Shrimp farmers hope for clean start

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Shrimp farmers in the coastal provinces of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, who have been suffering unprecedented losses of shrimp, began cultivation after two months of little activity. Farmers in the coastal province of Bac Lieu, the second hardest-hit locality after Soc Trang Province, decided to resume production in some areas after their ponds were…


Fresh crop of farmers markets is springing up nationwide

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  SAN FRANCISCO — If it seems like farmers markets are popping up like weeds, it’s because they are. New data out from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that more than 1,000 farmers markets have opened in the past year, up 17% from 2010. These markets allow farmers to sell their produce directly to…


Crop Report (August 6)

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More than 99 percent of Texas was in one level of drought or another by the last week of July, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More than 90 percent of the state was in an extreme drought; 75 percent in an exceptional drought, according to the monitor. Daytime high temperatures continued to challenge or…


Warm weather permits French farmers to advance wheat harvest

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FRANCE’S wheat harvest, the European Union’s biggest, advanced in the past four days as sunny weather and temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) allowed fields to dry and farmers to cut crops. More than 70% of French wheat had been harvested by Tuesday, and first indications are that rain in past weeks hasn’t…


Double success for Down farmers at Ireland’s top dairy livestock event

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FATHER and daughter, Ivan and Louise Robinson from Ballgowan, Co Down have won Highest EBI and Best Protein Awards at the prestigious Baileys Irish Champion Cow Competition which was held last weekend at the 70th Virginia Show in Co. Cavan. Their cow Glaslough Charles Fancy registered 1522 kgs of fat & protein (3.53 % protein…


Scotland’s beef farmers handed funding lifeline

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Scotland’s most vulnerable beef farmers will continue to receive financial aid as part of an interim government scheme to replace current support payments. The €30m Scottish Beef Scheme will target payments towards small farms in hills and other less favoured areas where conditions are deemed as very poor. The scheme, which will come into force…


Salt-resistant potatoes?

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Dutch farmers and scientists are developing salt-resistant potatoes; a local experiment with international interest and global potential. The trial on Texel, a northern Dutch island, involves 30 varieties, 26 of them new ones derived from four salt-resistant races that were discovered last year, reported Radio Netherlands. The company running the trial, Sea Kale, recently harvested…


Survey of farm use of water

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FARMERS and growers will be surveyed on how much water they use, what they do to conserve it and how they could be affected by climate change. The NFU is launching its Water Survey, which takes place every five years, to get an up-to-date picture of water use on farms. After three unusually dry winters…


Agriculture Association protests in Bekaa against lack of govt support

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BEIRUT: The Agriculture Association in Lebanon held a protest in the Bekaa Sunday against lack of government support, briefly blocking the Riyaq-Baalbek road near Majdalyoun. The farmers demanded that the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon work harder to support and promote the agricultural sector, the National News Agency reported. IDAL runs Export Plus, an export…


Illinois Soybean Association recognizes two Pike County farmers

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Soybean Association recognized two Pike County farmers Sunday at its annual meeting. Mark Sprague of Hull was presented with the 2011 Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Award, and Philip Bradshaw of Griggsville is the state’s nominee for the American Soybean Association Meritorious Service Award. Bradshaw was one of four industry leaders…


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