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Nation’s Kibbutz Movement Helped Plant The Seeds Of Israeli Agriculture

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The market in Jerusalem, a year ago when Kim Cooper visited Israel as part of a two-week visit that included numerous visits to locations of agricultural importance. Kim Cooper photo

This is the final article on the three-part series on the agriculture sector in Israel. I participated in a two-week study tour in Israel one year ago.

In breeding plants, the process of selecting those with desirable characteristics consumes much time and resources. Researchers have created intelligent software that can analyze seeds and deliver large quantities of results quickly. Selecting seeds can take a few weeks where it used to take a few months.

Israel has and continues to play a significant role in relation to world history and also to Biblical history. In the Bible, the Old Testament had a number of prophets who spoke on behalf of God. One of those prophets was Isaiah, and in Chapter 41 he spoke words of prophesy over the land of Israel when he said: “I (God) will open up rivers on the barren heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will turn the desert into a pool of water, and the parched land into springs of water. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.”

This is exactly what has been happening in Israel over the past number of decades. There has been so much of the desert and the wilderness places being turned into fertile ground and producing an abundance of various crops. Much of this success can be attributed to the kibbutz settlements, which began around 1906. The kibbutz (which in Hebrew means “gathering” or “clustering”) was a way to settle and develop the land, which at that time consisted of no agriculture. So for the 42 years prior to the State of Israel being established in May 1948, farming was their only means of livelihood. The kibbutz community had the passion and the knowledge base to make Israel the agricultural innovative country it is today.

The time I spent travelling throughout Israel was truly amazing, fascinating and life changing. On our return trip, some of us talked about taking a tour back to Israel with a mixture of Biblical history and agriculture. There is so much to learn in both areas, so a two-week tour would be a great opportunity for any farm family member.

We are planning ‘An Agricultural and Biblical Journey Through the Holy Land” from Jan. 29-Feb. 10, 2017. The tour will be organized by the very experienced Brian Watt at Christian Journeys out of North Bay. The leadership team will consist of Rev. Bob and Wendy Beasley, Jim Hazzard and myself.

This trip will be a phenomenal experience you will not want to miss out on. There will be only 40 openings for this trip. You can check out the itinerary/pricing/information for this trip at www.christian-journeys.com or contact Brian toll free at 1-877-465-3442 or by e-mail at: brian@christian-journeys.com.

Think about this – We discover our role in life through our relationship with God and with others.

Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘WE GROW FOR THE WORLD’.  Check out our community’s agricultural website at:www.wegrowfortheworld.com

Kim Cooper has been involved in the agribusiness sector for over 45 years. He can be reached at: kim.e.cooper@gmail.com 

You can also follow him on Twitter at ‘theAGguy’

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