JA-Zenchu picks Okuno as new president

Aug 11, 2015

JA-Zenchu picks Okuno as new president

The Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, or JA-Zenchu, elected Choe Okuno as its new president during an extraordinary general meeting Tuesday. Okuno, 68, head of the agricultural cooperative union in Mie Prefecture, defeated one opponent, Toru Nakaya, head of the union in Wakayama Prefecture. ...

California governor says farmers were spared worst of water rationing

Apr 6, 2015

California governor says farmers were spared worst of water rationing

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended tough new measures aimed at combatting a crippling four-year drought, but which critics say are far too lenient on the state’s farmers. Brown on Wednesday announced sweeping water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history ...

May 29, 2014

U.S. farming lobby warns Japan on TPP

U.S. farm groups said Wednesday Japan should be suspended from Pacific trade talks if it insists on keeping tariffs on sensitive agricultural sectors. Akira Amari, a Cabinet minister in charge of the talks, told Trans-Pacific Partnership trading partners at talks in Singapore last week ...

Farms face ¥66 billion damage tab from snow

Feb 26, 2014

Farms face ¥66 billion damage tab from snow

February’s heavy snows caused ¥65.8 billion in damage to agriculture in nine prefectures in eastern and central Japan, according to preliminary government estimates. Most of the damage was caused to greenhouses that collapsed under the heavy snowfall. The central government has decided to extend ...

Farmers reaping benefits with apps

Jan 26, 2014

Farmers reaping benefits with apps

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Smartphone apps that help farmers monitor crops and control costs are becoming popular as the rapid graying of the population continues to thin the ranks of skilled veterans in agriculture. Software developers are interested in developing applications for agriculture because the threat perceived from ...

Tomato biz generating cross-industry buzz

Jan 15, 2014

Tomato biz generating cross-industry buzz

The tomato-growing business is increasingly attracting attention from various industries in Japan, encouraging cross-sector cooperation in some cases where partners meld their respective strengths. Major trader Mitsui & Co. in September announced plans to launch grape tomato-growing operations in Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture. Mitsui imported ...