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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling:

Nation's largest organic tree fruit grower to pay $95,000

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on April 3 that Stemilt Growers, the largest organic tree fruit grower in the United States, has to pay $95,000 to a Latina tractor driver after allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination."Sexual harassment dominates the national.....

Ontario, Canada

Fruit growers celebrate cool weather while Windsor-Essex shivers

While many people in the Windsor-Essex region (in the southern-most part of Ontario) peer through snowy windows in search of spring, fruit growers in the county are actually enjoying the cold spell. This is because although this freezing spring will delay the harvest, it will but protect the buds.After a.....

The lucky people with over $500,000,000

Where do the world's ultra rich people live?

These people are referred to as demi-billionaires and there are 6,900 of them.
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Central Victoria, Australia

Avocado madness getting out of hand

Someone has been defacing highway signs, precisely 13 km from the township of Avoca in Central Victoria, Australia. They do have a sense of humour, though.


Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh

Fear of stray tigers keeps bidders away from Indian mango orchards

The mango crop is quite good this year; the branches of trees are laden with fruits. Unfortunately, in this region, big cat attacks are not uncommon. Since 2016, as many as 24 people have lost their lives to tiger attacks in and around the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The surge.....

Honduras wants to replicate Peruvian agriculture initiatives

The agricultural production initiatives of Peru were presented to the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, as he is interested in replicating them in his country to benefit the less favored people.In the framework of the Summit of the Americas, Hernandez met with the president of Sierra Exportadora,.....

Hidden drought, the risk of abusing irrigation with solar energy

Solar energy has emerged as an inexhaustible force needed by poor farmers to irrigate their fields, but a lack of control and abusive practices can lead to a new "hidden drought" in aquifers.Solar technology in agriculture, which is in full expansion, allows increasing water extraction for the surface.....

"Essential that Chilean fruit sector gets ready for US safety standards."

Chile exported 870 thousand tons of fruit to the United States in the 2016-2017 period, which accounts for a third (33.4%) of all fruit exports.The entire Chilean production chain needs to consider the impact that the new regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Law (FSMA) implemented by that country will.....

Kenyan watermelon farmers witness invasion of fruit fly

Watermelon farmers in Sangach (in the east of Kenya’s Marakwet county) have witnessed an invasion of fruit flies, destroying their mature fruits that were ready for the market. The flies burrow into the fruit, destroying them in the process. Eventually the fruit rots before it even leaves the farm.The farmers,.....

Rocket Internet SE:

Selected companies show improvement in growth and profitability in 2017

Rocket Internet SE’s selected companies showed continued revenue and GMV growth and demonstrated progress on their way towards profitability in 2017. Aggregate revenue across the selected companies in the focus sectors Food & Groceries, Fashion, General Merchandise and Home & Living grew by 28% from.....

Nagpur and Amravati districts

India: Indiscriminate use of pesticides on oranges

Farmers have been indiscriminately using Profex Super, a broad spectrum insecticide (with combination of Cypermethrin and Profenofos), on orange trees for the past two years in almost all orange growing areas of the Nagpur and Amravati districts. This pesticide is not recommended for oranges by the Central.....

U.S.A.

Customs and Border Protection Philadelphia protects perishable produce from pests

In Philadelphia, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have developed some innovative partnerships and processes to reduce the damage of pests on perishable produce coming into the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, invasive species cause $138 billion annually in economic.....

Sweet Palermo Congress

"Brand development key element for pepper category"

The fourth edition of the Sweet Palermo Congress was held in Almeria, Spain, on Tuesday, 10 April 2018. Organised by seed company Rijk Zwaan, the event was attended by around a hundred growers, cooperatives and traders from all over Europe. Speakers from countries including Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.....

CABI - Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International

Better linkages needed to secure global food supply chain

Who wants to imagine a time when one’s local market stall or supermarket aisle is devoid of staple foodstuffs such as maize, apples and bananas, let alone more ‘exotic’ and luxury products such as chilli peppers or hazelnuts.While it may seem like fantasy not to be able to fill your usual shopping basket of.....

Locations of the highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded in each state or territory of Australia

This map shows the locations of the highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded in each state/territory of Australia.

New biofungicide approved by California

STK Bio-ag technologies, the Israel-based researcher and manufacturer of biopesticides, announced that its new biofungicide AVIV, which has already been approved by 25 states in the US, has now been approved for use by California for a wide range of fruits and vegetables and TNV crops, including grapes,.....

Fruit prices in the north likely to increase as result of frost

There was an unexpected frost in Shaanxi, Ningxia, and Shanxi on the night of April 6th. The frost harmed apples, pears, peaches, cherries, Chinese hawthorn, walnuts, and grapes.Frostbitten apricotsThere was frost throughout Shaanxi and temperatures dropped as low as minus five degrees Celsius in Chengxian,.....

110 kilograms of cocaine found in Edeka pineapple shipment

In the logistics center of the Edeka in Valluhn, when unpacking the pineapple deliveries, an employee found suspicious plastic bags and the police were immediately contacted. It turned out to be cocaine.In total, 109 bags of 1 kg with a market value of approx. 5.4 million euros were secured in a number of.....

New database online:

Germany: Historical vegetables

Which vegetables have disappeared from our markets, gardens and plates in the past 150 years? Information on, and pictures of, some 7,000 old vegetables are now available in a single database. This website is intended to put forgotten varieties back in focus and to provide support for private cultivation. So.....

Opening of Sino-Dutch symposium on modern agricultural cooperation

The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality, the Dutch ambassador to China, the Dutch consul in Chongqing, and the Shaanxi Department of Agriculture organized a symposium for "the acceleration of modernization in Chinese agriculture and horticulture & the establishment of large-scale.....

Hawaii fruit and nut exports could be impacted by Chinese tariffs

The tariffs announced by China earlier this month will possibly affect more than $9 million in fruit and nut exports from Hawaii. The Chinese government in early April announced tariffs on a slate of products including pork, fruit, nuts and others.In total, the targeted imports are worth $3 billion. Farmers in.....

Without accord, UK would get Most Favoured Nation status

Additional customs formalities inevitable after Brexit

If the waiting times at Customs in Calais are extended by two minutes, there will be kilometers of tailback for the tunnel to the United Kingdom. With Brexit imminent, these waiting times could increase because the British are leaving the internal market and the customs-union. “Free movement of goods will.....

Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

This is why the Russian rouble is mercilessly given what for

The pain China feels because of the trade conflict with the US is child’s play compared to the beating given to Russia due to new measures by Trump. There’s a good chance the drop in the exchange rate of the rouble is only temporary, writes Laurens Maartens of the Payment and Exchange Company (NBWM) in this.....

Noise complaints filed

UK fruit and veg seller banned from vocally promoting his wares

A Hampshire fruit and veg seller has been banned from shouting about his produce in a seaside town where he has spent his entire working life. He was accused of being too noisy. Wayne Bellows, a fourth-generation market trader, claims town council officials gave him a gagging order after receiving a noise.....

Insights into Polish retail and food market

With more than 38 million inhabitants, good economic indicators and rising incomes, the outlook of the Polish food and retail market is positive. Although demand for quality food products is growing, Polish consumers remain price sensitive, which results in a very price competitive retail landscape.The.....

EuroBlight report

Potato blight tracking in Europe – 2017

EuroBlight is continuously examining the ongoing evolution of the European population of the potato late blight pathogen and now reports on the 2017 results. Almost 1500 samples were genotyped from 16 countries last growing season.Preliminary conclusions:Dominance of some clones across European crops shows EU.....

Kiwi-shaped feijoa in 'freakish' classic kiwiana combination

A kiwi-shaped feijoa was found by Richard Everts in Hope, near Nelson, in New Zealand. He was collecting feijoas in his backyard, when an oddly-shaped one caught his eye. Lying beneath a tree, one of the much-loved fruits appeared to be in the shape of a kiwi bird.Everts said he noticed its shape straight.....

Madeline Buijs of ABN AMRO during Brexit session:

Brexit: “The biggest sector that’ll be affected is food”

“Currency is going to play a big role after Brexit. As a consequence of the ‘expensive’ euro, the food sector and industry will be affected most,” says Madeline Buijs of Dutch bank ABN AMRO during the Brexit session. ABN AMRO has established which sectors will be much affected after Brexit by means of four.....

Be sure to know your 'Nesia's'

This map teaches us the difference between Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. Click here for a larger image.


June 18-20, Brisbane

Australia: Productivity improvements and waste reduction on the table

Decreasing waste and boosting efficiency will be at the forefront of discussions at the Hort Connections 2018 horticulture industry conference, kicking off in Queensland in just over two months.Taking place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 18-20 June, members in the horticulture industry.....

Spain left on its own in EU plant protection discussions

The Brexit will isolate Spain when it comes to defending its farmers' interests on phytosanitary protection within the EU, since the UK has been an assiduous ally in this field, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.During the annual meeting of the plant protection sectorial organization Aepla, the Director.....

North-eastern Indian state

Tripura seeks removal of export barriers on land ports

The state of Tripura has requested the Central government to remove non-tariff trade restrictions on the export of commodities through its Land Custom Stations to Bangladesh as they have been hurting the interests of this state.Tripura, which has seven Land Custom Stations on the Indo-Bangladesh border, has.....

Philippines launch of ‘Taste Australia’

‘Taste Australia’ is an innovative campaign to promote fresh Australian produce in the Philippines. It was launched this week at the Australian Embassy. Filipinos are increasingly aware of Australian fruit and vegetables and demand for these product is on the rise. Australian fruit exports to the Philippines.....

Fiji: Farmer loses crops worth $15,000 to flooding

Fijian farmer Unaia Balekenasiga says he has lost $15,000 worth of crops in the flood brought about by Tropical Cyclone Keni. The 54-year-old inhabitant of Natuwaika, Naitasiri, was shocked to see his root crops and vegetables ruined by floods. More than 4,000 dalo and cassava plants, watermelons and other.....

Peru fails to exploit potential of its fruit & veg in US, Europe, and Asia

According to Gabriel Amaro, executive director of the Association of Agricultural Producers' Guilds of Peru - AGAP, Peru has earned a place among the most important food exporters in the world in recent years.However, he said, the country has countless commercial opportunities and still has a long way to go.....

New Kiwi ally for the Colombian horticultural sector

Several organizations in New Zealand have arrived in Colombia with their technological advances to improve productivity and optimize the economy of agricultural properties. One of them, which is becoming more prestigious by the day, is Compac Sorting Equipment.This multinational, which offers integrated.....

Chile: Asoex requests improved FTA with Korea

The highest representatives of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile AG (ASOEX) met with the General Director of the Directorate General of International Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rodrigo Yañez, to discuss the main topics of interest for the Chilean fruit export sector,.....

US officials very surprised

President Trump exploring to re-join Trans-Pacific Partnership

National Farmers' Federation chief executive Tony Mahar claimed he was stunned when he heard that US president Trump is considering re-joining negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.United States farm-state politicians said -after a White House meeting with president Trump- that his.....

Cambridgeshire, East Anglia

Carrots everywhere after lorry overturns on UK road

A truck carrying 20 tonnes of carrots overturned just after midday on April 12 on East Fen Drove in Soham. There were no reports of any injuries and the lorry did not block the road.Recovery vehicles were quickly on the scene.

US - Bakersfield, California

Delano grape grower Jakov Dulcich shot

The founder of Dulcich & Sons, the company best known for its Pretty Lady grapes, was shot and killed Wednesday morning. Jakov Prosper Dulcich, 84, was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 8:30 a.m. on a Kern County road.Investigators from the Sheriff's Office determined Dulcich's SUV and the suspect.....

Biggest increases: Citrus fruits, fresh fruits and vegetables

Romania’s inflation rate jumps to 5 percent

The National Statistics Institute (INS) has announced that Romania’s annual inflation rate soared to 5 percent, this March. This was the biggest inflation rate since June 2013, when the inflation stood at 5.37 percent. In March 2018 versus the same month of last year, food products rose by 4.01 percent on.....

European Commission to ban unfair trade practices in the food supply chain

The Commission is targeting the most damaging unfair trade practices to grant farmers and small and medium sized businesses greater certainty and less need to manage risks over which they have little or no control.The Commission proposes today to ban the more damaging unfair trading practices in the food.....

US: Challenges & opportunities with Amish and Mennonite communities

Research from the University of Missouri has found that agricultural professionals such as conservation agents, when working with Plain (Amish and conservative Mennonite) communities, face challenges as well as opportunities on issues relating to conservation and pollution. Through interviews with agricultural.....

Creative map of Migration

This map shows the most common destination of European emigrants. So Germans are going the the USA, the English go to Australia. France and Spain swap residents and so on.
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Curaçao government discusses return of Venezuelan fruit boats

Tomorrow, the Council of Ministers will meet to discuss the return of Venezuelan fruit sellers, according to a statement by the Minister of Economic Development, Steven Martina. He was reacting to the opening of the borders between the ABC islands and Venezuela.The last fruit boats left in early March. Their.....

Possible import tariffs of 20 percent on food after Brexit

“Brexit is already happening,” says René Buck of Buck Consultants. He means the contracts that are now being entered into, in which the consequences of Brexit are already considered. The consultant gives advice to companies all over the world, particularly on the choice of branch locations. During the second.....

More Mexican products in negotiations to access South Korea

Grape table, avocado, mango, squash, grapefruit, Orange, lime, papaya, tomato, green coffee, walnut and chilli are some of the Mexican products in the negotiation to achieve an imminent entry into the Korean market.The health authorities of the Busan-Jinhae Free Trade Zone, in South Korea, visited Mexico to.....

Chile: Bio Bio's fruit shipments increased by 60.7% in the first quarter

According to data from the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex), during the first quarter of 2018 the Bio Bio Region exported a total of 30,805 tons of fresh fruit, i.e. 60.7% more than in the same period of the previous campaign (2016-2017).The main species exported in this quarter were:.....

Prominent focuses on millennial:

“It’s one of the most influential generations in history”

In the third and final video of the series, Prominent gives us a glimpse of Bella’s life. A girl growing up in the city. Born in the late 1990s, and shaped into who she now is at the start of the new millennium. “Millennials like Bella consciously choose a healthy lifestyle. It’s one of the most influential.....

Australia: Horticulture exporters unhappy about fees

Australia’s horticulture sector may be notoriously fragmented, but now it has joined forces to unanimously oppose price hikes to export fees. The fees are to come into effect on July 1 and will bring in more than $3.5 million over the next four years.Eight major industry associations — Apple and Pear.....

Sweden: 1,500-year-old onion discovered

A burned lump recovered near a fireplace at Sandby Borg on the Swedish island of Öland is in fact a 1,500-year-old onion.Archaeologist Helena Victor however explained that onions were not grown in Scandinavia at the time. She thinks the onion may have been imported from the Roman Empire as an exotic vegetable......

Spain: Discovery of a hormone key to the survival of plants

An international study led by researchers from the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) has identified a new plant hormone key to the survival of plants. It is the hormone dinor-OPDA, which allows non-vascular plants (bryophytes) to defend themselves from their external aggressors, such as pathogens.....

Volunteers making a difference in the fresh produce industry

In observance of National Volunteer Month in the United States, Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Center for Growing Talent (CGT) give thanks to their members around the world who serve with them in more than 400 volunteer leader roles to enhance and grow the global produce and floral industries.By.....

Why Mmusi's bag of avocados sparked controversy

A photo of South Africa’s newly re-elected leader of opposition party (the Democratic Alliance), Mmusi Maimane, went viral on Sunday. Why? Because he was seen, carrying a sizeable bag of avocados at OR Tambo international airport.South Africans have been complaining about soaring avocado prices for some time......

Bhadradri Kothagudem district, Telanga

Unseasonal rains hit Indian farmers

Bhadradri Kothagudem is a district in the east of the Indian state of Telangana. Unseasonal rains that lashed this district, twice in a week, have damaged crops on thousands of hectares. Some 1,400 hectares with paddy crops were damaged. Agricultural officials are busy surveying the fields in all sectors,.....

Angola: FIDA Spends US $50 million on agriculture

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (FIDA) spent about $50 million to support agricultural projects in Angola. This is part of an agreement signed between Angola and FIDA in Rome in 2009 at the World Summit on Food Security.The information was released by the chairperson of the Institution,.....