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24 01
2017
Philippines - Rains damage P.5-M crops in Cebu
The low pressure area (LPA) that brought continuous rains in Cebu over the past two weeks has caused more than P500,000 in damage to crops in the three local government units. Assistant provincial agriculturist Roldan Saragena said only the towns of Pinamungahan and Balamban and the city of Toledo have so far submitted their reports on initial crop damage.
24 01
2017
Italy - Cold damaging Spanish vineyards and causing cauliflower shortage
The cold continues to trouble farmers in both Spain and Italy. In Spain, grape vineyards were damaged after a brutal snowstorm while Italy expects to see a low supply of cauliflower due to cold freezes around Europe. The Councillor of Water, Agriculture and Environment of Murcia, Adela Martínez Cachá, and the Mayor of Totana, Juan José Cánovas, visited the table grape vineyards in Spain that were damaged in various areas of El Raiguero as a consequence of the snowstorm.
24 01
2017
India - Central team takes stock of drought situation
An inter-ministerial central team visited three villages in Madurai district on Monday to assess the damage to crops caused by drought. Director (trade, extension & drought management) at ministry of agriculture Vijay Rajmohan and assistant advisor, ministry of drinking water and sanitation Santosh, along with the managing director of the Tamil Nadu water supply and drainage board, Dheeraj Kumar visited Alampalacheri, Poosalapuram and Kuppalnatham.
24 01
2017
USA - Do Farm Subsidies Reduce Rural Poverty?
Rural voters played an important role in the last election. As the Senate considers a new Secretary of Agriculture and Congress begins work on a new Farm Bill, it’s important to consider the effect that food and farm policy has on rural communities, especially those that are impoverished. Farm lobbyists frequently insist that farm subsidies are critically important to supporting the rural economy.
24 01
2017
USA - USDA to visit more than 600 Ky. farms for Agricultural Resource Management Survey
Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) this week will visit more than 600 Kentucky to collect data for the final phase of the 2016 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). ARMS is a joint effort between NASS and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). The survey is an annual program that gathers in-depth information on production practices, costs, and financial well-being of American farm families.
24 01
2017
USA - Winter tougher on farmers than plants and animals
A common question I get when the temperatures dip below zero is “Will the extreme cold affect agriculture in any way?” Everyone’s first hope, it seems, is that insect numbers may be down as a result of some sub-zero temperatures. As it turns out, insects are rugged little creatures. Insects that overwinter in our region often take shelter underground or inside plant materials that can moderate the extreme temperatures.