Farming and Ranching is No ‘Get Rich Quick’ Scheme

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For some time now, the investment guru Jim Rogers has been encouraging young people not to pursue careers in high finance, but to become farmers. Rogers argues that in these times, farming is a greater path to wealth and riches than investment banking. Commodity prices are up, retail food prices are high and demand continues…


Swanton Berry Farm’s Cochran has hand in plan for regional farming, food distribution system

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DAVENPORT – With easily accessible, locally produced food as their goal, two men are working to create a regional farming and distribution system with the idea that decentralized agriculture can supplement the nation’s present agribusiness system. Friday, Swanton Berry Farm owner Jim Cochran and Larry Yee were in Ojai, literally working on a jigsaw puzzle…


Wheat market outlook (conclusion)

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Last wheat I was talking about the wheat market, and the fact that wheat is not wheat, all in preparation for a 20 minute outlook for the wheat market at the AAEA conference in Pittsburgh. I want to finish what I started. Earlier I talked about the distinction between high and low protein, red vs.…


‘Agro-climate’ posts ‘may help’ food security

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To counter the impacts of climate change on agriculture, the government has established climate observation posts nationwide. Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) head Sri Woro Budiati Harijono said Tuesday that the government would develop Agricultural Meteorology Stations (SMPK), commonly known as agro-climate posts, in 100 priority areas, saying that more accurate climate information was…


Biotech food for a warming planet

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Climate change is here, folks, and I’m not saying so because it’s hot outside. This is a big worry, or at least it should be. But big problems create big business opportunities: A California biotech company called Arcadia Biosciences has set out to help farmers do their part to slow down the process of global…


Jordan: GAM to boost food safety measures in Ramadan

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AMMAN – The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) on Monday announced that it will take certain measures during the holy month of Ramadan to ensure the safety of food and sweet dishes. "Demand on food, sweets and juices increases during Ramadan, so we will make sure that what people consume is healthy," Mervat Mhirat, director of…


Competition, measures to keep lid on food prices during Ramadan

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Abu Dhabi: Food prices are expected to fall during Ramadan as a result of competition and government price caps, a top official told Gulf News yesterday. Hashim Al Nuaimi, Head of the Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy, said yesterday that more than 500 inspectors from the ministry and the Departments of Economic…


Khalifa Humanitarian Foundation launches nationwide rice subsidy program during Ramadan

Abu Dhabi, Jul 23rd, 2011 (WAM) — The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation is gearing up preparations to carry out a nationwide program to subsidise rice as per directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The move, which reflects the President’s diligence to guarantee citizens their essential needs and…


Grocers see worst-ever month as food prices soar

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Higher food prices have landed UK grocers with their worst-ever month for sales, prompting a warning that investing in supermarkets "represents much higher risk than at any point in recent history". Overall UK sales rose 0.2% by volume in June, excluding fuel, narrowly beating market expectations, and a boost attributed largely to the early start…


Retail chains and Agriculture Minister Simon exchange barbs over Slovak food quality

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International retail chains operating in Slovakia are disturbed by the campaign they feel is being waged against them by Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon that accuses them of selling foodstuffs of inferior quality compared to the rest of the European Union, the SITA newswire wrote. "The Slovak Association of Trade and Tourism (ZOCR) would like to…


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