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Mitigating Climate Change Through Agriculture

Deutsche Bahn Research recently produced a paper on “Mitigating climate change through agriculture,” with the reduction of postharvest losses as a possible outcome of efforts. http://www.dbresearch.com/PROD/DBR_INTERNET_EN-PROD/PROD0000000000278568/Mitigating+climate+change+through+agriculture%3A+An+untapped+potential.pdf

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Experts Outline Options for Ending Horn of Africa’s Food Vulnerability

Experts at a conference hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), and the CGIAR Consortium unanimously called for more agricultural research, market infrastructure development, and robust policies and partnerships. Practical applications included: diversification of crops better suited for drylands, better storage, partnerships to scale up […]

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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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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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Aiding Famine Victims in Somalia

The Somalian famine is seen as a result of bad politics, terrorist activity in blocking aid, and Western countries being unsure of how to interact with the unstable government. Drought and climate change have a large role in the famine, but it is the issue of governmental instability that prevents the country from reversing their […]

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Corn Production up in 1st Half

The Philippines witnessed increased corn crop production, due to good weather, area expansion, availability of corn varieties, good farmgate prices, and stable prices of inputs. This boom in production is seen as positive as the country is trying to shift from total dependency on rice as a staple crop to white corn, in order to […]

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World Food Programme (WFP) Donates 19 Field Vehiclese

Sri Lanka was given 19 vehicles by the World Food Programme to be used to aid food security, reduce postharvest losses, and more, while the SL Agriculture Minister talked about the dangers of pesticides, movement toward organic farming, agricultural research and education, and rice self-sufficiency. http://www.priu.gov.lk/news_update/Current_Affairs/ca201107/20110727wfp_donates_19_field_vehicles.htm

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Initial Oilseed Rape Yields Are Encouraging

Ireland postharvest assessment of what brought in higher yields (fungicides, etc.) The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) recently launched the TELLUS project, a comprehensive soil analysis programme of the border counties from Donegal to Louth. The information gathered will be invaluable for tillage and livestock farmers in providing detailed data on soil nutrients and facilitating […]

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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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In Defence of Rwanda’s Agricultural Underperformance

Rwanda is being held back by education, irrigation and drought issues, and a perceived risk in agricultural payback. The Minister of Agriculture is focusing on crop intensification projects, consolidating farmer land into cooperatives, and investing in postharvest infrastructure as a means to address the subpar agricultural results. http://www.independent.co.ug/News/regional-news/4415-in-defence-of-rwandas-agricultural-underperformance

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