January 2011

Gov. Deval Patrick‘s administration has announced that federal funding is on the way to Massachusetts farmers in five counties to help them with losses they suffered during hot, dry weather this summer and fall. According to the National Weather Service, the summer of 2010 was the third warmest on record, with temperatures above 90 degrees [...]

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The following reports were compiled by AgriLife Extension for the week of Jan. 25: CENTRAL: The pecan harvest wound down. Corn, cotton and sorghum growers were preparing and fertilizing fields for spring plantings. December rains caused some ryegrass, wheat and oats to emerge. Winter feeding of cattle was in full swing [...]

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Prices for cotton powered to a new post-Reconstruction Era high for the second consecutive day. Deadly floods in major grower Australia have stoked fears that the country’s growers will be unable to meet their contract obligations, pushing prices even higher. Benchmark cotton futures touched $US1.6789 a pound during intraday trading overnight. This is the highest [...]

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A CLEARER picture has emerged of the billions of dollars that will be lost to the Queensland and Australian economies due to Central Queensland’s devastating floods. Production has come to a halt or slowed at dozens of mines in the region, costing tens of millions of dollars each day, while the cost to Queensland’s agricultural [...]

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Damco, a global leader in supply chain solutions and freight forwarding has formed a partnership with Paramount Export Company based in Oakland, California which is a leader in the export of quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Paramount Exports works closely with some of the best growers and packers in the industry. As their logistics solutions [...]

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In an effort to increase the number of US organic producers, the USDA announced the third year of Organic Initiative, a program making up to $50 million available to small and medium-sized farmers for 2011 in alignment with the 2008 Farm Bill. Organic Initiative’s program funding comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a [...]

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Tasmanian consumers have been warned to expect a sharp rise in the cost of fruit and vegetables as a result of the flooding in Queensland. Floodwaters have wiped out several crops; bananas, mangoes and pumpkin are expected to cost up to four times as much from next week. While consumers will pay more at the [...]

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Sales which reached NIS 100m. are equal to those to the Netherlands, France, Spain. The Israel Fruit Growers Association reported on Sunday a 25 percent increase in sales of fruit to the Gaza Strip in 2010. The sales to Gaza, which reached NIS 100 million, equal those to European countries such as the Netherlands, France [...]

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FRUIT growers in flood ravaged central Queensland are facing the possibility of millions of dollars in losses as they struggle to find a way to get their produce to southern markets. About $4 million worth of pineapples are stranded in the Rockhampton area after floodwaters cut road access to the south of the city. Around [...]

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QUEENSLAND is bracing for more disaster as the worst floods in two decades continue to wreak havoc, cutting off supply lines and leaving more than 200,000 people affected across an area larger than Germany and Poland. With the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton expected to peak at 9.4 metres tomorrow, the town was cut off from [...]

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