Agriculture

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Argentine stem weevil fights back, costs agriculture $200m a year

In the evolutionary arms race between the Argentine stem weevil and the parasitoid wasp, the weevil has for the moment got the upper hand - at the cost of about $200 million a year to agriculture.  The story of the search for a biocontrol which could rein in the weevil which eats ryegrass, and the subsequent fight back by the South American invader, goes back to the 1990s and has attracted worldwide attention. 

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Corteva Agriscience Agriculture launches new corn seed brand in INDIA

Corteva Agriscience Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, has announced the introduction of a new corn seed brand ‘Brevant seeds’ for the Indian market.

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Study sheds light on major disease in roses

A study by researchers at the ARS Electron and Confocal Microscopy Unit and their colleagues produced stunning, high-resolution images that, for the first time, identified the mite’s “hiding spots” deep within rose flowers and leaf buds. The images showed the mite at the base of the rose’s glandular hairs on the sepals, which are tiny leaf-like appendages in the base of the flower. By imbedding itself so deeply among the inner floral parts, the rose bud mite can avoid sprays or other treatments applied as controls.

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Delhi HC lifts Centre’s curbs on GI tag for basmati rice

The Delhi High Court has struck down the decision of the Central government restricting the famously aromatic basmati rice production to only seven States in the Indo-Gangetic plains.

The High Court’s verdict came on the Madhya Pradesh government's plea to include 13 districts in the State under the Geographical Indications (GI) category for basmati rice.

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Studies reveal "death switch" in plant immune systems

Chinese researchers have discovered a "death switch" in plant immunes system that can activate cell death to limit the spreading of microbial pathogens and provide plants with resistance.

Scientists say the discovery "will become textbook knowledge" for understanding plant immunity and offers new perspectives on developing next-generation disease-resistant crops that will be more environmentally-friendly with less pesticide use.

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Rs 1 crore Monsanto package for Lovely Professional University Agriculture Student 

- Kavita Faman, a student of MSc agriculture (agronomy) at Lovely Professional University.

- Package is almost equivalent to 200,000 Canadian dollars.

- She belongs to Punjab's Gurdaspur district.

- Monsanto Canada has hired her as a production manager for its Manitoba office.

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U.S. Ag Gets a Great Deal with USMCA

Farmers know a good deal when we see one. We watch every penny and stretch every dollar as far as it can go. We fix up our tractors and repair our old pickup trucks year after year, hoping to get yet another season out of them. At the same time, we always have our eye on the latest technology and tools that will make our farms and ranches more productive and more efficient. The same is true when it comes to trade deals. When NAFTA was signed more than 25 years ago, it was the best trade deal U.S. agriculture had ever seen. But now there’s a new deal on offer—the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA. We have a chance to trade in a great agreement for an even better one. 

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University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited distance degree programmes in agriculture

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture. The decision was taken by the higher education regulator at its last meeting on the ground that a degree programme in agriculture is technical in nature as it requires practicals or laboratory courses. 

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Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium to Revolutionize Agriculture

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is launching the Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium, a public-private partnership that transcends the bounds of traditional agriculture to develop flavorful, nutritious crops specially intended for indoor agriculture. PIP's participants represent world-class indoor growers, breeders, genetics companies and agricultural equipment leaders, including AeroFarms, BASF, Benson Hill Biosystems, Fluence Bioengineering, Intrexon, Japan Plant Factory Association and Priva

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Jamaica: Major Marketing Drive to Attract Large Investments in Agriculture

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be embarking on a major marketing and production drive during the 2019/20 fiscal year, in a bid to attract large-scale investments to the agricultural sector. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said this will be spearheaded through several of the Ministry’s agencies, including Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Agro-Invest Corporation (AIC), utilising the Agricultural Incentive Programme as a catalyst.

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ICAR's All India Agriculture Entrance Examination: Apply by April 30, 2019

The All India Entrance Exam for admission to bachelor and master's degree programme in agriculture and allied courses, will now be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The government testing agency has been entrusted with the task of conducting the exam on behalf of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The exam will be held on July 1. Online registration for the exam will be held from April 1 to April 30.

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Why potato farmers in Bengal prefer ‘Pepsi’ over Jyoti

Lapped up by food processors, the variety has a lower yield and costs more to cultivate, but sells for more than double the Jyoti price

For farmers engaged in PepsiCo’s collaborative farming, it is not just about an assured buy-back at pre-agreed prices but also the handholding support extended by the company. Apart from supplying high-quality planting material, the company regularly conducts sessions on capability building for growers; provides training on better agro practices, judicious use of fertilisers, chemicals and water.

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Bank of Baroda to develop digital agri platform for farmers

Bank of Baroda has signed a memorandum of understanding with agriculture services companies to develop an agriculture digital platform, Baroda Kisan, which will provide solutions for agricultural requirements.

The initiative is being executed by ITCoE of Bank of Baroda, in partnership with IBM India. The platform intends to make a holistic approach towards solving agricultural plights by means of providing reliable and customised information, inputs for use, convenience of renting farm equipment, and market linkage for sale of agriculture produce.

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Drastic cuts to agriculture proposed in Trump budget

President Trump released his $4.7 trillion Fiscal Year 2020 budget this week with proposed increases in defense spending and $8.6 billion for the Mexican border wall. The proposed budget would cut spending for Medicaid, agriculture, environmental protection, transportation, education and other non-defense departments and agencies.

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Major Agriculture losses expected in Nebraska

THE OMAHA WORLD HERALD REPORTS FLOODING COULD CAUSE NEARLY ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN AGRICULTURAL LOSSES IN NEBRASKA. 
ABOUT ONE IN FOUR JOBS IN THE STATE ARE RELATED TO AGRICULTURE.
THE INDUSTRY GENERATES MORE THAN 21 *BILLION* DOLLARS A YEAR IN NEBRASKA.

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FAO pledges support to Near East & North African countries in fight against Red Palm Weevil

The Near East and North African countries can count on FAO's unwaivering support in their fight to contain the spread of the Red Palm Weevil one of the world's most invasive pest species, the UN agency's Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said today.

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Sound Agriculture Expands Team with Leadership Hires in Finance and Field Development

Sound Agriculture, a San Francisco-based company developing sustainable crop enhancement products, today announced the hiring of Karen Upson, Vice President of Finance and Operations, and Bruce Luzzi, Director of Field Development. With decades of industry insight and leadership, they will play a strategic role in the company’s continued growth and commercial product development.

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US farmers celebrate free-tariff  wheat quota to Brazil

U.S. wheat producers recently gained preferential treatment in a large South American market. Yesterday during a meeting with U.S. President Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced his country will import 750,000 metric tons (680,250 tons) of American wheat tariff-free annually.

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