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Government aid helps small farmers thrive in Yucatan

Young crops are protected with netting provided by government agencies. Photo: Courtesy Merida, Yucatan — The Ministry of Rural...

Farm workers block Merida-Cancun highway in annual protest

Farm workers shut down the Merida-Progreso highway on Thursday. Photo: Diario de Yucatan Hoctun Yucatan — Agricultural workers...

Yucatan farmers suffer under drought, heat and government austerity

Compounded by the heat, the drought in Yucatan has been devastating to farmers.

AMLO vows to restore rice production in Campeche

Supporters give Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador two geese as a gesture of their esteem. Photo: Twitter

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire season in rural Yucatan

The state coordination of Civil Protection in Yucatan (Procivy) is gearing up for fire season.

President’s reforestation plan aims to restore cacao and coffee production

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a reforestation program across southern Mexico. Photo: Courtesy Fruit and timber trees will...

Yucatan seeks to certify its Persian lime production

That means Persian limes from Yucatan would be labeled as specifically Yucatan Persian limes, the way Florida oranges are marketed.

U.N. agency promotes ancient Mayan farming techniques

The Milpa Maya is in the process of being recognized as a world agricultural heritage concept.

Locust plagues breed in 19 Yucatán municipalities

Locust return with intensity every four years. This is one of those years. 

Battle against pig farm could reach international body

The lawyer of the human rights group Indignación and a representative of the inhabitants of Homún, Lourdes Guadalupe Medina Carrillo told reporters that they are willing take their fight against a pig farm to the world stage.

Judge sides with pig farm developers, state agencies

A district court judge has declared that complaints about a large pig farm in Homún are unfounded.

State official offers the upside of a pig plant in Cenote...

The planned pig farm in the cenote-rich village of Homún will not be allowed to operate without its own wastewater treatment plant.

Mexico yanks Monsanto’s permit to market GMO soy

The federal government has revoked Monsanto's permit to commercialize genetically modified soy in seven states, including Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

GMO crops across state lines bedevil Seduma official

Sandwiched between farms in Campeche and Quintana Roo that illegally grow transgenic soybeans, Yucatán state struggles to eradicate genetically manipulated seeds, complains a state official.

Salmonella outbreak traced to farm on Yucatán Peninsula

A deadly salmonella outbreak in the U.S. has been traced to a single farm in Tenabo, Campeche.

All that rain was good for something: Citrus

Federal authorities anticipated an impressive citrus harvest of more than 300,000 tons, thanks to plentiful rainfall.

Water commission spends millions on drains for rural south

The National Water Commission (Conagua) is fixing and building drains in southern Yucatán, spending millions to proactively save crops from flooding.

Mayan milpa farming urged to combat climate change

The milpa — a farming system that has been used for more than 3,000 years — can be key to coping with climate change, says Dr. Eduardo Batllori Sampedro.

As climate changes, Mayan farmer modifies the milpa

Climate change is forcing Mayan farmers to reconsider age-tested techniques. And one local farmer thinks he has found something that works with less predictable rainfall.

Maya slash-and-burn farming surprisingly good for bees

An ancient Maya farming practice that would seem to be destructive is actually beneficial to the bee population, reports Science Daily.

Tons of pitaya to be shipped to Asia

At least 45 tons of pitaya — dragon fruit, to some people — will be shipped from Yucatan to the Asian market this year, state agriculture officials said.

Adventures in farming await hearty volunteers

Organic farms are scattered throughout the region, many seeking volunteers who will perform chores in exchange for food, lodging — and a tropical adventure.