Monday, January 24th 2011 - 04:52 UTC

Argentine Farmers End Protest: For Now

The leaders of the four farm workers groups at a press conference.

The farmers’ strike which has been taking in place in Argentina for the past week ended on midnight Sunday but the leaders have warned that members of the relevant rural entities will meet in two weeks, to discuss further measures and that they do not rule out another strike. The current measures had put a halt to the sale of grains.

Thursday, January 20th 2011 - 03:42 UTC

Argentina Farmers Threaten Second Strike of 2011

Eduardo Buzzi during the farmers meeting

Argentine farmers threatened to go on strike for a second time this year if the government does not change their policy towards them. At a meeting in Buenos Aires province city, Bahia Blanca, farm workers leaders met to discuss the week-long strike, which began last Monday. Farmers have stopped the sale of wheat, corn and soybean over export curbs.

Monday, January 17th 2011 - 08:57 UTC

Argentine farmers are back in a strike

Interventionist measures have been repeated for several harvests in recent years,” Hugo Biolcati said

Argentine farmers have halted sales of wheat, corn and soy in a strike over export curbs, rekindling a dispute that helped drive global grains prices to record highs three years ago.

Tuesday, January 11th 2011 - 22:12 UTC

Lack of rainfall in Argentina is pushing up prices for corn and soybeans

The forecast for corn is now 20 million tons compared to 25 million in early December

Corn and soybeans advanced for a second day as dry weather stressed crops in Argentina, raising concerns the global deficit may be larger than estimated.

Tuesday, January 11th 2011 - 21:38 UTC

FAO food prices index marks record; threat for global growth and social stability

Bolivia had to roll back fuel increases because of its impact on food prices

The United Nation's Food and Agricultural Organization, FAO, global food prices index reached a record high in December, 2010 reported the organization this week. The FAO food index tracks a basket of 55 key food commodities including items such as wheat, cooking oil and fats and sugar.

Friday, December 24th 2010 - 08:06 UTC

Uruguay under agriculture “state of emergency” because of lack of rains

Agriculture minister Tabare Aguere

The Uruguayan government declared Thursday an “agriculture state of emergency” because of the drought situation to the north of the country. The declaration opens the way to grant small farmers government support.

Thursday, December 23rd 2010 - 08:39 UTC

Brazilian soy crop estimate up; coffee prices reach a 13-year high

Agriculture Minister Wagner Rossi: ‘mad soybean’ no threat for the oilseed

Soybean growers in Brazil, the world’s largest producer after the U.S., may harvest more of the oilseeds next year than the government estimated earlier this month, Agriculture Minister Wagner Rossi said on Wednesday.

Saturday, December 18th 2010 - 21:08 UTC

Chilean wine industry booming: sales up 10% and exports 11.7%

Plans to double exports and add 26.667 hectares of vineyards by 2020

Between Jan and Oct 2010, 83 of the top 100 Chilean wineries increased their sales of bottled wine. According to figures from Wines of Chile, 68 of these wineries increased sales by more than 10%. Exports have increased by 11.7% compared to figures during the same period in 2009.

Saturday, December 18th 2010 - 18:47 UTC

Satellite data provide new way to monitor groundwater in agricultural regions

Centre-pivot irrigation systems produce the familiar circles seen by airline passengers.

When you dive into that salad full of lettuce grown in the United States West, there’s a good chance you are enjoying the product of irrigation from an underground water source. These hidden groundwater systems are precious resources that need careful management, but regulatory groups have a hard time monitoring them, owing to a lack of accurate data.

Saturday, December 18th 2010 - 00:22 UTC

Chilean Senators warn about ‘social impact’ of cheap US dollar for farm areas

The Central bank and Piñera “haven’t done a thing”

Senators representing agricultural parts of Chile strongly criticized the Central Bank and President Sebastian Piñera this week for turning a deaf ear to the “social, cultural and economic problems” created by the falling value of the US dollar, now hovering at 470 pesos to the dollar.


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