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Iran’s grape agricultural heritage gains worldwide fame

“FAO’s global agricultural heritage network now consists of 54 remarkable landscapes in 21 countries around the globe, FAO website reported” reports tehrantimes.com. It is the second time that sites in Italy and Iran are added to the global agricultural heritage systems list.The selection criteria includes that sites be of global importance, have value as a public good in terms of supporting food and livelihood security, agro-biodiversity, knowledge systems, adapted technologies, and culture, and have outstanding landscapes. Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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Trump says China relations took ‘BIG leap forward’ following trade pact

“President Donald Trump predicted Monday that “very good things will happen” in his administration’s trade dispute with China, celebrating the detente he agreed to over the weekend in Argentina with President Xi Jinping of China” writes Caitlin Oprysko for politico.com. The deal will prevent what is currently a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods from being bumped up to 25 percent on Jan. 1.Trump and Xi agreed at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to a 90-day pause on increasing tariffs between the two countries as…

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The CEO behind IHOP and Applebee’s perfectly illustrates how US restaurants could be one of the biggest winners of Trump’s trade war

“In response to Trump’s tariffs, countries like China, Canada, and Mexico responded with tariffs of their own on US agricultural goods” writes Kate Taylor for businessinsider.com. While President Donald Trump’s tariffs may be bad news for retailers like Walmart and Costco, the CEO of IHOP and Applebee’s says those chains are set to profit.The cuts on the agricultural products means that ingredients for the food used at IHOP and Applebee’s gets cheaper.Combined, IHOP and Applebee’s purchase billions of dollars of food each year, Joyce said. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Gouda For Agricultural Products boosts exports 70% in 2018

“Gouda For Agricultural Products (Ezz El-Din Gouda) increased its exports of vegetables and fruits to 65,000 tonnes this year, up from 38,000 tonnes in 2017, marking an increase of 70%” writes Rasha Sorour for dailynewsegypt.com. East Asia accounted for 45% of the company’s exports.The company additionally  aims to increase its exports to China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.He added that the company’s exports to Arab countries amount to between 5% and 10% of total exports, which declined last year as some countries banned the entry of Egyptian products, such as the…

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Farmers express concern over major increase in beaver numbers

“It also confirmed reports that beavers have spread south into the catchment of the River Forth” writes Charles Moore for telegraph.co.uk. The numbers have increased  steeply since they first appeared in Perthshire and Angus after they were illegally released around 20 years ago.A dramatic rise in the number of feral beavers has been blamed for extensive damage to farmland in one of Scotland’s most productive agricultural areas. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Trump trade war delivers farm boom in Brazil, gloom in Iowa

“But for the time being, Trump trade policies are handing precious market share, money and momentum to Brazil, the United States’ most formidable agricultural competitor” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Worries about the U.S.-China trade war loomed over the recent Farm Progress show, which comes to town every other year.At a recent agriculture trade show here, Iowa corn and soybean grower Steve Sheppard reflected the cautious mood. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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SMEDA, ABE sign EGP 50m worth contract to support agricultural, livestock projects

“For his part, Elkosayer said that this contract confirms the ongoing partnership between the ABE and SMEDA in financing agricultural, and livestock projects” writes Hossam Mounir for dailynewsegypt.com. The Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) and the Agriculture Bank of Egypt (ABE) signed a contract worth EGP 50m on Wednesday, for the development of agricultural, livestock, and new small irrigation systems projects nationwide.The contract aims to finance all new and existing small projects in the agricultural sector and related activities, as well as irrigation systems’ projects, provided that…

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Trump is giving farmers a $6 billion bailout so they can weather his trade war

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its announcement that it is authorized to provide up to $12 billion in aid to the agricultural industry” writes Aleksandra Michalska for cnbc.com. On Monday, though, the department said initial aid will consist of about $4.7 billion in payments to agricultural producers of seven commodities, as well as federal government purchases of up to $1.2 billion in certain “commodities unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation.”. A third part of the aid will consist of up to $200 million in spending to help develop foreign…

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Dreaded fall armyworm pest that devastated African crops found for the first time in India

“The moth pest, which devours crops during the caterpillar phase of its lifecycle, has already spread at an alarming rate to neighbouring states” writes Fraser Nelson for telegraph.co.uk. A feared crop pest which has caused billions of dollars of agricultural devastation in Africa has been spotted in India for the first time, raising fears it will harm millions of farmers.The Indian state of Karnataka has reported the continent’s first infestation of fall armyworm which can spread at up to 60 miles a day and has a voracious appetite for maize…

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A top Chinese agriculture official said Friday that its tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports won’t affect China that much, because it can buy whatever it wants from the rest of the world.

“Levying additional tariffs will cause a great decrease in the export of U.S. agricultural products to China,” Han Jun, vice minister of agriculture and rural affairs, told China Daily” reports washingtonexaminer.com. U.S. farmers are bracing for new government data from July, which is expected to show that their exports to China are starting to drop.A top Chinese agriculture official said Friday that its tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports won’t affect China that much, because it can buy whatever it wants from the rest of the world. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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