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US durable-goods orders rise for second month in July

WASHINGTON, US: Agriculture and seed giant Monsanto dropped its campaign to acquire rival Syngenta on Wednesday, saying the Swiss company...

SOUTH AFRICA

GLOBALG.A.P. updates farm and feed standards and regulations

Following a four-year routine cycle of continuous improvement, the GLOBALG.A.P Board has announced the introduction of the update to Version 5...

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Mondelez International reports good progress against global well-being goals in 2014 Report

Mondelez International published its Call For Well-being 2014 Progress Report...

SOUTH AFRICA

SA, US to discuss chicken issue

South Africa and the USA have agreed to facilitate deliberations between the SA Poultry Association (SAPA) and the US Poultry and Egg Export Council towards the finalisation of discussions on market access for US chicken bone-in cuts...

SOUTH AFRICA

Oceana announces R4.6bn acquisition of US-based fishery

Oceana Group Limited and Oceana US Holdings Inc. today announced that it will acquire 100% of the share capital of the processing operations of Daybrook Fisheries Inc. and 25% of Westbank LLC, its related marine operations...

UNITED STATES

GPS shows Earth's crust is rising

WASHINGTON, USA: Scientists using GPS technology to study the extent of the western US drought said Thursday the water shortage is causing parts of the Earth's crust to rise.

UNITED STATES

With new technology, precision farming gains traction

WARWICK, USA: At Little Bohemia Creek Farm, a tractor pretty much drives itself, weaving through rows of corn using GPS technology as it injects carefully dosed amounts of fertiliser into the lands.

UNITED STATES

Internet lords keep .wine and .vin bottled

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Internet overseers are keeping .wine and .vin online addresses bottled in the hope that a few months of 'aging' will make them more palatable.

UNITED STATES

Google-backed database steps up fight on deforestation

WASHINGTON, USA: Google, environmentalists and governments have unveiled a state-of-the-art database to track deforestation, hoping to increase levels of law enforcement to prevent it.

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UN says food is running out in Central Africa

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said it was running out of food for a growing number of homeless people in the Central African Republic, with spreading unrest hobbling distribution efforts.

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Somali pirates get life imprisonment in USA

WASHINGTON, USA: Somali pirates dodged the death penalty last week when a US jury sentenced them to life in prison for the high-seas murder of four Americans on a yacht in the Indian Ocean.

UNITED STATES

Genes may stem rust growth

WASHINGTON, USA: Two genes that are resistant to fungal wheat disease may help ward off a growing epidemic of stem rust that threatens crops in Africa, the Middle East and beyond, researchers said.

UNITED STATES

Fracking - the debate rages on

WASHINGTON, USA: New evidence that fracking may contaminate drinking water was published on Monday (24 June) in a study that's sure to add fuel to the fight over the controversial method of extracting natural gas from cracks in rocks.

UNITED STATES

US Senate approves US$955bn farm bill

WASHINGTON, USA: The US Senate approved a sweeping, nearly US$1trn farm bill that sets out agriculture policy for the next five years, including expansion of crop insurance and reduction of food stamps.

UNITED STATES

Deadly Oklahoma tornado kills hundreds

WASHINGTON, USA: A powerful tornado with winds of up to 320km/h pulverised an Oklahoma City suburb on Monday (20 May), hitting at least two schools and wiping out blocks of homes. Up to 100 people were reportedly killed.

UNITED STATES

Los Angeles strike disrupts docks

LOS ANGELES, USA: Container ships are diverting to other ports in California and Mexico as a strike continues to disrupt docking facilities in Los Angeles, a key gateway for US trade with Asia, an official said.

SOUTH AFRICA

SASRI, US biotech company to work on efficient sugarcane

According to foodingredientsfirst.com, California-based agricultural technology company Arcadia Biosciences Inc has signed an agreement with the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) to develop nitrogen use-efficient (NUE) sugarcane.

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