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2008
Paul K. Conkin authored “A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929.”
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2008
Qatar and Sudan set up a joint venture for investments in Sudan, which focused on developing agricultural land.
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2008
Saudi Arabia abandoned its self-sufficiency agricultural program when it discovered that farmers were burning through water coming from a non-replenishable aquifer.
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2009 Jan 9
Kenya’s government said 10 million people risked going hungry after harvests failed following a drought.
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2009 Jan 25
Liberia’s Ministry of Agriculture said it has set up a command post and called on international experts to help fight an invasion by millions of crop-devouring caterpillars that are eating their way across the country with dire economic consequences.
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2009 Jan 28
A new UN report said Myanmar faced food shortages in many parts of the country, largely because of last year's cyclone and a rat infestation that destroyed crops. A human rights group said the Chin people, Christians living in the remote mountains of northwestern Myanmar, are subject to forced labor, torture, extrajudicial killings and religious persecution by the country's military regime.
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2009 Feb 2
In Greece riot police fired tear gas at farmers to prevent them from driving their tractors to Athens as part of a protest demanding government financial help.
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2009 Feb 5
China declared an emergency in eight provinces suffering a serious drought that has left nearly 4 million people without proper drinking water and is threatening millions of acres of crops. The government published a plan for the relocation and urbanization of farmers living near the Three Gorges Reservoir. Some 1.4 million farmers would have to move again.
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2009 Feb 10
The Utah state Department of Agriculture said Africanized honey bees have been found for the first time in the Beehive State. The bees, long the subject of lore as "killer bees," were recently discovered in Utah's Washington and Kane counties.
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2009 Feb 28
President Hugo Chavez ordered troops to intervene in Venezuelan rice processing businesses, saying some have balked at producing under regulated prices.
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2009 Feb
Scientists published a study showing that genetically modified material did contaminate native corn in the crop's birthplace in southern Mexico. Elena Alvarez Buylla, author of the article published in the February edition of Molecular Ecology, said the difficult atmosphere surrounding the original debate persists.
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2009 Mar 6
Mexico published a new law allowing the planting of genetically modified corn for experimental reasons.
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2009 Mar 12
Liberia’s agriculture ministry said the country has been hit by a 2nd invasion of crop-destroying caterpillars. Over a hundred villages have so far been affected by the plague.
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2009 Mar 27
Zimbabwe PM Morgan Tsvangirai decried a fresh wave of farm invasions across the country and warned that those responsible for the farm disruptions risk arrest.
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2009 Apr 9
In South Africa an armed mob invaded a major land reform project in the eastern Mpumalanga province. The invaders were unhappy with the progress of the project, despite warnings that it would take up to three years before a return from what had been badly neglected farms.
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2009 May 4
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded eighty one $100,000 grants in a bid to support innovative, unconventional global health research. The foundation also announced plans to spend $73 million over the next five years to help small farmers in impoverished countries.
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2009 May 23
It was reported that Saudi Arabian investors were spending $100 million to raise wheat, barley and rise on land leased from the government of Ethiopia. The World Food Program estimated that it would spend almost the same amount between 2007 and 2011 to provide 230,000 tons of food aid to some 4.6 million Ethiopians threatened by hunger and malnutrition.
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2009 Jun 7
In Indonesia 19 leading agricultural exporting nations, including Australia, Brazil and South Africa, kicked off talks in Bali aimed at pushing forward troubled world trade negotiations. The Cairns Group of nations accounted for more than 25% of the world's agricultural exports was also expected to take aim at US and European dairy export subsidies.
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2009 Jun 8
In Malawi an international organization began moving more than 60 elephants from Phirilongwe village, south of Lake Malawi, to the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Local farmers had used violence to protect their crops from raids by the elephants, and at least 10 people and a number of elephants have recently died in such confrontations.
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2009 Jul 10
In Italy the 3-day G8 summit came to close. World leaders launched a $15 billion initiative to help farmers in poor countries boost production in a shift in the way the West tackles world hunger.
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2009 Jul 10
Zimbabwe's army and police refused to vacate diamond fields where security forces are accused of human rights abuses, despite a pledge last week for their withdrawal. Finance Minister Tendai Biti said the government will provide 142 million dollars in aid to small-scale farmers as the country struggles to revive its shattered agricultural sector.
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2009 Jul 10
A US plant scientists said late blight, which caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and 1850s, is killing potato and tomato plants in home gardens from Maine to Ohio and threatening commercial and organic farms.
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2009 Jul 10
Britain’s the last ever Royal Show closed in Warwickshire. The agricultural jamboree, intended to spread innovation among farmers, ended a 170 year run.
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2009 Aug 15
Canada said it will pay some farmers to stop raising hogs and offer loans to help others restructure, assistance that drew praise from Canadian hog farmers and concerns from a top US farmer group.
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2009 Aug 28
It was reported that dozens of impoverished Indian farmers in southern Andhra Pradesh state have killed themselves in recent weeks due to debt and poor rainfall.
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2009 Aug 31
Deere & Co., the world's largest agricultural-equipment maker, said its board of directors has approved a plan to establish a new manufacturing and parts center in Russia.
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2009 Sep 12
Dr. Norman Borlaug (b.1914), Nobel Prize winner (1970), died at his Dallas home. He was known as the father of the “green revolution” for his work in high-yield crop varieties, which helped to more than double food production between 1960 and 1990.
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2009 Sep 18
Angry French farmers dumped millions of liters of fresh milk next to next the famed Mont Saint-Michel, one of France's most famous tourist sites, to denounce the slumping cost of milk and an EU plan to end production quotas, which could further drive prices down.
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2009 Sep 30
Bangladesh awarded a farmer who killed more than 83,000 rats and launched a monthlong campaign nationwide to kill millions more, to protect crops and reduce the need for food imports.
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2009 Sep 30
The World Bank announced a 74-million-dollar grant to revive Zimbabwe's agriculture sector.
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2009 Oct 5
In Belgium hundreds of dairy farmers drove tractors into Brussels to pressure EU farm ministers on declining milk prices, as 20 of 27 member nations called for more protection from the volatile world market.
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2009 Oct 10
Christy Harp of Jackson township, Ohio, won the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers annual weigh-off with a world record 1,725-pound Atlantic giant pumpkin.
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2009 Oct 11
Chinese state media reported that more than 50,000 people in southern Guangdong province are suffering from water shortages as a spreading drought has left farmers' fields dry and cracked.
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2009 Oct 12
Don Young of Des Moines, Iowa, won the 39th Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival with his 1,658-pound pumpkin. It broke the year-old record of 1,528 pounds. His first prize of $9,948 came out to $6 per pound. The world record had just been set on Oct 10 in Ohio by a 1,725-pound Atlantic giant pumpkin.
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2009 Oct 16
French farmers struggling with slumping grain prices blanketed the Champs-Elysees with bales of hay and set them ablaze, and blocked highways around the country as they demanded government help.
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2009 Oct 19
The EU agreed to give the dairy sector an extra $420 million in special aid in an effort to quell a season of unrest in agriculture. Meanwhile angry farmer pelted riot police with eggs and buckets of milk in Luxembourg.
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2009 Oct 29
In the Czech Rep. farmers sprayed milk onto fields across the country to protest low prices.
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2009 Nov 11
Miriam Pawel authored “The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement.”
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2009 Nov 12
Afghanistan exported 12 tons of apples to India and touted the shipment as a key step in exploring much-needed international markets for its agricultural products.
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2009 Nov 19
In India thousands of sugar cane farmers staged a massive demonstration in New Delhi, halting traffic as they demanded higher prices for the crop.
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2009 Nov 30
The US Dept. of Agriculture designated the Big Island of Hawaii a primary natural disaster area because of losses farmers suffered from volcanic emissions this year.
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2009
More than 17,000 Indian farmers committed suicide, a seven percent rise on the previous year, according to new government figures released in 2011.
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2009
Australian Jeff Lawton created his “Re-greening the Desert” video. In 1996 Lawton was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world.
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2010 Jan 21
New York State police found the body of Dean Pierson (59) in his Copake barn. They said the upstate dairy farmer had shot and killed 51 of his milk cows in his barn before turning the rifle on himself.
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2010 Jan 27
In Zimbabwe a lawyer said the Supreme Court has ordered the central bank to safeguard millions of dollars' worth of diamonds from a mine where the military is accused of killings and forced labor. State media said a Zimbabwe high court has rejected a southern African court's ruling that blocked the government's move to resettle blacks on more than 70 white-owned farms.
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2010 Feb 1
Seven American and European scientists were named winners of Israel's prestigious $100,000 Wolf Prize. Its prize in medicine went to Axel Ullrich of Germany for groundbreaking cancer research that has led to development of new drugs. Sir David Baulcombe of Cambridge University was awarded for agriculture research in defending plants against viruses. The physics prize was shared by US professor John F. Clauser, Alain Aspect of France and Anton Zeilinger of Austria for their work in quantum physics. The mathematics prize was shared by two US-based professors: Shing-Tung Yau for geometric analysis, and Dennis Sullivan for contributions to algebraic topology and conformal dynamics. The Wolf Foundation was founded by the late German-born Dr. Ricardo Wolf, an inventor, philanthropist and former Cuban ambassador to Israel.
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2010 Feb 9
India halted the release of the world's first genetically modified eggplant, saying further study needed to be done to guarantee consumer safety before it could be cultivated in the country.
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2010 Apr 1
In Brazil Pedro Alcantara de Souza, who headed a union of landless farmers in Para, was shot in the head five times by two men on motorcycles on the outskirts of Redencao.
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2010 Apr 20
South Africa’s biggest agricultural union, Agri SA, said 2 farmers are attacked every day in South Africa and two killed per week.
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2010 May 1
In Venezuela armed government officials who took over the 914-acre farm Diego Arria, Venezuela's former ambassador to the United Nations. The government accused Aria of not holding proper legal title. Arria has been a vocal critic of Chavez internationally and is now forming a group to advocate for the rights of people whose lands have been seized by the government. Aria said he bought La Carolina farm, which is flanked by a mountain, in 1988 for the equivalent of about $300,000.
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2010 May 16
In Cuba the government said private farmers will purchase supplies directly in future instead of having them allocated by the state, in the latest concession to their demands for more autonomy.
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2010 Jun 9
Zimbabwe’s farmers' union said at least 16 white farmers have come under attack over the last week, including several South African nationals and a farm owned by Malaysian investors. The attackers were trying to evict them, although many of the farmers have court orders allowing them to stay on their land.
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2010 Jun 21
The US Supreme Court lifted a nationwide ban on a genetically modified alfalfa. The injunction, imposed by a federal judge in San Francisco, prevented farmers from planting Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa seed.
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2010 Jul 6
China priced the IPO of Agricultural Bank of China and proceeded to raise $19.2 billion in one the world’s largest IPO to date.
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2010 Sep 3
In Accra, Ghana, Standard Bank Africa announced at an agricultural forum a 100 million dollar scheme to reach some 750,000 small scale farmers in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda in a bid to boost output.
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2010 Oct 8
In Australia plan was released by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to restore ailing rivers, posing a new headache for the Labor minority government. Farmers would lose more than a third of irrigation water in the major food bowl.
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2010 Dec 17
Venezuelan lawmakers granted President Hugo Chavez broad powers to enact laws by decree, undermining the clout of a new congress that takes office next month with a bigger opposition bloc. Officials and troops began seizing 47 private ranches as pres. Chavez pushed ahead to take over big swaths of agricultural land in western Venezuela.
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2011 Jan
The US Dept. of Agriculture approved the use of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa, ending a nationwide ban that had been imposed in March 2007. A federal judge upheld the decision on Jan 6, 2012.
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2011 May 7
Chinese farmer Liu Mingsuo came out and counted 80 burst watermelons. By the afternoon it was 100. Two days later he didn't bother to count anymore. Watermelons began bursting by the score in Jiangsu province, after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather. About 20 farmers were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon.
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2011 May 18
Texas officials said the worst state drought in decades has cost $1.5 billion in agricultural losses.
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