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Jordanians Protest Economic Conditions

Several thousand Jordanians protested Jan. 21 over soaring food prices and the erosion of living conditions, blaming corruption spawned by free-market reforms for the plight of the country’s poor. Islamists, left wing and trade unions activists marched through the old downtown of the city chanting “The government is eating our flesh … O Samir (Prime

Resilience Key To Survival

Modern industrial agriculture needs less efficiency and more resiliency if it’s going to feed billions more people in a world turned upside down by exploding energy prices and climate change. It sounds counterintuitive, but University of Waterloo Professor Thomas Homer-Dixon warns the current system is too “brittle” to withstand the challenges ahead. “I hate to

Turkey sales recover from setback

anada’s turkey industry is slowly recovering after a series of disasters in the last two years knocked back consumer demand, officials say. A perfect storm hit the industry in late 2008, just as sales of processed turkey items were starting to see double-digit growth, said Phil Boyd, Turkey Farmers of Canada executive director. Feed and

Managing Variation To Enhance Profits – for Sep. 23, 2010

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. After three years of severe losses, a much smaller Canadian pork industry has been enjoying moderate profits for most of 2010. However, the key word is

U. S. Farm Group Wants To Save Tropical Forests

Stopping global deforestation would boost U. S. agricultural revenue by $190 billion to $270 billion through 2030 by cutting unfair competition, a U. S. farm group and a nonprofit focused on climate change argued May 26. Deforestation accounts for about a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, chiefly from the destruction of tropical forests. Proponents

China Favours GMOs, But None Grown Yet

China will accelerate development of its own genetically modified (GMO) crops, seeking to secure food security and international competitiveness, an official from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture said. The official from the ministry’s biosafety administration office also denied recent media reports that China had already approved imported GMO grain seeds for widespread planting. His remarks

Yara Buys Terra Industries

Norway’s Yara agreed to buy Terra Industries for $4.1 billion to create the world’s biggest mineral fertilizer producer and boost its U. S. presence, as rivals look to join forces to gain size and reach. Norway’s biggest-ever foreign takeover announcement Feb. 15 comes a month after U. S. CF Industries Holdings withdrew its year-long hostile

New Flour Mill To Be Built In Ontario

“The key is rail access. It’s taken us three years at least to find the right spot.” AManitoba farmer and former owner of the company that built the flour mill at Elie over a decade ago plans to do the same thing again near Guelph, Ontario. Andreas Boersch is president of LVB Milling of Elie,

MZTRA Farm Sees Big Benefits From Alfalfa

“It may be one of the methods that we can help the guys in the heavier clay soils down in the Red River Valley move into a reduced-tillage regime.” – LINDSAY COULTHARD It’s hard not to like alfalfa. But Lindsay Coulthard’s feel ings for the nitrogen-fixing legume go a little deeper than most. During a

Conserve energy in hog barns this winter

With cold weather underway and increased heating costs, energy conservation is key in minimizing the cost of raising pigs. Substantial savings can be realized by evaluating and investing in ventilation, heating, lighting and equipment improvements. In a typical swine barn, 85 to 90 per cent of the heat loss is associated with ventilation. Providing too