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Saturday, June 04, 2016

Kurdistan finanical crisis: Replacing oil with agriculture for p

Kurdistan finanical crisis: Replacing oil with agriculture for p: In the midst of Iraqi Kurdistan’s economic crisis, the region is in desperate need of alternative sources for revenue other than their oil and gas industry which has struggled while at the mercy of the international market. For this reason, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is looking to revive their agriculture industry which has been part of their historical identity.

From 2004 until 2014, Iraqi Kurdistan’s economy was growing at an accelerating rate. In 2014, when the Islamic State (ISIS) established itself along the KRG’s borders, many of the international investors withdrew from the region due to the security threat. Since 2014, many of the Kurdistan Region’s industries have been suffering including their oil and gas industry. On top of everything, when the crisis hit, the Iraqi Central Government has withheld 17% of the constitutional budget mandated to the KRG.

Vilsack: U.S. Relationship With Cuba Begins With Agriculture | KCUR

Vilsack: U.S. Relationship With Cuba Begins With Agriculture | KCUR: The path to normalized relations between the United States and Cuba made a stop in farm country Friday.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his Cuban counterpart, Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero, toured Aaron Lehman’s corn and soybean farm in central Iowa.

Pakistan’s economy teeters as industry booms while agriculture collapses - The Nation

Pakistan’s economy teeters as industry booms while agriculture collapses - The Nation: A cotton-led collapse in agriculture dragged the economy down, leading the government to miss its growth target of 5.5 per cent by a significant margin in the current financial year as real gross domestic product grew at a rate of 4.7 per cent. However, that was still better than in the last eight years.

UC Cooperative Extension | Agricultural Experiment Station - Agriculture and Natural Resources - University of California

UC Cooperative Extension | Agricultural Experiment Station - Agriculture and Natural Resources - University of California: Do you have an idea for a mobile app that would simplify a task for growers, ranchers or anyone who works in agriculture? Meet others who can turn your idea into something functional.

The California Apps for Ag, the fourth in a series, will be held July 15-17. The competitive hackathon to solve real problems in agriculture and food is being hosted by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and the California State Fair.

Software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, farmers, farm consultants and others in the agricultural industry are encouraged to participate in the hackathon, which will be held at the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources building at 2801 Second Street in Davis, from 8 a.m. Friday, July 15 to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 17.

Hello India, Africa's $1 trillion agriculture sector seeks suitors - The Economic Times

Hello India, Africa's $1 trillion agriculture sector seeks suitors - The Economic Times: Here's a heaven-sent opportunity for Indian investors: Africa's $1 trillion agriculture sector is seeking suitors and a report has already been drawn up on how India can benefit.