GFB Asks Congressmen to Oppose Tobacco Barrier to Trade

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Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall sent a letter to Georgia’s Congressional delegation on July 20 urging them to oppose a "dear colleague" letter from Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.). Sanchez’ letter asked United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and members of the House to remove tobacco leaf and tobacco products from negotiations of the Trans…


EU gives Lebanon agriculture $20-mln boost

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BEIRUT: The European Union provided Lebanon’s Agriculture Ministry Friday a grant of 14 million euros ($20.14 million) to fund a four-year agricultural and rural development program. The grant agreement was signed between Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan and Angelina Eichhorst, head of the EU delegation to Lebanon. “The current agreement with the EU aims at…


VN, Mexico to foster team-work in agriculture

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Vietnam and Mexico have concluded to enhance shared team-work in cultivation in a future. The agreement was done during a new assembly between Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Le Thanh Tung and Mexican Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa), Francisco Mayorga. During a meeting, both sides have made positive comment on advantages…


The Risk of Farming

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The headlines tell quite a story.  Wet spring and late planting in the Eastern Cornbelt.  Wet weather and vast acreage of spring wheat not planted.  Drought conditions destroying wheat and corn in the Southern Plains.  Extreme day and night temperatures hurting corn across the Cornbelt.  For farmers without crop insurance or on the edge of…


Corn, cotton help Dow Chemical beat profit hopes

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A jump in agriculture profits, spurred by bumper demand for cotton seed and cereals herbicides, helped Dow Chemical post a 73% jump in earnings, beating Wall Street expectations. The industrial heavyweight, whose technology is used in everything from paints to smartphones, reported earnings attributable to holders of its common stock of $982m for the April-to-June…


Agriculture in Vietnam gets a boost with new public-private sector project

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Twelve global companies have joined with the Government of Vietnam to launch a public-private task force to advance sustainable agricultural growth in the country. Developed through discussions of the Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture Initiative, the task force will take an innovative approach to improve food security and agricultural sustainability nationwide. As the first of…


Dip in land and shares puts cloud over farm sector

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Farmland prices have slipped for a third successive month in the US, and share prices in agricultural groups markedly underperformed the market, raising a question mark over the sector’s standing with investors. Farm values, while continuing this month a rise in prices stretching back to the start of 2010, rose more slowly than in June,…


IFAD helps Vietnam develop agriculture

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The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) has pledged to provide USD48.35 million in loans for the agricultural project in Vietnam. Illustration photo On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, Vietnamese ambassador to Italy, Dang Khanh Thoai signed an agreement with IFAD at its headquarters in Rome on February 25. This is the biggest IFAD aid…


EU promotes intellectual property in agriculture

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The EU has begun a joint effort with Vietnamese agencies to protect agricultural diversity in the country. The signing ceremony in Hanoi on May 19 The EU Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) and the Plant Variety Protection Office under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)’s Department of Crop Production signed a Memorandum…


Cows’ stomachs could hold key to green fuels

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Scottish scientists are investigating how tiny organisms found in the stomachs of cows could be used to create valuable industrial products including biofuels and pharmaceutical building blocks from waste plant materials. A three-way collaboration between life sciences company Ingenza, leading researcher Professor John Wallace, of the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen, and the ARK-Genomics facility in…


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