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Post image for Kansas Gov. Brownback and ranchers travel to Russia, Kazakhstan

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman and beef producers from across the state are traveling to Russia and Kazakhstan Oct. 6 to17 to promote agriculture trade with those countries. “Agriculture is our state’s largest industry and a cornerstone of the Kansas economy,” Brownback said. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity to further [...]

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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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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 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 BASF Said to Be Close to Selling Fertilizer Assets to Yara

Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) — BASF SE, the world’s largest chemicals company, is poised to sell most of its nitrogen fertilizer assets to Yara International ASA, two people with knowledge of the situation said. Talks are advancing and an initial agreement may be reached by the end of September, said one of the people, who declined [...]

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Post image for Rio+20 summit co-ordinator seeks to put agriculture centre stage

UN executive Brice Lalonde says pinpointing one key area will focus minds and boost progress on other development goals The Rio+20 global development summit co-ordinator is pushing for a tight focus on agriculture in an attempt to inject new energy into the landmark event, the Guardian has learned. Such a departure from UN tradition could [...]

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Post image for Court expected to rule in favor of Agrexco’s liquidation today

State lashes back at institutionals for slackness, ignoring bad signs. Agrexco may become history today: The court is expected to rule on the company’s liquidation after bondholders rejected a creditors’ arrangement proposed by trustee manager Shlomo Nass. Meanwhile, the produce export company’s workers will be demonstrating outside the home of Agriculture Minister Orit Noked today [...]

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Post image for Changing Economy Helping Florida Citrus Growers Catch Up to Brazilians

HAINES CITY | Brazil’s booming economy makes it an up-and-coming player in the global marketplace, but its citrus industry is being left behind. The changing global economy is making Florida citrus more competitive with its longtime rival, said Tom Spreen, an agricultural economist at the University of Florida in Gainesville and an authority on the [...]

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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 Hawaii’s genetically modified papayas attacked

Thousands of papaya trees were chopped down on 10 acres of Big Island farmland under the cover of night last month. Hawaii County police said the destruction appeared to be done with a machete, but there are no leads and few clues beyond the tree stumps and all the fruit left to rot. “It’s hard [...]

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Post image for Experts Say World Will Feel Record Texas Drought

A report issued Wednesday by the Texas Agrilife Extension Service, an agency of the southwestern state, indicates that this year’s drought in Texas is among the worst on record and that agricultural production has fallen because of it. That is bad news for consumers around the world. More than 90 percent of the state is [...]

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Post image for Dry weather threatens Christmas tree crop

Some Christmas tree farmers in Texas are dealing with extremely hot and dry conditions and hoping it’s not already too late to have a happy holiday season. Nick Wiggins has been growing Christmas trees at plantation pines in Tyler for more than 20 years. But as the oaks, elms, and even the grass around his [...]

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Post image for Sunsweet Growers Acquires Function Drinks

Sunsweet Growers Inc. has acquired Function Drinks, a Southern Calfornia-based maker of dietary supplement beverages. Function’s core products–Urban Detox, Alternate Energy and Light Weight–are sold at retail nationwide. Sunsweet, which has over a third of the global prune market, also markets specialty dried fruit products and fruit juices, teas and waters available globally. Sunsweet views [...]

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Post image for Weather services warn of potential La Nina return

A new round of the extreme weather patterns that devastated production of iron ore, coal and agricultural crops such as wheat in Australia, South America and the U.S. in late 2010 could be poised to return this autumn and hit prices in the process, but with less serious consequences overall than last year, weather forecasters [...]

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