Agriculture

Agriculture
Friday, May 6th 2011 - 17:24 UTC

Top US grain processors join the ‘bio-fuel refineries rush’ in Brazil

Cargill Inc and the world’s largest grain processor Archer-Daniels-Midland Co, are planning to invest about 560 million US dollars in new bio-fuel refineries in Brazil.

Friday, May 6th 2011 - 17:21 UTC

US payrolls expanded in April, but jobless rate climbed to 9%

United States employers in April added more jobs than forecast. Payrolls expanded by 244,000 last month, the biggest gain since May 2010, after a revised 221,000 increase the prior month, the Labour Department said Friday in Washington.

Friday, May 6th 2011 - 01:42 UTC

Boosted by bio-fuels Brazil increases soy bean and oil processing-refining capacity

Brazil’s soy bean processing volume increased 7% in 2010 over 2009 while at the same time reducing idle capacity given the larger crop and a jump in the production of bio fuels, according to a release from Abiove, (Brazilian association of vegetable oil industries).

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011 - 05:20 UTC

FAO estimates 2011 rice world production up 3%; Latam to rebound 9.2%

Improved weather conditions are helping rice prospects

Rice production is expected to rise to 480 million tons in 2011, which is 3% higher than a year earlier, due to improved weather conditions, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Monday.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011 - 00:41 UTC

EU/Mercosur trade negotiations resume in Paraguay

EU Trade Commissioner Karl De Gucht

Bilateral negotiations for a trade agreement between Mercosur and European Union delegates are scheduled to resume Tuesday in Asunción, Paraguay.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011 - 00:32 UTC

Farmers warn European Parliament of ‘catastrophic impact’ of trade accord with Mercosur

COPA president Sonnleitner heads anti-Mercosur campaign

European farmers insisted Monday before the European Parliament on the “catastrophic impact” that a trade agreement with Mercosur could have for the EU agriculture.

Thursday, April 28th 2011 - 18:48 UTC

EU report quantifies losses for farmers from a trade accord with Mercosur

Losses mainly for the beef sector could reach 3bn Euros annually by 2020, says the report<br />
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A week before the next round of negotiations for an ambitious association and trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, a paper from the EU Joint Research Study centre, JRS, quantifies the alleged losses of such a deal for European farmers.

Tuesday, April 26th 2011 - 16:10 UTC

Paraguay has over a million hectares planted with corn

Paraguay is experiencing a boom in corn with an area planted of over a million hectares compared to 600.000 hectares a year ago, according to the country’s Soybean Farmers’ Association president agronomist Francisco Regis Mereles.

Monday, April 25th 2011 - 18:59 UTC

Falklands’ market garden approaches 25th anniversary against all odds

Tim Miller unloading produce at Stanley Growers Market Garden

Almost twenty five years after its inception, and despite setbacks primarily brought about by Falklands/Argentine politics, the bustling market garden, Stanley Growers, on East Falkland Islands, now prides itself on being in the top three countries in the cruise ship catering world for the quality of its produce.

Monday, April 25th 2011 - 07:42 UTC

Coffee prices at highest since 1977 pushed by poor harvest and weak dollar

The International Coffee Organization expects supplies to fall behind demand for fourth year running

Coffee prices topped 3 US dollars a pound in New York for the first time since 1977, as prospects of another production deficit combined with a sliding dollar to encourage fund buying.

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