Food and Agricultural Images This Week March 2, 2015

Farmers gather before attempting to sell their barley crop to buyers supplying Diageo Plc’s Meta Abo brewery in the village of Damo Dulele, Ethiopia, on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The ambition to make the African operation ‘one of the pillars of the next decade’ and boost takings from the current share of 13 percent will play out in growing nations such as Ethiopia, Diageo Plc Chief Executive Officer Ivan Menezes said at the opening of an expanded brewery in Africa’s second-most populous country. Photographer: Simon Dawson / Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Workers create cigars at a cigar factory during the week-long International Habano Cigar Festival on February 26, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The annual cigar festival attracts tourists from around the world to sample the islands world renowned tobacco. As diplomatic talks between the U.S. and Cuban governments resume, the U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to hear an appeal on the Cohiba cigars trademark, raising hopes that the Cuban cigars will be sold in the United States. Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images.

Workers are seen as they work on a ranch a day after the second round of diplomatic talks between the United States and Cuban officials took place in Washington, DC on February 28, 2015 in Gabriel, Cuba. The dialogue is an effort to restore full diplomatic relations and move toward opening trade. Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images.

During the week-long International Habano Cigar Festival, a tobacco drying house sits next to plants that are ready to be harvested on a plantation in Vuelta Abajo on February 24, 2015 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images.

Freshly picked and packaged strawberries sit in a box before being loaded onto a truck for delivery during a harvest at Fancy Farms near Plant City, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Annual strawberry harvests in the area bring nearly $1 billion to the local economy, according to the Florida Strawberry Festival Growers Association. Photographer: Mark Elias / Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Monado Islam (L), 64, and Fatima Saidi (45) sort Ylang-Ylang flowers picked from a patch of forest, on February 24, 2015 on the slopes of the Karthala volcano, where she and other members of her family grows the rare flowers whose distilled oil is used as a base in the perfume industry. Photo credit: MARCO LONGARI / AFP / Getty Images.

Visitors view fair booths during the 52nd Paris International Agricultural Fair at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, on February 24, 2015. Approximately 4000 bovines are exhibited as well as fruits and vegetables on the fair. Above 700.000 people visited the France’s most important fair, last year. The fair is open between the dates 21st of February – 1st of March 2015. Photo by Mustafa Yalcin / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images.

In the Bigger Picture…. Friday Edition

6 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○

1 . Reflecting rising demand for herbal medicine, domestic cultivation of crops used to make such products is expanding.

BY MICHIO WATANABE for The Japan Times

2 . Aeroponic towers: how they work and why they are so popular.

from Horti Daily

3 . Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow.

from NPR

4 . Amaranth seeds may prevent chronic diseases.

by by Mindy Weinstein for

5 . Young Minnesota farmers head back to the land for a different kind of farming than their parents did.

by GREGG AAMOT for MinnPost

6 . Global food trail consolidation leads to massive waste and downgrading of farming and horticulture.

by Andrew Masterson for the Sydney Morning Herald

These links were selected by Kay McDonald. Note that Wednesday Editions of “In the Bigger Picture…” focus on general and business related subjects and Friday Editions focus on grassroots subjects. For continually updated news about agriculture, please utilize the news feeds on the right sidebar here, and on the “Latest Ag News” tab above.