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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 U.S. sells first cherries to Western Australia

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the North American country made its first ever shipments of cherries to Western Australia (WA) this month. In a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report, the USDA claimed it was the first fresh U.S. fruit to gain access to the state’s market, arriving Jul. 13. Californian [...]

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Post image for Meat Processor Shuanghui to Accelerate Pig Breeding Business

China’s largest meat processor Shuanghui Group, parent of listed arm Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co. Ltd. (000895.SZ), said it would expand its pig breeding business to ensure meat quality following the clenobuterol hydrochloride scandal which engulfed the company in March. Shuanghui plans to speed up the development of its pig breeding business by building [...]

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Post image for Opinion: South American exports meet U.S. food safety ‘gold standard’

Christopher Columbus put South America on the fruit export map in the 1400’s with the introduction of pineapples to Spain, while in the 19th century the continent’s first avocadoes were introduced in the U.S. Fast forward to 2011 and South America continues to play an important role in supplying the world, particularly the U.S., with [...]

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Post image for Fruit failure: Mother Nature deals area farmers and eaters a blow — few apples and even fewer peaches

This time of year, Frank Gieringer’s peach trees are usually dripping with fruit. This year, there’s hardly a drop in the bucket. “We’re short of fruit. On the tree fruit, I would say we have maybe a 10 percent crop. Like 90 percent loss,” says Gieringer, owner of Gieringers Orchard in Edgerton. “And we have [...]

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Post image for Area farmers embrace global produce for South Jersey’s diverse population

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Morris Gbolo’s farm officially opened for the season Thursday, his fields sitting 4,500 miles from where he learned to grow the West African crops he harvests now in South Jersey. His Manheim Avenue fields bear produce foreign to the dirt and dinner plates of most people in America, but to the growing [...]

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Post image for USDA seeks to eradicate Clermont beetle infestation

The presence of a tree killing beetle in Clermont County was confirmed June 20 by the United States Department of Agriculture. This unwelcome pest has the potential to eradicate Ohio’s hardwood trees, and harm the state’s lucrative timber and nursery industries according to the USDA. “A lot is at stake in Ohio and [the beetle] [...]

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Post image for Growing Water Deficit Threatening Grain Harvests

Analysis by Lester R. Brown WASHINGTON, Jul 20, 2011 (IPS) – Many countries are facing dangerous water shortages. As world demand for food has soared, millions of farmers have drilled too many irrigation wells in efforts to expand their harvests. As a result, water tables are falling and wells are going dry in some 20 [...]

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Post image for Food prices set to stay high, says UN food agency

Global food prices will remain high and volatile throughout this year and into next despite record food production. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) twice yearly Food Outlook analysis says rising demand will absorb most of the higher output. It says its index of food prices in May was at 232, only five [...]

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The following reports were compiled by AgriLife Extension for the week of Jan. 25: CENTRAL: The pecan harvest wound down. Corn, cotton and sorghum growers were preparing and fertilizing fields for spring plantings. December rains caused some ryegrass, wheat and oats to emerge. Winter feeding of cattle was in full swing [...]

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Damco, a global leader in supply chain solutions and freight forwarding has formed a partnership with Paramount Export Company based in Oakland, California which is a leader in the export of quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Paramount Exports works closely with some of the best growers and packers in the industry. As their logistics solutions [...]

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Rural Home Loans, a government-backed program, come with an array of financial benefits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture guarantees an amount of each loan, so the loans are often called USDA loans. For homebuyers looking for property on the outskirts of Scottsdale, Arizona a USDA loan may be ideal. Originally, the USDA introduced these loans [...]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks applications for grants to help farmers improve rural environmental quality and energy efficiency. The USDA is seeking proposals for grants to improve water quality, air quality and promote energy conservation. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $25 million through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program [...]

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Corn Products International announced Thursday it is planning investments in its Brazilian business to bolster its operations in the country, Latin America’s biggest economy. Corn Products International is a leading provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries. Its announcement reiterated the firm’s plans to invest between $75 million and $100 million over the next several [...]

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