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Wheat and Rice Prices Surge in Coronavirus Lockdown

Consumers are loading up on pasta, rice and bread. Farm supply lines are disrupted. Countries are restricting agricultural exports. The result: Prices of wheat and rice, two of the world’s staple grains, are rising sharply. Difficulties moving grain within countries...

DUTCH FLOWER AUCTION, LONG INDUSTRY’S HEART, IS FACING COMPETITION

AALSMEER, the Netherlands — Each weekday morning, the buyers descend on Aalsmeer, about a half-hour southwest of Amsterdam, arriving at an enormous warehouse covering some two million square meters. They squeeze onto benches, glare at computer screens and, with the...

A LOW COST ALTERNATIVE TO PRICY BIG DATA ON THE FARM

An article in Monday’s New York Times profiles a farmer in Indiana, who is loaded with the latest information technology-rich agricultural gear. Link: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/01/a-low-cost-alternative-to-pricy-big-data-on-the-farm/?_r=0 AGRAGEX Parque...

THE CASE FOR VERTICAL FARMING IN SMALL-TOWN WYOMING

Known for its skiing and beautiful scenery, Jackson, Wyoming, experiences harsh winters in which temperatures remain below freezing—or below zero—for weeks at a time. The area's lowest point sits 6,069 feet above sea level. In other words, conditions in Jackson are...

A FARMING ROBOT REDUCES THE NEED FOR FERTILIZER IN CROPS

This summer, Rowbot, a Minnesota startup (USA), began deploying an autonomous robot that rolls between corn plants spraying crop fertilizer. The robot applies fertilizer while the plant is rapidly growing and needs it most. This eliminates the need for using tractors,...

WHY ARE FUJITSU AND TOSHIBA LETTUCE IN SEMICONDUCTOR PLANTS?

Fujitsu’s foray into growing lettuce is not meant to be a revenue stream, but rather a necessary step in convincing farmers to start utilising ICT, the tech giant’s boss has told us. Which is just as well, as the clean-room grown lettuce the IT giant unveiled last...

Technology can bring down dairy industry’s cost

China's dairy industry must invest further into science and technologies to lower the cost of raw milk production to cope with the overproduction crisis, an official with the ministry of agriculture has said. Ma Ying, deputy director of the dairy industry management...

China adjusts subsidy policy to help farmers

BEIJING - China will improve agricultural subsidy policies in an effort to deepen rural reform, promote agricultural modernization and increase peasants' income, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced Thursday. A total of 14 billion yuan ($2.3 billion) will be...

Monsanto Is Said to Approach Syngenta Again About a Takeover

Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, has approached Syngenta AG about a takeover, almost a year after a previous attempt fell apart, according to people familiar with the matter. Monsanto has discussed its interest with Syngenta in recent weeks, said two of...

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