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Spanish water reservoirs at 50% of their capacity after the latest rains and ahead of the thaw

Spanish water reservoirs are at 50% of their total capacity after the rains recorded over the last week and ahead of the thaw and new rains that the State Meteorological…

Inventor of pipe rail system Jaap Zegwaard passed away

On Sunday 10 January, horticulturist Jaap Zegwaard, who gained worldwide fame as the inventor of the pipe rail system, passed away. In the 60's of the 20th century, Zegwaard was the first horticulturist in the world to lay heating pipes in greenhouses on the ground, so that they could immediately serve…

Graham Eardley - Eardley International

"I don’t think many people can comprehend the carnage which is about to ensue"

Trucks trying to leave the UK are experiencing a wait of between 6-10 hours at the shuttle which is the main exit route from the UK. “It is a complete and utter mess,” says Graham Eardley from transport company Eardley International. “In addition to an increased amount of traffic trying to get through,…

Xinyang Normal University, China:

Telling children that carrots help them see in the dark ‘can damage them in later life’

Researchers from China’s Xinyang Normal University have stated that telling kids ‘white lies’ like “Eating carrots will help you see in the dark” could give them psychological problems in later life. The study showed that these sorts of sayings cause anxiety and can later affect teenagers’ relationships…

PMA virtual town hall

How the US election outcome may influence and impact policy for the produce industry

This week’s virtual town hall examined the impact of the 2020 elections on the fresh produce and floral industries, with a specific focus on policy implications. Richard Owen, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Team Lead at PMA, who led the panel, says: “When we set out to do this town hall, we knew we’d…

Under the restarted Seasonal Worker Program

First charter flight of Pacific Island workers lands in central Queensland

The first charter flight of farm workers from the Pacific Islands has arrived in Queensland. One hundred and fifty workers, many from Tonga, arrived in Emerald in central…

For H-2A visa program

US Department of Labor announces frozen wage rates for most Ag jobs until 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced updates to their methodology for determining the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) in the H-2A visa program, meaning that they have altered the way they determine the minimum wage for workers on the H-2A program. The new rule will allow farms to pay lower…

Column Elena Malkova, Confidenca Coaching

"Involvement starts with the right communication"

"Last week I spoke with a director of a large organization about how he and his people are doing in the present situation. And although he was very positive about how his team is dealing with the changes and unusual circumstances, he also talked about his new challenge: extra attention for involvement…


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