President Trump’s trade war with China is doing plenty of damage to farmers in this region, but it is also shining a harsh light on an agriculture industry that has been heading for a reckoning since the early 1970s. President Richard M. Nixon’s detente with China started U.S. farmers on the path to becoming Beijing’s agribusiness partners, ripping up the countryside and radically expanding pork operations to feed millions on the other side of the world.
“You’ve seen the weather, you physically just can’t drive (farm equipment) on the ground.” - Philip Keddy, Charles Keddy farms. The weather has been pretty miserable for anyone who has taken time off in the past couple of weeks. But it’s particularly bad for the people who never take vacation at this time of year: farmers.
It's enough motivation for 10 beekeepers in Fort Portal to increase their investments, employing around 50 young people to collect the venom. Ugandan people are tapping into the increasing global demand for an unusual new product, as they have come up with an innovative way to earn some extra income.
Throughout 2018 and 2019 farmers across the country suffered at the hands of Mother Nature. Wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and most recently massive flooding have wreaked havoc on rural America and farmers’ bottom lines. A $17 billion disaster aid bill, which has met numerous snags along each step of the process, is moving to the House rules committee today, a sign relief for affected producers could be near.
The U.S. Grains Council has strengthened biosecurity safeguards for overseas travelers and USGC-led trade teams in recognition of the severity and spread of African swine fever virus. As part of this updated protocol, no USGC-led or -organized teams will visit swine farms or operations in the United States in 2019, and teams from confirmed ASF-affected countries will not visit any type of U.S. livestock operation.
Farmers in Jammu are harvesting their wheat crop early as the weathermen have predicted a fresh spell of rains in the region due to western disturbances. While the seasonal crop in Jammu is in full bloom, farmers generally wait for an appropriate time for harvesting as sunshine gives full ripening colour and nutrients to the seed.
When surprise hailstorms hit the 6,000 acres Trevor Scherman plants each year with peas, wheat, canola and lentils, his first move isn’t to his truck to assess the damage. These days, it’s to his iPad. Nine mini-weather stations from the Canadian firm Farmer’s Edge, along with daily satellite imagery from San Francisco-based Planet, provide Scherman with an intimate and easily accessible assessment for each of his fields.
Northern Irish cattle farmers who are failing to test animals for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) could be prosecuted in the latest government crackdown on untested herds. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) has announced that tougher measures will be taken with farmers that are not complying with the 2016 BVD Eradication Scheme Order.
For thousands of years, farmers have looked to the clouds for the next sign of rain to irrigate their crops. Now farmers are also looking to another cloud—the digital cloud—for insights that can make a critical difference for their operations. Through this network of servers, satellites, and mobile devices, the cloud is helping farmers share and access massive volumes of data.
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