Category: Agrifood

COVID-19 safe-practice health orders for New Mexico’s agriculture industry

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a modified public health emergency order easing restriction on retail operations, ordering New Mexico citizens to wear cloth face coverings in public, and proposing a series of requirements...

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Record Year for Pecan Production in NM

NEW MEXICO – New Mexico marked a record year of pecan production in 2019 to lead the nation, according to US agricultural officials The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that production in the Southwest state topped out at more...

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Sonora lost 10,243 formal jobs in March

SONORA – Sonora lost 10,243 formal jobs during the month of March this year, most of which were in the agricultural, hunting and fishing sectors, as well as in transformation and mining industry According to data from the Mexican Institute of...

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Tamaulipas estimates to harvest 15,000 tons of lemon in 2020

CIUDAD VICTORIA – Despite the adverse effects of the drought, the citrus sector in Tamaulipas remains hopeful of obtaining a harvest of around 15 tons of Italian lemon, reported Humberto Vázquez, representative of the National Service for Health,...

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New program to benefit both at-risk families and local restaurants

EL PASO – Texas Gov Greg Abbott announced the creation of the Comfort Food Care Packages program in response to the coronavirus pandemic The program is a partnership between the Governor's Public Safety Office, the Texas network for Family and...

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Border closures have farm industry concerned for loss of seasonal workers

US – The White House’s decision to limit visas for seasonal farmworkers in order to limit the chances of spreading the coronavirus has the agricultural industry worried that they soon may not have enough workers to pick crops “Over half of...

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Coronavirus shakes Texas’ Cotton Industry

TEXAS – A promising 2020 for the Texas cotton industry has quickly gone sideways due to the COVID-19 pandemic In the short term, the going will be tough for cotton producers, said Texas cotton farmer Steve Newsom, who farms 4,000 acres in the...

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Arizona is in the corn business with opening of Bayer’s high-tech greenhouse

TUCSON – German conglomerate Bayer has unveiled a new greenhouse complex on seven acres north of Tucson that will serve as a development and production site focused solely on corn seeds Midwestern states such as Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska lead...

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SIDE and Canacintra sign agreement to export MSMEs

CHIHUAHUA – The Directorate of Commerce of the Secretariat of Innovation and Economic Development (SIDE) signed an agreement with the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (Canacintra) Chihuahua, to provide training to food...

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Mexican agricultural exports reach US$28 billion

MEXICO – The value of Mexico’s agri-food exports had an annual increase of 91% in the first nine months of this year, compared to the same period of 2018, after reaching US$28 billion, reported the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development...

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