Norman Borlaug, the man known as the father of the Green Revolution in agriculture, died in Texas aged 95. Prof Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for agricultural innovation and the development of high-yield crops.
Paraguayan soy bean farmers estimate that this year’s crop (2009/2010), which begins to be planted at the end of the month, could reach a new record close to seven million tons given the good climate prospects and producers enthusiasm.
The European Milk Board, representing milk producer organisations from eight European countries, has announced a far-reaching revolt, including farmer blockades of dairies and the withholding of milk from the market.
Paraguay soy bean exports have plummeted during the first eight months of the year according to official data released Wednesday in Asunción.
Just two years after wheat prices registered record highs, Chilean producers are finding themselves squeezed between rising costs and cheap imports.
Argentine farmers marked on Friday the end of an eight-day sales boycott with rallies and marches promising to “keep fighting” in support of aid for peers suffering from the worst drought in decades and to eliminate the current export tariffs system which distorts production and threatens several crops.
United States faces annual trade sanctions of about 295 million US dollars for failing to scrap illegal subsidies paid to its cotton growers. However the punishment, imposed by the World Trade Organization (WTO), is far less than the 4 billion USD that Brazil, which brought the case, had wanted.
Helped by the Argentine administrations of the Kirchner couple, Brazil is catching up with Argentina as Latinamerica’s main producer of wheat. This year Brazil will be planting only 200.000 hectares less than its Mercosur partner which this winter crop is down to 2.75 million hectares.
A sheep is believed to have become the world most expensive after selling for £231,000. Deveronvale Perfection, bred in Banffshire, was bought by a fellow local sheep farmer at a sale in Lanark.
Argentine farmers’ organizations announced Tuesday another national trading stoppage to protest President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner administration camp policies particularly taxes on grains and oilseeds exports.