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El precio del petróleo alcanzó los 70 dólares por barril el lunes por primera vez en más de tres meses gracias al reciente lío en el Medio Oriente. Parece que le seguirán precios más altos en las bombas de gasolina. Y si tú eres como yo, probablemente te preguntarás: ¿Por qué es que los precios de la gasolina siempre parecen subir muy rápido cuando hay turbulencia en el mercado petrolero y ...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released March 31 its annual “Prospective Plantings” report. It provides the first look at farmer planting intentions for corn, soybeans and wheat in 2020. Normal survey procedures were conducted during the first two weeks of March before USDA implemented COVID-19 precautions to switch all surveys to online-only.

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OPINION  Following the recent passage of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, called CARES, the National Farmers Union is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to “swiftly and efficiently implement assistance and distribute resources” to family farmers and ranchers as well as rural communities.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO, April 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer recorded its largest one-month drop in sentiment during March. The barometer dipped 47 points to a reading of 121, as concerns over the impact of the global pandemic on the agricultural economy weighed heavily on farmers' minds. The Ag Economy Barometer is based on a mid-month survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers and was conducted from March 16-20, 2020 as the coronavirus crisis escalated in the U.S. and around the world.

LA HABANA — En Cuba, después del colapso de la Unión Soviética y el fin de sus generosos subsidios, el combustible era tan escaso que muchas personas dejaron de conducir y el gobierno importó miles de bicicletas chinas. La crisis se extendió a casi todos los aspectos de la vida, causando apagones, escasez de alimentos, incluso una deficiencia de vitaminas que se cree que fue la causa de una ...

BOISE - While the rest of the state is settling into a stay-at-home order and bracing for more impacts from coronavirus, Idaho agriculture is just ramping up. Farmers, farmworkers and ag industry leaders have to balance the struggle to keep workers safe and healthy while meeting the demands of a food-system increasingly overburdened by coronavirus concerns - or there won't be food refilling ...

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PESHTIGO, Wis. – Three words are golden at Drees Dairy Farm – efficiency, consistency and comfort. So when the Drees family worked on a plan to expand their farm, energy efficiency was an important factor. They made a transition in 2015 from a tiestall barn to a freestall barn with tunnel ventilation and four milking robots. They also switched from single-phase to three-phase electric power with help from Wisconsin Public Service.

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John Deere unveiled at the 2019 Agritechnica farm show in Germany a number of optimization tweaks to its combines for 2020. Increasing throughput, automation and making the machines easier to use are the main changes being adapted across the ranges, according to the company.

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The self-distancing and quarantine protocols put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 have reduced economic growth, shuttered consumers in their homes, and changed the way Americans purchase and consume food. A slowing economy is bad for all of the animal proteins. Beef is typically the most expensive of the proteins and considered a luxury product in economic terms. So it stands to suffer the most when consumers spend less in response to wage cuts and job losses.

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As the coronavirus pandemic penetrates more deeply into global supply chains, prices for key staples are starting to soar in some parts of the world. Rice and wheat - crops that account for about a third of the world's calories - have been making rapid climbs in spot and futures markets. For countries that rely on imports, this is creating an added financial burden just as the pandemic ...

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While the COVID-19 pandemic is dominating the news, farmers are getting machinery ready for spring planting and performing other tasks involved with the start of the growing season.

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Wisconsinites are blessed to be surrounded by such an abundance of water. More precious to life than any other natural resource, it’s the one that requires the greatest levels of preservation awareness and protection by all.