agricultural commodity News

  • Ministers meet at FAO to discuss role of agricultural commodity markets

    Governments ought to review the way international agricultural commodity markets are governed, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told ministers from around the world gathered for a meeting on the subject Monday. Commodity markets caught global attention due to volatile food prices in the past five years. While prices are currently declining, Graziano da Silva noted that ...

  • Commodity Supercycle Slows Down in 2012

    Global commodity prices dropped by 6 percent in 2012, a marked change from the dizzying growth during the “commodities supercycle” of 2002–12, when prices surged an average of 9.5 percent a year, or 150 percent over the 10-year period, according to the new Vital Signs Online trend released by the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org). This change of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • More balanced food commodity markets seen in 2013/14

    Food commodity markets, in particular for cereals, are set to be more balanced in 2013/14, according to FAO's Food Outlook report published today. World food imports in 2013 are tentatively forecast at $1.09 trillion, close to last year's level, but 13 percent below the record of 2011, the biannual report on global food markets said. Higher bills for fish and livestock products are anticipated to ...

  • Has China’s Economic Shift Really Ended the Commodity Super-cycle?

    The most recent economic “super-cycle,” a decades-long trend of rising commodity prices, has been influenced by the surging growth of China since the turn of this century. Now, as China begins its shift from an export-led growth model to a model based on internal investment and consumption, the super-cycle has slowed. Despite this shift, however, commodity prices suffered a notable ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Sowing the seeds of stable agriculture

    In a country with a precarious history of food insecurity, one award-winning research institution is driving change in Senegal by focusing on training farmers and helping them to diversify their ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Commodity trends point to stable food prices, declining global food import bill

    Global food commodity markets are on a stable path for the year ahead, with solid production prospects and abundant stocks pointing to a broadly stable outcome for prices and supplies, FAO said today. Lower food prices than last year means that the world's food import bill are on course to fall to $986 billion this year - below $1 trillion for the first time since 2009 - even as traded volumes ...

  • Agriculture: the unlikely earth day hero

    Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources - along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices - are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year, Worldwatch Institute's ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Online Commodity Challenge Allows Farmers to Learn Real-World Grain Marketing Without the Risk

    Growers who want to experience grain marketing using real-world strategies without any of the real-world risks can take advantage of a series of online courses taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The courses, to be offered Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and March 4, will be taught online and will offer participants the ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Agriculture Secretary Announces Record Sales, Income and Assets for Agriculture and Fishery Cooperatives in 2012

    In recognition of October as National Cooperative Month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that U.S. farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set records for sales, income and assets in 2012, buoyed by strong prices for grain, farm supplies and many other agricultural commodities. Sales by agricultural and fishery co-ops of nearly $235 billion surpassed the 2011 record by $18 ...

  • World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report (WASDE)

    The World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) serves as USDA’s focal point for economic intelligence and the commodity outlook for U.S. and world agriculture. The Board coordinates, reviews, and approves the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, houses OCE's Joint Agricultural Weather Facility, and coordinates USDA's Agricultural Outlook ...

  • Methyl bromide monitor for agricultural fumigation approved by EPA

    Effective June 25, 2008, the Department of Pesticide Regulation of the California EPA has added a real time remote sensor monitor for the detection of methyl bromide by PureAire Monitoring Systems, in addition to colorimetric detector tubes. The PureAire Air Check Advantage Continuous Methyl Bromide Monitor can now be used to monitor enclosed areas, including greenhouse soil fumigation and ...

  • Agricultural Subsidies Remain a Staple in the Industrial World

    In 2012, the most recent year with data, agricultural subsidies totaled an estimated $486 billion in the top 21 food-producing countries in the world. These countries—the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and seven other countries (Brazil, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Africa, and Ukraine)—are responsible for almost 80 percent ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • USDA to Release New Long-Term Agricultural Projections

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release its 10-year agricultural projections on Feb. 11, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. EST. USDA's Agricultural Projections to 2024will be posted to the Office of the Chief Economist's (OCE) website at www.usda.gov/oce and available in MS Word and PDF formats. Projections data will be available as Excel spreadsheets, as ...

  • Agricultural wastewater – cone bottom tanks for wastewater settlement

    Whatever area of farming you operate in, you clean, clean and clean again and if there’s one commodity in short supply and that needs managing correctly, its water and the litres and litres of wastewater you produce need storing and processing responsibly. As well as storing wastewater safely and securely, Enduramaxx cone bottom tanks allow for the settlement and subsequent drainage of ...


    By ENDURAMAXX Storage Tanks

  • USDA Announces Speakers for the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced speakers for the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, "The Changing Face of Agriculture," to be held from Feb. 20-21 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will moderate two general session panels on the Future of Agriculture. Speaking in the first panel will be Administrator of the U. S. Agency ...

  • Florida’s agriculture-related employment up 8.7 percent

    About 1.52 million people worked full- or part-time in Florida’s agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2013, an 8.7 percent increase in jobs over 2012, according to a new UF/IFAS economic report. That figure accounts for 14.3 percent of the state’s workforce, and reflects a 19.7 percent employment increase since 2001, or just under 1 percent annually, according to the ...

  • USDA to Release New Long Term Agricultural Projections

    The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release new 10-year agricultural projections on Feb. 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. EST. USDA's Agricultural Projections to 2023 will be posted to the Office of the Chief Economist's (OCE) website at www.usda.gov/oce and available in MS Word and PDF formats. Projections data will be available as Excel ...

  • New Report Shows Agriculture Productivity Consistently Up

    Ohio farmers have been producing more and, on average, earning slightly more too. Improved technology, rising crop yields, farmer ingenuity and lower prices for farm inputs have led to higher agricultural productivity, specifically annual increases of 1.6 percent since the 1950s, according to a report produced by a team of agricultural economists from the College of Food, Agricultural, and ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Agriculture more resilient to global crisis than other sectors

    Because food is a basic necessity, the agriculture sector is showing more resilience to the global economic crisis than other industries. But the risks could increase if the economic downturn deepens, according to a new report by the OECD and FAO released today. Falls in agricultural prices and in the production and consumption of farm goods are likely to be moderate as long as the economic ...

  • 15 Agricultural innovations protecting the environment on earth day

    This Earth Day, Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planet project highlights 15 sustainable agricultural practices that are protecting the environment while also improving people’s livelihoods. For the last 40 years, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world to call attention to some of our most pressing environmental and social problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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