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22 10
2020
East Africa - La Niña brings drought to key grain producing countries
La Niña’s impact around the globe varies widely by geographic location. For East Africa, the climate event is causing dry conditions during the area’s short rainy season from October to February, threatening crops in some of the continent’s most important grain producing countries.  
22 10
2020
USA - November 15 deadline for Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Kaci Crumb, executive director for the Lafayette/Columbia County USDA Farm Service Agency, said NAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers experiencing a natural disaster that results in lower yields, crop losses, or prevents crop planting for grazing and hay.
22 10
2020
India - ₹25 lakh ex gratia forthe affected sought
The Core Committee meeting of the Telangana Congress that met at Pragnapur has demanded that the State government increase the amount for flood relief from ₹500 crore to ₹5,000 crore and also condemned Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for not visiting the flood-affected areas in the city or the extensive crop damage areas in rural areas.
22 10
2020
USA - Destructive plant pests detected at Philadelphia ports
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Wilmington recently intercepted two destructive insect pests – an Ochrostomus sp.,commonly known as a seed bug, in a shipment of Brazilian grapes on October 5, and Diaphania sp., commonly known as a cucumber moth, in a shipment of Costa Rican pumpkins October 7.
22 10
2020
EU - Countries reach an agreement on the reform of the CAP
After 42 hours of negotiations, the countries of the European Union (EU) have managed to close an agreement on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which will regulate European agriculture between 2023 and 2027. The European Ministers of Agriculture greenlighted the three regulations that make up this reform: that of the National Strategic Plans, that of the common organization of markets, and the regulation on the financing of aid.
21 10
2020
USA - Sonoma County grape growers expect wildfire smoke damage to cost at least $152 million
Sonoma County wine grape growers are expecting to lose at least $152 million from this year’s harvest as a result of fruit damaged by wildfire smoke, a local trade group for the sector said Tuesday. A survey by Sonoma County Winegrowers estimated up to 30% of the 2020 crop was left unpicked on the vines because of smoke, which can seep into the grape skins and make wine taste like a wet ashtray.