Aussie sheep high on killer weed

Jun 2, 2014

Aussie sheep high on killer weed

When Australian farmer Tony Knight first saw a purple-flowering plant growing across the fire-scarred terrain where his sheep grazed, his first thought was that it looked like “good stock feed.” But the “pleasant-looking plant” was far from the nutritious food his livestock needed after ...

May 25, 2014

Scientists trying to develop heat-beating chickens

American scientists are attempting to develop chickens that can cope with scorching heat as part of a series of government-funded programs looking to adapt to or mitigate the effects of extreme weather patterns on the food supply. A University of Delaware project is developing ...

May 19, 2014

Abe vows to set up new groups to rev up farm exports

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to set up new organizations in an attempt to bolster exports of farm products, with an eye toward the establishment of a U.S.-led Pacific free trade pact. Abe also said at a meeting of the Industrial Competitiveness Council ...

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

May 19, 2014

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease and hold down the price of coffee. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust, which has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin America. ...

May 14, 2014

Government panel proposes giving local farm co-ops freer hand

A government panel proposed Wednesday that local agricultural cooperatives be allowed to run their businesses with a freer hand, rather than keeping the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives as their umbrella organization, in an effort to provide a boost to the sector. The Council ...

Rising carbon levels may cut key nutrients in crops: study

May 9, 2014

Rising carbon levels may cut key nutrients in crops: study

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may cut the nutritional quality of some of the world’s most important food crops, researchers have reported after conducting experiments simulating conditions expected by midcentury. The amounts of two important nutrients, zinc and iron, were found ...

TPP may leave Japan behind: U.S. farm chief

Apr 29, 2014

TPP may leave Japan behind: U.S. farm chief

A Pacific Rim trade agreement may have to proceed without Japan if Tokyo fails to open its agricultural markets to imports, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “It is incumbent upon us to have market access, and if the Japanese are unwilling and unable ...

Granpa leads high-tech revolution in farming

Apr 28, 2014

Granpa leads high-tech revolution in farming

by Asako Takaguchi

A 70-year-old entrepreneur is promoting the indoor, computer-assisted cultivation of vegetables to establish a business model that can draw young people back to agriculture. Takaaki Abe founded Granpa Co. in Yokohama in 2004 with the aim of using technology to develop a profitable indoor ...