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INDIANAPOLIS Two Taiwanese trade groups have agreed to buy as much as $5 billion worth of corn and soybeans from Indiana and states in 2012 and 2013. Representatives of Taiwan’s Feed Industry Association and its Vegetable Oil Manufacturers Association signed letters of intent for the purchases Monday in Indianapolis with Indiana Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay. [...]

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 Rains damage various crops, prices to surge

KARACHI: Around 600,000 acres of cultivation belt in Sindh has been inundated with rainwater, which has caused a massive damage to standing crops of cotton, sugarcane and other agriculture commodities, Sindh Agriculture Forum (SAF) said on Saturday. Rainwater hit around 250,000 acre of the total fields, which are under cotton, 200,000 acres of land with [...]

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Post image for Dept. Agriculture to help transform Negros Island areas into ‘salad bowls’

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture will partner with local officials and farmers to transform semi-temperate areas in Negros Island as “vegetable salad bowls” in the Visayas that will provide the vegetable needs of the cities of San Carlos, Dumaguete, Bacolod and Cebu. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala recognized the vast potentials of two areas in Negros — the town [...]

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The Department of Horticulture today organized an awareness camp at Palmar to educate the local farmers about the latest techniques in fruit growing and the scope in the market . A large number of farmers of Palmar and adjoining villages attended the camp which was held under the supervision of   District Horticulture Officer, Manzoor [...]

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Post image for Now, a shandy for organic farmers

HUBLI: A weekly shandy exclusively for trading organic produce has started at Gadag – a first-of-its-kind initiative by the horticulture department under its Horti-Clinic Scheme. The fair, besides intending to boost organic cultivation, will bridge the gap between farmers and organic food lovers. The month-old shandy has already received good response from both farmers and [...]

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Post image for Rains cause Rs23 billion loss to crops in Sindh

KARACHI: Recent rains in southern Sindh have resulted in loss of more than Rs23 billion to major Kharif crops and vegetables, a growers’ body has estimated. Rains hit Badin, Golarchi, Tando Bago, Matli, Tando Muhammad Khan district, Tando Allahyar district, Tando Ghulam Ali, Mirpurkhas, Mithi, Hyderabad and some parts of Matiari district. Some areas received [...]

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