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28 06
2017
Italy - Industry tomatoes at risk due to drought
Various areas in Italy are suffering because of the drought and Parma and Piacenza declared the state of natural disaster. It hasn't rained for months and forecasts say it won't rain in the next few days as well. Industry tomatoes are suffering the most, which is rather problematic as a lot of people are employed in this sector. In 2015, national production was 5.4 million tons with a turnover of around €3.1 billion, meaning Italy is the second leading producer after the US and before China.
28 06
2017
Thailand - B2bn rice insurance scheme gets nod
The cabinet yesterday approved a rice insurance scheme for the first crop of the 2017 season, worth 2 billion baht. According to Kobsak Phutrakul, assistant minister to the Prime Minister's Office, the scheme will be run by the state-owned Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC). The government expects the scheme to cover 25-30 million rai of rice farmland.
28 06
2017
USA - Georgia deals with 70% loss of peach crop
A mid-March freeze knocked out more than blueberries in Georgia this year. The freeze, which came as a knockout punch after a milder-than-normal winter, will cost the Peach State about 70% of its peach crop this year, said Gary Black, the state’s agriculture commissioner. Growers in the northern part of the state didn’t fare as poorly, Black said.
28 06
2017
Canada - Farmers fear crop losses after flooding causes damage across New Tecumseth
Areas of New Tecumseth are still feeling the effects of flooding caused by heavy rainfall on June 23. Road damage, property damage, and crop loss will be the story of the 100-year storm event that areas of South Simcoe experienced. According to the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, the area received up to four inches of rain, or 100 mm, in a span of six hours. That heavy rainfall and the flood waters that seem to be sticking around in some parts of New Tecumseth are cause for concern for local farmers.
28 06
2017
USA - Barley insurance extended
Chuck Rhoades heard the news Friday morning: Crop insurance for malting barley has been expanded to farmers in 44 counties in the state, adding to a list that Cortland was on. The number of farm-based craft beverage producers has more than tripled since 2011, to 647 producers from 205, according to a release from the governor’s press office.
27 06
2017
Slovenia - Huge amounts of accumulated hail in Arnovo Selo
Huge amounts of accumulated hail in Arnovo Selo, Slovenia on June 21st.