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Lavender Farming in France

Anyone else jealous?

These first two photos show us lavender fields from the Albion plateau near Sault, France. July 29, 2014. Photographer: Anne-Christine Poujoulat AFP/Getty images.

Here’s a closer-up.

Tourists are taking in the bucolic view. Photographer: Xavier Arnau/Getty images.

Luckily, lavender grows well here in Colorado and there are a few lavender farms here, too. I have some in my own yard and love it.

The Electric Ziesel. I Want One.

Who Wouldn’t Want One? The Ziesel Workmachine.

This is an electric motored machine with lithium-battery technology.

This fun-to-watch video features the Ziesel multipurpose vehicle and shows some of its farm applications and versatility. Tracks mean that it causes very little soil compaction as it does its work. It has mounting equipment on the front and back, too.

To see specs go to the company website here: http://derziesel.com/wordpress/?page_id=74&lang=en

This Week in Food and Agriculture Pictures – August 28, 2014

In case you missed it, last week I announced that “This Week in Pictures” will be a regular weekly feature of this site from now on. I hope you enjoy getting your global agricultural news in this way as much as I do. —Kay M.

Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. Photo: Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

A field of legal cannabis plants selected for their low content of THC grows on August 25, 2014 near Meaux, France. Cannabis is the source of hemp, which is used in a variety of applications including insulation, textiles, rope and paper. France is the second largest producer of industrial hemp in the world after China. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Fruit pickers unload their apples into a collection crate during the summer harvest at the Sady Trzebnica z o.o. apple farm in Trzebnica, Poland, on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Polish corporate bonds are losing their haven appeal as Russia’s escalating stand-off with Europe and the U.S. undermines the country’s growth prospects. Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

A vendor sells meat products during the International Agro-industrial exhibition ‘Agrorus 2014′ in Saint Petersburg on August 27, 2014. Russia has banned most EU and US food products in response to Western sanctions, which officials said means the farm sector will need nearly $18 billion in additional investment to produce more of the country’s food. Photo: OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images.

A worker takes a picture of bottles of olive oil and vinegar that were thrown from the shelves of an olive oil store following a reported 6.0 earthquake on August 24, 2014 in Napa, California. A 6.0 earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area shortly after 3:00 am on Sunday morning causing damage to buildings and sending at least 70 people to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Supporters offer beverage and refreshments during a peaceful rally in Ferguson, Missouri on August 23, 2014 as the community prepares to rebuild and heal after the days of unrest following the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. Photo: Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images.

A protester throws an egg at the Midi-Pyrenees prefecture in Toulouse, on August 28, 2014, during a demonstration called by French farmers’ unions to protest the broadening of the zones affected by the European ‘Nitrates Directive’, which aims at protecting water quality against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources. French minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal in July announced some 3,800 extra municipalities would be classified as vulnerable to nitrates, adding to the 19000 already on the list. Photo: REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images.

A Palestinian man carry the food sacks as U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) distributes food aid to Palestinian families in Rafah, Gaza on August 28, 2014. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits and vegetables as part of the annual King’s Cup elephant polo tournament in Samut Prakan province on August 28, 2014. The King’s Cup elephant polo tournament, which is held annually to promote elephant projects and conservation, takes place from August 28 to 31. Photo: PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images.

Dry cracked earth is visible on a cantaloupe farm on August 22, 2014 near Firebaugh, California. As the severe California drought continues for a third straight year, Central California farming communites are struggling to survive with an unemployment rate nearing 40 percent in the towns of Mendota and Firebaugh. With limited supplies of water available to water crops, farmers are leaving acres of farmland unplanted and are having to lay off or reduce the hours of laborers. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Westside Produce workers pick cantaloupes in a field on August 21, 2014 in Firebaugh, California. As the severe California drought continues for a third straight year, Central California farming communites are struggling to survive with an unemployment rate nearing 40 percent in the towns of Mendota and Firebaugh. With limited supplies of water available to water crops, farmers are leaving acres of farmland unplanted and are having to lay off or reduce the hours of laborers. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Supporters of Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri wait in line to receive food while gathered at an anti-government protest site in Islamabad on August 22, 2014. Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan called August 21 off talks with the government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime minister, which have unnerved the nuclear-armed nation. Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led followers protesting outside parliament for the past two days demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quit. Photo: FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images.

Workers arrange nectarines in plastic containers before moving to a packing facility on a farm in Almenar, Spain, on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Spain’s greatest concern is the risk of food product price declines in the EU market, which represents 75% of Spain exports, due to surplus as Russia embargoes imports, Agriculture Minister Isabel Garcia Tejerina said in an interview with radio station Onda Cero. Photographer: David Ramos/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Indian women carry loads of fodder on their heads at Galand village in Ghaziabad on August 22, 2014. Agriculture plays a significant role in India although its contribution to the GDP is decreasing within the country’s total economic growth. Photo: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images.

Indian roadside vegetable sellers rest while waiting for customers in Amritsar on August 27, 2014. India’s wholesale price inflation hit a five-month low in July, data showed August 14, but steep retail price growth means the central bank is unlikely to cut benchmark interest rates soon. Photo: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images.

Employees work on August 22, 2014, at Paris city’s horticultural production center, in Rungis, where trees and flowers are grown to be planted in Paris’ parks and gardens. Photo: PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images.