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U.S. Federal Reserve Beige Book: Richmond District

Hurricane Irene took 56% of available corn crop for harvesting from South Carolina, while North Carolina reported wide-scale damage to storage facilities, field crops, and agricultural businesses. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-07/u-s-federal-reserve-beige-book-richmond-district-text-.html

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University Course Georgia Tech

UNIVERSITY COURSE (PDF) Georgia Tech offering Cold Chain Management Certificate

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GRAINS-U.S. Wheat Surges on Talk of Low Yields

Wheat crop quality not good, prices high, due to weather “U.S. wheat prices surged on Tuesday for a sixth straight session of gains as talk of low yields from the spring wheat harvest helped the market reverse early losses.” The turnaround in wheat futures also helped corn and soybean futures to pare losses, with corn […]

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Hillary Clinton makes Remarks on the Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Remarks made at IFPRI in Washington, D.C. http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/08/170417.htm

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Improving Food Security by Reducing Post-Harvest Losses

‘Improving Food Security by Reducing Post-Harvest Losses’ will be held September 20, 2011, and will be held by Abt Associates, GrainPro, and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. Conference agenda is on the website. http://www.partnership-africa.org/content/improving-food-security-reducing-post-harvest-losses

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Head of Global Harvest Initiative Says Food Program Should Focus on Ending Corruption

In North America, US-based humanitarian and development organizations such as the “Feed the Future” campaign are urged to target the corruption in African countries, as many agribusiness companies will not invest in those with high levels of corruption.

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Southern Colorado Drought Hurting Farmers, Ranchers

Drought is affecting southern Colorado farmers but will not have an impact on prices, as excessive rains in the north will make up for the 30% losses by their southern counterparts. An estimated 5 million bushel increase in winter-wheat production is predicted for the state overall. http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_18526924

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Mixed Weather

US mixed climate and weather issues, as well as foreign trade prices and imports, are affecting the trading prices of cash grains, early purchasing and selling, and quality decline in corn and beans.  http://www.insidefutures.com/article/297400/MIXED%20%20WEATHER.html

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Fact Sheet: Increasing Prosperity in India, U.S., Africa

The United States and India will continue to negotiate a bilateral investment treaty, which includes collaborating on food security issues in Africa, and the US aiding India in improving farm-to-market practices in order to reduce PHL. The two countries will aid the countries of Liberia, Malawi, and Kenya to “improve agricultural production by sending participants from […]

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