September 2010

Post image for Farmland: The Next Boom?

Is farmland going to be the next gold? It isn’t as implausible as it may sound. Forecasts are always a sucker’s game, but there are good reasons why the next few decades could see a new boom in farm country—and big money for those who own the land. Demand for food is soaring. The world [...]

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Post image for Nestlé Plans a Research Center to Focus on Indian Foods

NEW DELHI — Nestlé, the maker of Kit Kat bars and Maggi noodles, is focusing on masala. Nestlé said Wednesday that it would open a research and development center in India, where it would use local ingredients and spices, as well as low-cost Indian research and engineering, to make products for India as well as [...]

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Post image for Spanish Tomato Growers Seek Effective Biodegradable Mulches Ahead of Regulation

Newswise — In Spain, tomato growers are seeking effective ways to keep their crops weed-free as government regulation limits the use of formerly favored herbicides and plastics. Hand-weeding is not economically viable, and herbicides are limited to nine active ingredients that do not have the desired effect on some weeds. Therefore, mulching has become the [...]

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Post image for Food inflation rises to 15.46 pc; vegetables up

New Delhi, Sep 23: Indian Food inflation raised to 15.46 percent for the week ended Sep 11, as cost of cereals, milk and vegetables rose due to supply disruptions by the heavy rains in many parts of the country. This is the fourth consecutive week that the rate of food prices has risen, although signs [...]

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Post image for Growers query repairs

THE National Farmers Union is disputing the time-frame given by the Fiji Sugar Corporation to the resumption of crushing at the Rarawai mill in Ba. “Repairs to the electrical system attached to boiler at Rarawai mill are expected to take close to a month and not the two weeks stated by the FSC,” said NFU [...]

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Weather-induced farm woes in Canada seem to be going on for longer than anticipated. Initially, wet weather delayed plantings and now, continuous rains have left planted fields flooded in many areas making it almost impossible for harvesters to enter the field. No wonder, harvest has been inordinately delayed. As for pulses, just about a third [...]

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Organic farmers in Victoria say there are still critical shortages of the only chemicals they can use to tackle locusts. Farmers raised concerns three weeks ago about inadequate supplies of Green Guard, the only chemical they can use that does not jeopardise their organic status. Swan Hill carrot grower Tony Croft says he has been [...]

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Post image for Rubber will be number one foreign exchange earner for Ghana soon.

Apimanim(W/R), Sept. 22, GNA- Rubber could be the number one foreign exchange income earner in the next five years, Mr. Marc Genot, Managing Director of Ghana Rubber Estates Limited (GREL), has predicted. Ghana’s reliance on cocoa exports for most of its foreign exchange could soon be replaced by rubber and more people will also live [...]

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Post image for Farm delegation from Brazil visits PAU

A four-member team of cotton growers from Brazil led by Pierre Marie Jeane Patriat, president of Cotton Growers’ Association, Brazil, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. In an interactive meeting with Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Patriat said they hold PAU in high esteem due to the pivotal role the university played in making [...]

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By Cameron Wilson A shortage of trains has ruled out rail as a transport alternative to move the bumper grains harvest. Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales are short of rail capacity as the east coast prepares for the third biggest winter grains harvest on record. It comes after truck drivers warned they won’t be [...]

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RALEIGH — Organic growers in North Carolina can still apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or recertified producers through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture arid Consumer Services. “We still have about a third of the grant funds available, so I would encourage organic producers who have gone [...]

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The dispute over the commercialization of SweeTango, a new apple developed at the University of Minnesota, is not just a brouhaha in a bushel basket. It has important implications for the way we pay for and perform research and disseminate new technology in an era where taxpayers are less willing to foot the bill. The [...]

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Post image for West Michigan apple growers’ motto: When life gives you bad apples, make cider

OCEANA COUNTY — Talk about a bad apple. There are plenty this year as a result of the unusually warm spring that forced many apple trees to blossom too early, making them vulnerable to spotting after subsequent frosts. In some cases, they’re just plain “ugly,” said Mira Danilovich, horticulture/marketing Michigan State University extension educator for [...]

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MARION — While apple growers elsewhere are enjoying the fruits of a dry summer, George Lawrence can be excused for feeling a bit envious. A fast start due to an atypically warm early spring followed by a killing frost a few weeks later has led Lawrence to lower his expectations for production for 2010 at [...]

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