December 2010

Rural Home Loans, a government-backed program, come with an array of financial benefits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture guarantees an amount of each loan, so the loans are often called USDA loans. For homebuyers looking for property on the outskirts of Scottsdale, Arizona a USDA loan may be ideal. Originally, the USDA introduced these loans [...]

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More than 150 growers and packers of lemons and Persian limes in Mexico suspended exports to the United States to protest that country’s rejection of shipments due to the disease sweet orange scab, Mexican newspaper                 El Universal reported. The groups halted shipments Dec. 13, the day that the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowed lime shipments [...]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the availability of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) that evaluates the potential environmental effects of deregulating alfalfa genetically engineered (GE) to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, which is known commercially as Roundup. This GE alfalfa is commonly referred to as Roundup Ready (RR) alfalfa. “Our goal [...]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks applications for grants to help farmers improve rural environmental quality and energy efficiency. The USDA is seeking proposals for grants to improve water quality, air quality and promote energy conservation. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $25 million through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program [...]

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By FELICITY BARRINGER Worldwide overpumping of groundwater, particularly in northern India, Iran, Mexico, northeastern China and the American West, more than doubled from 1960 to 2000 and is responsible for about 25 percent of the rise in sea level, according to estimates in a new study by a team of Dutch researchers published in Geophysical [...]

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Corn Products International announced Thursday it is planning investments in its Brazilian business to bolster its operations in the country, Latin America’s biggest economy. Corn Products International is a leading provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries. Its announcement reiterated the firm’s plans to invest between $75 million and $100 million over the next several [...]

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will push for competition in the West Australian grain logistics system, after looking into CBH’s Grain Express program, which allows the company to require growers who store grain in its up-country sites to also use CBH transport services to move the grain to port. There was an arrangement [...]

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SOME horticultural growers around Emerald have recorded losses of up to 80pc following flooding this week, but many will have to wait for the water to recede before the full extent of damage to melon, vegetable, table grape and citrus crops is known. Growcom chief executive officer Alex Livingstone said the situation had been labelled [...]

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Cane farmers in the Herbert region of north Queensland are harvesting for the first time in a month, thanks to a break in the rain. The region has been inundated in recent months preventing growers from bringing in the crop. Herbert grower Vince Russo says saturated cane fields have dried up enough to allow harvesting [...]

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The Departments of Justice and Agriculture, examining competition in agriculture, will hold a hearing tomorrow on the increasing margins taken by retail grocers. In advance of this hearing, the United Food and Commercial Workers have issued a report on Walmart’s “stranglehold” on rural economies. Editor’s Note: The Departments of Justice and Agriculture will hold a [...]

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MANGO lovers are set for a shock, with the price of the summer favourite predicted to reach upwards of $50 a carton. Mango grower and Gin Gin Fruit and Vegetable Growers chairman Col Jeacocke says consumers can expect to pay top dollar for their mangos after a sodden growing season. “Crops all over the state [...]

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GRAND RAPIDS — The U.S. Labor Department is ordering blueberry farmers and contractors in four West Michigan counties to pay nearly $106,000 in penalties and back wages after an investigation over the summer turned up migrant housing and child labor law violations. The civil money penalties against 18 blueberry growers and nine labor contractors in [...]

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VANCOUVER – An invasive species of fly that likely hitchhiked into British Columbia on imported produce from the southern United States a year ago is already starting to run rampant in the province’s fruit crops. Unlike other fruit flies that attack overripe or rotting fruit, the spotted-wing drosophila lays its eggs inside the skin of [...]

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State’s production reaches plateau, may drop below last year A difficult, mixed year for Delaware’s poultry industry is closing out with new cause for concern as the region’s poultry giants quietly wrestle with rising costs, unsettled markets and a disease outbreak that can decimate flocks if left uncontrolled. Placements of poultry chicks on grower farms [...]

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