Are Monarch Butterflies Threatened by Genetically Modified Crops?

Every year the monarch butterflies of North America go on a remarkable migration, from their summer homes in the rural United States to their wintering grounds in southern Mexico. Chip Taylor, an entomologist at Kansas University, has been tracking them through a project called Monarch Watch, distributing 200,000 tiny

Water Is the New Texas Liquid Gold

Bruce Frasier sweats in the 106F heat at his Carrizo Springs, Tex., farm while stacking 42-pound boxes of cantaloupes bound for Kroger (KR) supermarkets and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). But he’s turning away all offers for his most prized commodity: water. Texas’s worst drought since record-keeping began in 1895 is

Napa Valley Grapegrowers report: Quiet time in the vineyards

Winter is a special season in the vineyard — dormant, still and full of potential. Harvest is over, cover crops have been planted and erosion control measures are in place. It’s our one quiet season and a time to reflect on the challenges and successes of previous vintages and to begin planning for the next. […]

Mixed Reaction from United Fresh as House Passes Food Safety Bill

By a vote of 215 to 144 today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, enacting large-scale changes to the nation’s food safety system. United Fresh Produce Association Senior Vice President of Public Policy Robert Guenther issued the following

Chile: Fruit exports to Europe decrease

According to figures from ASOEX fresh fruit exports to Europe have, on average, decreased in the last 4 years although exports worldwide have actually increased. There has been a rise in exports to emerging markets such as the Middle East and Asia. Some individual fruit has nevertheless seen a marked increase in exports to Europe, […]

CBOT Corn Outlook: Higher On South America Crop, Acreage Worries

U.S. corn futures are expected to open higher Monday amid concerns about the South American crop and whether U.S. farmers will plant enough acres in 2011 to stave off a supply crisis. Chicago Board of Trade futures are expected to open 3 to 5 cents higher. In overnight trade, corn for March delivery was up […]