National Agriculture News

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Editor’s note: This is part two of the Martin story. The first part ran in the June 25 issue of Agri-View.

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NILAND, Calif. - For Genesis Palta, the pandemic had already meant a chain reaction of adjustments. The stay-at-home orders forced her mother to stop selling Mexican desserts to her neighbors, which cut into the family's meager income. Her father worried about catching the coronavirus and passing it on to his family. But they depended on the $500 in cash he got paid each week, so he toiled ...

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The world's dairy farmers are facing an existential crisis. They've dumped millions of gallons of milk, slowed output and sold off older cows. Global governments stepped in with stimulus cash that provided some much-needed temporary relief, helping benchmark Chicago milk futures to almost double in two months. But once the aid money starts to dry up, many producers will confront tough choices ...

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — El autobús turístico se detuvo frente al letrero de "Cannabis legal de venta aquí" en la entrada del antiguo hotel Casa Blanca en la popular zona turística de esta ciudad, cuando una joven que desea fumar desciende de un salto. "¿Esto es todo?", pregunta, paseando por el acogedor patio del lugar. Un empleado comienza a escoltarla sobre una alfombra roja para ingresar al ...

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MIAMI — Un tractor con una cuchilla de 35 pies cortó un millón de libras de ejotes listos para ser recogidos en los campos de R.C. Hatton en Pahokee, Florida. Esos cultivos debieron haber ido a restaurantes del sur de Florida, cruceros, cafeterías escolares, aerolíneas e incluso parques temáticos. En vez de eso, se están hundiendo en la tierra. "Y tengo otro millón que no puedo cosechar y que ...

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SEATTLE — Han pasado dos semanas desde que las Escuelas Públicas de Seattle cerraron debido al coronavirus, y la madre Jeniffer Trice confiesa que apenas estaba aguantando. El lunes, el primer día en que se exigió a los distritos escolares que ofrecieran algún tipo de servicio educativo durante su cierre ordenado por el estado, Trice (una madre soltera y recientemente desempleada con esclerosis ...

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ag-Analytics is excited to announce the opening of a new office facility at the Convergence Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The location will foster ideas and encourage collaboration between industry professionals and Purdue University faculty and students in a COVID Smart environment.

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The worst of the coronavirus-induced plunge in the dairy economy may be finished. The sharp decrease in dairy-product prices in April – prompted by the pandemic – has been followed by a strong recovery in cash-market prices in May that’s continuing into June. Cash cheese prices rebounded dramatically from $1 per pound in the first half of April to record levels in less than eight weeks. Cash butter prices, to a lesser extent, have also rebounded from April depressed prices.

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Summer is here! To me it seems like it would be more appropriate to have the first day of summer closer to June 1. Likewise the first day of spring should be closer to April 1 because rarely is any fieldwork done before April 1.

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SEATTLE — Cuando el mes pasado se supo que el nuevo coronavirus causó su primera muerte en la región de Puget Sound, el Banco de Alimentos de Rainier Valley instaló una estación de lavado de manos fuera de su edificio. Luego, después de que el gobernador de Washington, Jay Inslee, restringió las reuniones de 50 personas o más, el banco de alimentos dejó de permitir que los clientes entraran. ...

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This past week has seen a turn in our weather from a fairly dry stretch to heavy rains. We had 3 inches around Cuba City the weekend of June 20. Fields were just starting to dry Thursday with a quite a few wet spots remaining among the dryish spots. As I write this June 26 it has been a downpour for about 20 minutes.

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ROSHOLT, Wis. – Some people are motivated by money. Other people are motivated by love. Spend a little time with Peg and Randy Urness and it’s easy to learn what motivates them.

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Some farmers inland from Lake Superior had a visit from Jack Frost the morning of June 13. Temperatures at some farms fell to the upper-20s. Jack’s icy fingers touched plants producing for farm-market trade as well as corn and bean fields. That same morning the coldest temperature along the south shore of Lake Superior was 41 degrees.

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Central-Wisconsin farmers have experienced a broad range of weather conditions the past two weeks. Temperatures bounced from less than normal to spikes of heat in the upper-80s.