Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

/ Feb 11, 2017

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

Small drones coated with horsehair and a sticky gel could one day help pollinate crops and offset the costly loss of bee populations worldwide, researchers in Japan say. The miniature robots, described in the journal Chem, are a long way from being deployed in ...

Japan farm exports hit record-high ¥750.3 billion

Feb 10, 2017

Japan farm exports hit record-high ¥750.3 billion

Japan’s exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products in 2016 grew 0.7 percent from the previous year to ¥750.3 billion, hitting a record high for the fourth straight year, a preliminary government report showed Friday. The growth was attributed to brisk shipments of grapes ...

Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'

/ Feb 3, 2017

Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'

A wing-deforming virus shortens the life span of wild honeybees already contending with a startlingly long list of existential threats, researchers said Wednesday. Spread by microscopic mites, the microbe disrupts bees’ foraging and curtails their lives, experiments confirmed for the first time. “Deformed wing ...

Farmers mixed on Trump's pullout from TPP

Jan 22, 2017

Farmers mixed on Trump's pullout from TPP

Farmers had mixed reactions after the administration of President Donald Trump announced on Inauguration Day that the United States would withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Those opposed to the secretive 12-nation free trade pact welcomed the move, while others who were preparing ...

Chef group working to bring 'washoku' to Japan's school lunches

Jan 6, 2017

Chef group working to bring 'washoku' to Japan's school lunches

Chefs specializing in washoku (traditional Japanese dishes) are trying to help schoolchildren appreciate flavors passed down through generations in their school lunches. In March 2014, the year after washoku was added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, eight chefs launched a group ...

/ Jan 3, 2017

Trump seen leaning toward Georgia ex-Gov. Sonny Perdue as farm chief

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidate to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a senior Trump transition team official said on Monday. Perdue, a Democrat-turned-Republican who founded a grain and fertilizer business, served on Trump’s agricultural advisory ...