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Spice maker seeks path to make vanilla milkshakes cheaper

Reading Time: 4 minutes Chicago/Antananarivo, Madagascar | Reuters — A kilo of vanilla beans costs more than a kilo of silver. Cultivated painstakingly over years from an orchid plant, vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron. In less than five years, the wholesale price has risen nearly 500 per cent, partly because of growing […] Read more

U.S. garlic growers profit from trade war as most farmers struggle

Reading Time: 3 minutes Gilroy, California | Reuters — Unlike millions of other U.S. farmers, garlic growers are profiting from the trade war with China and have cheered President Donald Trump’s latest economic attack accordingly. Sales of California-grown garlic are now increasing after decades of losing ground to cheaper Chinese imports. Sales are poised to get even better as […] Read more


Reckitt cuts the (French’s) mustard with food business sale

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — U.S. spices maker McCormick and Co. Inc. has won the battle to buy Reckitt Benckiser Group’s North American food business, paying a higher than expected US$4.2 billion to add extra seasonings and sauces. London-listed Reckitt said in April it was reviewing options for the unit, which includes French’s mustard and Frank’s […] Read more

The new Pro-Drive Standard tractors add lower-spec “economy” models to the existing X7 line.

More new tractors from McCormick

The Italian brand adds both low- and high-spec utility models

Reading Time: 4 minutes For several years now, ag machinery has been all about technology. But the more advanced our tractor design becomes, the more push-back we see from a segment of the market demanding machines without all the newest features and technology. After all, tractors have been doing farm chores since the early part of the last century […] Read more


PHOTOS: Compact, utility tractors are tough and ‘big at heart’

Machinery Guide: Kubota M6, Kioti PX, John Deere 6R, McCormick X6, New Holland T6 and Case IH Farmall 100A Series' tractors

Reading Time: < 1 minute Size always matters when it comes to tractors. But that doesn’t always mean bigger is better. In fact, smallest is often best, especially with the incredible technology, nimbleness and gutsy flexibility of today’s small tractors. Six different series of compact and utility tractors are included in this month’s MachineryGuide, with the manufacturers offering the same […] Read more

PHOTOS: Dramatic changes for tractors in the 120- to 220-horsepower range

Machinery Guide: Case IH Farmall 100A, New Holland T6, McCormick X6 and John Deere 6R Series

Reading Time: < 1 minute Only six months have come and gone since our last look at tractors in the 120- to 220-horsepower range, and yet the field of models, configurations and options has changed dramatically.  In less than a year, three different manufacturers have launched new looks, new features and new designs in these smaller, yet durable lines. The […] Read more