Green Fields: Iowa farmers outproduce China, Canada in grain

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If Iowa wants to think of itself as an agricultural superpower, it can go right ahead, based on a study by the Earth Policy Institute showing that Iowa farmers produced more grain, in tonnage, than either Canada or China, despite fewer acres. In 2010, Iowa produced 55 million tons of grain, mostly corn, on about…


Delta farmers tough strike by oyster deaths

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Farmers in a southern segment have suffered outrageous waste after nearly 3,000ha of oyster farms have been cheerless by diseases given March. According to a Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, this area accounts for 30 percent of a sum area underneath oyster farming. Total waste are estimated during 30 tonnes of oysters value scarcely…


Afghan farmers trade poppy seeds for wheat seeds

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NAWA, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The change of agriculture in Afghanistan is steadily steering away from the illegal crops which fund insurgent forces year after year. Civil Affairs Team 3, which is supporting the Afghan government, plans to continue providing wheat as an alternative to growing poppy and cannabis in Afghanistan’s Nawa District to drive…


Excessive rain and heat affecting farmers

As customers dwindle at the end of the day at Eichelberg Farms, a sign looms over the produce from the barn door, describing the farmer’s hardship this season. “This has been the most challenging time in 32 years of farming,” reads the sign. “Killer rain in April and May and drought in June and July.…


Crops feel the heat

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EFLAND — There’s an old saying, it’s not the heat. It’s the humidity. But farmers in Orange County are saying, no, it really is the scorching temperatures. "If we had to tag one thing, it would be heat," said Morris Shambley, owner of Shambley Farm on Mt. Willing Road in western Orange County. Of course,…


Farmers fear Congress might crack down on illegal labor

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BURLINGTON, Wash. — If you buy strawberry Haagen-Dazs ice cream, Steve Sakuma says, there’s an 80 percent chance that you’re going to get his berries, grown on some of the richest black soil in America, in northern Washington state, about 50 miles from the Canadian border. And he says there’s a very good chance that…


Urban farmers

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VietNamNet Bridge – Trai Cup resettlement zone in Ba Hien commune, Binh Xuyen district, the northern province of Vinh Phuc, looks like an urban residential area with asphalt roads, pavements, street lights, tapped water, etc., with over 200 families. The whole fields of Trai Cup’s farmers were devoted to building industrial zones three years ago.…


Farmers urged to modernise

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What is the farming community’s position now? Farmers suffer great disadvantage. They are weak economically and politically. I have repeatedly spoken about the matter at meetings with high-ranking leaders. Leaders from the central to grassroots levels agreed that not just money but also human resource training is needed. The quality of grassroots officials is not…


Lebanese farmers meet to discuss sector’s challenges

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BEIRUT: Lebanese farmers association held a meeting Thursday to discuss the challenges facing the agriculture sector in Lebanon and the solutions that must be adopted by the government to improve the performance of this sector. “The Lebanese agriculture sector is suffering a lot while the Agriculture Ministry is not properly assuming its responsibilities,” the association…


Pork-barrel politics lure poor farmers

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Free seeds, fertilizers, farming tools and financial capital, funded by taxpayer money, are up for grabs for thousands of poor farmers. But, as the assistance is channeled by political actors, it comes on condition: political loyalty. In the rice production center of Subang, West Java, for instance, farmers are held hostage by facilities provided by…


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