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Return to the soil lifts refugees' spirits in Greece

Nest - On a field deep in Greek farm country north of Athens, Suzan from Syria is smiling over an onion patch.

One impact of climate change occurring in U.S. no one hears about

A boundary that divides the humid eastern U.S. and the dry western Plains appears to have shifted 140 miles to the east over the past century due to global warming, new research suggests. How will this affect farming and agriculture in the years to come?

Fresh clashes as anti-capitalists attempt to rebuild French camp

Notre-dame-des-landes - Police said hundreds of activists attacked officers on Sunday ahead of a peaceful rally to protest the forced closure of an anti-capitalist camp in western France.

Fresh clashes as anti-capitalists attempt to rebuild French camp

Notre-dame-des-landes - Police said hundreds of activists attacked officers on Sunday ahead of a peaceful rally to protest the forced closure of an anti-capitalist camp in western France.

Another trade war looms with US... on Spanish olives

La Roda De Andaluc - The US flag still flutters next to others in front of the AgroSevilla factory, the world's biggest exporter of black olives based in southern Spain.

NAFTA deal 'fairly close,' Trump says

Washington - President Donald Trump said Monday negotiators were "fairly close" to resolving their differences over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement but an outright US withdrawal was still possible.

Export ship blocked after 'shocking' Australia sheep footage

Sydney - An export ship due to carry more than 50,000 sheep to the Middle East has been blocked from leaving Australia after secret footage emerged of distressed animals dying and struggling to breathe in filthy conditions.

Malaysian state wants Koranic recitals for cows

Kuala Lumpur - Cows in a conservative Malaysian state could be played Koranic recitals in the hope it will help them relax and improve the quality of their beef, a senior official said Thursday.

UN food agency urges 'agroecology' to fight famine

Rome - Current food production methods are harming the planet while failing to provide millions of the world's poor with enough to eat, the UN food agency warned Tuesday.

Deadly olive tree disease detected in Corsica

Ajaccio - A deadly bacterial disease with no known cure that ravaged olive groves in southern Italy three years ago has been detected in the French island of Corsica, industry officials said Tuesday.

Agriculture robot speeds data collection

Chicago - A technological advance for the agribusiness. A new Ag robot has been developed, which speeds data collection and has the capability of analyzing crops as they grow.

Avocado town becomes symbol of Chile's water war

Petorca - Karina Torres has spent more than seven years without running water in her home in central Chile. Yet, across the road, water flows in abundance to irrigate thousands of hectares of avocados.

Agriculture must make water use go further: experts

Bras - In a world where water risks running short for many, the especially thirsty agricultural industry must learn how to manage the vital resource better, experts said Tuesday.A day after the United Nations warned that 5.

Bird populations in rural France 'collapsing'

Paris - Bird populations across an eerily quiet French countryside have collapsed, on average, by a third over the last decade-and-a-half, alarmed researchers reported on Tuesday.

Thousands of farmers march in Madrid over 'surreal' drought

Madrid - Thousands of farmers from Spain's parched southeast, marched in Madrid Wednesday to ask the government for help as their crops are threatened by a "surreal" drought that is also putting jobs at risk.

New study — Climate change threatens major crops in California

Over the last 10-years, farmers in California have experienced the symptoms of climate change — less winter chill, crops blooming earlier, more heat waves and years of drought when the state baked in record temperatures.

'Noah's Ark' seed vault chalks up a million crop varieties

Longyearbyen - Norway's 'doomsday' seed bank, which seeks to protect the world's crops from natural disasters, on Monday said it had gathered more than a million varieties as it marked its 10-year anniversary.

Chinese billionaire sees baguette goldmine in French fields

Thiel-sur-acolin - In the peaceful French village of Thiel-sur-Acolin, retired farmer Marc Bernardet is ambivalent about having a Chinese billionaire for a neighbour.

Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

A free app on farmer San San Hla's smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last two years.

Automating agriculture with light weight robots

Across agriculture automation systems are superseding strenuous manual labor. A new dual-arm robot for the automated harvesting of cucumbers has been successfully tested.

Australia toughens foreign investment rules amid China concerns

Sydney - Australia announced tougher restrictions on foreign buyers of agricultural land and electricity infrastructure on Thursday amid fears over rising Chinese influence.

French brace for 'massive' imports of South American beef

Sainte-c - Cedric Mandin, who raises some 800 Charolais cows with his brother in France's Vendee region, is the fourth generation of his family to own their farm, and he fears he will be the last.

Embattled French dairy chief breaks silence over salmonella scare

Paris - The chief executive of France's Lactalis group on Sunday vowed compensation for victims of salmonella-tainted baby milk as he revealed that recalls were now under way in 83 countries.

83 countries affected by Lactalis salmonella scandal: CEO

Paris - A salmonella scandal at French dairy group Lactalis has affected 83 countries, where 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk are being recalled, the company's CEO said Sunday in an interview with French media.

83 countries affected by Lactalis salmonella scandal: CEO

Paris - A salmonella scandal at French dairy group Lactalis has affected 83 countries, where 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk are being recalled, the company's CEO said Sunday in an interview with French media.

'Hundreds' of lawsuits filed over Lactalis salmonella: association

Paris - Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against French dairy giant Lactalis by families who say their children got salmonella poisoning after drinking powdered milk made by the company, an association representing victims said Friday.

Cheesed off: Italian regions highly strung over mozzarella

Rome - Defenders of buffalo mozzarella in the Campania region of southern Italy have vowed to fight a decision made this week by the farming ministry which allows a cow mozzarella from neighbouring Puglia to be given special status.

South Africa blighted by racially charged farm murders

Tzaneen - "They beat him with a pole... and you could hear the bones breaking," said Debbie Turner, recounting her husband's murder in a slow, defiant voice.She refuses to talk about him in the past tense and sleeps with a photo of him close by.

Evicted Zimbabwe white farmer handed back his land

Harare - A white Zimbabwean farmer forced from his land as part of controversial mass evictions became this week the first to return to his property under a new government bid to reverse illegal land seizures.

Zimbabwe orders illegal farm invaders off land: state media

Harare - Zimbabwe's new agriculture minister has ordered people illegally occupying formerly white-owned commercial farms to vacate, nearly two decades after violent land grabs led by ousted ex-president Robert Mugabe, state media said Thursday.
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Family members peeling cassava on Stephania Kunda's farm in Zambia.
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Grape vines in Crimea. June 16, 2003
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A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests.
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Climate change will have an impact on agriculture in California, threatening our national food security.
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Growing vegetables using robotics.
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Green vegetable fields in January around Qilinpu Village, Qilin Town, Jiangning District, Nanjing.
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Plowing the field the traditional way - Manthralaya, AP, India.
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Irrigated farming in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Expanding waterworks and other rural infrastructure is vital for increasing production and sustainable land management.
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Harvest time in China.
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A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests.
A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests.
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