets. Its smart dog collar wearable uses GPS, Bluetooth and cellular technologies to track a pet’s movement, location, health and behavior, while the remote training device uses ultrasonic and vibration signals and a remote control feature to help train…

Branch Minimum Wage Rises to $15 per Hour in 2021

Uncategorized By Mar 21, 2023

In 2021, the minimum wage in Branch, a city in the Midwest, will increase to $15 per hour. Supporters of minimum wage increases argue that it will help reduce poverty and income inequality, and will help stimulate the economy by increasing consumer spending. However, opponents argue that it will lead to job losses and hurt small businesses. The increase may…

Log miles of forest land destroyed by wildfires in California

Uncategorized By Mar 21, 2023

California’s annual wildfires have devastating effects on the environment, wildlife, and the economy. In 2020, over 4 million acres of land and 10,000 structures were destroyed by wildfires, leading to significant changes in the ecosystem and economic losses in terms of the timber industry, tourism, and property values. Forest fires also release massive amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere,…

The Benefits of Building with Sustainable Wood Products

Uncategorized By Mar 21, 2023

The use of sustainable wood products in residential and commercial building projects is increasingly popular due to the multiple benefits they offer. Sustainable wood products promote sustainable forest management practices, enhance forest regrowth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, contributing to eco-friendliness. These products are often more robust than traditional wood products, cost-effective, and have a positive impact on human well-being….

How Geologic Age Offers Insight into Climate Change

Uncategorized By Mar 21, 2023

Geologic age offers insights into climate change by providing an understanding of the Earth’s natural climate patterns. The length of each time period is determined by changes in Earth’s geology, biology and climate. The study of rock layers, fossils and other evidence can establish an understanding of the planet’s climate. Geologic age data is used to predict potential impacts of…

Ancient Tectonic Plates in North America Yield New Insights

Uncategorized By Mar 21, 2023

New insights into North America’s ancient tectonic plates have been discovered by scientists. The evolution of the continent over the past 400 million years has been shaped by numerous tectonic events. The continent presently situates on the North American Plate, however it was not always this way. Recent studies have revealed new insights into the ancient tectonic plates that once…

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