Planting delays in key areas of the U.S. Corn Belt this spring could lead to tight supplies of corn during the next year, forcing prices higher and further threatening profit margins at ethanol plants and livestock companies.

Brazil's biosafety regulator CTNBio has approved the use of Monsanto's Bollgard 2 genetically modified cotton seed, the company said on Thursday.

The pest-resistant cotton variety must still be approved by Brazil's Agriculture Ministry before it can be planted in the country.

Tobacco cultivation is posing a threat to the public health and the environment in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Although tobacco cultivation is strictly prohibited, the tobacco companies are doing brisk business, violating the rules. Besides, they motivate the farmers openly by offering incentives in cash and kind to cultivate tobacco.

GREENWOOD, Miss.

TIHU, March 23

New Delhi: The farm sector, which has by and large been resilient so far, may not remain so amid waning exports of cash crops. The fiscal stimuli announced by the Government to minimise the impact of the global economic crisis may prove to be inadequate in insulating the farm sector from the downturn, according to the Planning Commission.

some relief: Sri Lanka will supply special energy food packages to civilians fleeing the war regions in northern Sri Lanka. More than 30,000 civilians are living in welfare centres and some in camps, said Sri Lanka

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SHIMLA,

State to build low-cost poly houses and offer micro-irrigation means like sprinkler and drip irrigation to help farmers grow cash crops round the year LALIT KUMAR

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has asked the Centre to declare the state as a medicinal plants-producing zone.

Abdullah during his meeting with Union Minister for Commerce and Power Jairam Ramesh has highlighted the vast potential of the state.

Large cardamom (Amomum subulatum) is a perennial cash crop grown under the Himalayan alder (Alnus nepalensis) or mix forest tree species in the hills of Nepal, Darjeeling hills, Sikkim and Bhutan. The cardamom based agroforestry system in the Himalayas has proved to be a sustainable land use practice at the landscape level supporting multiple functions and ecosystem services.

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