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24 03
2017
How Big Data And Tech Will Improve Agriculture, From Farm To Table
There’s nothing more important than our food supply. America is a country synonymous with wheat farms and orange trees. But according to McKinsey & Company, about a third of food produced is lost or wasted every year. Globally, that’s a $940 billion economic hit. Inefficiencies in planting, harvesting, water use and trucking, as well as uncertainty about weather, pests, consumer demand and other intangibles contribute to the loss.
24 03
2017
India - Central aid sought to meet drought
Congress leader and Vadakara MP, Mullappally Ramachandran has urged the Centre to allocate Rs. 1,000 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund to meet the drought situation in the State. Moving a submission in the Lok sabha on Thursday, Mr. Ramachandran said the Centre should step in to save the State from a disastrous situation. The reservoirs have only 40% water and the groundwater level has dropped by 2 m to 4 m.
24 03
2017
USA - Central Virginia fruit crop affected by March freeze
Unseasonably warm weather in the winter caused fruit trees at several central Virginia orchards to bloom ahead of schedule. Weather then took a turn with a cold wave in March that has orchard owners and farm managers still trying to assess damage to some of their fruits. Although this year’s freeze is troubling to the owners of orchards across the region, there still is hope that the weather cooperates and produces a good crop.
24 03
2017
USA - NCIS President stresses importance of crop insurance at Farm Bill Summit
Tom Zacharias, president of National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS), was among the speakers invited to address at the Farm Bill Summit in Washington, D.C. The well-attended event, organized by Agri-Pulse, included a diverse cross-section of agriculture stakeholders. In his opening remarks, Zacharias stressed the role crop insurance plays in ensuring a strong and vibrant agricultural sector, which is critical to the well-being of our economy and society as a whole.
24 03
2017
USA - Is Federal Crop Insurance Policy Leading to Another Dust Bowl?
As the southern Great Plains get hotter and drier, is federal policy that encourages farmers not to adapt to climate change leading to another Dust Bowl? That’s the troubling question raised by a new EWG report that shows how a provision in the federal crop insurance program provides a strong financial incentive for growers to plant the same crops in the same way, year in and year out, regardless of changing climate conditions.
24 03
2017
Peru - Rain affects more than 3,000 hectares of crops in La Libertad
According to the agricultural agencies of the Regional Management of Agriculture of La Libertad (GRALL), so far the rains and floods have affected almost 3 thousand hectares of crops. These crops belong to the provinces of Ascope, Trujillo, Chepen, Pacasmayo, Viru, and Otuzco, in La Libertad. The most affected province so far has been Ascope, as 1,283 hectares of hard yellow corn, asparagus, sugar cane, and rice have been affected by the weather.