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Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens
JORHAT, India - Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in India's Assam. "Do you think 3,000 rupees ($48) are enough when your monthly expenses can be double that?" she mumbles, as she puts on her "jaapi" hat of woven bamboo and palm leaves and takes a sip of tea from a steel mug.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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College senior focuses on classes for now
Dylan Pratt’s college career is wrapping up. His job search will continue at least a little longer.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Economist: Ag outlook tough, could be worse
Robert Johansson, new acting chief economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said commodity prices have been trending downward for the past several years and USDA expects that to continue.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Tangle over guest workers traps Louisiana crawfish trade
NEW ORLEANS - It is nearing peak harvesting season for Louisiana crawfish, but a shortage of migrants to peel them is hurting the industry, largely because of a fight over foreign guest workers that has stirred fears Chinese imports will gain ground.
Saturday, May, 02, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Bird flu ‘a three- to five-year problem’
More help is on the way for turkey and other poultry producers to cope with the epidemic of highly pathogenic avian influenza, but state and federal officials also warned that the problem will remain for years.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Organic farmer sues to stop industrial park
MENOKEN, N.D. — Thane Dockter, 42, has put a lot of his life into building an organic farm, and now he says his future is turned upside-down by an industrial park the Burleigh County (N.D.) Commission approved next door, with a zoning authority that was ceded to the county more than 40 years ago.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Agweek - News

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National Guard to help fight avian influenza
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The State Emergency Operations Center announced Sunday that 30 National Guard soldiers will haul water needed for avian influenza decontamination today through Wednesday. The soldiers will come from the 682nd Engineer Battalion in Willmar and the A Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion of Brooklyn Park, according to a media release.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Coffee production slipping in Tanzania as temperatures rise
DAR ES SALAAM - Warmer weather means that Tanzania is producing less coffee as higher temperatures affect yields, hurting both the nation’s producers and coffee drinkers who may pay more per cup, a South African university has found.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Bemidji eco-friendly greenhouse can grow produce all year long
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Staff at Root Value, Lueken's Village Foods' new aquaponics greenhouse, gave a tour of the state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday. A new Bemidji state-of-the-art, ultra-efficient aquaponics greenhouse grows fruits and vegetables year round in water infused with the natural byproducts of 250 tilapia fish for nutrients, rather than soil and conventional fertilizer.
Thursday, April, 23, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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African cocoa a golden ticket for Tanzania chocolate factory
DAR ES SALAAM - Jaki Kweka is that rare breed of gourmet chocolatier. She makes fine chocolate in Africa using local African ingredients. Other African companies such as Ghana's Golden Tree use local cocoa but import milk powder and sugar. Multinationals such as Nestle mass produce chocolate in South Africa for the continent's consumers and source ingredients globally.
Friday, April, 17, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Special Report: Why Brazil has a big appetite for banned pesticides
LIMOEIRO DO NORTE, Brazil - The farmers of Brazil have become the world’s top exporters of sugar, orange juice, coffee, beef, poultry and soybeans. They’ve also earned a more dubious distinction: In 2012, Brazil passed the United States as the largest buyer of pesticides. This rapid growth has made Brazil an enticing market for pesticides banned or phased out in richer nations because of health or environmental risks.
Thursday, April, 02, 2015 - Reuters - News

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New anti-corporate law doesn't discuss 2012 amendment
FARGO, N.D. — Now that Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed into law the first significant changes in the state’s anti-corporate farming law in 73 years, the question is: Will the law be referred by the North Dakota Farmers Union and like-minded groups that oppose the changes.
Tuesday, March, 31, 2015 - - News

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Ranchers hoping for greener pastures
FORT PIERRE, S.D. — Cattle producers throughout the upper Great Plains country are anxious for April moisture, after a winter largely devoid of snow.
Monday, March, 30, 2015 - Agweek - News

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China tells banks to lend more to farm sector
China’s central bank says banks should step up financing support for the farm sector, in the latest bid to support the vulnerable sector and the overall economy.
Wednesday, March, 25, 2015 - - News

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Dayton challenges farmers to support buffer plan
Laying the blame for many of the state’s polluted waters squarely at the feet of agriculture, Gov. Mark Dayton March 12 asked Minnesota farmers to “look into their souls” and support his proposal to buffer nearly every water in the state from row crops and their associated runoff.
Friday, March, 13, 2015 - St. Paul Pioneer Press - News

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SDSU Extension hires for food production security
BROOKINGS, S.D. — To be able to feed this population, food production must increase by 70 percent.
Monday, March, 09, 2015 - - News

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China to spend 33 percent more on grain stockpiling; Online survey looks at cover crops; North Dakota canola crushing plant shutdown temporary, manager says; Organic producer surveys due April 3; Indonesia beef industry opposes self-sufficiency push and Canadian farmers store fertilizer to fight dealers’ pricing power.
Monday, March, 09, 2015 - - News

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North Dakota canola crushing plant shutdown temporary, manager says
The Prairie Premium Oil canola crushing plant in Northwood, N.D., has shut down, but only temporarily, the plant manager said Tuesday. “We’re not closed. We’re just on a maintenance cycle right now,” James Gorres tells Agweek.
Tuesday, March, 03, 2015 - Agweek - News

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China urges banks to speed up agriculture sector loans
China urged its banks to speed up lending to agriculture, the country’s banking regulator said on Tuesday, in an effort to bolster a sector that employs almost one third of its 1.4 billion people, but remains in desperate need of funding.
Tuesday, March, 03, 2015 - - News

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Gas-fueled pressure washers caused a hog barn fire, ADM cuts its diesel output, and USDA establishes a Women in agriculture network.
Monday, March, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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