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Archive for November, 2013

Keep an Eye on China’s New Rural Reforms

November 15th, 2013 by dwblock

China recently released a communiqué announcing the formation of a National Security Council. What stood out for me in this announcement is what it said about the country’s farm sector. There was an apparent promise of more rights for farmers, specifically for land rights. As reported in the Christian Science Monitor, Ye Tan, an economist … + read more

California Granny’s are Free at Last!

November 15th, 2013 by dwblock

In our completed study for the California Apple Commission we found that their efforts to get rid of the starch iodine testing requirement for granny smith apples has allowed growers to make more money! Granny smith growers are now free to go to market when they determine their own fruit is ready.  Individual farmers  making … + read more