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October 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Communist Party approved rural reforms aimed at unleashing the economic power of hundreds of millions of farmers as China looks to home markets as a bulwark against the global financial crisis. The party said it aims to double the annual income of farmers, currently about $590 per person, over the next 12 years. State media reports before a four-day meeting said the Central Committee would review an amendment to give 750 million rural dwellers more freedom to lease or transfer their land, but the final statement did not mention the issue.
April 26, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival may have wrapped up last week, but still unfurling in Coachella's Pueblo Viejo District is an ambitious project that has brought together about a dozen muralists and international contemporary artists. "Coachella Walls," which has no formal connection to the Goldenvoice-produced festival, is billed as an "arts-driven community revitalization project. " Its organizers are Coachella-based Date Farmers Art Studios, a.k.a., the artists Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, who grew up in the area and now show their work at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles.
February 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Peruvian farmers upset over a free trade deal with the United States blocked rail service to the famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu and paralyzed vast swaths of the Andean country by halting traffic on key highways. The protests stranded thousands of travelers, including about 400 people who were stuck on the train to the ancient Incan citadel, Peru's top tourist attraction. The Pan-American highway, the major road on the Peruvian coast, was blocked north and south of the capital, Lima, travelers and police said.
April 21, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Farmers Insurance has sold its longtime Wilshire Boulevard headquarters in Los Angeles as part of its plan to relocate to the Woodland Hills area in the San Fernando Valley. The new owner of Farmers' three-building, 10-acre campus in Mid-Wilshire is Los Angeles developer and landlord CIM Group. Farmers will lease space from CIM Group as it gradually moves to its new quarters. The phased transition began last year with the move of several employees to the new Farmers Plaza location at Warner Center.
More than 160 farmers were arrested when they blocked a key highway and clashed with police in a protest to demand that Congress pass a law to ease their debts, Nicaraguan police said. About 2,000 growers blocked a section of the Pan-American Highway late Monday about 20 miles from the capital. Police spokeswoman Vilma Reyes said 167 people were arrested. Two police officers and one farmer were injured before police reopened the highway, she said. The farmers were pushing a proposal they presented to Congress late in 2008 that would allow them to temporarily suspend debt payments.
August 2, 1988 | Associated Press
Amish farmer Elam Swartzentruber believes he has something better than electricity and technology to help him through the worst drought in more than 50 years: faith and brotherhood. Swartzentruber, better known by his Amish neighbors as "Elam E.," is one of about 30,000 Amish residents in Ohio, 15,000 of them involved in farming. The Amish, a Protestant group formed in a split with the Mennonites in 17th-Century Switzerland, believe in simplicity.
June 6, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
People opposed to genetically modified organisms often insist that the plants are no good for anyone except the companies, like Monsanto Co., that sell GMO seeds. A new study may force them to come to terms with the idea that GM crops can benefit regular people too -- even farmers in developing countries like India. The study , published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, tracked the fortunes of 533 cotton farms in India over eight years. These farming families were poor -- on average, family members consumed no more than $500 worth of goods each year.
April 4, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Farmers claim they need to hire undocumented workers under the H-2A visa program because they can't find enough American applicants. Indeed, few Americans apply and those who do, don't work out. Why? ALSO: The new reality at the border Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Goldberg: Is disability the new welfare? Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall  
February 20, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Except for illegal immigrants, no group has more at stake in the national fight over immigration reform than California farmers. "It doesn't pay to plant a product if you can't harvest it," notes Mark Teixeira of Santa Maria, who says he had to let 22 acres of vegetables rot last year because he couldn't find enough field hands to gather the crop. "That hurts. " As security has tightened along the California-Mexican border, the flow of illegal immigrant labor into the nation's most productive agriculture state has slowed significantly, farm interests say. "It's very difficult to find crews compared to three or four years ago," reports Greg Wegis, a fifth-generation Kern County farmer who grows cherries, almonds, pistachios and tomatoes, among other crops.
December 28, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture 's Growing Farmers Initiative launched an online hub for beginning farmers earlier this month. The Growing Farmers Initiative , which equips new farmers with knowledge and hands-on experiences needed to sustain a healthful food system, now provides resources and tools for farmers nationwide through an online community called Virtual Grange . Beginning farmers in both rural and urban settings across the country can access the online platform to connect and collaborate with fellow farmers via discussion forums that address agricultural problems and solutions, watch video tutorials and stay up to date on the latest agricultural news.
April 11, 2014 | By David Karp
DOS PALOS, Calif. - Bagged rice may look like a mundane commodity, a bit incongruous at a local farmers market. But one taste of the variety grown by Koda Farms - with attractive, uniform kernels, alluring fragrance, soft texture and a rich, sweet flavor - makes clear that rice can be a delicacy well worth pursuing. "Their brown rice is different from what is produced in Japan, but has its own unique, nutty flavor," said Sonoko Sakai, a locally based cooking teacher who frequently travels to Japan and represents traditional Japanese rice growers in the United States.
April 7, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A former Glendale councilman who pleaded guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns related to the loss of at least $304,000 from a local farmers market was sentenced Monday to one year in jail. John Drayman shook his head as he was handcuffed in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, where Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus called him a "disgraced" ex-mayor who had shown no remorse. "In common parlance, you're a crook," the judge said. After pleading guilty to the felony charges last month, Drayman was ordered to pay about $305,000 in restitution for losses tied to the Montrose farmers market.
April 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The days are nearing when Koa Farmer of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame will be boarding a plane to head for Penn State and begin his college football days, but this spring, he's trying to get faster. On Thursday in dual meet against Crespi, Farmer won the 100 meters in 10.93 seconds and the 200 in 22.03. Farmer was Notre Dame's standout defensive back-receiver in football. The Knights continue to show good depth in the shot put. Deion Dayao won with an effort of 55-3, and freshman Kylan Wilborn had a mark of 53-2.
April 1, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - An Egyptian court has sentenced a farmer to six months in jail for dressing up his donkey last year to depict then-army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, who left his military post last week to run for the presidency. Omar Aboul Magd, 31, was arrested in September after riding his donkey during an anti-military march that was called for by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. During the protest in the governorate of Qena, Aboul Magd painted Sisi's full name on the donkey's body and dressed it in a military cap. The word "Sisi" stands for "Pony" in Egyptian slang.
March 30, 2014
Re "The water revolution we need," Opinion, March 28 It's deceptive to say that agriculture uses 75% of "the water used in the state" without adding "for human use. " According to the California State Water Plan, urban use accounts for 11% and agriculture 41%; environmental use accounts for 48%. This is the developed water supply that can be managed and controlled. Agricultural water efficiency has never been greater. Farmers have invested billions of dollars in drip irrigation and other efficiency technologies and produce 85.4% more food and fiber per acre-foot of water than they did in 1967.
March 15, 2014 | By David Pierson
FALLON, Nev. - The dairy plant with its tangle of stainless steel pipes rises out of the parched landscape here like a beckoning oasis. Perched on the outskirts of this desert town dotted with small churches and roadside casinos, the factory represents a potential lifeline for nearly two dozen nearby dairy farmers. In a few weeks, every drop of milk collected from the surrounding farms will be brought to the plant and converted into fine powder inside a towering heating chamber specially made for the $85-million facility.
December 19, 2013 | By David Pierson
Sweeping new federal food safety regulations proposed this year will be revised because of an outcry of concern by farmers, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. In an agency blog post , Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA, said rules addressing food-borne illness in production sites and farms included in the Food Safety Modernization Act will be revised and reviewed by early summer. A public comment period, which had ended in November, will be reopened.
June 14, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
An estimated 65,000 rare, tricolored blackbirds - roughly one-fifth of the species' entire global population - were saved this year when six Central California dairy farmers were paid to delay harvesting their silage crops through the nesting season. With help from Audubon California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Tulare and Kern County farmers were paid about $393 per acre for the resulting disruptions to their labor schedules and drop in the quality of grain.
March 12, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
Former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman is set to spend a year behind bars and pay roughly $305,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to three felonies related to embezzling from a local farmers market. He also agreed to pay about $14,000 in restitution to the California Franchise Tax Board. He is scheduled to return to Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 7 and will likely serve his sentence in County Jail. He will also be given five years' probation. In September, Judge Stephen Marcus rejected Drayman's proposition that included 300 hours of community service and restitution, but no time behind bars.
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