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Nov 22, 2011

‘This prize belongs to those who elected me’

When John A. Kufuor was elected president of Ghana in 2000, the country was reeling from years of neglect. Kufuor turned his efforts to improving cropping practices for cocoa and conditions for the people, and changes began to occur. When asked about the turnaround, Kufuor gave credit to his government in a press briefing held at this year’s World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Kufuor dedicated the prize to the people of Ghana....More
Nov 18, 2011

‘When did agriculture become a dirty word?’

“When did agriculture become a dirty word?” is the title of a recent Food Dialogue Event in Washington. CropLife America’s William Kuckuck talked about the event and how consumers’ perception of U.S. agriculture has changed in recent decades in this video interview. It was filmed following Kuckuck’s presentation during a panel discussion at the Southern Crop Production Association’s annual meeting in Charleston, S.C....More
Oct 25, 2011

Georgia Peanut Commission celebrates 50th anniversary by serving growers

What do you do when you turn 50 years old? Why, you throw a big party, and that’s what the Georgia Peanut Commission did at this year’s Sunbelt Expo. Commission members served show participants cupcakes made with peanut flower and topped with peanut icing. The Commission’s Joy Carter and Don Koehler talked about the anniversary and the growing season in interviews at the Oct. 20 celebration....More
Oct 19, 2011

World Food Programme making a difference in Horn of Africa

One of the worst droughts in memory is raising the specter of famine once again in the Horn of Africa. The World Food Programme is rushing humanitarian aid to nearly 8 million people in places like Somalia and Ethiopia. This time, the WFP’s Josette Sheeran says, the food aid appears to be gaining a foothold in preventing the nearly 1 million deaths from starvation that occurred in the region in the 1980s....More
Oct 17, 2011

Smallholder farms are the key to solving world hunger

Nearly one-third of the world’s population depends on what are often called “smallholder farms” for their food and for their livelihoods. What happens on those farms may help determine long-term food security, according to Syngenta CEO Michael Mack. Mack talked about smallholder farms and efforts to help them in a speech at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa....More
Oct 14, 2011

Science key to increasing agricultural productivity

The major agricultural chemical manufacturing companies have been working to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable. DuPont, for example, has saved more than $6 billion in energy costs in the last decade. DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman told reporters attending the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines that science has to play a role in increasing ag productivity and that industry needs to do more to educate consumers about the role of science....More
Oct 14, 2011

Deficit reduction threatens world food safety net

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees are scheduled to make their deficit reduction proposals to the Select or Super Committee on Deficit Reduction in Washington tomorrow. The Rev. David Beckmann, co-winner of last year’s World Food Prize, made an impassioned plea for avoiding more cuts in food assistance programs during a press briefing at this year’s WFP Symposium in Des Moines. Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, says the food safety net is working in this country and in regions like Africa, but the cuts threaten the progress made in recent years....More
Oct 5, 2011

Actuality: South and Southwest to get some needed moisture

USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey on Texas and Oklahoma producers who have long been awaiting rain this growing season....More
Sep 30, 2011

Farmers will have to make do with current herbicides for foreseeable future

The crop protection industry has done a good job of responding to growers’ needs for new herbicides in recent decades. But the pipeline for new compounds has about dried up, says Iowa State University’s Mike Owens....More
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