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Vilsack and OMB Say Sequestration Threatens Food Safety ...

February 11, 2013 by Linda Larsen

On February 8, 2013, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said that sequestration will affect the nation’s food safety. 

If Congress fails to act, on March 1, 2013 budget cuts go into effect across the board in the United States. “Across-the-board cuts for virtually every agency, every line item of every agency,” will occur, he stated. “The effects will be extraordinary.”

He continued, “it is likely, if sequester is triggered, that in our food safety area we will have to furlough workers for a period of a couple of weeks." 

"Now you say, well, you know, everybody gets a couple weeks’ vacation." 

"The problem is, as soon as you take an inspector off the floor, that plant shuts down, so it’s not just the inspectors, it’s the hundreds of thousands of people who are in the processing business. Those plants shut down. Now, what impact and effect is that going to have on markets? It’s billions and billions of dollars of impact on the markets.…

Northeast Digs Out From Blizzard as More Snow Is Forecast ...

By Annie Linskey, Jim Polson & Brian K. Sullivan 

- Feb 11, 2013 8:29 AM ET

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
A man uses a snow blower in his driveway on Feb. 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Transportation officials from Boston to New York worked to clear roads and restore full service on rail and bus lines ahead of tomorrow’s morning commute as the region dug out from a record-setting blizzard.(Source: Bloomberg)

The blizzard that lashed the U.S. Northeast dumped two to three feet or more of snow across New England, breaking records and claiming at least 11 lives. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

“We get the worst of it,” said Mason, 58, whose neighbor’s furniture bobbed in a pond across the street. “We get the destruction every time.”

The blizzard that lashed the U.S. Northeast beginning Feb. 8 dumped two to three feet (61 to 91 centimeters) or more of snow across New England, breaking records and claiming at least 11 lives. About 126,000 homes and businesses in Ma…

Amid uncertainties, Cuba seeks funding for refinery expansion ...

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* Chinese had been expected to fund, build expansion

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By Jeff Franks

HAVANA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Cuba is looking for someone to finance a $6 billion expansion of its largest refinery, in the city of Cienfuegos, amid uncertainties about China's role in the project and the future of its close ally and oil supplier Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Ricardo Caballero, chief executive of Cubvenpetrol, a Cuba-Venezuelajoint venture running the refinery, said this week the finishing touches are being put on a proposal to present to possible international financiers, but there was "no predetermination" of who would foot the bill and there ha…

Obama Administration to Stay Course on Biofuel Law, Vilsack Says

By Mario Parker - Feb 7, 2013 12:50 PM ET

President Barack Obama’s administration won’t abandon the nation’s ethanol program and will encourage Congress to maintain it, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

The Renewable Fuels Standard, passed in 2007, requires the U.S. to use 13.8 billion gallons of renewable fuels such as ethanol this year and 15 billion gallons by 2015. 

The Agriculture Department estimated this month that 42 percent of this year’s corn crop will go toward making the fuel.

Last summer, lawmakers from both parties called for a temporary suspension or reduction of the ethanol program as a drought drove up corn prices. The Environmental Protection Agency declined the requests.

“Our position is that we are strong supporters of he RFS,” Vilsack said in an interview with reporters at the National Ethanol Conference in Las Vegas. “It’s working. It’s doing what it’s supposed to do. We would hope Congress will continue to allow it to work.”

The industry allowed a 45-cent tax cr…

(PERU) ADEX: Las exportaciones caen por segunda vez en los últimos cuatro años ...

Lunes, 11 de febrero del 2013



Juan Varilias, presidente del gremio, dijo que el sector no preveía una contracción de los envíos mineros, como sí de otros subsectores tradicionales. “El apoyo del Mincetur no fue suficiente para revertir el resultado”, lamentó.

Mercado. El principal destino de las exportaciones fue China (USI)

Por segunda vez en los últimos cuatro años, las exportaciones peruanas cerraron el 2012 con una caída de 2.3% por los menores envíos de minerales, pero también de café y de productos no tradicionales como los pesqueros, químicos y maderables, manifestó la Asociación de Exportadores (ADEX).

Luego de recordar que esta contracción (2.3%) es la segunda en los últimos cuatro años, pues en el 2009 también cayeron en 12%, el presidente del gremio exportador, Juan Varilias Velásquez, señaló nuestras exportaciones aún están en una especie de convalecencia con resultados inestables y mixtos.

"No esperábamos que la minería volvería a caer, ni que algunos subsect…


A few tiny mangos can be found — at Erickson Farm, Inc. - Florida Mangos and More.


By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Mango World Magazine (MWM) (IMO BLOG)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Winter Park, Florida -

Now that Chinese new year fruit demand has come and gone, will the mango market hold up?

Peruvian Kents in Miami:

The market today is quoting $5.00 per carton on larger fruit (Size 7 & 8s)

$5.50 for 9s  with limited availability on 10 count fruit and demand stronger for 12 count fruit in the $5.50 -$6.00 range.

With such strong numbers, it will be hard to get Peruvian shippers to stop!

Mexican Ataulfos at the Texas and Arizona Border:

While there are some very early Hadens out of Mexico, Yellow skin fruit is predominating with asking prices in the $7.00 per carton range.

This is dramatically lower than previous seasons where the first fruit out of Mexico has fetched double digit numbers at the beginning of the deal.

Weather concerns in the Northeast with winter storm Nemo and the current conditions in the mid west will impact dis…


Airline passenger tries to bring two crates of mangoes into NZ

4:49 PM Monday Feb 11, 2013

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An attempt by an Australian airline passenger to bring two crates of fresh mangoes into New Zealand could have had dire consequences if the fruit reached our orchards, says border security.

The woman and her daughter shocked border staff when they flew into Auckland from Brisbane and declared the 28 fruits last week. It is one of the biggest fresh fruit hauls from a single passenger by border staff.

"It is common to see a passenger carry one or two fruit items, but two whole crates is really over the top," said Ministry for Primary Industries spokesman Steve Gay.

"They're a favourite fruit for Queensland Fruit Fly - a pest that would have a devastating impact on New Zealand horticulture if it became established here," he said.

It was pleasing the woman declared the mangoes, which have been destroyed, and staff would be speaking to the airline involved to …