Oct 7, 2014

Aeon to begin large-scale rice farming under government program

Aeon Co. will begin rice production in Saitama Prefecture in 2015 by utilizing a government-backed farmland-leasing program, becoming the first major retailer to do so, sources said Tuesday. The move could prompt other companies to make use of the program, under which small pieces ...

Suffering Japanese rice farmers to get speedier grant payments

Oct 6, 2014

Suffering Japanese rice farmers to get speedier grant payments

Rice farmers struggling with low prices this year are to get help in the form of earlier-than-usual grant payments to those participating in the government’s acreage reduction policy, sources said. The ministry of agriculture intends to disburse the grants of ¥7,500 per 10 ares ...

GM wheat discovered in Montana

Sep 27, 2014

GM wheat discovered in Montana

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in state of Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose ...

Sep 26, 2014

Chicken at U.S. food safety summit source of illness

Experts who attended a Food Safety Summit in Baltimore in April should have skipped lunch. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a report Thursday that says the chicken Marsala served at a buffet lunch on April 9 during the 2014 Food ...

Sep 26, 2014

Wasp SWAT teams to protect Indonesian cassava crops

They are the size of a pinhead and don’t even pack a sting, but these tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless. They work as nature’s SWAT team, neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy one of the developing world’s most important staple foods: cassava. ...

Sep 21, 2014

Japan, U.S. plan agenda for ministerial TPP talks

Working-level officials of Japan and the United States held a teleconference Saturday to narrow down trade topics for a bilateral ministerial meeting next week on the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact. The trade meeting, to be held in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday, will be attended ...

Aug 28, 2014

Shaun the sheep, when shorn, may turn out to be world's woolliest

Two Australian farmers may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25-kg (55-pound) coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record, currently held by New Zealand. Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, ...

Invasive Asian insect threatens U.S. citrus

| Aug 28, 2014

Invasive Asian insect threatens U.S. citrus

by Tamara Lush

Once, emerald-green trees bursting with citrus carpeted more than half of Florida, from the northern reaches of Jacksonville and the parks of Orlando to the Miami coastline. Oranges, especially, have long been synonymous with the magic of Florida. Advertisements tout orange juice as a ...