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6 min ago | Reuters

USDA chief says urged Buffett to ready BNSF for record crops

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year. Vilsack said on Tuesday that Buffett, who heads the sprawling conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, recognized the challenge and indicated his company was taking steps.


Related Topix: Science, US News, United States Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, Warren Buffett, Construction, Berkshire Hathaway, Empire Group, Investment Services

4 hrs ago | Torontoist

Public Works: Proving Urban Agriculture's Worth

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. From backyard gardeners to sophisticated startups to students at schools right here in Toronto , city dwellers are embracing urban agriculture in a big way.


Related Topix: Science, Non-Profit, Home Gardening, Home

8 hrs ago | WOZZ-FM Appleton

Recent frost not enough to kill crops on Wisconsin...

Wisconsin farmers are not ready to end their growing season just yet -- and they won't have to, because last weekend's frost was not bad enough to kill the crops. The National Ag Statistics Service says 8 percent of the Wisconsin corn is rated mature.


Related Topix: Science

12 hrs ago | KNDO

5 investment risks created by global warming

If the Earth's climate continues to see more weather and temperature volatility, new types of risk will rise to the forefront of corporate and individual concern. Investors should begin making themselves aware of some of the major threats to future economic growth and some of the industries that could be most affected.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Science

16 hrs ago | Bangkok Post

UN: 100m people saved from hunger

The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years, though one in nine are still undernourished, with Asia home to the majority of the underfed, the UN said Tuesday. In Asia, the fight against hunger has been helped by improvements in Thailand, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam in particular, thanks largely to their rapid economic growth over the past three decades.


Related Topix: Science

19 hrs ago | The Brattleboro Reformer

US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition

The very last buyout checks, totaling about $916.5 million, go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They're the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia, when the leaf became the chief cash crop of the Jamestown colony.

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Related Topix: Science, Smoking, Medicine, Health, Chatham, VA, Tobacco, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Altria Group

19 hrs ago | SFGate

UNH programs to hold agricultural research meeting

Those interested in agricultural research can attend a twilight presentation at Kingman Farm in Madbury hosted by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and UNH Cooperative Extension.


Related Topix: Science

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Lake Cowichan Gazette

Dave Stark seeks councillor's seat in Langley Township

He has a varied background, working with municipal government, running his own businesses, working with non-profits and with community schools. "The foundation of my belief system and platform is based upon people, relationships, and community.


Related Topix: Non-Profit, Science


Agriculture exhibit to open at LSU

An exhibit marking 100 years of the Cooperative Extension Service in Louisiana will open at the LSU Hill Memorial Library on Sept. 22. The exhibit will include historical documents regarding LSU president Thomas Boyd and the establishment of cooperative extension at LSU, photos from early extension agent annual reports and first-edition extension bulletins containing advice on farming and food safety.


Related Topix: Science


Hop growers face worker shortage

Normally, Joel Cervantes would be plowing hop yards, repairing equipment or watering down the dusty roadways of Double R Hop Ranches in the Yakima Valley. But with seasonal workers scarce, Cervantes last week had to unload hop vines by hand into the picking machine, an exhausting, dusty, entry-level task.


Related Topix: Science

South End Standard

THESE amazing crop circles have appeared on farm land in Rochford.

Pilot Matthew Williams captured the sight while flying 100ft over Meadow Brook Farm, near Cherry Orchard Way and Hall Road. Mr Willis, 42, from Wiltshire, took to the skies to film crops circles, after being convicted of criminal damage while make circles of his own.


Related Topix: Science


Iowa farming officials seek punishment for thieves

Iowa farm officials are seeking to enforce a mandatory minimum sentence for the felony theft of livestock and crops. Delegates of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation met last week to discuss proper punishment for people who steal cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans and other farm property, the Des Moines Register reported.


Related Topix: Science, Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Marketing

WXOW-TV La Crosse

Grain farmers strapped by rising cropland rent

An increase in rent for cropland in Wisconsin is strapping grain farmers who are dealing with plummeting prices for corn. Analysts say competition among farmers for land to grow crops or dump manure helped lead to an increase of about 8 percent for rented cropland this year compared to 2013.


Related Topix: Science

Bicester Advertiser

Cherry farms miss out on record crops

FARMERS around the country are boasting record cherry sales this year, but the fortunes of those in Oxfordshire have blossomed less well. Advertising agency Red Brick Road said that growers in the UK had shifted some 3,000 tonnes of the fruit to supermarkets - compared with 1,520 tonnes this time last year.


Related Topix: Science, Advertising, Life, Fruits, Food

The Washington Post

Hedge Funds Lower Crop Bets to Lowest Since January: Commodities

Hedge funds cut bullish wagers on agricultural commodities to the lowest since January before the U.S. forecast rising grain supplies and sent wheat, corn and soybean prices to four-year lows. Money managers lowered their net-long position on crops from coffee to wheat in 10 of the past 11 weeks, U.S. government data show.


Related Topix: Science, Harvest, Chicago, IL, US News, United States Department of Agriculture, Science / Technology

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Mid-Day Mumbai

Rs.5,700 crore loss in Kashmir floods: Assocham

New Delhi: Floods in Jammu and Kashmir have caused a loss of around Rs.5,700 crore with heavy damages to trade, hotels, restaurants, horticulture and handicraft, Assocham said Sunday. "The total losses are estimated to be Rs.2,630 crore for hotels, trade, agriculture and horticulture, roads and bridges, while infrastructure like railways, power and communication would have suffered a loss of around Rs.


Related Topix: India, World News, Science

WLUK-TV Green Bay

Wisconsin grape harvest starting slowly

Most say the picking is behind schedule by 10 days to two weeks, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. And they expect to get less fruit than last year because the hard winter, a cool summer and lots of rain hurt growing conditions.


Related Topix: Science, Oregon, WI, Stoughton, WI, Wine, Drink


Cargill fires first shot in legal battle over GMO trade responsibility

Trading giant Cargill said in court documents on Friday that it had lost more than $90 million because Syngenta sold Agrisure Viptera corn, known as MIR 162, to U.S. farmers without first obtaining import approval from China, which has turned away boatloads of U.S. crops containing the variety over the past year. The lawsuit will be a test case of who is ultimately responsible for such rejections that damage international trade: the seed companies that develop unapproved GMO traits or the merchants who sell grain that may be contaminated with it.


Related Topix: Science, Agriculture, ADM, Food

The Times of Israel

Sanctions propel Israel, Russia to expand agriculture ties

EU sanctions against Israel and US measures against Russia may be driving the two target nations together. Agricultural Minister Yair Shamir has told Russian media that Russia's need for fresh produce is "a great opportunity" for Israel.


Related Topix: Israel, World News, Middle East, Science, Palestinian Territories

WSFA-TV Montgomery

Why not plant vegetables this fall?

As your late summer vegetable harvest winds down, why not celebrate a great home gardening season by planting some more!! What? you may ask. The leaves on the trees are starting to change color already and were getting out scarves and sweaters.


Related Topix: Life, Food, Vegetables, Home Gardening, Home, Science, Vitamin A, Supplement