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    Article: Goats Eat the ‘Vine That Ate the South’

    Found this article on the ASLA website page "The Dirt"
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/05/us...th&oref=slogin

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    Chattanooga’s goats have become unofficial city mascots since the Public Works Department decided last year to let them roam a city-owned section of the ridge to nibble the kudzu, the fast-growing vine that throttles the Southern landscape.

    While not the worst invasive plant species, “kudzu is probably the most recognized invasive plant in the world,”

    ... officials sponsored a four-day academy for farmers, hoping to stimulate a micro-industry of kudzu-fighting herds-for-hire.
    If this really works out Chattanooga will continue to be an example of great community rebound - kudzu free.

    As mentioned in the article here is the link to the ballad:
    http://www.timesfreepress.com/absolu...5064&zoneid=72
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Interesting article. I can't believe that vine practically takes over houses. We don't have anything like that in the Northeast.

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    Hum the goats on grampa's farm in Alabama would not eat the stuff if there was ANYTHING other than Kudzu to eat.

    This stuff is amazing how fast it grows, its spread out of the south and just keeps marching North
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    In the Northeast, I think the porcelain berry vine is about just as bad...it is horrendous in our county.
    Also there is something that is knicknamed monkey vine
    http://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/invasive...lain-berry.pdf
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    kudzu seems to be marching north via the mississippi river valley in missouri/illinois...it's well north of st. louis.

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    When I first saw it the Mississippi was the boundry east to west but I believe that it has gotten west of the Mississippi now.
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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