Citrus exports soar 28% in first seven months of the year

09/07/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The export of citrus fruits shot up 28.3% in the first seven months of the year in annual terms.

The value of those exports was US $912.3 million, compared to US $711 million over the same period in 2020.

Mexico is the world’s second largest exporter of lemon, with 17.7% of the value of world sales, and the fourth largest exporter of grapefruit. However, the agricultural sector commits the largest growing area of any citrus fruit to oranges.

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Hurricane Grace a bane to some Veracruz farmers, a boon to others

08/25/2021

Source: Mexico Daily News

Hurricane Grace was both friend and foe to farmers in Veracruz, which bore the brunt of the storm’s wrath when it carved a destructive westward path across Mexico on Saturday.

In the municipality of Papantla, community landowners in La Concha lost many hectares of orange, banana and corn crops to Grace, which slammed into the Veracruz coast as a Category 3 hurricane.

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In drought-plagued northern Mexico, tens of thousands of cows are starving to death

08/05/2021

Source: The San Diego Union Tribune

In the parched hills of southern Sonora, Marco Antonio Gutierrez paced around a clearing, counting the dead.

There were seven rotting carcasses — jutting ribs and shriveled hides — and two sun-bleached skulls. Nine cows, felled by heat and hunger.

“There’s nothing for them to eat,” said Gutierrez, a wide-brimmed hat shading his downcast eyes. “There used to be big ranches here. Now it’s pure sorrow.”

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Mexico’s agrifood exports highest in 29 years between January and May

07/20/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The value of Mexico’s agrifood exports in the first five months of the year was the highest in 29 years, the Agriculture Ministry said. Agrifood products destined for foreign shores brought in US $18.7 billion from January through May, and imports were just under $14.5 billion for a surplus of $4.23 billion, the fourth highest in 27 years.

Of the $33.2 billion agrifood trade with foreign countries, 56.4% was money entering the economy: more than earnings from petroleum exports or foreign tourism.

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Mexico’s Drought Is So Severe It Helped Banxico Turn Hawkish

06/30/2021

Source: Bloomberg

Mexico’s central bank raised an unusual red flag when it upended markets with a surprise interest rate hike last week: drought may pressure farm prices, it warned.

It was the only new item the central bank, known as Banxico, listed among inflation risks the day it lifted borrowing costs for the first time since 2018. The worst drought in decades, according to NASA, may have persuaded policy makers to turn hawkish, central banker Gerardo Esquivel said in a subsequent interview.

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Exclusive: Mexico may raise U.S. farm concerns if energy dispute bites, minister says

01/12/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico could raise concerns over potential barriers to its agriculture exports to the United States in any future negotiations over the Mexican government’s contentious energy policy, Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier said.

Since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in late 2018 vowing to strengthen the state’s influence over energy policy, Mexico has been at increasing odds with international investors due to measures he has overseen to achieve that goal.

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Imported tortillas? Big Mexican farmers fear cuts will hit harvests

10/15/2020

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s most productive farmers fear they may not be able to meet growing demand after state funding cuts, warning of a rising reliance on imports of the white corn used for staples such as tortillas and tamales.

Under President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the agricultural budget has been cropped by a third, with subsidies aimed at larger farmers, who account for two-thirds of corn production, almost entirely eliminated.

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Mexico bars shipment of glyphosate pesticide

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11/25/19 – AP News

The Mexican government says it won’t allow a 1,000-ton shipment of the pesticide glyphosate into the country, citing health and environmental concerns.

Mexico became the latest in a string of countries to announce bans on glyphosate, the active ingredient in weed killer Roundup.

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Inside the bloody cartel war for Mexico’s multibillion-dollar avocado industry

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11/20/19 – Los Angeles Times

By Katie Linthicum

The cartel members showed up in this verdant stretch of western Mexico armed with automatic weapons and chainsaws.

Soon they were cutting timber day and night, the crash of falling trees echoing throughout the virgin forest. When locals protested, explaining that the area was protected from logging, they were held at gunpoint and ordered to keep quiet.

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Ethanol trade team from Mexico visits Nebraska to understand US ethanol industry

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10/25/19 – High Plains Journal

Nebraska Corn Board

A delegation of 19 industry leaders from Mexico were in Nebraska recently to gain a better understanding of the U.S. ethanol sector. FroThe delegation toured all facets of Nebraska’s ethanol industry, from cornfield to fuel retailer.

 

On the first day of their trip, the group was provided with an overview of Nebraska’s agricultural and ethanol industries before they traveled to Giltner and visited Hunnicutt Farms. At the farm, the team learned about corn, seed corn, popcorn and soybean production. Through the discussions, the delegation was introduced to cutting-edge technologies in American agriculture and were able to better understand how some farmers utilize irrigation equipment.

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