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US Embargo Caused Over US$104 Billion Direct Economic Damages to Cuba

The UN General Assembly Resolution 65/6 finds that the U.S. blockade on Cuban products has severely limited the development of agriculture on the island, as well as prevented the improvement of logistics activities such as collection, postharvest treatment, and distribution. This blockade has caused Cuba to heavily rely on imports from the US., which it […]

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Canada – Banner Year for Excess Moisture Insurance Claims

Agricultural insurance claims have hit an all-time high in Canada due to excessive moisture claims. The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation is estimating 7,000 postharvest claims and has noticed a distinct increase in participation in AgriInsurance. http://www.agroinsurance.com/en/news/?pid=17536&print=1

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Pioneer Talks Crops

Specific recommendations for farmers drying and storing corn, soybeans, and alfalfa, as well as postharvest fertilizer application and soil analysis are given by agriculture experts in Wisconsin in light of recent weather conditions. http://www.agriview.com/news/crop/pioneer-talks-crops/article_66b3cc60-0652-11e1-9183-001cc4c03286.html

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Heavy Rains Keeping Palm Beach County Farmers from Harvesting Crops

As flooding continues to ravage countries around the world, the US joins the community of farms with excessive moisture. Farmers have been unable to harvest or plant crops, costing about $400,000 a day for some corporations. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/business/heavy-rains-keeping-palm-beach-county-farmers-from/nLzJT/

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Food Processing Short Course 2012

Michigan State University is offering a short course on food processing, packaging, and value-addition with registration open for 2012 now. http://worldtap.msu.edu/event/food-processing-short-course-2012/

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U.S. Farm Report Weekly Recap

US regional weather has affected crop yields significantly this year. Arkansas rice yields are down 25%, wheat drilling in Kansas hasn’t started yet due to lack of subsoil moisture, and North Dakotan wheat has lost some test weight and is retaining low moisture levels  leading to an expected 40-50 bushels per acre. Food prices are […]

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Farmers in Eastern Rwanda Received Postharvest Courses

Two hundred and seventy-six farmers in Eastern Rwanda received postharvest handling and storage skills training through a US-funded, three-week course. The training helped connect farmers to World Food Programme offices, develop strong connections and facilitate further education within the region.

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Under Western Skies 3: September 9 – 13, 2014

Call for papers for “Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America” with a focus on agriculture, food, and food security. http://skies.mtroyal.ca/

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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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