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Big year for mangoes: Australia forecast to produce eight million trays

ABC Rural
By Matt Brann

Posted 5 Sep 2014, 10:41amFri 5 Sep 2014, 10:41am

PHOTO: It's shaping up to be an 'exceptional' year for mangoes in Australia. (Ben Collins )

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The Australian mango industry is on track for one of its best seasons ever.

The national forecast is for a bumper harvest of about eight million trays, which is well up on last year's crop of seven million trays.

Boyd Arthur, from the Australian Mango Industry Association, has been visiting mango growing regions across the north and says the flowering and fruit set in all areas has been impressive.

"The consumer can expect great eating quality Australian mangoes this year and plenty of them,"
he said.

"With the [extra] volume, we…

National Mango Board names executive director

09/04/2014 03:35:00 PM
Andy Nelson

The National Mango Board has named a new executive director.

Manuel Michel, who worked most recently as a marketing order specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will succeed William Watson on Jan. 1, according to a news release from the Orlando, Fla.-based board.

Before taking the helm, Michel will work with Watson at the board.

In his job at the USDA’s Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Michel provided regulatory oversight to several federal government commodity programs.

Before working for the USDA, Michel managed quality assurance and food safety programs for L&J Farms and Jackpot in California’s Salinas Valley.

He also has worked as a lawyer, a field inspector, a food safety auditor for Davis Fresh Technologies and an analyst for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

Michel has bachelor’s degrees in agricultural business management and international studies in agriculture from Oregon State University and a law degree from Texas …


NOAA's U.S. National Weather Service reports today that there is 65% chance ‪#‎ElNiño‬ will develop by winter.

 El Niño is favored to emerge in September-November and to peak at weak strength during the late fall and early winter. 

Next update: October 9.

El Niño, which is marked by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean near the equator, is known for influencing weather across the U.S. and other parts of the globe. The last El Niño was in 2009-2010. The NWS Climate Prediction Center issued the El Niño Watch today in its scheduled monthly update.

Click below to find:

El Niño Forecast: ENSO Blog:

NWS Frequently Asked Questions on El Niño/La Niña:

(Image from 9/4 ENSO blog issued today.)

Americans will soon be barred from boarding airplanes unless they surrender to federal 'Real ID' card

Thursday, September 04, 2014 

by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Residents of nine states who attempt to use their driver's license to enter some government agency offices will be denied, because their legislatures have not agreed to accept a federal law called REAL ID. 

In fact, according to The Boston Globe, if those states do not accept the law, residents will also eventually lose their ability to use driver's licenses to board commercial flights.

The paper reported that the federal REAL ID essentially forces compliance by states to ensure citizenship verification and to update their security standards when they issue driver's licenses. 

Lawmakers in D.C. initially believed that the law would deter terrorists who make it into the country illegally from being able to board flights.

However, officials in the nine states have chosen to forego the program because of a number of factors: It costs millions, there are privacy concerns, and the law violates the 10th Amendment by impinging…