Pacific Ag Commodities: News & Events

Kansas Farmers Win $217m

July 1, 2017

Syngenta GMO corn test trial  ...

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Rice farms could provide offsets in carbon market – op-ed by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross in the Sacramento Bee

December 15, 2014

Sometimes it takes a crisis like climate change to reveal a golden opportunity. Our rice farmers in Northern California have long been exemplary stewards of their land, both in terms of providing habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife and for their ongoing efforts to work with environmental and research ...

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New reservoir for Texas growers & continued drought problems in California

September 13, 2014

Markets/Trade – Oryza.com reports that as part of South Korea’s efforts to liberalize the country’s rice market, the government has opted to increase direct subsidies to rice farmers as a means of alleviating farmers fears of being driven under by cheap imports. Oryza.com reports that Cambodia ...

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Drought continues to ravage California and Texas

April 10, 2014

Drought Bloomberg writer Alan Bjerga reported yesterday that, “The drought that is withering vegetable and fruit crops in California may push up food prices more than the dry spell that ravaged the Corn Belt in 2012, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “That’s because the current crisis ...

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How the revamped USDA Plant Hardiness Maps can help you as a farmer:

November 12, 2012

For the first time in over 20 years, the USDA has revamped the zones in its Plant Hardiness map. This is very important for farmers as the USDA’s Risk Management Agency uses the zone designations for crop insurance standards and scientist’s use the plant hardiness zones as a data layer in many research ...

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The Importance of Farming in a growing population

November 12, 2012

Christopher Cota takes us on a tour of his farm and explains the importance of innovation to sustain future global populations.  ...

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Care for your Horse, Switch to Rice Hulls

November 12, 2012

Rice Hulls are an excellent alternative to traditional wood shavings, just ask the horses. Rice Hull bedding is favored by horses, especially with sensitive skin and other allergies. They prevent hock sores and bacterial and fungal infections. Rice Hulls contribute to a healthy and happier horse, and ...

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Reflecting this Memorial Day

November 12, 2012

Its 7:45 am with Memorial Day on the horizon, great weather outside and I’m in flip-flops and shorts driving to work. I let my employees have a short day on “Flip Flop Friday” to celebrate some of the new business ventures that we are entering. I couldn’t help but think as to how lucky I am as ...

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The Ingredients of Innovation

November 12, 2012

Innovation is at the heart of competition in America and all over the world. Failure to innovate will leave a successful business crippled while another company steals their market share. Just ask Blockbuster who, in 2000, could have bought the online video streaming service Netflix for a mere 50 million. ...

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