Food Crops News 005

Four Ways the Farm Bill Makes Me Crazy
Huffington Post
Nutrition spending like SNAP (formerly called food stamps), emergency food
assistance, and school feeding programs; 2. Subsidies for commodity crops
and income support for farmers; 3. Land, soil and ecosystem conservation.
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Ghana: New Project to Invest US $12 Million to Boost Yam Productivity
AllAfrica.com
These factors mean successful efforts to boost yields are likely to be more
sustainable and have a greater impact on food security by enhancing the
preferred crop staple with good untapped potentials. For example, creating
an abundance of a locally …
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Small grocery store fills gap in W. Minn. ‘food desert’
Minnesota Public Radio
Nestled in the heart of farm country, the town of Clinton is surrounded by
food — fields of corn and soybeans. Those crops aren’t consumed by area
residents though — most are processed into livestock feed or ethanol.
Residents have to drive more than …
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Analysis: Young US farmers coax crops from conservation lands
Reuters
US farmers tapping conservation land could lift crop acres in the world’s
top grains producer to a record next year. The trend could ease food supply
fears across the globe at the risk of disrupting wildlife including bald
eagles that migrate across …
<http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/02/us-crops-conservation-idUSBRE83102V20120402>
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Specialty Crop Producers Applaud Senators(eqnx:) Support of Farm Bill Priorities
MarketWatch (press release)
WASHINGTON, Apr 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Specialty Crop Farm Bill
Alliance (SCFBA) today applauded a letter signed by 32 senators calling for
a 2012 Farm Bill that will build on previous specialty crop investments.
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Does Your Food Contain GMOs? Consumers Want Better Labeling
Huffington Post
And the only way to get that is to modify the genetics of the plants to
ensure that they’re stable, consistent–and basically always the same.
Which, according to food producers, isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Advocates for their use, including the FDA …
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Busoga on the verge of food insecurity
Daily Monitor
Mr Hakim Baliraine, the chairperson of East and Southern Africa Small Scale
Farmers’ Forum (ESSAF), said many families in Busoga cut fruit trees to
plant sugarcane and have stopped cultivating food crops. “The people in
the Busoga sub-region don’t have …
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Maize futures rally on US crop reports
Independent Online
Corn plants are seen at a drought-affected farm near Rufino, Santa Fe
province, about 455 km (283 miles) north of Buenos Aires January 5, 2012.
In the agricultural heart of Argentina, one of the largest exporters of
food products, farmers are attending …
<http://www.iol.co.za/business/markets/commodities/maize-futures-rally-on-us-crop-reports-1.1268872?showComments=true>
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AllAfrica.com
“Together with our partners, the Economic Community of West African States
and the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics, we
have improved the access to high quality seeds for smallholder farmers in
the region and have trained …
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Food security depends on agricultural research
Calgary Herald
In the next 40 years, world food demand is expected to double again. And
with climate change, new crop varieties are needed that can adapt to
changing weather patterns and resist invasive plants, insects and disease.
Rising incomes also increase demand …
<http://www.calgaryherald.com/Food+security+depends+agricultural+research/6395890/story.html>
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