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Iranian smart agricultural meteorology yearns for maximum harvest yields

“An Iranian agricultural meteorology startup is launched to ensure maximum harvest yields through weather monitoring across the farmlands and fields” reports tehrantimes.com. According to Statista, the global market size of smart agriculture is expected to grow from approximately 9.58 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 to 23.14 billion U.S. dollars by 2022 suitable to their local conditions.The startup’s application provide a service for farmer users according to the type of his or her crop and location with an accurate weather predictions in rural area, he said. Source: tehrantimes.com

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AI Devs Behind Robot Sophia Partner with Blockchain Agricultural Data Firm

“Decentralized Artificial Intelligence (AI) firm SingularityNET has announced a partnership with agriculture-focused blockchain startup Hara at the World Web Forum, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Jan. 21” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. The newly announced partnership between the two firms aims to use this data to offer AI-powered crop diagnosis and data analytics to the ecosystem, according to the press release.Hara’s objective is reportedly to use blockchain to provide Indonesian farmers with useful data like grain price, soil quality and land ownership details.SingularityNET gained attention globally as…

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Investors, farmers guessing as shutdown delays crop reports

“USDA reports provide the foundation for understanding the U.S. agricultural industry, and because they also estimate farm production in other countries, they are essential for understanding global crop markets” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown, leaving investors and farmers without vital information during an already tumultuous time for agricultural markets.The government shutdown has now forced the delay of such reports for two…

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The US government shutdown could delay subsidies for farmers already ravaged by Trump’s trade war

“The trade war has already had a clear negative impact on many American farmers who rely heavily on exports to China to make money” writes Will Martin for businessinsider.com. The continuing US federal government shutdown could have substantial negative consequences for American farmers, many of whom are already feeling the squeeze from the ongoing trade conflict between the US and China. Source: businessinsider.com

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Trade wars cost U.S., China billions of dollars each in 2018

“CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S.-China trade war resulted in billions of dollars of losses for both sides in 2018, hitting industries including autos, technology – and above all, agriculture” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Disrupted agricultural trade hurt both sides particularly hard because China is the world’s biggest soybean importer and last year relied on the United States for $12 billion worth of the oilseed.China resumed purchases of U.S. soybeans in early December following a trade truce agreed to by leaders from the two countries during G20 summit in…

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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

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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

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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

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