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Minnesota Workers Share Expertise Across the Globe

A Minnesota-based non-profit, Partners in Food Solutions, provides business and technical training to farmers abroad by matching food processing industry volunteers with businesses in developing nations. http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/224647761.html

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Bumper Crop Leads to Grain Storage Issues

Storage facilities in Saskatchewan, Canada have nearly filled with this year’s bumper grain crop, though some claim storage capacity never meets demand, bumper crop or not. Some farmers have resorted to on-ground storage. http://cjme.com/story/bumper-crop-leads-grain-storage-issues/133074

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US to help UP Minimize Postharvest Losses

The United States and the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have agreed to address postharvest losses by aligning US support as well as collaboration between universities from both countries. http://india.nydailynews.com/business/03e947c7216511bd6aeabb67f0f8d708/us-to-help-up-minimise-post-harvest-losses

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Government of Canada Invests in Technology to Reduce Waste in Grain Bins

The Canadian government plans to invest nearly $300,000 in research focused on developing imaging technology to monitor the moisture levels in grain bins. The projects aims to reduce waste, increase the competitiveness of Canadian grains, and contribute to global food security via the application of science and technology. http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/government-of-canada-invests-in-technology-to-reduce-waste-in-grain-bins-1824928.htm  

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ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss: Measurement and Technology Development Videos

The ADM Institute published a blog post on the AgriLinks Knowledge-Driven International Development (KDID) site about the benefits and obstacles of conducting international research on measurement and technology development. Three researcher videos were highlighted as well. http://agrilinks.kdid.org/blog/adm-institute-prevention-postharvest-loss-measurement-and-technology-development-videos

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Global Crop Yields Fail to Keep Pace with Demand

According to a study by researchers at the Institute on the Environment from the University of Minnesota, it is very likely the world will experience famine without an increase in agricultural research. Experts believe yields of major crops are not keeping pace with the food demands of a growing population. http://www.scidev.net/global/food-security/news/global-crop-yields-fail-to-keep-pace-with-demand.html

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Advancing Global Food Security: The Power of Science, Trade, and Business

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released the report, ‘Advancing Global Food Security: The Power of Science, Trade, and Business’, at their recent symposium in Washington, D.C. The report sites reducing loss as an essential element to sustainable intensification of agriculture. The Council also covered postharvest loss in a commentary piece leading up to the event. http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/UserFiles/File/GlobalAgDevelopment/Report/2013_Advancing_Global_Food_Security.pdf

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Reducing Food Waste May Feed Hungry Billions

At an annual meeting of the world’s largest scientific society, the American Chemical Society, the keynote speaker addressed the importance of reducing food loss and food waste in order to feed a population of 9 billion. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-08/health/38372064_1_food-supply-food-losses-waste

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New Book Outlines Best Practices for Stored Grains

A new publication from Kansas State University in the United States, Stored Product Protection, has been lauded the “most comprehensive manual on stored product protection in the world”. The book contains 350 pages and 31 chapters of information and resources for individuals involved in grain storage, commodity management, food storing and processing, and other related […]

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On Preventing Postharvest Loss

A United States government official says solving postharvest loss requires investment and scaling up of technologies, as well as cooperation between sectors. http://editorials.voa.gov/content/postharvest-development-josefernandez/1619843.html

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