Agriculture minister expects structural reforms to diminish JA presence

Mar 5, 2014

Agriculture minister expects structural reforms to diminish JA presence

Structural reform will diminish the presence of the Japan agricultural cooperatives group, known as JA, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshimasa Hayashi said in a recent interview. “Demand for agricultural cooperatives, which have played a key role in the Japanese farming industry, will ...

Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions

Mar 2, 2014

Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions

Farmers and hunters in Sweden are crying foul over a wolf-hunt ban, which they say threatens their way of life and may lead to civil disobedience. “I think we could live with some wolves, but not as many as there are now. They’re getting ...

Rice-buying misfires haunt government of Thailand

Feb 12, 2014

Rice-buying misfires haunt government of Thailand

Angry farmers, a rice mountain and a slew of corruption allegations — a flagship policy that helped propel Thailand’s prime minister to power — now threatens to boomerang on her embattled government. The controversial rice subsidy scheme, which paid farmers up to 50 percent ...

California farmers brace for drought, unemployment

Feb 3, 2014

California farmers brace for drought, unemployment

California, the nation’s leading agricultural region, is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance. One-third of the Central Valley’s jobs are related to farming. Strains on water supplies are ...

Monarch migration at risk of ending

| Jan 30, 2014

Monarch migration at risk of ending

The stunning and little understood annual migration of monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday after monarch numbers in their winter range dropped to the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993. Their report blamed ...

Chinese farmers build $2 million wall of money

Jan 16, 2014

Chinese farmers build $2 million wall of money

Farmers in one of the poorest counties in a Chinese province have built a wall of cash from more than $2 million paid out in yearend bonuses, according to a report. The farmers, members of a cooperative in Liangshan County in Sichuan province, stacked ...

Spread of 'superweeds' blamed on herbicides for GMOs

Jan 13, 2014

Spread of 'superweeds' blamed on herbicides for GMOs

The United States is facing an epidemic of herbicide-resistant “superweeds,” which some activists and researchers are blaming on GMOs — an accusation rejected by industry giants. According to a recent study, the situation is such that American farmers are “heading for a crisis.” Many ...

'Hometown' firm helps new city folk aid farm kin

Jan 6, 2014

'Hometown' firm helps new city folk aid farm kin

by Asako Takaguchi

Mitsushi Kodama established Jimoto Co. in Tokyo in April 2012 to sell rice, vegetables and other farm products together with people who, like himself, have moved to the capital but still want to support their families. Kodama left Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, to study at ...

GMO labeling battle grows across U.S.

Jan 5, 2014

GMO labeling battle grows across U.S.

A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies. Although some giants such as General Mills have recently taken timid steps toward being more upfront with consumers, ...