U.S. urges Japan to open its agriculture and auto markets further

Business Apr 1, 2020

U.S. urges Japan to open its agriculture and auto markets further

The United States urged Japan on Tuesday to open its agricultural and automotive markets further to narrow the trade imbalance between the two countries. "The United States continues to engage closely with the Japanese government to urge removal of a broad range of barriers to ...

Spaniards steal water as desertification spreads

World Mar 26, 2020

Spaniards steal water as desertification spreads

by Daniel Bosque

Inside her greenhouse, Emilia Gomez bends down to see how her strawberries are faring following a difficult season with barely any water after her farm's illegal well was shut down. Digging an illegal well to irrigate crops is a widespread practice in Spain as water ...

Docomo and Hokkaido university plan 5G-based system to monitor cows

Business Mar 17, 2020

Docomo and Hokkaido university plan 5G-based system to monitor cows

Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, NTT Docomo Inc. and others plan to develop a system to monitor dairy cows using fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks, aiming for commercialization in 2022. The system will use vast amounts of photographic data to detect early signs ...

Trump's biofuel plan sparks anger in farm country

Business Mar 7, 2020

Trump's biofuel plan sparks anger in farm country

President Donald Trump's decision to defend the U.S. government's power to broadly exempt oil refineries from biofuel-blending requirements is triggering a backlash in Iowa and other states that are top producers of ethanol and the corn used to make it. Nine biofuel and agriculture advocacy ...

Too little, too late? Pakistan struggles to combat locust plague

Asia Pacific | FOCUS Mar 6, 2020

Too little, too late? Pakistan struggles to combat locust plague

Pakistan's farmers are struggling to combat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarms decimate entire harvests in the country's agricultural heartlands and send food prices soaring. Heavy rains and cyclones sparked "unprecedented" breeding and the explosive growth of locust populations on ...