September 2011

Post image for State agriculture director touts Michigan farm products on Snyder trade trip to Asia

SAGINAW — Michigan cherries, blueberries, cranberries and other “high-value” agriculture products could be headed to Asia by the crate or in concentrate if Gov. Rick Snyder’s trade trip overseas has the desired effect, a top state agricultural official said. The Michigan fruits were the homegrown products most in demand in conversations about expanding farm trade [...]

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Post image for France , Germany agriculture ministers lock horns over food aid

France and Germany went head-to-head at a meeting of European Union agriculture ministers Tuesday over food aid for the poor, hampering a decision over an extension of the programme, reported dpa. The food aid, which has been funded through the EU’s agriculture budget since 1987, was started to funnel overproduced goods to the poor with [...]

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Post image for Brownback pushing animal ag expansion

Gov. Sam Brownback stepped into the livestock arena Wednesday to explore options for expanding by hundreds of millions of dollars investment in beef, dairy and pork industries in Kansas. The subject struck at the heart of the administration’s seventh economic development summit in Garden City. The objective was to define strategy for broadening Kansas’ share [...]

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Post image for Losing mangrove forests in El Salvador

With disastrous volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and extreme storms, El Salvador is widely regarded as one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural disasters. With the effects of climate change complicating social and economic crises, the El Salvadorian government has recognised that national security considerations must include discussion of environmental factors, leading to the Minister [...]

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Post image for China, Pacific islanders stress agriculture co-op

SUVA - China and Pacific island countries stressed importance of agriculture cooperation between them to boost the islanders’ food security, Fiji’s Ministry of Information said here Friday. The two sides made the remarks at the Third China-Pacific Island Countries Forum on Agriculture Cooperation currently underway in Fiji’s western tourist city of Nadi, the ministry said in [...]

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Post image for Let agriculture “do no harm”

DAKAR, 26 September 2011 (IRIN) – Agriculture is about food production, but often projects ultimately hurt communities’ health and nutrition. When the focus is tons and dollars, experts say, getting people the nutrients they need can be lost. Aid agencies and governments are increasingly looking at ways to ensure that agricultural investments support proper nutrition, [...]

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Post image for Philippines, China strengthen bilateral ties

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and Jilin province in China have committed to strengthen bilateral cooperation and trade, particularly in agriculture and fisheries. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala bared this meeting of minds after talking with former Chinese minister of agriculture Sun Zhengcai, also the secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Jilin, [...]

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Post image for Agricultural credit and constraints

Being an agricultural country, 63 percent of Pakistan’s total population is directly or indirectly engaged in the agricultural sector. According to a rough estimate, 45 percent of the total labour force of the country is employed by this sector. Hence, economic analysts commonly assume that whether it is a positive variation in agricultural productivity or [...]

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Post image for Can Organic Feed the World?

Can organic farming produce enough food to feed the world? Yes, according to a new book by a German agricultural expert. But many skeptics, including Germany’s development minister, aren’t convinced. The question of whether organic food can help tackle world hunger is a subject of heated debate. It’s also the topic of a new provocatively-named [...]

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Post image for Clinton Urges Sharper Focus On Women in Global Agriculture

Washington — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says that while it is important to respond to urgent food crises, it is imperative that the international community stay focused on the long-term goal of strengthening global agriculture to reduce hunger and malnutrition. “The United Nations estimates that we need to increase global food production by [...]

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Post image for Wildfires cost Texas agriculture nearly $200 million

Agricultural losses from wildfires in Texas this year are approaching $200 million, increasing the toll for the state’s worst year of drought and fires, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at Texas A&M University said Monday. The service reported that losses topped $150 million but updated that figure later in the day after new data on [...]

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Post image for Agricultural exports jump on Chinese demand

China’s hunger for all forms of raw commodities is expected to underpin a 6.5 per cent surge in Australia’s agricultural export earnings to $34.6 billion this financial year. It comes after the value of Australian agricultural exports to China soared 32 per cent in 2010-11, on top of a 19 per cent gain the previous [...]

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Post image for Davis Breeder to Talk Changing Bee Industry in Argentina

Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey will deliver the keynote address at the beekeeping technology symposium on Production of Live Material at the 42nd Annual Apimondia International Beekeeping Congress, set Sept. 21-25 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cobey, who has a dual appointment at UC Davis, and Washington State University, will speak Friday, Sept. 23 on “Changes and [...]

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Post image for Markets React to Crop Conditions and Chinese Corn Rumors

Rumors are circulating that China is aggressively seeking corn from either the US or Argentina. With the US Department of Agriculture’s crop condition numbers showing another 2% decline in corn and a 3% decline in soybeans, some of the “bears” who have been talking about much “better than anticipated” yields might have to eat a [...]

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