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Indonesia to start Green Palm Oil Certification in 2012

Indonesian government will start regulating its palm oil producers to check on sustainability practicesThe Indonesian government will start regulating its palm oil producers to check on sustainability practices from the beginning of next year, newspaper The Jarkarta Post reported.

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Japan expands grain import capacity

Japan_is_the_leading_market_for_US_cornThe U.S. Grains Council’s 2011 Corn Mission to Japan, China and Vietnam toured the Kushiro Port in Hokkaido, Japan, and heard firsthand the plans to expand the port’s capacity to accommodate larger vessels.

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Farming crucial for threatened species in developing world

Greatest benefit comes from local communities practising traditional agriculture with low ecological impactA number of threatened species in the developing world are entirely dependent on human agriculture for their survival, according to new research by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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The rise of the lowly malunggay

malunggayWhat was once considered as a poor man’s vegetable is now being groomed as a high value crop in the Philippines.

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Indian “dirt" scientist wins international service award

Soil expert and agronomist Dr. Ladha from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)Soil expert and agronomist Dr. Ladha from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has received the 2011 International Service in Agronomy Award from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) for his work in research, training, and extension – especially in South Asia.

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