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Median income of farm households rises
Since USDA’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey began collecting data in 1996, the median income of farm households has risen while real U.S. median household income has remained essentially flat. This may be due to a variety of factors, including farm consolidation, increasing commodity prices, and.....

Colombia celebrates ninth edition of Expo Agrofuturo
The horticultural sector of the country will come together at AGROFUTURO 2015 to see innovative and bold ideas for producers, traders and investors who find in this event an opportunity for growth and learning for their projects.More than 25 companies will be present at the fair, presenting the visitors with.....

NZ: Tens of thousands in fruit fines
New Zealand is collecting tens of thousands of dollars in fines from overseas tourists carrying apples into Queenstown Airport.Figures provided to the Otago Daily Times this week by the Ministry for Primary Industries show apples were responsible for 168 infringement notices being issued last year.Each.....


Renaissance painting reveals how breeding changed watermelons
Look in the bottom right corner of this painting. If you've never seen a watermelon like that before, you're not alone. This 17th-century painting by Giovanni Stanchi, courtesy of Christie's, shows a type of watermelon that no one in the modern world has seen.Stanchi's watermelon, which was painted sometime.....

Cocaine worth £1million found in box of bananas at Tesco
Drugs with an estimated street value of more than £1million have been found inside a box of bananas by a stunned Tesco worker.The young employee was unpacking the fruit when he discovered five bags, each weighing 1kg and containing a white powder that is believed to be cocaine.Police were called to the.....


Angry French tobacconists dump tons of carrots on Paris streets
French tobacconists, up in arms at French government proposals to introduce plain cigarette packaging in France, this week dumped tons of carrots outside the French Senate in protest.The unusual protest grabbed French media attention as hundreds of State-licensed tobacconists, known as buralistes in France,.....

India: Many Nashikities benefit from produce trade
Nashikities seem to be raking in the moolah despite the slack in overall economy over the past couple of years. The city which is likely to be included in the Centre's smart cities project has 45 crorepatis, who have declared an annual income above Rs 1 crore in the last fiscal.Sources from the Income Tax.....

US (FL): State Citrus Department executive director resigns after DUI
Doug Ackerman resigned this week as executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus following a recent arrest on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and several traffic citations stemming from a traffic accident in South Lakeland.The resignation came at the request of Marty McKenna, chairman of the.....


Open doors of the Chinese market to Spain's agricultural sector
The Murcia companies, Agromarketing and China In Crowd, open the doors of the Chinese market to Spain's agricultural sector. On June 15, the two Spanish firms and China's iFresh Information Ltd Company (www.ifreshinfo.com).signed an agreement by which Agromarketing and China In Crowd were appointed as.....

Chiquita: Court rejects bid to hide terror payment records
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., has ruled that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should release to the National Security Archive some 9,257 pages of records produced by Chiquita Brands International to the SEC as part of an investigation of the company’s illegal payments to a.....


Dominican Republic: Pineapple export decrease
Exports of pineapple and watermelon has decreased significantly in the Dominican Republic.According to the Comptroller General of the Republic, pineapple exports amounted to $9,620,000 dollars in the first five months of this year, $6,274,000 less than in the same period of the previous year, when they.....


Canada (AB): Hail hits province, extent of damage not known
A storm pelted parts of Alberta with hail early this week, causing damage to homes, vehicles and crops. The extent of the damage to the agricultural sector is unknown, though the size of the hail suggests damage could be significant.Strong winds and large hail hit parts of Central Alberta between Calgary and.....

Pakistan: PM sends mangoes to Indian leaders
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sent a gift of mangoes to Indian leaders for promoting goodwill.The mangoes were sent last week to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee, former premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi.Mangoes have long been part of.....

General Produce announces sustainability initiative
General Produce, a leading family-owned and operated produce distributor, is ramping up its focus and efforts in the sustainability arena. Improving daily operational targets and establishing a company commitment to achieve “green certification” by year end is an aggressive but worthy goal. “The terms.....


Mexico: Jalisco's trade mission in Russia begins
Jalisco's trade mission to the Russian Federation began in order to achieve agribusiness exports.The goal of this tour is to advance the relations with this country in recent meetings between the governor of Jalisco, Jorge Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz, and the Russian Ambassador, Edward Malayan.The head of the.....

AU Police: Missing Italian fruit picker unlikely to have left citrus farm
Police say there is no evidence to suggest a 26-year-old Italian national, missing in Childers in southern Queensland, left the property where he was living and working.Ilario Viviani had been living on the Buxton citrus farm with his girlfriend when he was reported missing on Sunday morning.Emergency.....

Costs, labour issues put farmers off land release
Governments will not be convinced to support agriculture, according to Ord farming businessman Tony Galati. “Bigger growers than us haven’t been able to make a difference with Government,” he told Fresh Plaza. “This is our fourth year farming up there [Ord] and it’s very costly. Nearly $5,000 per acre.” The.....

Mexico: Agri-food trade surplus exceeds 1,400 million dollars
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Mexico's agri-food trade balance reached a surplus of 1,452 million dollars between January and May this year.Food exports, which include agricultural and agro-industrial products, amounted to 12.018 million.....

Sweden: New film neutralises odours
Scientists have developed a new film that could finally neutralise the odours of even the most pungent fare.The unpleasant smell of some foods makes it difficult to take them anywhere without offending others such as fellow train or bus riders.Prof Lennart Bergstrom at the department of materials and.....

Spanish team discovers great plasticity of melon genome
A team of Spanish researchers have made the first complete analysis of the genome of seven varieties of melon, providing important new knowledge to understand the phenotypic variability of the fruit and to help increase the plant's yields and quality through selective breeding. Among the key findings, the.....


Panama, Egypt sign agreement for agriculture
According to the memorandum of understanding signed on Monday between the Minister of Agricultural Development (MIDA), Jorge Arango, and the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Panama, Ahmed Taha, over the next five years, Panamanian professionals from agriculture and research related areas will.....

Karagullen Expo to celebrate 'Tree to Table'
The Hills Orchard Improvement Group (HOIG) has named the Karragullen Expo theme: ‘Tree to Table’.‘Tree to Table’ serves to inform the public on how stonefruit, pomefruit and avocados are grown and processed on the way to supermarkets and farmer's markets. The day promises unprecedented access to the public......

Canada: Bonduelle fire sparks fears over plant's future
When Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara got a phone call from his fire chief a year ago, he already knew the news was bad. The fire at the town's Bonduelle food processing plant began raging at 2 a.m. on July 18, 2014.The fire would cause $50 million in damage to the Bonduelle plant, destroying more than five.....


English and Spanish language Primeur at Fruit Attraction Madrid
From the 28th to the 30th of October the Fruit Attraction will take place in Madrid for the 7th time. FreshPlaza presents - following the German/English language edition in Berlin - a special Spanish and English language edition, with a selection of the best articles from 2014/2015 in a 2,000 copy edition......

AU: Boosting vitamin C levels in fruits, vegetables
A Queensland researcher says understanding the role vitamin C plays in the fruit development process could help farmers grow healthier crops and could even help them prepare for drought.Working with kiwi fruit, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology identified how the fruit makes and.....


Everything is imported
Venezuela: Reduction in imports requested to stimulate sector
If the current economic policies were changed, the agricultural landscape of Venezuela would be hopeful, stated Marcos Leon Guinand, president of the Fruit Growing Association. He said there were problems with all items.The Venezuelan market imports more than 60% of the white corn and sugar consumed in the.....

Hungry bear has preference for apples, cherry
A hungry bear broke into a bakery and ate 24 pies - but left one it didn't fancy behind. The grizzly intruder smashed through a window and scoffed the pile of pastries along with whole bags of sugar and cocoa. But the greedy beast turned out to be a fussy eater - as shocked shop staff discovered a lone.....

US (IL): Students fight for state vegetable
A bill signed Thursday by Gov. Bruce Rauner makes sweet corn Illinois’ official state vegetable.A class of fourth-graders in central Illinois was learning about state symbols when students stumbled upon a puzzling question: Why does Illinois have a state fruit but no state vegetable?The students at Chatham.....

Canada: Climate change brings new crops
As climate change warms the planet and growing regions shift further north, more fruits and vegetables – even citrus fruits – could start making the journey to the United States from Canada. Extreme winter cold and shorter growing seasons historically have prevented certain crops from being grown there, but.....

Drought-resistant crops: could agave genes hold key?
Agave may be most associated with tequila, but this plant has a less familiar use — it’s teaching scientists about how to craft more drought-resistant plants.The hardy succulent, along with species like prickly pear (an edible cactus), pineapple and vanilla orchids, has evolved over millions of years to.....

South Africa: Association extends helping hand to ag students
The South African Subtropical Growers Association (Subtrop) is proud to announce that Siseko Dunjwa (University of Fort Hare) and Raesetse Baloyi (University of KwaZulu-Natal) have been awarded bursaries under the association’s Lindsey Milne bursary scheme.Siseko Dunjwa hails from Butterworth in the Eastern.....


OXYION arrives in Europe to improve shelf life of red fruit
After the success achieved in the horticultural industry in the United States and South America, OXYION arrives in Europe. OXYION is a clean technology, which doesn't use chemicals and is bio-secure, to protect fruits and vegetables. It has been validated by AINIA Technology Center for use in Europe.OXYION.....


Canal of Nicaragua gets funding from companies in Europe, Asia and America
The Commission of the Interoceanic Grand Canal of Nicaragua said today the project would have a bigger capacity than the Panama Canal because it now had investors from Europe, Asia and America."There are investors from Europe, Asia, North America and South America, but we will divulge the detailed.....

Paengaroa kiwifruit unit gutted by fire
A kiwifruit worker's unit in Paengaroa was badly damaged by fire today, more than eight hours after the man had left for work at 4.30am.It was one of about a dozen units in what was formerly a motor lodge on State Highway 33 before it was bought by a kiwifruit corporate.Firewalls prevented the fire spreading.....

Americans trash $640 worth of food a year
Americans throw away about $640 worth of food every year, and they don't really care about the environmental impact of trashed leftovers piling up in landfills, according to a survey out Wednesday from the American Chemistry Council.At at time when Americans may be more attuned than ever to the chemical.....

Caffeine secret ingredient to giant veg?
A record-breaking giant vegetable grower has revealed that a caffeine kick is the secret ingredient to growing his giant slug-free cabbages.Kevin Fortey, from Cwmbran, says his six-feet-wide cabbages are the result of a growing season using free coffee grounds, derived from Costa Mocha Italia and Old.....

Peru exported $1,780 million dollars in ag products up to May
In the first five months of this year agricultural exports amounted to $1,780 million dollars, i.e. 0.1 percent more than in the same period of 2014, stated the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Juan Manuel Benites.He also said that non-traditional exports continued their upward trend as they had.....

Shelfies: no empty shelves in Greek supermarkets
Greek importers in a tight spot
Europe and Greece entered into an agreement to tackle the Greek debt yesterday. National parliaments are still looking through the agreement. The situation is doing nothing for Greek importers. As long as the banks are shut, the situation remains difficult.Importer Tzouris from Athens said toNBC Newsthat it.....

Mexico seizes US $11.5m hidden in strawberry truck
Mexican authorities seized $11.5 million in cash hidden in a truck carrying strawberries at a customs checkpoint near the US border, officials said Tuesday.The stash was concealed in 306 packages wrapped with black and found Sunday in San Emeterio, Sonora state, after a gamma-ray scanner found "a variation".....


American presidents who were also farmers
During the colonization of North America, agriculture was an important part of daily business, from cotton plantations in the south to the endless wheat fields in the Midwest. It is therefore not surprising that many presidents of the United States have a background in the agricultural sector. We listed them.....

Dominican Republic to release 148,000 sterile male Mediterranean Flies
The Government announced the launch of the last phase of the international protocol of the Program to Eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly), in order to completely wipe out the source of infestation discovered in the area of Punta Cana, in the province of La Altagracia.The administrative ministers.....

Scorpion in banana pack stings care worker
A young care worker feared she would die after she was stung by a scorpion found inside a sealed pack of Tesco bananas.Kita Fitton, 20, was at work making packed lunches when she reached into the packet and suddenly felt a sharp pain. When she pulled out her hand, the scorpion fell out, its sting stuck in.....

$593 million in marketing drives “Minions” movie
Universal Pictures pulled out all of the stops to promote “Minions”—from Happy Meal toys to banana stickers—and it paid off with more than $115 million in US box office sales. That’s the second-highest grossing opening weekend ever for an animated film, second only to 2007’s “Shrek the Third,” and well ahead.....

Zespri worker dispute over laptop
A Zespri worker who was sacked after being arrested in China over the kiwifruit exporter's commercial operations there is embroiled in an employment dispute with the company.Joseph Yu, who worked for Zespri in China, has taken the company to court claiming he was unjustifiably dismissed. He also claims the.....

USDA names most recent PACA violators
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on two produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:Global Fresh.....

Fresno Food Expo
US: Largest regional food show debuts 32 new products
The 2015 Fresno Food Expo is excited to debut 32 innovative new products, varietals and packaging concepts that were entered into the New Product Awards from 29 different San Joaquin Valley businesses. Now in its third year, the New Product Awards have become a strategic new product launching pad and this.....


Argentina: Commercial registration for fruit to be boosted
The Secretary of Rural Development of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, Carla Campos Bilbao, had a working meeting with leaders of the Argentina Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME).The official met with Raul Robin, President of the Regional Economies area of the CAME,.....


Joey Deen visits suppliers of mangos, limes, grapes and ginger
"Predominantly imported produce on Brazilian wholesale markets"
Last week Denimpex once again made its annual trip to Brazil to visit the various suppliers of limes, ginger, grapes and mangos. "I went to various wholesale markets in Brazil. This included the one in Sao Paulo, which is one of the biggest, if not the biggest in the country. You can see that the local.....

Plant science the answer to food security?
In a world of climate change and growing global population, some researchers believe plants are key to adaptation.Among the biggest challenges is a growing global population expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050, which will need to be fed without degrading more natural resources. Other challenges.....

Argentina plans new tariff barriers in light of WTO sanction
According to www.lanacion.com.ar, several weeks ago, after the World Trade Organization (WTO) gave Argentina until December to stop using Advance Import Affidavits (DJAI), the Argentine government convened different representatives of industrial sectors so as to prepare new protectionist models, based on.....

Japan: Bunch of grapes sells for record $8,200
Move aside, $6,200 melon: a single bunch of grapes sold for ¥1 million ($8,200) at a wholesale auction Thursday in Japan’s Ishikawa prefecture.The selling price for the Ruby Roman grapes, grown in the prefecture on the west coast of Japan, was almost double last year’s record-breaking price of ¥550,000–also.....

Pineapple is kids’ most popular word
Pineapple is the most popular word among youngsters in Hampshire according to a report published today by the Oxford University Press.OUP studied the 120,421 entries for the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show’s 500 Words short story competition, where children under the age of 13 submitted their own.....

Argentina: Ag exports stopped by strike in the Senasa
Agricultural exports, including the pear and apple that could finally be shipped to Brazil after the lifting of the ban, were stopped until Thursday 16 because of a 10-day strike launched by the Association of State Workers (ATE) of the National Health Service and Food Quality (Senasa).The strike started.....


Lower economic growth has impact on investors
Chinese exchanges flat
Due to the Greek crisis and the Russian boycott the situation in China has been relegated to the background. Since mid June the exchanges have been red. The Shanghai exchange lost 26 percent value in four weeks, the Shenzen exchange dropped 36 percent. What is going on? Is there a Chinese stock exchange.....


New use for that rusty, old melon baller
Melon ballers may have been a thing of the past, but now it seems they are making a comeback, and these little melon animals are proof of just that. So, wipe the dust off that melon baller and get to work! Don't forget to click the link below for inspiration and instructions on how to create one of these.....

Tony Abbott: financial stability starts in the fruit and veg aisle
On Tuesday the funny things were, in no particular order: a protester interrupting the prime minister’s considered effort to project gravitas among the root vegetables; the prime minister pretending to answer a question about whether his communications minister would break curfew to go on a television.....


BRICS almost as big as US economically
Although a number of the BRICS have had an economic downturn, or at least a period of less success, the economic base of these countries is still growing. Last year the BRICS were almost as large as the American GPD. In 2007 the American economy was twice as big as the BRICS. The American economy had a size.....


Spain: Human trafficking organisation dismantled
The Spanish Guardia Civil has dismantled a criminal organisation specialised in human trafficking, which contacted people via temporary employment firms and then exploited them in rural areas in Valencia, Lleida and Almeria. Most of the victims were immigrants who were given contracts using falsified.....