Food and Agricultural Images This Week March 9, 2015

Farmers load crops on a donkey at a field in the Abu Namrus village of Giza, Egypt on March 4, 2015. Agriculture, stockbreeding and tourism are the most important economic sectors of Egypt. Photo by Mohamed Mahmoud/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

A sheep farmer follows his salt meadow sheeps on the polder Saint-Louis on March 6, 2015 in Roz-sur-Couesnon, northwestern France. Photo credit: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images.

French farmer Nicolas Leborgne checks on his pigs in a pigsty at a farm in Pluduno, western France, on March 2, 2015. French pig breeders face harsh difficulties due to the drop of pork meat price and the cost of heavy investments to meet environment standards. Photo credit: DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images.

Rex Hiner, a buyer form Lamar Co., peeks though the corral during the Denver Parks and Recreation annual bison auction at the bison ranch in Genesee Park, March 06, 2015. At the auction ranchers and breeders get a chance to buy from Denvers American Bison herd that dates back to 1914 and was the first herd to be reintroduced in Colorado after the animal nearly became extinct. Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images.

Women sieve manioc flour in Abidjan on March 6, 2015, for the preparation of the Attieke, a classic of the Ivorian food. Originated from southern Ivory Coast, the Attieke is made in the villages and some places in the capital by women who organize themselves in a proper production line in order to produce big amount of this most popular dish served with sauce. Photo credit: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images.

Two people look at farming fields flooded by the Ebro River in the Spanish village of Villafranca de Ebro, near Zaragoza on March 2, 2015. Photo credit: CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images.

Cooks ready to cook pork rinds on March 6, 2015 in Bordeaux, southwestern France, during the traditional ‘tue cochon’ (pig kill) festivites marking the end of winter. Photo credit: JEAN PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images.

Ezidi women bake the breads outskirts of Sinjar mountain, Mosul, on March 2, 2015. Ezidis fled from Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) attacks shelter in Sinjar Mountain and live under harsh conditions with their family. Photo by Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

In the Bigger Picture….

11 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○

1 . Tom Vilsack would like to see the biofuels industry expand beyond the mandate to grow via exports and airline demand.


2 . Canadian farmers are plowing profits from bumper crops into fertilizer storage facilities to mitigate the pricing power held by major retailers and producers.

from Reuters – – the Dickinson Press

3 . Argentina tracks soy hoarding by registering ‘silo-bag’ sales.

by Hugh Bronstein for Reuters

4 . The California State Water Project will only be delivering 20 percent of the amount of requested water this year.

from the AP

5 . Big food companies are trying to disguise their products as small, hipster products.

from the AP

6 . When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes.

from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Science Daily

7 . Paraguay is set to rapidly grow its soybean crop through the risky practice called “zafrina”.

from Agrimoney

8 . Gladstone Land continues to believe in U.S. farmland investing. Their acquisitions are centred on higher-value fruit and vegetable farms, and last year they purchased 11 sites totalling 2,039 acres, paying an aggregate sum of $68.3 million.

from Agrimoney

9 . Streams across roughly 40 percent of the planet’s land area are at risk of pollution from pesticides, according to an analysis published in the journal Environmental Pollution.

from Environment360

10 . Modern genome editing raises a regulatory issue by creating indistinct boundaries in GMO regulations because the advanced genetic engineering can, without introducing new genetic material, make a gene modification which is similar to a naturally occurring mutation.

from Cell Press –

11 . Mass migrations of human populations is on my personal radar screen as one of the biggest challenges of our future. This U.N. article which spells out the statistics is the best I’ve seen.

By Joseph Chamie for IPS

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.