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  • Argentine Phone Calls Detail Efforts to Shield Iran

    01/22/2015 1:17:51 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 21, 2015 | JONATHAN GILBERT and SIMON ROMERO
    Intercepted conversations between representatives of the Iranian and Argentine governments point to a long pattern of secret negotiations to reach a deal in which Argentina would receive oil in exchange for shielding Iranian officials from charges that they orchestrated the bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994. The transcripts were made public by an Argentine judge on Tuesday night, as part of a 289-page criminal complaint written by Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor investigating the attack. Mr. Nisman was found dead in his luxury apartment on Sunday, the night before he was to present his findings to Congress. In...
  • Ancient maize followed two paths into the Southwest

    01/11/2015 6:11:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | January 8, 2014 | University of California - Davis
    The study, based on DNA analysis of corn cobs dating back over 4,000 years, provides the most comprehensive tracking to date of the origin and evolution of maize in the Southwest and settles a long debate over whether maize moved via an upland or coastal route into the U.S. Study findings, which also show how climatic and cultural impacts influenced the genetic makeup of maize, will be reported Jan. 8 in the journal Nature Plants. The study compared DNA from archaeological samples from the U.S. Southwest to that from traditional maize varieties in Mexico, looking for genetic similarities that would...
  • 'Buckwheat panic' Grips Russians As Economic Sanctions Bite

    12/06/2014 9:46:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies
    NDTV ^ | December 07, 2014
    'Buckwheat panic' Grips Russians As Economic Sanctions Bite World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: December 07, 2014 10:31 IST Moscow: With its warm, fluffy brown grains, buckwheat is the ultimate comfort food for Russians and as sanctions hit home, it is flying off the shelves in a shopping frenzy dubbed the "buckwheat panic". Hard-hit by falling oil prices and Western economic sanctions imposed over the Kremlin's role in the Ukrainian crisis, Russia is seeing a catastrophic depreciation of the ruble and steep inflation. But while Russians grumble about the rising price of chicken, cheese or sausage, it was only when...
  • Fossilized maize, rice found in Temanggung

    11/02/2014 7:31:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | Agus Maryono
    Liyangan archaeological site on the slope of Mount Sindoro in Temanggung regency, Central Java, has again proven its position as home to one of main archeological findings in Indonesia after archeologists from the Yogyakarta Archeology Agency found the fossilized remnants of staple foods, comprising maize and rice, still inside a bamboo basket at the site. The archeologists said the finding indicated that Indonesia had long been part of an international agriculture network because maize was not endemic to Java and at the site they had also found many artifacts from other countries, especially China. Head of the Yogyakarta Archeology Agency,...
  • Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq

    10/01/2014 7:29:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/1/2014 | Maggie Fick
    For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that captured vast swathes of territory in northern Iraq. Two weeks later, Paulis, who is a Christian, received a phone call from a man who said he was an Islamic State fighter. “We are in your warehouse. Why are you not here working and taking care of your business?” the man asked in formal Arabic....
  • Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil

    09/23/2014 2:16:10 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Ron Nixon
    The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills. [] reports the railroads filed with the federal government show that for the week that ended Aug. 22, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway — North Dakota’s largest railroad, owned by the billionaire Warren E. Buffett — had a backlog of 1,336 rail cars waiting to ship grain and other products....
  • Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil

    08/26/2014 8:57:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 25, 2014 | RON NIXON
    FARGO, N.D. — The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills. The backlog is only going to get worse, farmers said, as they prepared this week for what is expected to be a record crop of wheat and soybeans. “If we can’t get this stuff out soon, a lot of it is simply going to go on the ground...
  • Israel Will Be The Last Man Standing in the Middle East: The Oil Weapon vs. the Grain Weapon

    05/22/2014 7:11:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/22/2014 | david A
    The Arab Spring, which started with the self-immolation of a Tunisian vegetable vendor at 11.30 am on 16th December, 2010, has resulted in two failed states in the region so far.  Libya has become “Scumbag Woodstock” because of the number of terrorist organisations headquartered there.  The French and English attempt at regime change created a terrorist haven with consequences as far afield as Mali and the 300 Christian girls kidnapped in Nigeria.  Fortunately, Syria has become a meatgrinder for Islamic terrorists and for the moment has ceased being a net exporter of terrorism.  In that conflict, the Obama Administration has...
  • Potential FDA Move on Recycling Grain Could Spike Beer Prices

    04/04/2014 5:38:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    KVDR ^ | April 4, 2014 | Shaul Turner
    Beer-makers in Colorado are upset about a proposal to keep them from recycling their used grain, and it could affect how much you pay for a beer this summer. The Food and Drug Administration wants to stop beer brewers from selling their leftover grain to ranches so it can be used as food for cattle. It’s not a requirement yet, but beer-makers make money off their used grain and say the new regulation would force them to dump millions of tons of it instead of recycling. The grains are used barley, wheat and other grains that are steeped in hot...
  • New federal rule could end recycling practice that benefits brewers, farmers and environment

    03/28/2014 4:18:06 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies
    Post Standard: Syracuse ^ | 03.28.14 | Don Cazentre
    Brewers need a way to dispose of the wet and mushy grains that are a byproduct of making beer. Farmers are looking for inexpensive but healthful feed for their livestock. So breweries across the country -- including those here in Central New York -- donate their used grains to local farmers. It's free: The farmers just stop by the breweries and cart the stuff away, usually in large plastic containers. It's a classic example of reuse and recycling, but a provision in the proposed federal Food Safety Modernization Act might bring it to an end. The proposed rule would require...
  • What Grain Is Doing To Your Brain

    11/21/2013 4:24:03 AM PST · by Renfield · 132 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11-14-2013 | Gary Drevitch
    It’s tempting to call David Perlmutter’s dietary advice radical. The neurologist and president of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Fla., believes all carbs, including highly touted whole grains, are devastating to our brains. He claims we must make major changes in our eating habits as a society to ward off terrifying increases in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia rates. And yet Perlmutter argues that his recommendations are not radical at all. In fact, he says, his suggested menu adheres more closely to the way mankind has eaten for most of human history. What’s deviant, he insists, is our modern diet....
  • Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

    01/17/2013 12:38:00 AM PST · by Cronos · 55 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 Jan 2013 | Joanna Blytheman
    Not long ago, quinoa was just an obscure Peruvian grain you could only buy in wholefood shops. We struggled to pronounce it (it's keen-wa, not qui-no-a), yet it was feted by food lovers as a novel addition to the familiar ranks of couscous and rice. Dieticians clucked over quinoa approvingly because it ticked the low-fat box and fitted in with government healthy eating advice to "base your meals on starchy foods". Adventurous eaters liked its slightly bitter taste and the little white curls that formed around the grains. Vegans embraced quinoa as a credibly nutritious substitute for meat. Unusual among...
  • Silos Loom as Death Traps on American Farms

    10/30/2012 3:26:59 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 66 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/28/12 | John Broder
    STERLING, Mich. — Tommy Osier, 18, a popular but indifferent student, was still a year from graduating from high school, and that was no sure thing. Farm work paid him $7.40 an hour, taught him discipline and gave him new skills. He had begun talking about making a life in farming...
  • Corn: New All-Time Highs

    07/31/2012 12:01:39 PM PDT · by American in Israel · 21 replies
    http://barnhardt.biz/ ^ | July 30 | Ann Barnhardt.biz
    Corn is now trading at new forever-and-ever all-time highs. This is significant. There is a massive seasonal pressure in the corn market that exerts itself at the Fourth of July when the trade feels that any adverse weather is already priced in to the market. We're almost a month past that psychological "seasonal top" and have just broken out to new all-time highs - surpassing 2008. That means that the crop is even worse than the gloomiest-and-doomiest estimates from the first week of July supposed, and that we're not "priced in". GULP. Corn could go parabolic, much like the wheat...
  • America’s drought pain is Argentina’s revenue gain as prices soar for soy, corn, wheat

    07/21/2012 7:58:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    WP ^ | 07/1912
    America’s drought pain is Argentina’s revenue gain as prices soar for soy, corn, wheat By Associated Press, Published: July 19 BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — America’s loss is Argentina’s gain. Record soy prices due to a punishing drought in the U.S. heartland are expected to create billions of dollars in new revenue for the South American country, which is the world’s third-largest soy producer behind the U.S. and Brazil. Prices for soybeans for August delivery gained 50.25 cents, or 3 percent, to end at $17.3375 a bushel. Corn also beat its all-time high of a year ago, with September deliveries rising...
  • Hundreds of union workers block grain train [3 days after ~100 union thugs arrested]

    07/16/2011 8:48:56 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 44 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | Jul 14, 2011 | unknown
    Hundreds of union workers managed to block a mile-long train from delivering grain to the new EGT terminal at the Port of Longview, Wash. The terminal wants to use non-union labor. The train was rerouted to Vancouver after the Thursday morning standoff. Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says the blockade has prompted BNSF to indefinitely suspend train traffic to the grain terminal. It's the third major protest this week in an increasingly volatile dispute between EGT and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21. The Daily News says EGT executives say they can save $1 million...
  • Have you ever tasted toasted grain flakes without sugar?

    06/21/2011 5:04:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    american thinker ^ | 6/21/11 | Rick Moran
    If you've ever seen the film "The Road to Wellville" you know that eating wheat or corn flakes without sugar is like eating cardboard. The scene where Matthew Broderick and his partner are trying to duplicate Dr. Kellogg's corn flake recipe is hysterical, as batch after batch of their imitation flakes comes out inedible. Well, the FDA is about to order food processors and manufacturers to drastically cut sugar and other "unhealthy" additives in the name of saving the children - from obesity. Audrey Hudson at Human Events: It's not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such...
  • China: Drought prompts concerns over grain output drop

    05/04/2011 5:50:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 05/04/11 | Wang Guanqun
    Drought prompts concerns over grain output drop English.news.cn 2011-05-04 16:47:48 BEIJING, May 4 (Xinhua) -- With one of the driest springs on record, farmers in most areas of central and south China are desperate for rain. However, rainfall has been substantially below normal since the beginning of the year. "The wheat is thirsty for rain during its growing period, but we have received little rain in recent months," said Xu Changshun, a farmer in Xuwan Village of Xuchang City in central China's Henan Province, while pointing at his parched farmland. "Although we did have rainfall during the past several days,...
  • Prices Soar on Crop Woes(U.S. Cuts Global Grain Supply Outlook)

    01/13/2011 6:24:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | 01/13/11 | SCOTT KILMAN And LIAM PLEVEN
    JANUARY 13, 2011 Prices Soar on Crop Woes U.S. Cuts Global Grain Supply Outlook; Higher Prices Expected at Grocery Stores. By SCOTT KILMAN And LIAM PLEVEN Evidence of tightening global food supplies grew as the U.S. Agriculture Department cut its estimates for global harvests of key crops and raised some demand forecasts, adding to worries about rising food prices. Prices of corn and soybeans leapt 4% Wednesday and wheat gained 1%, continuing the broad rally in commodity prices that began in June. With yesterday's gains, prices of corn futures contracts are now up 94% from their June lows; soybeans are...
  • ANALYSIS-Grain price rise may fuel Mideast, Europe unrest

    08/12/2010 6:31:43 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Thompson Reuters Foundation ^ | 11 Aug 2010 10:27:35 GMT | Source: Reuters
    LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Rising grain prices from Russia's drought and fires will pressure populations already hit by the financial crisis and could stoke unrest -- particularly in the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe. Wheat prices have risen by nearly 70 percent since June after Russia suffered its worst drought in 130 years and are at their highest since 2008, when the last major food price rally sparked protests and riots in a string of emerging nations.
  • Worst drought in a century wipes out harvests in southwestern China

    03/22/2010 4:46:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 555+ views
    Asia News ^ | 03/22/10
    Worst drought in a century wipes out harvests in southwestern China Rainfall drops 80 per cent. About 51 million people face water shortages in Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Sichuan and Chongqing. Food prices hit the roof as speculators horde production. The danger of street protests increases. Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – An unprecedented drought has hit southwestern China. Unusually high temperatures and dry conditions have cut rainfall by 80 per cent over last year in the provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Sichuan and Chongqing. Water shortages affect about 51 million people. Commodities like sugar cane, flowers, tea, fruit, rubber and coffee have taken...
  • One quarter of US grain crops fed to cars - not people, new figures show

    01/24/2010 6:19:53 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 58 replies · 1,496+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 1-22-10 | John Vidal,
    One-quarter of all the maize and other grain crops grown in the US now ends up as biofuel in cars rather than being used to feed people, according to new analysis which suggests that the biofuel revolution launched by former President George Bush in 2007 is impacting on world food supplies. The 2009 figures from the US Department of Agriculture shows ethanol production rising to record levels driven by farm subsidies and laws which require vehicles to use increasing amounts of biofuels. "The grain grown to produce fuel in the US [in 2009] was enough to feed 330 million people...
  • Agriculture Team Trains Afghans on Grain Storage

    07/02/2009 12:59:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 248+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Lt. Lory Stevens, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 2, 2009 – A Nebraska National Guard agriculture development team is helping Afghan farmers capitalize on their investments. Members of the Task Force Warrior agribusiness development team work alongside Afghan farmers who went to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 24, 2009, to learn how to assemble grain bins. A Nebraska group shipped the bins to Afghanistan, which are designed to store seed and harvested grain. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Lory Stevens  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Task Force Warrior agribusiness development team trained farmers from nearby provinces here June 24, showing them how...
  • Crops under stress as temperatures fall (Grain Production Down)

    06/15/2009 3:13:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 51 replies · 1,173+ views
    Telegraph Co. UK ^ | 6:04PM BST 13 Jun 2009 | Christopher Booker
    Our politicians haven't noticed that the problem may be that the world is not warming but cooling, observes Christopher Booker. In Manitoba last week, it was -4şC. North Dakota had its first June snow for 60 years. a veteran US grain expert said last week: "In 43 years I've never seen anything like the decline (crop yield) we're looking at in South America."
  • World Food Supply Threatened

    05/27/2009 9:51:14 PM PDT · by UncleSamBO=USSA · 26 replies · 1,303+ views
    Research Capital ^ | May 13, 2009 | Research Capital
    Changes in the sun is shortening growing season while credit crunch leaves farmers unable to purchase fertilizer at a time when world food supplies are at all time lows. Crop failures around the world are snowballing into a dangerous climax that may lead to social unrest and famine. Suggest reading entire article and links within it. Very scary... and this is happening... it is not conjecture. A mini ice age may be on the way because of sunspot cycles and already existing empty grain, coffee, et al silos.
  • US grain exports snagged by infrastructure delays

    08/25/2008 1:16:39 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies · 118+ views
    AP ^ | August 25, 2008 | By Christopher Leonard and Catherine Tsai, AP Business Writers
    Somehow, the AP found a way to spin an excellent yield in crops this summer, despite flooding earlier in the midwest, into a doom and gloom article. US grain exports snagged by infrastructure delays
  • As Price of Grain Rises, Catfish Farms Dry Up

    07/18/2008 5:43:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies · 352+ views
    NYT ^ | 07/18/08 | DAVID STREITFELD
    As Price of Grain Rises, Catfish Farms Dry Up By DAVID STREITFELD LELAND, Miss. — Catfish farmers across the South, unable to cope with the soaring cost of corn and soybean feed, are draining their ponds. “It’s a dead business,” said John Dillard, who pioneered the commercial farming of catfish in the late 1960s. Last year Dillard & Company raised 11 million fish. Next year it will raise none. People can eat imported fish, Mr. Dillard said, just as they use imported oil. As for his 55 employees? “Those jobs are gone.” Corn and soybeans have nearly tripled in price...
  • UPDATE 2-EU raids Cargill, Bunge in food-price probe

    07/11/2008 11:59:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 151+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/10/08
    UPDATE 2-EU raids Cargill, Bunge in food-price probe Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:58pm BST (Adds comments from Cargill, Bunge) BRUSSELS, July 10 (Reuters) - The European Commission raided agribusiness giants Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] and Bunge Ltd (BG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Thursday in a sweep of traders and distributors of cereals and other agricultural products for human consumption and animal feed in two EU countries. The raids come at a time when grain prices have soared to record highs amid strong demand, production problems and the use of grain to produce biofuels that have lifted food prices. "The Commission has...
  • US Grain Reserves Dangerously Low (AAM Concerned with CCC Inventories)

    06/11/2008 4:39:52 AM PDT · by Renfield · 32 replies · 1,564+ views
    WASHINGTON - Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), has raised concerns over the issue of U.S. grain reserves after it was announced that the sale of 18.37 million bushels of wheat from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust. “According to the May 1, 2008 CCC inventory report there are o­nly 24.1 million bushels of wheat in inventory, so after this sale there will be o­nly 2.7 million bushels of wheat left the entire CCC inventory,” warned Matlack. “Our concern is not that we are using the remainder of our strategic grain reserves for humanitarian...
  • Food Scarcity 'Creating New World Order'

    06/06/2008 11:07:08 AM PDT · by BGHater · 39 replies · 81+ views
    Inter Press Service (IPS) ^ | 04 June 2008 | Antoaneta Bezlova
    Unprecedented food scarcity is beginning to dictate the rules of a new political order where individual countries are scrambling to secure their own food supplies with little concern for the rest of the world, says the founder of the Earth Policy Institute. Recent manifestations of national food insecurity like export restrictions imposed by some grain-producing countries are the troublesome portents of an "entirely new chapter in the book of food security," Lester Brown told foreign correspondents in Beijing on Tuesday. "We are in the midst of the most severe food crisis in the world's history," Brown said. "This is not...
  • U.S. rice sector has promising outlook

    05/11/2008 3:01:56 AM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies · 48+ views
    SouthWest Farm Press ^ | 05/06/2008 | Staff
    Two years after questions arose regarding the viability of the U.S. rice industry, the sector has emerged stronger and has a very promising outlook with total U.S. rice exports forecast to increase around 20 percent, according to a new Rabobank report, “U.S. Rice.” “The outlook for U.S. rice growers remains strong, with more cause for optimism than concern. However, with global rice stocks already at low levels, prices are especially susceptible to any shocks,” said Michael Whitehead, food and agribusiness research and advisory vice president. “Adverse weather in a particular rice-growing region could be one cause of price increases, while...
  • China's Grain Market Balance Difficult to Maintain in Long Term

    04/16/2008 9:37:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 56+ views
    China's Grain Market Balance Difficult to Maintain in Long Term By Interfax-China 16 Apr 2008 at 11:01 AM GMT-04:00 SHANGHAI (Interfax-China) -- It will be difficult for China to maintain a balance between domestic grain supplies and demand in the long term, the head of China's State Administration of Grain (SAG) said. In 2007, China's grain output stood at 501.5 million tonnes, but there was only a modest surplus in wheat production. Rice and corn saw essentially balanced supply and demand, while the supply gap for soybeans expanded. Although China's grain supply and demand will be basically balanced this year,...
  • Cargill profits soar as grain prices surge (+86%)

    04/16/2008 6:26:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 347+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 04/15/08
    Cargill profits soar as grain prices surge Apr 15, 2008 04:30 AM Cargill Inc., the largest U.S. agricultural company, said fiscal third-quarter profit rose 86 per cent because of surging global demand for fertilizers, grains and food ingredients. Net income climbed to $1.03 billion (U.S.) in the three months ended Feb. 29, from $553 million in the same period a year earlier, Cargill said yesterday in a statement. Cargill, which processes and distributes grains, oilseeds and other agricultural commodities, is benefiting from increasing demand from emerging economies that has pushed prices to records. Wheat futures have soared 93 per cent...
  • Grain prices soar globally (Governments Curb Exports, Fight Theft)

    03/31/2008 3:22:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 1,386+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 03/27/08 | Daniel Ten Kate
    Grain prices soar globally Rice shortages are appearing across Asia. In Egypt, the Army is now baking bread to curb food riots. By Daniel Ten Kate | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor from the March 27, 2008 edition Bangkok, Thailand - - Rice farmers here are staying awake in shifts at night to guard their fields from thieves. In Peru, shortages of wheat flour are prompting the military to make bread with potato flour, a native crop. In Egypt, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso food riots have broken out in the past week. Around the world, governments and aid groups...
  • Soybeans, Corn Gain Most Allowed in Chicago on Argentina Strike(Soybean:4%, Corn:3.8%)

    03/25/2008 5:35:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 604+ views
    03/25/08 | Tony C. Dreibus
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=amPZmB.ZSuiE&refer=latin_america
  • Argentine Farm Policies Could Dent Grains Output

    03/20/2008 9:29:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 179+ views
    Planet Ark ^ | 03/20/08 | Helen Popper
    Argentine Farm Policies Could Dent Grains Output BUENOS AIRES - Government policies aimed at fighting inflation and cashing in on high global grains prices could lead Argentine farmers to grow less wheat and soy, a leading grains producer said Wednesday. Argentina is one of the world's top suppliers of soy, wheat, corn and beef, but surging export demand has pushed up the price of everyday staples and the government has responded with export bans, price controls and export tax increases. Last week, the government raised duties on soy and sunseed sales abroad -- a measure that has infuriated exporters and...
  • A Global Need for Grain That Farms Can’t Fill

    03/08/2008 10:42:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 1,184+ views
    NYT ^ | 03/09/08 | DAVID STREITFELD
    A Global Need for Grain That Farms Can’t Fill By DAVID STREITFELD LAWTON, N.D. — Whatever Dennis Miller decides to plant this year on his 2,760-acre farm, the world needs. Wheat prices have doubled in the last six months. Corn is on a tear. Barley, sunflower seeds, canola and soybeans are all up sharply. “For once, there’s great reason to be optimistic,” Mr. Miller said. But the prices that have renewed Mr. Miller’s faith in farming are causing pain far and wide. A tailor in Lagos, Nigeria, named Abel Ojuku said recently that he had been forced to cut back...
  • Record grain prices boost rural economy

    03/08/2008 4:27:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 646+ views
    AP ^ | 03/07/08 | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    Record grain prices boost rural economy By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer Fri Mar 7, 6:31 AM ET Record-high grain prices are fueling a rural economic boom in farm states such as Kansas. Farm equipment dealers have a backlog of several months in orders for new machinery. Cropland rents are rising, along with agricultural land prices. And with spring planting just weeks away, farmers are watching the volatile commodities markets as they decide which crops to grow in the coming season. While their city neighbors are struggling with foreclosures and fears of a recession, a lot more money is circulating...
  • Pakistan Army Guards Scarce Grain

    01/14/2008 11:31:54 AM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 95+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-14-2008
    Pakistan army guards scarce grain Women buy flour in Karachi - many have gone without The authorities in Pakistan have deployed paramilitary troops to guard wheat supplies around the country amid fears of a massive shortfall. The government has blamed hoarders and smugglers for the problem. Wheat is a staple food in Pakistan and shortages have led to large scale rioting in the past. Flour shortfalls initially pushed up market prices. Later flour ran out on the open market when officials fixed prices and warned against violations. Now Pakistan's national disaster management authority has deployed thousands of paramilitary troops at...
  • N. Korea: Aids to N. Korea Remain Blocked at Dandong Station (NK on China-imposed diet?)

    01/13/2008 1:24:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 92+ views
    Free North Korea ^ | 01/13/08 | Choi Sung-hoon
    /begin my translation Aids to N. Korea Remain Blocked at Dandong Station [2008-01-13 ] Starting this year, Chinese government is restricting the export of grains, which are main items of N. Korea aid(rice, corn, flour, beans and barley), hampering efforts by international and domestic aid agencies to provide food aid to N. Korea for this year. Since Jan. 5, all freight trains carrying food shipments from Shenyang and Qingdao and scheduled to cross Yalu River have been blocked (from going over to N. Korea) at Dandong Station(just across N. Korea.) It is due to new policy of Chinese government...
  • Birthwort Plant's Dark Side: Kidney Disease And Cancer In Balkan Countries

    12/09/2007 3:23:51 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 156+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-9-2007 | Stony Brook University Medical Center.
    Birthwort Plant's Dark Side: Contaminated Grain Linked To Kidney Disease And Cancer In Balkan CountriesSeeds from birthwort plant is contaminating the wheat grain in the Balkan region, leading to a devastating kidney disease affecting rural residents in that region. (Credit: Image courtesy of Stony Brook University Medical Center) ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2007) — Seeds from birthwort (Aristolochia clematis), a plant which grows in wheat fields in the Balkan region and which has been used throughout Europe and Asia as an herbal remedy for 2000 years, is contaminating the wheat grain, leading to a devastating kidney disease affecting rural residents in...
  • Iowa Grain Elevator Collapse Traps Family in Home

    11/20/2007 9:01:58 PM PST · by metmom · 15 replies · 53+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Tuesday, November 20, 2007 | AP
    DES MOINES, Iowa — A grain bin collapsed and sent a tidal wave of corn into a home, sweeping it off its foundation, trapping a family of four and shaking the ground for miles. One man was taken to a hospital after being buried for hours in grain and debris in Hillsboro in southeast Iowa.
  • World facing 'arsenic timebomb'

    08/30/2007 3:14:33 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 29 replies · 770+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, August 30, 2007. | Richard Black
    About 50 million people are affected in Bangladesh About 140 million people, mainly in developing countries, are being poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water, researchers believe. Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) annual meeting in London, scientists said this will lead to higher rates of cancer in the future. South and East Asia account for more than half of the known cases globally. Eating large amounts of rice grown in affected areas could also be a health risk, scientists said. "It's a global problem, present in 70 countries, probably more," said Peter Ravenscroft, a research associate in...
  • USDA: Moldy Grain, Not Bird Flu, Caused Idaho Duck Deaths

    12/16/2006 3:52:28 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 439+ views
    Cattle Network ^ | 12-16-2006
    CN_Today 12/16/2006 3:14:00 PM USDA: Moldy Grain, Not Bird Flu, Caused Idaho Duck Deaths WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Moldy grain, not bird flu, caused a large mallard duck die-off in Idaho, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said Friday. Tests conducted at the National Wildlife Health Center, which is operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, found no avian influenza, said USDA spokeswoman Angela Harless. Instead, it’s been determined that the birds were sickened by eating mold on corn, she said. Mold produces a toxin that can sicken wildlife when ingested. As many as 2,500 mallard ducks died along a southeastern Idaho creek...
  • 11,000-Year-Old Grain Shakes Up Beliefs On Beginnings Of Agriculture

    06/19/2006 1:04:07 PM PDT · by blam · 88 replies · 2,127+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-18-2006 | Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
    Jun. 18, 2006 0:24 | Updated Jun. 18, 2006 10:4511,000-year-old grain shakes up beliefs on beginnings of agriculture By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH Bar-Ilan University researchers have found a cache of 120,000 wild oat and 260,000 wild barley grains at the Gilgal archaeological site near Jericho that date back 11,000 years - providing evidence of cultivation during the Neolithic Period. The research, performed by Drs. Ehud Weiss and Anat Hartmann of BIU's department of Land of Israel studies and Prof. Mordechai Kislev of the faculty of life sciences, appears in the June 16 edition of the prestigious journal Science. It is the...
  • Chinese Scientists Unearth 4,000-Year-Old Noodle Dish (Suggests Pasta Invented In China)

    10/15/2005 3:55:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies · 2,313+ views
    KTVU ^ | October 13, 2005
    Ancient Finding Suggests Pasta Invented In ChinaBEIJING -- Who invented noodles first? A discovery in western China could bolster the argument that the Chinese came up with pasta before the the Italians. Researchers have found a 4,000-year-old clump of yellow noodles inside an overturned bowl in China. The noodles had been made from a dough of two local varieties of millet. The bowl had become sealed with clay, so the noodles were preserved. The findings are published in this week's issue of the journal Nature. A Chinese researcher said they're definitely the earliest noodles ever found. The researcher said the...
  • Ukraine to have troubles on grain export market (Socialists ruining it all again)

    06/15/2005 2:43:39 PM PDT · by jb6 · 26 replies · 330+ views
    Forum Ukraine ^ | 15 June 17:37
    Ukrainian operators of grain market are worried that the government fixed the minimum purchase price for the new harvest grain, reported the general director of Ukrainian grain association, Vladimir Klimenko. According to him, the offered price for grain will be a drag on export, which is expected to be about 11 million tons. If grain traders purchase goods at fixed prices, the export of 3, 4, 5, 6 class wheat, rye and corn will become impossible. Besides, exporters lose 30 gryvnias on each ton due to change of US dollar rate, and as much due to increase of prices for...
  • Canada: UN probes Wheat Pool

    04/30/2005 1:03:09 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 17 replies · 760+ views
    CanWest News Service ^ | 04/30/05 | Steven Edwards
    UN probes Wheat Pool Payments of $23.15M made in oil-for-food scandal congressional hearing told Steven Edwards CanWest News Service Saturday, April 30, 2005 UNITED NATIONS -- The Saskatchewan Wheat Pool has emerged as one of the companies involved in Iraq oil-for-food deals now under investigation by a U.S. congressional committee probing the United Nations aid program, which Saddam Hussein manipulated to skim off billions of dollars for himself. The focus on the company comes as the UN announced Friday it had discovered a staff-rule violation by Canadian businessperson and international diplomat Maurice Strong, whose long record at the world body...
  • Silo worker dies under 20 feet of grain

    04/27/2005 11:55:42 PM PDT · by kingattax · 8 replies · 435+ views
    Houston Chronicle.com ^ | 4-27-2005 | AP
    BROWNSVILLE — A 29-year-old man has died after he was buried by more than 20 feet of grain in a silo at the Port of Brownsville. The accident happened as workers worked atop a large pile of grain, loading it onto a conveyor belt that leads to the top of a silo. Two other men were injured in the incident. "He sank into it like quicksand," Port of Brownsville Police Chief George Gavito said of the dead man, whom he would not identify pending notification of relatives. "The other man fell in, but did not go as deep." It took...
  • Russia will export about 8 mln t of grain in this season - ag. minister

    12/15/2004 12:50:55 PM PST · by jb6 · 6 replies · 233+ views
    AgriMarket Info ^ | 12/15/2004
    In this marketing year (July 2004 to June 2005) Russia will export about 8 million tonnes of grain, Russia's Agriculture Minister Aleksey Gordeyev told reporters on December 15, Interfax news agency informed. Despite the fact that total grain crop in this year will somewhat exceed the earlier forecasted by the ministry 76 million tonnes, the grain export forecast has been so far unchanged, the minister said. Russia's gross crop of grain might reach 77 to 77.5 million tonnes in this season, he said. The more exact data must be published by Russia's statistics service in the nearest time. In the...