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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Conway woman tours farms in Cuba

Conway woman tours farms in Cuba: Sandra Leyva of Conway went to Cuba and said she came home even more passionate about promoting the local-food movement.

Leyva, executive director of The Locals, spent eight days at the fifth annual AgroEcology Conference, touring farms and talking to growers, representatives of cooperatives and schoolchildren.

The Locals, a nonprofit organization, sponsors two programs — the Faulkner County Urban Farm Project, a community garden at the Faulkner County Library in Conway, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-grant-funded Locals Food Hub, which includes pop-up farmers markets.

Howell: Cotton futures lose ground amid new China worries | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Howell: Cotton futures lose ground amid new China worries | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Worries about the global economy amid tumbling world stock markets drove U.S. cotton futures to a 13-week low close on ramped-up volume last week.

Spot March lost 185 points for the week ended Thursday to close at 61.43 cents, its lowest finish since Oct. 2. Daily volumes climbed as high as an estimated 41,400 lots, largest since Nov. 16. New-crop December shed 175 points to settle at 62.97 cents.

Nosedives in Chinese equities and skids in China’s yuan currency aroused fears about the health of the world’s second-largest economy, spreading turmoil in markets around the world.

South Africa: Drought Leads to Failed Crops, Water Shortages - ABC News

South Africa: Drought Leads to Failed Crops, Water Shortages - ABC News: The main street of this dusty South African town is lined with empty buckets, marking each residents' place in line as they wait for their daily water ration to be brought in by unreliable trucks.

Keeping watch over her buckets, Pulaleng Chakela sleeps in a wheelbarrow on the side of the road to save her spot in the line. The 30-year-old wraps herself in a little blanket as temperatures drop overnight, and asks a male friend to sit nearby for safety.

"If I don't wait here all night, the water will be finished," she said.

China must cut corn prices to clear stockpile: state media, Consumer - THE BUSINESS TIMES

China must cut corn prices to clear stockpile: state media, Consumer - THE BUSINESS TIMES: China must lower corn prices to reduce its massive corn stockpile and curb imports of corn substitutes including barley, sorghum and distillers' grain, state media quoted a senior agricultural official as saying.

Chen Xiwen, deputy director of the Central Rural Work Leading Group, said China needed to modify its reserve-based crop price support mechanism to curb the mounting grain stockpile, state-run China Daily newspaper reported on Saturday.