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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Water-poor Saudi Arabia moves farming venture to drought-stricken California | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Water-poor Saudi Arabia moves farming venture to drought-stricken California | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian: If you are the largest dairy producer in Saudi Arabia and you are running out of water to grow cattle feed, there’s only one thing to do if you want to stay in business: go shopping.

Which is exactly what dairy giant Almarai has done, undertaking a global search for land and water to grow alfalfa to feed its dairy cows. The search brought Almarai to a most surprising place: California, which is suffering its worst drought in recorded history.

Factories urged to supply non-toxic wastewater to farmlands

Factories urged to supply non-toxic wastewater to farmlands: Industry Minister Atchaka Sibunruang has revealed after an inspection of 130,000 factories that none of them have yet to suffer from water shortages. Only a few claimed to have received poor quality raw materials, since many agricultural producers have been affected by the drought.

The Department of Industrial Works has proposed a short-term solution to encourage factories to reduce water usage and recycle wastewater whenever possible. The Industry Minister added that wastewater from food factories that do not contain toxic chemicals can be released to farmlands to sustain crop growth, in the event of a prolonged drought crisis.

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy names new director

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy names new director: Jen Andrews had her heart set on graduate school when she started working at Shelby Farms after graduating from Rhodes College in 2006 to earn money to pay for her Ph.D. program.

She loved the park and her work so much that she stayed and, 10 years later, was named the executive director of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, the park announced Monday.

"I think that the next phase of work at Shelby Farms Park is about delivering on all the promises we've made and the dreams that we've dreamed," Andrews said.

Farm subscriptions are growing up in Charlotte | The Charlotte Observer

Farm subscriptions are growing up in Charlotte | The Charlotte Observer: “CSA” is one of those insider phrases. If you focus on eating locally, you know what it means. If you don’t, you wrinkle your forehead when you hear it.

It’s been 30 years since Community Supported Agriculture entered the vernacular. Most histories credit it with starting on two farms in Massachusetts in 1986.

Brazil Corn Exports ... | Crops News | Agriculture

Brazil Corn Exports ... | Crops News | Agriculture: In February, Brazil recorded corn exports of 5.37 million tons. According to data from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, this is almost five times higher than exports for February 2015, which stood at 1.10 million tons. These exports produced revenue of $892.2 million, compared with $206.4 million in February last year.
According to Lucilio Alves, a professor and grain researcher in Brazil, this phenomenon can be explained by a combination of a bumper harvest, favorable Brazilian exchange rate, and attractive prices. “We are seeing domestic corn prices 30% higher than those in Argentinian and American markets, and so producers are taking advantage of this opportunity,” he stated.�

South African govt says drought causes $1 bln loss in agriculture sector - Yahoo News

South African govt says drought causes $1 bln loss in agriculture sector - Yahoo News: South Africa's agriculture sector has incurred losses of 16 billion rand ($1 bln) due to a severe drought, a government statement said on Tuesday.

Slow Down to Fast-Track Yield | Agweb.com

Slow Down to Fast-Track Yield | Agweb.com: Being in a hurry rarely pays. In the case of wheat seeding, the faster you go the more likely the stand will be uneven and yield will take a hit.

In Idaho, a coalition of wheat producers, processors and other stakeholders joined together to form the 200 Bushel Club to research the best management practices for wheat. In 2015, they performed a variety of field tests from variable-rate fertilizer application to tillage to drill speed.

When assessing drill speed, the group found up to 11.8 bu. difference in yield. Seeding at 6 mph, yields averaged 115.6 bu. per acre; at 4 mph,�127 bu. per acre; and at 2 mph,�122.9 bu. per acre. (Soft red spring wheat yields were down in parts of the Palouse because of stripe rust and other weather factors in 2015.)

Wall Street set to pause after 5-day win streak

Wall Street set to pause after 5-day win streak: U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open on Tuesday as investors paused for breath after a recent rally and digested weaker-than-expected trade data from China.

Dow futures held about 50 points lower after earlier falling more than 100 points. U.S. crude oil futures traded higher, above $38 a barrel, as of 8:04 a.m. ET.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower due to the “turn around Tuesday” effect. Traders expect larger supplies to be report by USDA tomorrow. Weak economic data from China weighs on Global markets.

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