September 2011

Post image for PepsiCo to share farming expertise with China

PepsiCo Inc said on Monday it plans to work with the Chinese government to promote sustainable farming and speed the development of China’s rural areas, its latest effort to raise its profile in a growing market.PepsiCo said its memorandum of understanding with China calls for the company and the Ministry of Agriculture to build and [...]

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Post image for Food security in South Africa

Agricultural innovation needs to be encouraged in a responsible manner and not strangled by a bureaucratic regulatory system. MORE than 200 years ago, the political economist, Thomas Malthus, predicted that population growth would eventually exceed the world’s ability to feed so many people. The challenge today is to feed additional billions, and this can be [...]

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Post image for EU Court rules on GMO contamination; opens door to biotech liability

By Rady Ananda On Sept. 6, the European Union’s top court paved the way for farmers and beekeepers to recoup losses when their crops or honey become genetically contaminated from neighboring GM fields. The European Court of Justice ruled that all food products containing GMOs – whether intentional or not – must undergo an approval process. This marks [...]

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Post image for Sen. Pat Roberts: Trade  Agreements are Long Overdue and Hurting Kansas Agriculture and Aviation Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the Senate floor, Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, called on President Obama to send the pending trade agreements with Korea, Panama and Columbia to the Senate for a vote, saying their inaction is hurting the economy and thousands of Kansas jobs.

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Post image for Will there be enough corn?

Will there be enough corn? Agricultural economists across the country are pondering this question. “With the 2011 corn crop not likely big enough to meet demand and as prices continue to rise, livestock producers soon might be facing a critical decision: whether they should reduce their use of corn for feed,” said Chris Hurt, a [...]

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Post image for Virginia’s Apple Harvest Looks Good

The weather in 2011 has been hard on many of Virginia’s agricultural crops, but the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the outlook for the 2011 apple crop is very good. In early September, staff from VDACS’ Office of Sales and Market Development contacted growers representing the state’s major apple-growing areas and the [...]

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Post image for Plan farms for climate change: Minister

Adapting agriculture in Africa to accommodate drastic climate changes will reap benefits for future food security and the poor, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says. “Food security is important to Africa’s economy as it impacts heavily on a country’s poverty alleviation and sustainable development plans,” she said at an African ministerial meeting on [...]

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Post image for Drought stress blankets Indiana, likely continues into harvest

The abnormally dry and drought conditions that most of Indiana is experiencing don’t appear to change as farmers statewide prepare for harvest, according to the associate state climatologist. Indiana is at the eastern end of a Midwest drought region, which has been classified as severe and covers much of central Illinois and part of southeast [...]

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Post image for Highly Leveraged Agriculture Will Keep Food Prices Volatile And High

With food prices remaining stubbornly high near record levels, price swings and volatility have come to constitute a new normal in the commodities complex.  While pass-through to consumers is slow, this will put renewed pressure on producers, leveraged in terms of efficiency, and and will put the world’s poor at risk as small disruptions, such [...]

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Post image for Turkish experts due to visit Somalia to find permanent solutions

Turkish experts and journalists will travel to famine-stricken Somalia on Monday to find permanent solutions to the country’s problems. Turkish experts and journalists will travel to famine-stricken Somalia on Monday to find permanent solutions to the country’s problems. A delegation comprised of 170 people including experts of several Turkish institutions and journalists would fly to [...]

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Post image for Bee invaders attracted to fragrant gardens

For the second year in a row, the Al-Waha District, south of Alkhobar has become home to colonies of dwarf bees. Attracted by the flowering gardens of private homes in the suburb near the Arabian Gulf, the bees have built their combs suspended from window ledges, under trellises and even attached to the security grills [...]

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Post image for Malaysian Palm Oil Inventory Drops as Ramadan Slows Harvests

Palm oil stockpiles in Malaysia, the second-largest grower, probably fell in August from a month earlier as the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan slowed harvests, according to a Bloomberg News survey. Inventories fell 5 percent to 1.9 million metric tons last month from 2 million tons in July, according to the median estimate in a [...]

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Post image for Michigan apple growers expecting a great crop this year

Not only will there be way more Michigan apples this year, they’ll probably be bigger and better looking too. According to estimates from the United States Department of Agriculture, Michigan apple growers are likely to produce 26.1 million bushels this season. The 5 year average is 19.5 million bushels. Only Washington and New York state [...]

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Post image for Bill eases growers’ creation of ponds

A move by two North Coast legislators to speed up the approval process for small farm irrigation ponds has earned the support of rival factions in the region’s water wars and is now one step away from becoming law. The legislation by Democratic Assemblymen Jared Huffman of San Rafael and Wes Chesbro of Arcata would [...]

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