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Courtesy U.C. Riverside/Mike Lewis -- California gardeners harvesting their summer produce may encounter a new pest aAI the bagrada bug. The native of Africa, which made its first California appearance in Los Angeles County six years ago, has been sighted in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 03:55 am
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