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11 December 2017 | Online since 2003

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Jamaica | 11 December 2017
Thieves rob Jamaican farmer of cattle worth over $1m

A St Ann cattle farmer has lost over $1 million in livestock due theft over the past three months. Eric Jaggon, owner of Leyford Farm in Golden Grove in the parish, told the Jamaica Observer North ...


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USA | 11 December 2017
Have yourself a multi-coloured Christmas! New Jersey farm puts a fun spin on trees

A farm in New Jersey produces and sells bright rainbow Christmas trees and the holidays just got a whole jollier. Wyckoff's Christmas Tree Farm sits on sixty-five acres of land in Belvidere, New Je...


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New Zealand | 11 December 2017
Vertical farming solution to New Zealand urbanisation

A New York-based sustainability strategist, Henry Gordon-Smith, said more and more young people were attracted to vertical farming. Vertical farming is producing food on vertically stacked layers, ...


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USA | 11 December 2017
Tax reform for American farmers and agriculture

It’s been more than three decades since Congress passed significant tax reform legislation. Since then, the tax code has become overwhelming in both its size and complexity, burdening working families...


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Kenya | 11 December 2017
Experts warn the agriculture sector is severely under-funded

County governments are starving agriculture of funds, putting efforts to improve food security in the country in jeopardy. On average, counties allocated a meagre six per cent to the sector in the...


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USA | 11 December 2017
Texas Farmer's Market celebrates women in agriculture

The Texas Farmer's Market celebrated women farmers over the weekend. There are more than 120,000 women farmers across the state, making up about 33 percent of Texas' farmers. To honor them, the ...


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USA | 10 December 2017
Florida agriculture desperate for post-Irma aid

Florida felt the full brunt of Hurricane Irma when it struck the state in September. It was the most destructive hurricane to hit Florida in decades. Packing winds of more than 130 mph and causing wid...


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Zimbabwe | 8 December 2017
New regime in Zimbabwe hands back land to evicted white farmer

The Zimbabwe government is overseeing the return of a white farmer to land that was seized from him at gunpoint, in what it hailed as a sign of the new president's "inclusiveness". Rob Smart, 71, w...


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USA | 8 December 2017
Antibiotics sales for use in US farm animals dropped in 2016

The sale and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals in the United States decreased by 10 percent from 2015 to 2016, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report sai...


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France | 8 December 2017
Inside a farm hidden under the streets of Paris

Something is growing underneath La Chapelle, a neighborhood north of central Paris. It's an underground farm by Cycloponics, a local indoor farming startup that harvests lettuce, herbs, and mushroo...


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South Africa | 8 December 2017
The state and economic contribution of agriculture in SA

NASTASSIA ARENDSE: I had a conversation with John Hudson, the divisional manager for agriculture at Nedbank on the agricultural scene in South Africa. JOHN HUDSON: I think the short answer is it ...


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India | 8 December 2017
Tractor aid to boost India agriculture income

The Assam agriculture department will distribute 10,119 tractors among self-help groups as part of its mission to double agricultural income by 2022. "We will distribute 10,119 tractors among self-...


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USA | 8 December 2017
NAFTA promotes US manufacturing in the food and agriculture sector

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is important to the frozen food and beverage industry and the 670,000 jobs the sector supports throughout the United States. Frozen food makers depend o...


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Canada | 8 December 2017
Few financial gains for carbon reduction in agriculture

Agriculture’s ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in the soil is gaining traction among climate change policy makers. “No other sector has this ability, and it is bein...


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Thailand | 7 December 2017
Thai activists urge ban on 'hazardous' farm chemicals

Thai Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN) will today submit a petition to the Ministry of Industry, asking it to ban the herbicide paraquat and the pesticide chlorpyrifos, while restricting the use of g...


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USA | 7 December 2017
Will Bitcoin work in agriculture?

If you checked the Internet lately, you’ve probably seen the words, Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain. I won’t describe them in great detail here, but Google is your friend. Currently, Bitcoi...


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Namibia | 7 December 2017
The AfDB gives loan to Namibia for education and agriculture

The funds would help reduce youth employment by boosting technical and vocational training, as well as reducing food imports. The development bank would finance 70.5% of an agriculture project whi...


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USA | 7 December 2017
FFAR awards $9.4 Million to spur next leap in agriculture

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan support in the 2014 Farm Bill, today announced a $9.4 million grant to the Soil Health Institute, the Soil ...


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Argentina | 7 December 2017
Argentina, Jamaica exploring collaboration on agriculture

Jamaica’s agriculture ministry and the Government of Argentina are discussing potential areas of cooperation particularly as regards the redevelopment of the island’s livestock industry. Minister K...


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United Kingdom | 7 December 2017
Agriculture 'is the key' to a prosperous Africa

Agriculture captures the African story like no other economic activity — both the ties and traditions of the past, and the promise of a bright future. Etched in our history, farming tugs us back to th...


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Singapore | 6 December 2017
Optimistic outlook for global palm oil market to boost agriculture stocks

A steady growth in the global palm oil market is set to boost the Singapore Exchange's (SGX) eight agricultural products stocks that have a combined market capitalisation of S$29 billion. In a mark...


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USA | 6 December 2017
If saving Florida agriculture is a priority, the time is now

Florida felt the full brunt of Hurricane Irma when it struck the state in September. It was the most destructive hurricane to hit Florida in decades. Packing winds of more than 130 mph and causing wid...


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Brazil | 6 December 2017
Agriculture adds jobs, helps lead Brazil economic recovery push

Agriculture has been the only sector of the Brazilian economy to add jobs this year, a farm lobby said on Tuesday, helping the country recover from its worst recession in a century even though a meat ...


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USA | 6 December 2017
Farm Bureau report says NAFTA worth $2.9 billion to Nebraska agriculture in 2016

Nebraska Farm Bureau leaders unveiled a report on Monday they hope will help convince President Trump and members of his administration that the North American Free Trade Agreement is critical to the ...


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South Africa | 6 December 2017
Agriculture rebound benefits SA's embattled economy

A recovery in agriculture gave GDP a surprise boost in the third quarter and has led to economists revising upwards their forecasts for the year. Mining and manufacturing also buoyed GDP in the thi...


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USA | 6 December 2017
USDA delays the Puerto Rico Census of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced it would delay the Puerto Rico Census of Agriculture until December 2018. Conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA says it will de...


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USA | 5 December 2017
Why some young workers are leaving white-collar jobs for farming

There was a time in the United States when it was very common to work as a farmer. In 1820, 72 percent of the workforce was employed in “farm occupations.” By the late 1980s, that figured had fallen t...


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New Zealand | 5 December 2017
NZ farming confidence plummets - survey

The Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey shows that the biggest drop in net confidence was for horticulturists, falling to 16 percent from 51 percent. Dairy farmers are also less optimistic, with net c...


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Germany | 5 December 2017
Totally nude German farmers flash everything in naked calendar

The stunning farm hands are seen in a variety of poses to illustrate the months of January to December, including straddling various tractors and pitchforking a field while bare-breasted. It was wa...


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USA | 5 December 2017
2017 US Census of Agriculture gets underway

This week, America’s farmers and ranchers of all sizes will be receiving the Census of Agriculture in their mailboxes. It’s taken every five-years by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics servic...




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