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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May 19th, bad weather had caused losses worth millions in agriculture, and in this week, it got even worse in some regions. Between May 28th and June 1st, hailstorms damaged 30,000 hectares. According to first estimates the new damages will cost producers around 20 million Euro. Three quarters of the reports are due to hail; additionally, there were problems with heavy rains and storms, often a combination of all three.
Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide announced it has released a Crop Hail Model for Canada to provide crop insurers with a probabilistic view of crop hail risk in Canada. Based on 10,000 simulations of potential annual hail activity, the crop model enables insurers and reinsurers “to assess the likelihood of a wide range of losses, including larger losses than have been experienced by the industry, providing a complete view of risk to crop hail portfolios,” said Boston-based AIR, which is a unit of Verisk Analytics.
Farmers in the Holland Marsh area spent the weekend scrambling to pump water off their fields and save their crops after heavy rainfall. The rain reached its peak on Friday when a storm unleashed a total of 36.2 mm of precipitation in the region. Fields were drowned by flash floods. Farmer Avia Eek said that by 6 a.m. that day, her normally dry plots of carrots and onions were flooded.
Malt barley farmers in upstate New York can now receive insurance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The expansion comes amid a recent growth in the state's craft beverage industry, for which malt barley is a crucial ingredient. Brewers had previously said the lack of protections was preventing further expansion in the statewide industry.
THE Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is fast-tracking the completion of the P667 million river dike project in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. The DPWH wants the project, now about 44 percent complete, finished before the start of the rainy season. The DPWH said the Flood Risk Management Project (FRIMP) for the Tagoloan River Basin Sub-project has adopted the integrated flood mitigation approach with the implementation of both structural and non-structural measures against flooding hazards.
For many northern Linn County farmers, relief from a hot, dry early June turned out to be no relief at all. For them, the much-needed rain the evening of June 15 came with hail stones that damaged or destroyed crops on more than 5,000 acres. “I’ve been farming since 1964, and that’s the worst hail I’ve ever had,” said Stephen Martin, who farms with his son, Albert, at several Linn County locations.
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