July 2011

Post image for Feds: Georgia Company Favored Foreign Guest Workers Over Americans (So much for the “shortage”)

For weeks since Georgia passed its outstanding immigration enforcement law HB87, there has been a constant drumbeat of attack from agricultural interests, using a very willing media, claiming that illegals were fleeing Georgia and there was no way to replace those workers with Americans who simply find it beneath them to pick peaches or dig up [...]

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Post image for Monsanto tells farmers to unplug irrigators in corn detasseling areas

Monsanto Corporation is now changing protocol in corn fields connected with the agricultural giant, after two teens working for the company were electrocuted detasseling corn earlier this week. Monsanto corporate spokesman Tom Heschler says irrigation systems in the fields will now be required to be unplugged and turned off at the source, and the irrigator [...]

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Post image for Onion growers left in tears

Purchases of the edible bulb have been stopped since a week at the APMC onion market, where purchasers from elsewhere in Karnataka and neighbouring States such as Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala source the vegetable. Huge stocks of the perishable vegetable are lying without transaction due to a dispute among hamals, onion buyers, [...]

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Post image for GM wheat welcome: GRDC

GRAINS Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) chairman, Keith Perrett, has added his voice to the chorus of scientists and farm groups denouncing suggestions that genetically modifed (GM) wheat is unwelcome in Australia, and floundering in North America. GRDC invested $5.3 million into GM wheat research last financial year, or about 3.7 percent of its annual [...]

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Post image for Nigeria: Kano, Jigawa Farmers Trained On Fertilizer Application

This year’s farming season began in different northern parts of the country with rigorous farming activities for good harvest. For farmers in Kano and Jigawa to have good yield, International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFCD) set the pace for farmers in these states as the international farming body came in to help [...]

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Post image for Vegetable exports to Saudi Arabia still pending

AMMAN – Traders are “disinclined” to export agricultural produce to Saudi Arabia as the local market is witnessing a high demand on fruits and vegetables, a senior official said on Sunday. Ministry of Agriculture Secretary General Radi Tarawneh said no shipments of local vegetables have yet been sent to the Saudi markets as traders prefer [...]

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Post image for Indonesia bans Australian horses

INDONESIA has temporarily banned the import of horses from Australia due to an outbreak there of the deadly Hendra virus. A spokeswoman for animal husbandry at the agriculture ministry said today’s ban followed recommendations by animal health experts. Tjahjani said the decision will be re-evaluated every six months. Indonesia imports dozens of horses from Australia, [...]

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Post image for University of Nebraska to study climate change

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has been awarded $4.1 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for a five-year study of climate change and animal agriculture issues. Five other land-grant universities are partnering in the project. “A wide range of beliefs exist about climate change and there are strong and varied reactions to [...]

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Post image for Radiation-Free Food Delivers Japanese Sales Boom to South Korean Exporters

South Korean food exports to Japan are climbing at the fastest pace on record after radioactive contamination and supply disruptions prompted consumers to switch to overseas producers. Sales of watermelons, tuna and noodles led a 38 percent jump in South Korea’s shipments of food to its Asian neighbor to $604 million in the second quarter [...]

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Post image for US, India to collaborate on food security in Africa

NEW DELHI: Stretching the canvas of their global partnership, India and the US have joined hands to forge a triangular arrangement with Liberia, Malawi and Kenya to promote food security in these African countries. Collaborating on sharing innovations, specially relating to agriculture and education, figured in the delegation-level talks between External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna [...]

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Post image for Germany Accuses China Of Causing ‘Catastrophic’ Starvation In Africa

Germany’s Africa policy chief Guenter Nooke said that the destructive drought in the Horn of Africa is a man-made “catastrophe.” According to Agence France-Presse, he blames Chinese land buy-ups there for greatly exacerbating the already tremendous humanitarian crisis and causing social conflicts and conditions that rob small farmers of their livlihoods. “In the case of [...]

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Post image for Poland seeks EU support for biomass from agriculture

Poland is an ardent supporter of the use of agricultural biomass, which it intends to promote in the forthcoming negotiations on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and in the context of cohesion policy. At a conference, on 16 July in Sopot, Poland, experts from the 27 member states held an initial exchange of [...]

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Post image for Spotty Pollination Affects Cherries

This spring the cherry trees were full of blossoms in Northwest Michigan and growers expected to see a bumper crop. But now that the fruit is being harvested it looks like the crop may be a little on the light side. Spotty pollination is the main culprit. Not Much Time The window for pollinating cherries [...]

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Post image for Growers give to research

Florida’s Natural Growers, which operates an orange juice processing plant in Lake Wales and a packaging plant in Umatilla, plans to donate $250,000 to fight a disease plaguing the state’s citrus industry. The money will go to The Citrus Research and Development Foundation, the leader in citrus research against HLB, or citrus greening. “As a [...]

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