• Amid deadly wildfires in California and increased flooding along the U.S. East Coast in 2019, most Americans say the effects of climate change are already upon us — and that the U.S. government isn’t doing enough to stop it, according to a new public opinion survey.

  • U.S. company Sound Agriculture launches Source, a foliar spray that unlocks existing nitrogen and phosphorus in the soil.

  • A large-scale analysis of bird migrations in the contiguous United States confirms what ornithologists and amateur birders already suspected: Overall, birds’ seasonal long-distance flights are happening earlier than they did a quarter of a century ago.

  • U.S. government released a federally mandated report that explained the dire foreseeable effects that climate change will have on the economy, quality of life, and health in the U.S.

  • The drought monitor remains essentially unchanged.

  • Given the change in global agricultural production and trade patterns that followed the Carter grain embargo in 1980, it is worth considering what changes may emerge in the years after the Trump era tariffs.

  • Chile grows its blueberries in 11 of the country’s 16 regions, with a total of 18,374 hectares being cultivated. The majority of the volumes are shipped to the United States, and this year’s season has been really prosperous in terms of volumes, quality, and demand, says Karen Brux of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.

  • After a 70 percent drop in Florida citrus production, EPA has approved two antibiotics to combat citrus greening—but it’s unclear if they help.

  • America's top diplomat on Wednesday asserted that South Africa's plan to allow expropriation of private property without compensation would be “disastrous” for the country's economy and its people.

  • Last week, the US declassified SA as a developing country for the purposes of receiving certain special and differentiated treatment. The move sent ripples of alarm through the country, which claims preferential treatment on exports of R36bn to the US a year.

  • Hungry americans chomping into one of Philadelphia’s famous cheesesteaks may soon get a taste of Africa. Last week MeatCo, Namibia’s state-owned meat firm, shipped 25 tonnes of beef to Philadelphia.

  • The world's potato production growth stagnated in 2018 and couldn't recover in 2019, according to a statement that the World Potato Congress made on February 20.

  • Could this be the year that meat grown in vats rather than taken from animals reaches our plates? In the summer of 2017, San Francisco-based food company Just (formerly Hampton Creek), announced plans to put meat grown in vats on the market by the end of 2018.

  • U.S. authorities have proposed lifting restrictions on the ports of entry that can be used for imports of South African citrus.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared and is accepting comments on a commodity import evaluation document (CIED). "Based on the findings of the CIED, APHIS experts determined that grapefruit, lemon, mandarin orange, sweet orange, tangelo, and Satsuma mandarin fruit from South Africa may be imported into the United States without restrictions on the ports of entry," the USDA said in an announcement. "Currently, fresh citrus from South Africa must be cold treated and imports are restricted to Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, and Houston, TX due to the presence of false codling moth in South Africa.

    " The USDA said APHIS conducted "enhanced inspections" for false codling moth on South African citrus at the four authorized ports over a two-year period. "During that time, more than 2,000 shipments of citrus were imported with no detections of live false codling moth," it said. "As a result we are proposing to remove the port restrictions and authorize the importation of citrus from South Africa into all ports of entry in the United States." You may view the CIED in the Federal Register when it is published here on April 1, 2020 and submit comments until June 1, 2020, 60 days after the publication date. After reviewing the comments, APHIS will announce its decision.




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