Agriculture

Succesful Farming Launches TV Show Devoted To Farm Machinery
August 17, 2007 05:18 PM - Successful Farming News Release

Successful Farming will launch the first-ever agricultural program solely devoted to farm machinery for farmers and ranchers presented in high-definition (HD) television.

New Study: Whole Grains Lower Blood Pressure Risk
August 17, 2007 03:16 PM - Reuters

Women who get plenty of whole grains in their diet may lower their risk of developing high blood pressure, a large study suggests.

Brazil Gives Preliminary OK To Monsanto's GMO Corn
August 17, 2007 02:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Brazil is one step closer to approving Monsantos controversial GMO corn for future use. Corn is the third most planted crop in the world and Brazil ranks third in the world based on harvested area. Critics and scientists worldwide emphasize that, while not required by law, genetically modified crops have never been tested for their impact on the environment or human health.

Federal Trade Commission Reveals 'Confidential' Whole Foods Plans to Dominate Market
August 16, 2007 05:18 PM - Associated Press

Federal regulators filed court documents Tuesday that revealed confidential details about Whole Foods Market Inc.'s proposed $565-million purchase of Wild Oats Markets Inc. The Federal Trade Commission, which opposes the merger on antitrust grounds, outlined concerns that stores in competitive markets would close and consumers would face higher prices for organic and natural foods if the deal goes through.

White Rice is Mutation Spread by Early Farmers, Researchers Say
August 16, 2007 05:05 PM - Cornell University, Chronicle

Researchers at Cornell and elsewhere have determined that 97.9 percent of all white rice is derived from a mutation (a deletion of DNA) in a single gene originating in the Japonica subspecies of rice.

A Fungal Fight in the Desert
August 15, 2007 04:07 PM - USDA

A little competition among fungi could help save the Southwest’s cotton crop.

N. Korea Suffers 'Largest Ever' Rains, Floods Destroy 11 Percent Of Nation's Farmland
August 15, 2007 09:52 AM - BURT HERMAN -The Associated Press

Severe floods have destroyed more than a tenth of North Korea's farmland at the height of the growing season, official media said Wednesday in reports that appeared to be a cry for outside help from the normally secretive regime.

Chile and Peru in Fishing Waters Row
August 14, 2007 09:31 AM - Pav Jordan, Reuters

Chile called home its ambassador in Peru Monday as a dispute flared over disputed maritime territory between the South American neighbors. They have bickered over the rich Pacific coast fishing waters for years, and Peru published a new map Sunday that pushes its bid to negotiate a new sea border.

Chiquita Pleads Guilty; Made Payments To Terrorist Group
August 13, 2007 02:10 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Chiquita Brands International Inc., a multinational corporation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, pleaded guilty today to one count of engaging in transactions with a specially-designated global terrorist group. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Chiquita's sentence will include a $25 million criminal fine, the requirement to implement and maintain an effective compliance and ethics program, and five years' probation.

Changes in a Bovine Bacterium
August 13, 2007 01:26 AM - Ann Perry - U.S. Department of Agriculture

The bacterium that causes leptospirosis, one of the most widespread infections transmitted between animals and humans, appears to be changing in ways that could limit its ability to survive and thrive.

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