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Ventura's Thomas Fire impacted 1,200 acres of avocados

At nearly $2.1 billion in 2017, gross farm receipts in the southern California county were off less than a half-percent from the previous year’s value. Yet, the larger news will be how avocados and citrus recover from the conflagration that started Dec. 4 of that year.While the annual crop report is full of.....

Nomination deadline Aug. 10 for PMA awards of excellence

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is accepting nominations for its 2018 awards of excellence, including the Robert L. Carey Leadership Award, the Bryan E. Silbermann Collaboration Award and the Floral Marketer of the Year Award. Nominations are due by Aug. 10.The 2018 winner of each award will be announced.....

Washington fruit grower-shipper participates in National Pollinator Conservation Initiative

Rainier Fruit is undertaking a number of projects to expand their pollinator conservation efforts on Eastern and Central Washington properties. Loss of habitat continues to threaten native bee species, and by launching these projects, Rainier Fruit will diversify the habitat and food resources available to.....

European Commission: urgently prepare for all Brexit scenarios

The European Commission is calling on all companies to prepare for all possible Brexit scenarios, including a cliff-edge scenario, which would mean the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement and without a transition period on 30 March 2019. All EU member countries, EU institutions and stakeholders.....

Canada: Ministers help agriculture sector grow

Canadian farmers, ranchers and processors across the country work hard every day to ensure that Canadians and consumers around the world have access to high-quality and healthy food. Canada's agriculture and agri-food system contributes over $110 billion of our gross domestic product, and last year.....

Peru: Senasa certifies avocado packing facilities with low phytosanitary risks

The National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA) accelerated the certification process of Hass avocado cargo for export, through the certification of its packing plants located in the four agricultural exporting regions of Peru (Ancash, Ica, La Libertad, and Lima).The certification system that Senasa was able to.....

Staay Food reports ID fraud

The Staay Food Group has warned colleagues in the sector against ID fraud:"Recently, a few people in Greece pretended to be Staay Food Group employees. This concerns a group of four people who approached a Greek business about a possible collaboration. Two of these people presented themselves as Rik Zeelenberg.....

CABI warns of rapid spread of crop-devastating fall armyworm across Asia

CABI scientists have today warned of the impending rapid spread of the crop-devastating pest, fall armyworm, across Asia following its arrival in India, with major crop losses expected unless urgent action is taken. The warning comes following a pest alert published this week by the Indian Council of.....

Constitution already allows for land expropriation without compensation when “in the public interest“, ANC reiterates

South Africa: Land reform announcement disquiets but delivers nothing new

Last Tuesday evening President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as ANC president, devoted a short television announcement to the vexatious matter of land reform and, specifically, land expropriation without compensation. Despite a nervous reception in some quarters, there was nothing new to his message: in.....

Joost Derks, NBWM:

“Soft Brexit is nowhere in sight yet”

The British Prime Minister is dedicated to a so-called soft Brexit. In this case, there would be no extended visa requirement and strict border controls. However, for now, the chaos in British politics and the fluctuations of the pound are now still requiring attention, according to Joost Derks of the.....

Which variation of English is taught as standard?

This is a map of countries, discerning which variation of English is taught as standard. Click here for a larger image.

A must-have kitchen tool

Hand-held grape tomato slicer

Grapes and cherry tomatoes are a great addition to salads, but slicing them can be quite annoying. They’re not the easiest things to chop, as they seem to always find a way to slip and slide away from your grip.Enter the Grape & Tomato Slicer, a convenient hand-held slicer that makes chopping up grapes and.....

Creating grassy areas near potato fields for more biodiversity

Albert Heijn committed to potato sustainability

Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has signed a cooperation agreement with some of the Netherlands’ largest agricultural companies to enhance biodiversity around potato fields in the country and to boost the industry’s sustainability.The project will see Natuurmonumenten send special teams to help growers improve the.....

Viable economic partnership New Zealand and Japan

Not long ago, the notion that New Zealand's food exporters might get preferential market access to the Japanese economy would have been considered fanciful. But president Trump's withdrawal of his country from what is now the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership) has.....

Argentina: Protesting farmers give away 10,000 kgs of vegetables

A long line stood out today in front of the La Rural fairground in Buenos Aires, where small Argentine producers protested, distributing 10,000 kgs of vegetables. This was their way to show they rejected the policies implemented in this sector.With the so-called Verdurazo, farmers sent a signal to the Ministry.....

Agriculture Minister Perence Shiri:

‘Lack of funding stalls Zimbabwe land audits’

Zimbabwe's land audit, necessary to ascertain farm ownership, disputes and land utilisation levels has been stalled due to lack of adequate funding. This is according to a statement by Agriculture Minister Perence Shiri.Following a land reform programme, which saw government taking over land from about 5,000.....

Artichokes: Forbidden by Rabbinate but approved by Tzohar

Chief Rabbinate enforcement head Rabbi Rafi Yochai published a document last year, warning rabbis and kashrut inspectors not to use artichokes, imported from Italy. Laboratory tests conducted by the Rabbinate found them highly infested with small worms, and they were therefore not approved by the Chief.....

Iranian-Russian competition over projects in Eastern Ghouta

Ali Hassanein, the Director General of Hejaz Railway, revealed that his firm received the first offer from Iranian parties to implement the suburban train project to link Damascus to the surrounding countryside. The Iranian company, Melli Sakhteman, submitted a proposal through the Syrian Investment Authority.....

Honduras: Solar cold chambers to boost potato and avocado production

Authorities from the Honduran government and representatives from Taiwan laid the first stone for the photovoltaic generation infrastructure of two cold industrial chambers that will promote the conservation, demonstration, improvement, and production of potato and avocado seeds in La Esperanza, Intibuca.This.....

Substantial fire damage Drumraney mushroom farm

A fire broke out at 2am this morning at a mushroom farm in Drumraney, County Westmeath, Ireland. Athlone and Ballymahon fire brigades have managed to put out the blaze and the fire crews were called back at 7.30am.Substantial damage has been done to the farm, and there was damage done to six mushroom tunnels.....

‘Cities starting to slow down’

New Zealand provincial areas help keep economy afloat

Infometrics' chief forecaster Gareth Kiernan says provincial economies are driving growth in the economy, building on the recovery of dairy prices in 2016, and spending activity is outpacing activity in the main centres.In the Bay of Plenty, kiwifruit exports are flourishing, which is helping provincial towns.....

Spain: Beaver eating pears in La Rioja

We usually picture beavers in the river, building a damn, but in this fascinating video, a large beaver is spotted enjoying the pears fallen from a tree on a farm in Alfaro, in the Spanish region of La Rioja.The animal doesn't pay any attention to the humans who are trying to get his attention. He's fully.....

Egyptian initiative to plant 1 million fruit trees

According to the Chairman of the Agricultural Professions Syndicate Sayyed Khalifa, the Agricultural Professions Syndicate started implementing president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s initiative to plant one million fruit trees in poorer areas, parks, public squares, schools, and the main and secondary roads in.....

Kuwait’s warehousing market set for positive development

Kuwait warehousing market is expected to register a positive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 10.1 percent from 2017-2022, with growth in imports of dairy products, food items, fruits and vegetables and planned capital expenditure in warehousing space expansion.As private sector logistics services.....

Culinary series to link top chefs with local food

FactoryMade, an incubator in television, lifestyle and consumer products, has announced a collaboration with Walmart and Haworth Marketing + Media, to promote the importance of fresh, affordable, and locally grown produce and support the farm to table movement.Rediscovering America is a culinary pilot program.....

Tehama County - California

Truck flips, spills pineapples and burns up

Two men escaped serious injury last Thursday when their semi-truck hauling 70,000 pounds of pineapples from Southern California crashed and burned off Interstate 5, north of the Red Bluff rest area. The crash happened shortly after noon and caused the closure of one northbound lane. All lanes were reopened.....

Russia-EU embargo hurts Croatian fruit growers

The European Commission will abolish the programme to procure products from the Croatian fruit and vegetable market, a programme that had been introduced to ease market disturbances due to the Russian embargo on agricultural products. "We have to inform our fruit growers in order to prepare them in time......

Branford - Connecticut

American woman finds black widow spider in grapes

An American lady in Branford, Connecticut, found a venomous black widow spider in a package of grapes she purchased at the grocery store. She said she bought the grapes from the Branford Stop & Shop, Monday morning. A few hours later she made the discovery while she and her 11-year-old son were eating the.....

Fruit-Group AG Switzerland falls twice with fruit bars in the prices

Swiss company wins 'Free from' Food Award

On 07.07.2018, the "Free from food awards 2018, Germany" was awarded as part of "The allergy & free from Show" in London. It is an award launched in 2008 in the "Free Of" area and sets the standards in terms of product quality. It is also about just about every other ingredient such as additives,.....

Everyone makes room to make up for closed basement

Munich wholesale market: Marketers helping marketers

Now that the basement of the wholesale market hall is partially closed off, the wholesale market family shows its cohesion. With the aid of other marketers, the Umschlagzentrum Großmarkt München GbR has cleared enough space for the affected firms to allow them to continue the sale."We called on the marketers.....

Maersk: India had definite growth containerized trade in Q1

A.P. Moller-Maersk has released its latest trade report on India, noting that India’s containerized trade with the world has enjoyed a ‘spirited uptick’ in the first quarter of 2018. The report states that imports grew by 16 percent and exports by 7 percent. “These numbers become more relevant when viewed.....

Punjab and Haryana

Indian apple growers fear losses as truckers’ strike begins today

As Indian truckers on Wednesday refused to load the consignments to Delhi and other markets due to a strike call given by truck operators, apple growers started to fear that their produce would be lost. Each farmer has about 50 boxes to sell in the market every day.“We have packed the apples in cartons. We.....

Regional Minister Evans Opoku Bobbie:

Ghana: Kintampo to get yam and potato chips factory

As part of the government initiative of establishing one factory in each district throughout all of Ghana, Deputy Regional Minister Evans Opoku Bobbie has inspected a 4-ha site for a yam and potato chips factory at Yabraso, a suburb of the Kintampo North Municipality.The Deputy Minister was accompanied by the.....

More than 45,000 current and historical weather stations

Here is a map of the more than 45,000 current and historical weather stations.


Chinchilla, Australia

Australians go watermelon skiing

This week, in Chinchilla, the “Melon Capital of Australia,” watermelon skiing took centre stage at the biennial Melon Festival.Watermelon skiing takes place on a long tarp strewn with smashed melons. Festival-goers who want to try their luck gear up with a helmet before slipping each foot into a cut-out.....

Defense protein discovered that protects plants from pests

The proteins contained in the latex of mulberry have been clarified to abnormally thicken the thin peritrophic membrane (PM) in the digestive tract of insects inducing the suppression of digestion and inhibition of growth. A protein with this mode of action (i.e. thickening of PM) for inhibiting the growth of.....

Boost for Aussie melons to recover from listeria outbreak

Australia’s federal government is going to support the domestic rockmelon industry to help it recover from the deadly listeria outbreak that gutted the industry. Contamination at Rombola Family Farms in Nericon, in the Riverina district, was blamed for the outbreak earlier this year which left six people.....

'Even if we did get rain, it's not really going to change things around'

Canadian farmers worried about this year's crop

The last weeks of intense, hot weather and little rain has Ottawa-area farmers worried about lower yields for this farming season. Rob Parks says the growing season on his farm began "spectacularly" with good seeding in ideal conditions and much less mud than last year. But, with virtually no rain so far in.....

Ice cream-filled watermelon returns to New York

With this summer being one of the most hot and humid since a while, ice cream and fresh fruit is a welcome relief. Dominique Ansel Kitchen has got you covered with the perfect combination -- and it looks good, too.Last summer, the famous soft-serve in a watermelon was available for just one week. Due to its.....

Australian farmer turns to watermelon to feed hungry cattle

The drought conditions across the east of Australia have led to a tripling in the cost of hay. Hay stocks have dwindled across parts of New South Wales and Victoria as the drought deepens. Prices have increased dramatically and some fodder is being sourced from as far away as Western Australia.Michael Sweeney.....

Energy generation on agricultural land

Punjab Chief Minister approves solar energy project

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday gave the go-ahead to launch a pilot project for Solar Energy generation on agricultural land, besides allowing farmers to undertake high-value cultivation of fruits and vegetables.Director General CII Chandrajit Banerjee informed the Chief Minister that.....

Mexico sends fruits and vegetables to the world by plane

The specialized personnel of the Cargo division of AA carries out exact logistics procedures every day against the clock so that Mexico can sell its fruits and vegetables in the US, European, and Asian markets in a period of 24 to 72 hours.The process required to sell perishable products from Michoacán or.....

Mexico: 23 hectares of avocado plantations shut down

Due to unauthorized changes in land use in forest lands, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA) shut down 23 hectares of avocado plantations located in the municipalities of Patzcuaro and Tacambaro, in the state of Michoacan, affecting 4,051 specimens of Pine, Encino, and White Cedar.The.....

French watchdog takes close look at supermarkets

The French competition authority is going to conduct a study into mutual sourcing programmes of large supermarket chains. The watchdog wants to find out if the supermarkets are putting customers and suppliers at a disadvantage with these cooperations.The study is about two cooperations, which were reported by.....

Indian coaches manufactured domestically

‘Nagpur-Mumbai high speed train will be helpful to Vidarbha’

In Maharashtra, a railway track will be built to run a high speed train between Nagpur and Mumbai along with the corridor of Samruddhi Mahamarg, connecting both the important cities of State. The travel time between these two cities will drop from 12-14 hours to 4-5 hours. The Railway Ministry announced that.....

Covering a third of the world's economy

EU and Japan sign trade deal

On Tuesday, the European Union and Japan signed a huge free trade deal that cuts or eliminates tariffs on nearly all goods. The agreement covers 600 million people and almost a third of the global economy. It's also a major endorsement of a global trading system that is under increasing threat from.....

Halving melons on your stomach

The man who holds more Guinness World Records than anyone, Ashrita Furman, now went one further, slicing 26 water melons on his own stomach in one minute.With a team of helpers surrounding him and handing him the melons, Furman sliced through 26 of the gourds in one minute, 6 more than Guinness organizers said.....

Ecuador works on trade deal with Eurasian Economic Commission

This Tuesday, Ecuador’s Foreign Trade Minister said his country is optimistic it can reach a trade deal with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) in the first half of 2019.Ecuador’s Pablo Campana and the EEC’s trade minister, Veronika Nikishina, in Quito took part in an initial meeting of the Joint Committee.....

US: Spotted lanternfly now found in New Jersey

An invasive fly previously unknown to New Jersey was recently found in Warren county. The first confirmed sighting of the spotted lanternfly in the state was announced Tuesday by New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher. The species -currently in its nymph stage- is likely to be either black or red.....

Fruit & vegetable waste pollutes Vietnamese wholesale markets

Every night, the wholesale markets Binh Dien, Thu Duc and Hoc Mon discharge an estimated 240 tonnes of waste. Most of this consists of waste from food processing and rotten vegetables, fruit and seafood products. The majority of goods transported to the three markets are unprocessed agro-products and seafood,.....

Australia’s towns by population size groupings, 2016

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Countries that do not officially use the metric system

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JD Finance signed 130-million yuan investment contracts

The JD Finance website announced on July 12th that the company recently signed binding investment plans with China International Capital Cooperation Limited, Bank of China Group Investment Limited, China Securities, and CITIC Capital. The investments are worth 130 million yuan [19.44 million USD] and are.....

Fresh produce industry reflects on the impact of Tour de Fresh

In less than one week, Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, will commence and riders will embark on the four-day excursion in an effort to support Salad Bars to Schools and place at least 50 salad bars in schools around the country. While the four-day ride provides entertainment to a.....

Black Jaguar Foundation

Kees Rijnhout supports largest reforestation project in the world

With the Black Jaguar Foundation, Kees Rijnhout wants to give meaning to the largest reforestation project in the world. The following film talks about the necessity of a better world and features four Rijnhout generations.

US launches own WTO disputes against China, EU and Canada.

China files WTO complaint over US tariffs on $200 billion of imports

China has filed a case with the World Trade Organization against the US, to protest the Trump administration's plan to put new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. It says the tariffs are illegal attempts at protectionism.China's Ministry of Commerce announced it is pursuing legal remedy against.....

Through all-you-can-eat event

McDonald’s Malaysia drives hype for Durian McFlurry

The durian season has descended upon us and McDonald’s Malaysia is banking on the hype, hosting an all-you-can-eat D24 Durian McFlurry event. It’s main feature is the D24 Durian McFlurry and its upsized version, the Durian McFlurry Party. For RM10 (€2.10), consumers could enjoy an endless supply of the durian.....

Flooding roads, shops and restaurants

Tsunami hits Mallorca and Menorca

A mini-tsunami has hit tourist beaches in parts of Mallorca and Menorca. A wave, measuring nearly five feet, hit Ciutadella on the west coast of Menorca on Monday morning. Nearby beaches were also flooded by the meteotsunami, called a rissaga in Catalan Spanish. Beaches and some buildings were flooded as the.....