Ivory Coast, a Big Cocoa Exporter, Tries to Move Up the Ladder

A new generation of Ivory Coast chocolatiers is striving to change an industry that has long left cocoa farmers in poverty.

#abidjan-ivory-coast, #agriculture-and-farming, #chocolate, #cocoa, #entrepreneurship, #ghana

Inflation Reduction Act to Rewrite Embattled Black Farmer Relief Program

To circumvent legal objections, the new law will provide aid to farmers who have faced discrimination, regardless of their race.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #black-people, #discrimination, #inflation-reduction-act-of-2022, #national-black-farmers-assn, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

How New Zealand’s Climate Fight Is Threatening Its Iconic Farmland

As the country puts a growing price on greenhouse emissions, investors are rushing to buy up pastures and plant carbon-sucking trees.

#agriculture-and-farming, #carbon-caps-and-emissions-trading-programs, #cattle, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #land-use-policies, #livestock, #new-zealand, #ranches

Irish Farmers Help Save a Bird Whose Calls Used to Herald Summer

The corncrake’s cry, thought to be loud and harsh, is a poignant reminder for older people of the advent of warmer weather. Efforts are underway to preserve its call for younger generations.

#agriculture-and-farming, #birds, #county-cork-ireland, #county-mayo-ireland, #european-union, #ireland

The Coming Crisis Along the Colorado River

Overuse and climate change will mean sharp cuts in water use.

#agriculture-and-farming, #audubon-society-national, #colorado-river, #conservation-of-resources, #global-warming, #hoover-dam, #hydroelectric-power, #imperial-calif, #infrastructure-public-works, #lake-mead, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #reservoirs, #rivers, #salton-sea, #southwestern-states-us, #water, #western-states-us

Mines, Fires, Rockets: The Ravages of War Bedevil Ukraine’s Farmers

A deal allowing ships to start carrying grain from Ukraine solved a logistical problem, but it left a more pressing one for Ukrainian farmers: growing and reaping crops in a war zone.

#agriculture-and-farming, #black-sea, #international-relations, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Crops ‘Stored Everywhere’: Ukraine’s Harvest Piles Up

Farmers who have lived under the risk of Russian missile attacks have their doubts about an international agreement to ease a blockade on grain shipments through the Black Sea.

#agriculture-and-farming, #black-sea, #europe, #european-union, #grain, #ports, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #storage, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Monarch Butterflies Are Placed on IUCN Red List

Researchers cited climate change and habitat loss. But they also said the public can help give the insects a boost.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-migration, #biodiversity, #butterflies-and-moths, #caterpillars, #defoliants-and-herbicides, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #global-warming, #insects, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #north-america

On Gum Drop Grapes and Other Fruits Designed to Taste Like Candy

Advances in plant breeding and indoor growing have led to produce that promises to be perfectly sweet.

#2022tsummerentertain, #agriculture-and-farming, #baldor-specialty-foods, #driscolls-berries-inc, #fruit, #genetic-engineering, #strawberries, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #whole-foods-market-inc

A North Dakota City Attracted a Corn Mill. Then Came Questions About Its Chinese Owners.

Officials in Grand Forks are enthusiastic about the potential benefit to the economy, but the connection to China stoked a backlash.

#agriculture-and-farming, #china, #corn, #grand-forks-nd, #united-states-international-relations

Companies’ Climate Promises Face a Wild Card: Farmers

Some of the largest companies in the U.S. have pledged to adopt climate-friendly agricultural techniques. But some farmers say they haven’t provided enough incentive.

#agriculture-and-farming, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #cargill-inc, #corporations, #food, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #iowa, #pepsico-inc, #soil, #sustainable-living, #united-states

How Rules Fuel Populist Anger in Rural America

One Democrat attempts to flip the script by speaking out against government red tape.

#agriculture-and-farming, #catfish, #chesapeake-bay, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #fish-farming, #fishing-commercial, #government-accountability-office, #harris-andrew-p, #law-and-legislation, #maryland, #montgomery-county-md, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #seafood

‘Mango Man’ Is the Fruit’s Foremost Poet, Philosopher, Fan and Scientist

With 300 types of mangos to his horticultural credit, Kaleem Ullah Khan is quick to tell anyone in India and beyond about the infinite potential of the fruit and its tree, including as medicine.

#agriculture-and-farming, #content-type-personal-profile, #fruit, #india, #mangoes, #trees-and-shrubs, #uttar-pradesh-state-india

Can Dual-Use Solar Panels Provide Power and Share Space With Crops?

Companies like BlueWave are betting on it. But the technology has its critics.

#agriculture-and-farming, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bluewave-solar, #energy-efficiency, #solar-energy, #upstart2022

As Russia Chokes Ukraine’s Grain Exports, Romania Tries to Fill In

With famine threatening millions, Europe is intent on finding alternatives to one of world’s biggest food exporters, whose landlocked crop is stranded by war.

#agriculture-and-farming, #europe, #european-union, #food, #grain, #ports, #romania, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #ukraine, #wheat

To Pressure Taiwan, China is Now Targeting its Grouper Exports

Taiwan’s lucrative grouper industry is bracing for heavy losses after China’s recent ban on imports of the fish from the island.

#agriculture-and-farming, #china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fishing-commercial, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kaohsiung-taiwan, #politics-and-government, #taiwan

Indoor Farming Is a ‘No-Brainer.’ Except for the Carbon Footprint.

Why greenhouses might be the future of vegetable agriculture.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #europe, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #north-america, #vegetables, #water

Russia’s Blockade of Ukraine Is ‘War Crime,’ Top E.U. Official Says

The remarks by the official, Josep Borrell Fontelles, were among the strongest language from a Western leader in describing the Kremlin’s tactics to subjugate Ukraine.

#agriculture-and-farming, #black-sea, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #donbas-ukraine, #drueke-alex, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #huynh-andy-tai-ngoc, #kaliningrad-russia, #lithuania, #odessa-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Meet the Peecyclers. Their Idea to Help Farmers Is No. 1.

A shortage of chemical fertilizer, worsened by the war in Ukraine, has growers desperate. It just so happens that human urine has the very nutrients that crops need.

#agriculture-and-farming, #fertilizer, #niger, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #rich-earth-institute, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shortages, #united-states, #urine, #waste-materials-and-disposal

In South Asia, Climate Change Worries Take On Fresh Urgency

Hundreds of millions of humanity’s most vulnerable live in South Asia, where rising temperatures make it more difficult to address poverty, food security and health challenges.

#agriculture-and-farming, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #floods, #food-insecurity, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #south-asia, #weather

Crop Circles Were Made by Supernatural Forces. Named Doug and Dave.

Intricate patterns carved in fields across England in the 1980s were a viral phenomenon long before the internet fed us such prankster curiosities daily.

#agriculture-and-farming, #conspiracy-theories, #england, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #occult-sciences, #social-media

Animal Farm Creamery, a Small-Batch Dairy, Is Narrowly Saved

Animal Farm Creamery, one of the most highly regarded small dairies in America, was nearly lost. Then, a young couple down the road stepped in.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-farm-creamery, #butter, #cattle, #content-type-personal-profile, #family-business, #haigh-ben, #haigh-hilary, #rolling-bale-farm-llc, #st-clair-diane-1956, #vermont

Feeding a Hotter Planet

Hunger is rising again even though we produce enough food. As the planet warms, it’s crucial to fix a broken system.

#agriculture-and-farming, #food, #global-warming, #great-salt-lake-utah, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Export Bans on Malaysian Chicken and Indian Wheat Prompt Fears

Restricted so far in the name of domestic food security: Indian wheat, Malaysian chicken and Indonesian cooking oil. Experts warn of unwanted consequences.

#agriculture-and-farming, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #food, #food-insecurity, #indonesia, #international-trade-and-world-market, #malaysia, #protectionism-trade, #shortages, #singapore, #supply-chain

The Johnny Appleseed of Sugar Kelp

The quest of a Long Island seaweed farmer to make kelp the next kale.

#agriculture-and-farming, #global-warming, #long-island-ny, #new-york-state, #peconic-estuary-ny, #seaweed

Why Farmers Are Getting Priced Out of the Hudson Valley

Farmers are losing properties to wealthy buyers from the city, while leasing land from the new owners can feel like a ‘modern-day feudal system.’

#agriculture-and-farming, #farm-bill-us, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #land-use-policies, #livestock, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Bamboo Is a Salve for Impoverished Nepal

The ubiquitous crop yields a degree of economic freedom — and lessons for other needy nations.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bamboo, #bureau-of-labor-statistics, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kathmandu-nepal, #nepal

A Farmer Holds On, a Fraying Lifeline for a Besieged Corner of Ukraine

Most farmers have fled the Russian advance, but Oleksandr Chaplik has stayed, despite the lethal risks and a lack of workers, water and power.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bombs-and-explosives, #cluster-munitions, #livestock, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

These Veterans Started Businesses Inspired by Their Deployments

Some veterans have started businesses that draw from their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thrived.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #colombia, #e-commerce, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #labor-and-jobs, #rumi-spice-pbc, #small-business, #veterans, #vietnam, #women-and-girls

Afghanistan Tries to Stamp Out Opium Again

The multibillion-dollar trade has survived previous bans. Now, the Taliban are going after solar-powered water pumps to try to dry up poppy crops in the middle of a national economic crisis.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #deserts, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #irrigation, #opium, #politics-and-government, #poppies, #rural-areas, #solar-energy, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-nations-office-on-drugs-and-crime, #water, #wells

Illegal Immigration Is Down, Changing the Face of California Farms

Farmers are turning to workers on seasonal visas and mechanizing what they can. Many labor-intensive crops are shifting south of the border.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #visas

The Mango, India’s King of Fruits, Is a Victim of the Heat Wave

Blistering spring temperatures have devastated crops of the country’s most beloved fruit. “The soul of a farmer shudders at seeing these fruitless trees,” one grower said.

#agriculture-and-farming, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #india, #mangoes

The Michigan Mink Mystery: How Did an Interspecies Outbreak Unfold?

The puzzling coronavirus cases highlight ongoing surveillance challenges and blind spots.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #animals, #antibodies, #canada, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deer, #dogs, #livestock, #livestock-diseases, #michigan, #minks-animals, #netherlands, #ontario-canada, #taxidermy, #wisconsin, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

India Bans Most Wheat Exports, Adding to Fears of Global Food Insecurity

The ban could compound a worldwide shortfall worsened by the war in Ukraine and exacerbate an already dire forecast for global hunger.

#agriculture-and-farming, #food-insecurity, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #wheat

On Strawberry Fanta and Other Treats Imbued With Divine Status

Whether because of religion, fad dieting or Instagram, humans have long made food offerings in the hope of connecting with the sublime.

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #pilgrimages, #religion-and-belief, #travel2022

Hydroponic Lettuce Was Seen as Safe From Salmonella, Until an Outbreak

The F.D.A. criticized measures at a hydroponics greenhouse linked to an outbreak last summer, and offered guidelines that have ramifications for the popular industry.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bacteria, #brightfarms-inc, #food, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #salmonella-bacteria, #united-states

What’s Fueling the Global Food Crisis?

Surprise: Old-style globalization is bearing the brunt of this crisis.

#agriculture-and-farming, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #food, #internal-sub-only-nl, #international-trade-and-world-market, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy

Cultivating Coveted Morel Mushrooms Year-Round and Indoors

Jacob and Karsten Kirk, twins from Copenhagen, say they have devised a method to reliably grow morel mushrooms in a climate-controlled environment.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biology-and-biochemistry, #copenhagen-denmark, #danish-morel-project, #denmark, #inventions-and-patents, #kirk-jacob, #kirk-karsten, #monaghan-thomas-s, #morels, #mushrooms

Biden Has Already Done More for Rural America Than Trump

Democrats should let voters know about their successes — and run on Democratic values.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #axne-cindy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #democratic-party, #ethanol, #food-banks-and-pantries, #grassley-charles-e, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iowa, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #poet-llc, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

A Long Walk Through Japan’s Kii Peninsula

As is true throughout rural Japan, many of the once-vibrant villages on Honshu’s Kii Peninsula are aging into nothingness.

#agriculture-and-farming, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #honshu-japan, #mountains, #rural-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #world-heritage-sites

How the Supply Chain Crunch is Hurting California Farmers.

As shipping companies concentrate on the most lucrative routes from China to California, almond growers are struggling to transport their wares.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #central-valley-calif, #china, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #federal-maritime-commission, #international-trade-and-world-market, #maffei-daniel-b, #nuts, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy, #warehouses

Four Americans Were Infected With a Virus Variant Seen in Mink

The cluster is the first known instance of likely animal-to-human transmission in the United States.

#agriculture-and-farming, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #michigan, #minks-animals, #national-geographic, #research

‘They Are Gone, Vanished’: Missing Persons Haunt Ukrainian Village

In a Russian-occupied village, five men went off to feed cattle. Their relatives and neighbors are wondering what happened to them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #defense-and-military-forces, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

The Fiddle Leaf Fig Is Dead. What’s the New Popular Plant?

Meet the man working to put the next big “It” plant on every windowsill in North America.

#agriculture-and-farming, #collectors-and-collections, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #ebay-inc, #flowers-and-plants, #home-depot-inc, #ikea, #millennial-generation, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #walmart-stores-inc

Brazil’s climate politics are shifting. That matters for the whole planet.

The Amazon is emerging as a central issue in this year’s presidential campaign. Leaders have taken note.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-jungle, #beef, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #da-silva-luiz-inacio-lula, #elections, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indigenous-people, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl

Descending Into Florida’s Underwater Caves

The world’s densest collection of freshwater springs is at the center of a slow-motion environmental tragedy.

#agriculture-and-farming, #algae, #aquifers, #diving-and-divers, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #manatees, #population, #rivers, #travel-and-vacations, #water, #water-pollution

War’s Disruption to Ukraine’s Farms Seeds Global Food Crisis

The Russian invasion is pummeling Ukraine’s agriculture, threatening harvests in Europe’s breadbasket and contributing to a global food crisis.

#agriculture-and-farming, #chernihiv-ukraine, #corn, #dnipro-ukraine, #food, #grain, #kherson-ukraine, #odessa-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wheat, #zaporizhzhia-ukraine

Fire Chief Killed While Responding to Nebraska Wildfire

Chief Darren Krull of the Elwood Volunteer Fire Department died in a car crash during a fire that has scorched some 30,000 acres in two days.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-weather-service, #nebraska, #ricketts-john-peter, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states, #weather, #wildfires

Major Cheese Heist Puts Dutch Dairy Farmers on Alert

Thieves made off with thousands of pounds of cheese, worth about $23,000, from a Dutch dairy farm last week.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cheese, #dairy-products, #netherlands, #robberies-and-thefts

Vertical Farms Expand as Demand for Year-Round Produce Grows

The industry is expected to grow to $9.7 billion worldwide by 2026, but it faces challenges, including high energy costs, technological limitations and the ability to scale.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bowery-farming-inc, #brightfarms-inc, #fruit, #greenhouses, #kalera-inc, #light-emitting-diodes, #plenty-unlimited-inc, #real-estate-commercial, #united-states, #vegetables, #warehouses