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"Immigration reform good for U.S. Economy, Agriculture"

Immigration reform continues to be a hot topic on the political scene and a priority for farmers and ranchers. In a session at the 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show, Tom Hertz of the Agriculture Department and Mark Delich of FWD.us discussed the economic and political realities of the.....

Sri Lanka signs US$125 million credit to modernize agriculture

Sri Lanka has signed a US$125 million credit with the World Bank that it hopes will help modernize the agriculture sector in the country. By modernizing the industry they hope to make it more environmentally sustainable and more alluring to modern businesses while increasing consumer demand.The share of.....

Susumu Tanaka, Salad Bowl:

"Bright future for horticulture in Asia"

The Asian horticulture market is transforming to meet with the fast growing demand and will see a significant growth in 2017 which is believed to be the trend onwards from 2018 to 2020. Farmers and owners are developing their products and adapting to solutions that will boost their businesses. Horticultural.....

US (LA): Growing local produce theme of Ag Expo seminar

The idea of growing food or at least getting food locally seems to be more than just a passing trend, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Kerry Heafner.That was a major topic of discussion during the seventh annual Ag Expo gardening seminar held at the West Monroe Convention Center Jan. 14.“Throughout.....

Higher wages trigger specialty crop mechanization in US

According to USDA-Economic Research Service economist, Tom Hertz, the decline in the number of Mexican workers working in U.S. agriculture is largely due to Mexico’s improved economy and more Mexican laborers staying home after the U.S.’s Great Recession.Tom Hertz is a federal government data.....

Stolen courgettes, big losses and changes in the menus

A touch of frost in Europe

The wintry weather has the European fruit and vegetable sector in a bind. The consequences of the snowfall in Spain and Italy are taking their toll on the sector. After previous reports about empty shelves in British supermarkets, the news regarding the weather's impact hasn't stopped. Examples include.....

US (LA): Good strawberry season expected despite freeze

Even after floods, freezing temperatures and droughts, Louisiana experts say that strawberry production is going to be relatively unaffected. Whitney Wallace with the LSU AgCenter doesn’t think there will be too much damage to this year’s strawberry crop. While the freeze may have affected some farmers, on.....

Walter Goesten: “Retail not responding!”

Europe gripped by sky-high vegetable prices

There is currently a very scarce supply of vegetables, and prices are sky-high. Due to the cold in southern countries, and minimal supply in Belgium and the Netherlands, various vegetable shelves in supermarkets are bare. Today, we received an update from Spain and other European countries about this bizarre.....

Trump to nominate Sonny Perdue as Ag Secretary

President-elect Donald J. Trump will name Sonny Perdue III, the former governor of Georgia, as the next U.S. secretary of agriculture, according to people familiar with the choice.Perdue, 70, would replace outgoing secretary Tom Vilsack, said the two people who asked not to be identified because the process.....

US (CO): Grants offered to help specialty crops

Colorado produces a wide variety of specialty crops, from peaches and apples to chilis. To help promote growth in production of specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried.....

Bangladesh: Tomato cultivation becomes profitable in Rajshahi

Amidst a good harvest and even better prices, the tomato growers almost everywhere in the region including the vast Barind tract are happy this winter."We didn't face any serious problem with the tomato crop this year," said Shariful Islam, a farmer of Pirijpur village under Godagari Upazila, who is happy.....

Qatar-Korea LED project to start production soon

Ambassador of South Korea to Qatar, Heung-kyeong Park, has said that a Qatar-Korea LED project with an initial capacity of producing 0.5 million MENA-tailored LED lights per year will soon become operational.“Hopefully, the project will start its production soon. Korea-Qatar LED project is in progress with a.....

Hydroponic growth trends for 2017

AmHydro took a look at leading industry research, customer opinion, and their own personal experience to capture what they believe will be specific trends in hydroponic growth we’ll see throughout this year and beyond. Check out their top 3 hydroponic industry growth trends below.Soil-less farming, indoor.....

Japanese & Australian governments sign agriculture memorandum

The Northern Territory and Japanese governments today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation which will maximise the access of Territory agri-­businesses to the Japanese market. The historic agreement, involving the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, will promote and progress research and.....

EU agriculture going through tough times

A new survey released by Copa & Cogeca confirms the difficult situation facing EU farmers and their cooperatives, hit hard by increasingly volatile markets, high input costs and red tape. This was also shown by new figures from the EU statistical office Eurostat which estimates another 2% drop in EU farm.....

EU: 12-month trade surplus in agri-food €18 billion

For the 12-month period from November 2015 to October 2016, EU agri-food exports reached a value of €129.9 billion, corresponding to an increase by 1.9% in value terms compared to the same period one year ago, according to the latest monthly report Monitoring EU Agri-Food Trade.Considering that agri-food.....

US: Import certificate requirement for organics from Mexico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Mexico’s National Service for Animal and Plant Health, Food Safety and Quality (SENASICA) are committed to increasing transparency and strengthening monitoring and enforcement controls for organic products traded between the.....

US: AMS streamlines import process

Importers of fruits, vegetables and specialty crops covered under “Section 8e” import regulations are benefiting from a faster and more streamlined process. The Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) participation in the government-wide International Trade Data System (ITDS) is expanding from a three-port.....

Canada could see locally grown okra soon

With the growing international population in Canada, it is also seeing a rise in demand for produce not conventionally grown by farmers in the country. One such vegetable which some researchers see promise in for Canadian cultivation is okra.Over six million kilograms of okra is imported into Canada every.....

US: Strawberry initiative seeks input from growers for future research

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture in cooperation with the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative are seeking input from growers as the multi-state research program enters a new phase of study.The "strawberry initiative" is a collaboration among 13 universities conducting.....

CAN (ON): Locally grown microgreens combat high food prices

A local greenhouse facility growing microgreens — seedlings of traditional vegetables with four times the nutrients — is helping pack a punch against imported vegetables by contributing to the local economy amid rising food prices. Greenbelt Microgreens, located outside Toronto in Gormley, Ont., grows the.....

Greenhouses for 59 more families in Armenia

With support from Argentinean-Armenian donors, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has launched the third phase of its increasingly popular greenhouse program in 10 communities of Armenia’s Tavush region.Metal framed greenhouses, each measuring 100 square meters and covered with high-quality polycarbonate and.....

Tips for prospective hydroponic basil growers

The woody herb can be sweet, savory, or peppery, and it smells amazing. Basil has been used some way in almost every place in the world and has collected its own interesting history throughout the ages. (For a century or two, basil was thought to spawn scorpions.)Basil belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae),.....

Chile is main supplier, aided by Peru

South American blueberry industry entering peak harvest period

“We are entering the peak of production in Chile. US retailers are transitioning into larger pack styles as a result,” says Lauren Del Rosario with Donio. Optimal weather conditions in Chile have spurred supplies. “By January 1st, volumes will really kick-off which will enable retailers to set promotions,”.....

Vietnam wants to become agriculture superpower

At a conference hosted in HCMC discussing agriculture development, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that Vietnam desires to rise and gradually become one of agricultural powerful countries in the world. The country’s agriculture must develop into a supply center of hi-tech farming products and play a.....

Australia: More than 20 horticulture scholarships up for grabs

Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation), urges growers and people working in the supply chain to apply for one of 22 scholarships to help propel their business to the next level.Closing on December 31, the Masterclass in Horticultural Business scholarships include 15 for vegetable businesses,.....

Artificial trees and vertical farms turn Europe’s cities green

Moss-covered boards that absorb city pollution and warehouses where fish and LED-lit lettuce grow side-by-side are helping to reshape the way that urban Europeans live their lives.People in Europe are increasingly living in dense urban spaces where pollution is worsened by the exhaust fumes of lorries that.....
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Spanish peppers sold in the US at optimal prices

North Americans from Arkansas to Michigan, from the East Coast to the West Coast, now under the government of Donald Trump, are again consuming peppers grown in the greenhouses of El Ejido or La Mojonera.At the moment it is not a huge operation; the volumes shipped are not very large, barely half a pallet.....

Belgian tomatoes cheaper in supermarket than at auction

The prices for several Belgian vegetables are relatively high at the moment. The homegrown vegetables that are available are sold at a good price. "Tomatoes were €2.50 per kilogram at the auction this Monday (19 December). This was due to the fact that a certain Belgian supermarket started a campaign.....

Belgian auctions start segmentation of bell peppers

Following the strain selection of tomatoes, LAVA has also started the segmentation and a strain list of bell peppers. “We want the blocks to be as uniform as possible at the various auctions,” says Raf de Blaiser from LAVA.For years, tomatoes have been divided into various types at LAVA, and for each type, a.....

Copa & Cogeca welcomes support to fight unfair trading practices

Copa & Cogeca welcomed support from EU Farm Ministers for legislation to be introduced on UTPs to strengthen farmers position and ensure a better functioning food supply chain.In a high-level meeting with the Slovak Presidency in Brussels, Cogeca President Thomas Magnusson said “We fully support your.....

NFU President Meurig Raymond:

UK: "Time is of the essence in tackling unfair practices"

NFU President Meurig Raymond has told the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain that time is of the essence in tackling unfair and abusive practices in the food supply chain.Mr Raymond represents EU farmers and co-operatives on the forum through the European farmers’ organisation.....

China to promote public-private partnerships in agriculture

China's government said on Monday it will promote public-private partnerships in its agricultural industry, the latest step to open up and modernise the nation's vast farming sector.Two key government bodies said in a joint statement they would support private capital being injected into areas of the sector.....

Top trends in grocery shopping for 2017

More digital connections and a speedier checkout process rank among the top trends for grocery shopping in 2017, says John Karolefski, veteran supermarket analyst and purveyor of GroceryStories.com.Karolefski also predicts a more diverse produce department, increased availability of meal kits, and better.....

US: Heirloom tomato imports up from Guatemala

Imports seem to be up significantly of heirloom tomatoes from Guatemala. “We’re bringing in more product than we did last year,” says Charlie Eagle of Pompano Beach, FL-based Southern Specialties. “We’re up about 30 per cent over last year.”Southern Specialties, who grow and import the company’s Southern.....

AUSVEG announces James Whiteside as new CEO

Australian vegetable industry body AUSVEG has announced the appointment of James Whiteside as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective Friday 9 December 2016.Mr Whiteside has an extensive background in agriculture and agribusiness, having served as Chief Operating Officer for Incitec Pivot Fertilisers.....

Mergers and alliances in the shipping industry

During 2016, shipping companies have embarked on a series of mergers and alliances to shore up their finances, improve their efficiency, and tackle the industry's oversupply.William Bennett, an analyst at VesselsValue, classified the five largest consolidated containerized shipping fleets and their market.....

USDA releases final rule on SNAP stock requirements

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently released rules requiring that SNAP-authorized food retailers stock at least seven (up from three in years past) varieties of items in each of USDA’s four staple food categories—Meat, poultry or fish; bread or cereals; vegetables or fruits; and dairy products......

Polish pepper growers aim to boost exports

In order to give a boost to Poland's export and sale of peppers, the Polish Association of Pepper Producers is asking the Ministry of Agriculture to approve the use of a special label and to register it in the EU. "This would be an extremely important contribution from the point of view of the development of.....

Australians prefer carrot, tomato and celery juice

While the northern hemisphere enjoys a white Christmas ringing with sleigh bells, Australians are looking to enjoy a slightly different festive soundscape this year, with the sound of juicers filled with fresh produce set to echo through our corridors.Carrots, tomatoes and celery are the top three most.....

US (MI): Blueberry growers to vote on referendum

Growers of blueberries in Michigan are preparing for a referendum. The referendum is going to cover the establishment of a Michigan Blueberry Research and Education Program and creating a Michigan Blueberry Commission. The vote will be conducted from January 9-20, 2017 and will be managed by the Michigan.....

Spain: Strong rainfall threatens to cut lettuce supply

Both this week and in the previous one there has been an abundant supply of iceberg lettuce on the market; a result not only of the advances in the seasons (due to the warm autumn), but also of the fear of the intense rain forecast in Murcia, Spain's largest lettuce producer."The sector has made lettuce.....

US trade surplus expected to increase in 2017

USDA forecasts U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2017 to reach $134 billion, up 1 percent from the previous forecast in August—largely due to expected increases in dairy and livestock byproduct exports.U.S. agricultural imports in fiscal year 2017 are projected at $113 billion, down 1 percent from the.....

US-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program revised

The USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the finalization of a revised greenhouse-grown plant certification program with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The United States‒Canada Greenhouse-Grown Plant Certification Program (GCP) is a bilateral export.....

Agriculture and technology in the Netherlands and California

It is clear that agriculture and technology can be a perfect match, so how are they getting along in California?The size of the agricultural sector in the state in combination with the worst drought in history drives (tech) smart solutions in water management to different levels. Irrigation system.....

India profits from Russian boycott

India benefits from Russian boycott. According to the DNA India, the price of fruit has decreased because there is more import from Europe and the US. These volumes have increased since Russia closed its borders."This definitely made fruit more affordable for the Indian consumer," says Gianchard Arora of IG.....

Dutch and Chinese horticulture meet at Zhejiang University

On 22 November, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai, and Zhejiang University together organized a Sino-Dutch Protected Horticulture Technology Seminar at the Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. Eleven Dutch companies and more than 30 Chinese companies attended.Mrs. Anneke Adema,.....

Looting of fields, greenhouses and warehouses

Spain: Increase in thefts of greenhouse vegetables in Almeria

The arrival of the cold and the increase in prices of some products has led to a continuous increase in the number of thefts over time that is causing great concern among Almerian farmers, mainly those located in the western region of Almeria, as they have been the most affected by this issue.Tonight,.....

New Zealand horticulture shows 'spectacular' growth

Horticulture has experienced a spectacular 40 percent growth in export earnings since 2014, according to a new report, with tariffs on exported produce down by 22 percent since 2012.The New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority (HEA) and Horticulture New Zealand commission the report New Zealand Horticulture.....

US: Horticultural exports continue to grow

The value of U.S. agricultural exports declined in 2015, reversing 5 consecutive years of export growth. Since 2000, developing countries—led by China—had been the main drivers of U.S. export gains.Horticultural exports were the only product group to grow in 2015, up about $266 million, increasing its share.....

Demand expected to pick up closer to Christmas

Mexico: Overlap in supply puts pressure on chili market

It’s peak season for chilies from Mexico. The season started mid-November and continues all the way through July. “Our chilies are grown in Mexico’s Nayarit, Sinaloa and Sonora regions,” says Carlos Villa with Higueral Produce.Extended California suppliesSupplies are very good, but Villa is disappointed.....

US (WA): Blueberry production up

Whatcom, Washington, is the biggest county when it comes to blueberry production. With an estimated 7,000 acres dedicated to growing the sweet blue fruit, it comprises nearly 40% of the total state production, according to Alan Schreiber, administrator of the Washington Blueberry Commission. Blueberries are.....

Volatile lettuce market in Italy

After a mild late October, November was characterised by sunny days alternated with drops in temperature. This more rigid weather, combined with periods of rain, affected the harvesting of vegetables. On the last 10 days of the month, temperatures increased again to reach 17/18°C.There was a drop in the.....

US (OH): Lack of food more widespread than many realize

Consumer spending for the holidays is up an estimated 10 percent this year. But amid plenty, hunger remains, particularly in Ohio.“One of the biggest misperceptions I’ve seen about hunger in Ohio is that people think it occurs only in very poor households,” said Pat Bebo, director of Community Nutrition.....

CAN (ON): First Nation gets acquainted with fresh produce

Eleven year old Mercedes Goodman and her friends in Sandy Lake First Nation, about 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., have seen carrots before but never whole peppers, tomatoes or cucumbers.However, this year, she and her family and the rest of the fly-in community are savouring the taste of a brand.....

US grocery store prices lower in Q3 2016

The food-at-home Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the third quarter of 2016 was 1.9 percent lower than the food-at-home CPI for the third quarter of 2015. Grocery store prices decreased, on average, across the board—with the exception of fresh fruits, which rose 2 percent.In addition to increases in domestic.....

Canada: Higher food prices expected in 2017

Canadians can expect to pay 3-5 per cent more for food in 2017, an increase of as much as $420 for an average family.That’s the conclusion of the seventh edition of Canada’s Food Price Report, published for the first time this year at Dalhousie.Built on the expertise of authors and advisors from four.....

Asia digs deep to upgrade its agriculture

Even the most technologically advanced indoor farm starts with a very basic problem. When you take sunlight out of the equation you gain more control, but you also lose a whole lot of free energy.The bankruptcy of a Japanese farming venture in 2015 highlighted this dilemma. The factory had been touted in the.....

US: Skyrocketing land prices force growers to rent

Helena and Matthew Sylvester would love to plant fruit trees and blackberries on their Bay Area organic farm, but they’re holding off because they don’t own the land. Like a growing number of young farmers across the country, they lease it year-to-year. That means the Sylvesters must weigh every improvement.....

EU investment initiative to boost financing for rural economy

The first pilot projects under the new initiative for investment in EU rural areas, outlined at last month's high-level 2nd annual EAFRD fi-compass Conference on financial instruments, are encouraged to get started before the end of the year, it has emerged this week, as talks with the first interested.....

US: Trump to nominate Pruitt to lead EPA

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a critic of federal environmental regulation, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, his transition team said on Thursday.The choice, which enraged environmental activists and cheered the oil industry, signals that.....

AREFLH reaffirms commitment to Fruit and Vegetable CMO

The Associations of Producers’ Organizations of the AREFLH met during a seminar organized in Brussels on the 5th and 6th of December 2016.Invited by Mr. Jean Louis MOULON, President of the AREFLH Producers' College, more than 20 representatives of APO members debated the main challenges the European fruit.....

Canada: Incubator uses Growing Forward 2 funding for local food

A not-for-profit food business Incubator in Toronto is helping entrepreneurs get their fledgling food companies off the ground.Food Starter offers food prep, processing, packaging and storage facilities to industry entrants at a reduced rate, as well as courses to teach entrepreneurs about key aspects of the.....

Asian food continues to be popular in Australia

The flavours of some of Australia's nearest neighbours are continuing to inspire home chefs, with Chinese, Thai and Indian cuisines among the most popular options for consumers looking to expand their cooking repertoire in the coming year. The findings of new fresh vegetable consumer research from Project.....

US: Growing ag industry has trouble attracting youngsters

While agriculture has become a hot sector for job growth (USDA Employment Opportunities Report, 2015), a just-released survey shows only 13 percent of high school and college students are interested in pursuing a career in the agriculture industry – and just 3 percent can identify it as one of the best.....

New data available on Spanish acreage:

Spain: La Axarquia region loses over 100 hectares of greenhouses

Although the greenhouse acreage in the region of La Axarquia has remained more or less stable compared to 2015, with 741 hectares (only nine hectares down), the protected vegetable production in the eastern part of the province is losing ground to subtropical fruits, mainly mangoes and avocados.According to.....

Turkish veg doing well in Europe

Turkish produce exporter Finkum, is actively developing its presence in Europe. The company has already opened a European office in the Netherlands and is now applying for the GlobalGAP certificate in order to supply directly to European retail chains. Finkum has also struck up a partnership with the Dutch.....

Leamington lays foundation for Greenhouse Centre of Excellence

Leamington might need to change its "Tomato Capital of Canada" title now that official plans have been announced for the realization of a Greenhouse Centre of Excellence, turning Leamington into the "Greenhouse Capital of Canada". Last Friday, the Leamington Chamber of Commerce hosted the local greenhouse.....

Essex County growers want to stop cap and trade

Essex County greenhouse growers are calling for a deferral of the provincial government’s cap and trade program set to begin Jan. 1.“This is going to devastate us as a company,” said Gerry Mastronardi, a Leamington greenhouse operator. “If they want Ontario to be fed by other countries, they’re going in the.....

HortNZ: "Exporters gain flexibility from law changes"

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes the New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority (HEA) Amendment Bill, says chief executive Mike Chapman."Clarity around export market entry and exit, as well as the flexibility of multi-tier export licensing are key changes that will benefit horticulture exporters," Mr Chapman.....

CAN (NS): Low blueberry prices "unsustainable"

Low prices are affecting the berry growers of Nova Scotia. Farmers are claiming the prices are currently unsustainable and that many farms may go out of business if nothing changes. Their only hope, they say, is a beneficial tariff elimination in the Canada-EU trade agreement. They hope that this will be a.....

Addressing problems with phytosanitary certificates in Japan

The phytosanitary inspection services of Japan is used to closely examine your export-related documents used for shipping. Document failures are not accepted. The most effective way to avoid problems is to double check the accuracy and completeness of the documents accompanying the products and goods you are.....