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Almonds: Excellent early season, disruptions for trades

Atypical week in the almond sector due to the current situation that has caused distortions in the markets and auctions. In Mercamurcia, which was the only table that collected prices this week, there was a predominance of decreases, although smaller than in previous weeks, of between 1 and 3 cents in all varieties of...

Almonds: Chaos theory on a global level

2019 was a very challenging time regarding all the issues coming up or underway. What you see are the small changes and how they will have a broader effect and conserquences. The strength of this industry is that we are pretty diversified. It is not the 60% tariff on almonds in China. China has been our third...

Predicting crops, predicting how fires spread – all from 800 km above the earth

The Clipper: Please tell us about your company and what you are doing. Robbert Mica: We are VanderSat, an earth observation company. We have a proprietary method well we provide three data sets for the whole world on 100 by hundred meters resolution for soil moisture - the amount of water in the soil, the land...

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen

TIFTON, Ga.(Jan. 22, 2019) The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding.  "At President Trump's direction, we have been working to alleviate the effects of the lapse in federal funding...

Indian agrifood investment activity counts $1.66 billion of investment across 558 startups

In this five-year review of Indian agrifood startup investment activity between 2013 and 2017, we detail $1.66 billion of investment across 558 deals; that's 10% of global deal count. So far, India's agrifood entrepreneurs have mostly focused on answering the demands of the country's growing middle class, which is set to surpass China in size by 2024. For that reason,...

Speciality Crop uses Bühler technology to reduce sorting costs by up to 90%

London/California, December 5, 2018 – Bühler technology is enabling the world’s largest fig grower to double its processing capacity to 20,000lbs per hour and reduce increasingly expensive costs associated with sorting, by up to 90%. The SORTEX F sorter is helping The Specialty Crop Company to provide their customers with dried figs that are free from damage and foreign...

Bright Light Agribusiness selects TOMRA Food for an end-to-end almond sorting solution

Leuven, Belgium, 5 December 2018 - Bright Light Agribusiness, one of the fastest growing private companies in the Australian almond industry, has selected TOMRA Food as its partner for an end-to-end almond sorting solution. A total of 15 sorters will be installed at the company’s state-of-the-art almond processing facility in Hattah/Victoria to achieve the processing objective of a “pack-to-grade”...

California Almond Growers brainstorming to reduce carbon footprint

Around the world, there is growing momentum around finding ways to reduce, capture and remove carbon from the atmosphere. But, did you know a key to helping solve one of the world’s most pressing challenges may be found right under your feet? At a recent event hosted by California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), more than 100 leaders from...

The Argentine peanut crop has 20 thousand hectares in critical condition.

The estimated peanut production would be the second most important of the last 9 years, with 1.09 million MT. This was highlighted by the report issued by the Cereals Board of Cordoba in which it was estimated a production of 1.09 million tons. It was also highlighted that the digging and threshing advances throughout the province with percentages of...

Tanzania is trying to fix the cashew industry crisis and it’s not easy

Dar es Salaam. The government is running against time to manage what appears to be a monumental task to raise hundreds of billions of shillings to fix the ongoing cashews marketing crisis. The Citizen has learnt that in addition to requiring over Sh660 billion to buy some 220,000 tonnes of cashews expected in the 2017/18 season, the government is...
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