Saturday, September 3, 2016

Global Food and Agriculture Photos September 4, 2016

This roundup of global food, farming, and agricultural photos appears every Sunday on Big Picture Agriculture.

The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland has its gates locked because the Agriculture Department reported August 30, 2016 it had closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats that it considered serious. US Department of Agriculture spokesman Matthew Herrick said in a statement that the department had received several anonymous messages late August 29, 2016 that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities. He said six offices were closed Tuesday morning until further notice. The closed facilities are in Fort Collins, Colorado; Hamden, Connecticut; Beltsville, Maryland; Raleigh, North Carolina; Kearneysville, West Virginia and Leetown, West Virginia. Photo credit: AFP / JIM Watson / Getty Images.

A worker assembles a mattress using organic staple cotton at the McRoskey Mattress Co. facility in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. The Commerce Department figures showed that durable goods stockpiles in the U.S. rose 0.3 percent in July, the first gain in seven months. Photo credit: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Angel Vincent Rosa hand picking chillies September 01, 2016 in Olathe, Colorado; Macario Suarez will be using grant money from the Colorado Farm to School task force to pay for various food safety improvements on his farm to be also able sell fruit and vegetables to the Montrose County School district. Photo credit: Joe Amon / The Denver Post / Getty Images.

Revellers covered in tomato pulp participate in the annual 'tomatina' festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 31, 2016. At the annual Tomatina fiesta, 160 tonnes of ripe tomatoes were offloaded from trucks into a crowd of 22,000 half-naked revellers who packed the streets of Bunol for an hour-long battle. Photo credit: AFP / Biel ALINO / Getty Images.

A cereal farmer shows the poor quality of wheat harvested, on August 31, 2016 in Sentelie, northern France, following bad weather conditions in France last months. Photo credit: AFP / DENIS Charlet / Getty Images.

Visitors practise grape-stomping (also known as pigeage) used in traditional winemaking at Santa Vitoria winery on September 2, 2016 in Beja, Portugal. Hotel Vila Gale Clube de Campo includes Casa de Santa Vitoria and its 130 hectares of vineyards. The winery allows groups of visitors to help gather grape harvest. Photo credit: Horacio Villalobos / Corbis / Getty Images.

Indian farmers dry and clean jute, a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse strong threads, in the village of Surjapur some 180 kms from Siliguri on September 2, 2016. Jute is a crop which relies heavily on rainfall and cultivation is chiefly concentrated in South Asia, it is the cheapest vegetable fibre procured from the bast or skin of the plant's stem and the second most important vegetable fibre after cotton, in terms of usage, global consumption, production, and availability. It has high tensile strength, low extensibility, and ensures better breathability of fabrics. Jute fibre is 100% bio-degradable and recyclable and thus environmentally friendly. The British East India Company was the first jute trader in South Asia and established links with European countries notably Dundee in Scotland which gave rise to 'The Jute Barons' who eventually set up mills in some places in West Bengal. In the 21st century jute has a variety of uses such as grain bags, home textiles, floor coverings and even footwear in the form of espadrilles. Photo credit: AFP / Diptendu DUTTA / Getty Images.

Dina Kapiza, an agro-dealer, who is also trained in soil testing, shows the fertilizer she sells in her shop which is most suitable for the soils in Mponela area in Dowa District, central region of Malawi, to realise optimum yields, on September 1, 2016 in Mponela, Malawi. The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is an independent non-profit working to develop fertilizer markets in Africa (alongside public and private partners) so that smallholder farmers can be more productive and earn better livelihoods. Photo credit: AFP / Amos Gumulira / Getty Images.

People bargain for sheep and goats within preparations Eid al-Adha at a livestock market in Sanlurfa, Turkey on August 31, 2016. Photo credit: Hailil Fidan / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images.

Eid al-Adha preparations in Senegal; Rams wait to be sold within preparations Eid al-Adha at a livestock market in Dakar, Senegal on September 01, 2016. Photo credit: Anadolu Agency / Xaume Olleros / Getty Images.

Eid al-Adha preparations in Pakistan; Pakistani Muslims deal with a livestock seller at an animal market for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on August 28, 2016. Photo credit: Anadolu Agency / Sabir Mazhar / Getty Images.

Thousand of cattle waiting buyers such as cows and goats in the livestock markets, Muntilan, Magelang, Central Java, on 2 September 2016. Greet Eid Al-Adha buy sacrificial animals for the slain to more closely and sacrifice the worldly possessions to the lord. Photo credit: NurPhoto / Dasril Roszandi / Getty Images.

Egyptian sellers wait for customers at a livestock market ahead of the Muslim sacrificial festival of Eid al-Adha Birgash town in Giza, Egypt on August 28, 2016. Photo credit: Anadolu Agency / Stringer / Getty Images.

2016 Agrorus international agricultural fair in St Petersburg; The Ê-744Ð Kirovets tractor at the 2016 Agrorus international agricultural fair at the Expoforum convention and exhibition centre. Photo credit: Sergei Konkov / TASS / Getty Images.

Soybean selected varieties harvesting in southern Russia; A field with soybean varieties selected by Soybean Complex agricultural company. Photo credit: Vitaly Timkiv / TASS / Getty Images.

A farmer carries Cassava stem at Shofolu village in Ogu State, southwest Nigeria, on August 30, 2016. Everyone seems to be catching the agriculture bug since President Mohammadu Buhari announced plans to diversify the economy from oil last year. Photo credit: AFP / PIUS Utomi Ekpei / Getty Images.

Employees cut ducks in Jean Francois Lalanne's farm in the the Laffitte factory in Montaut, southwestern France, on September 1, 2016. Five months after a 'traumatic' crawlspace ', feeding and slaughter of palmiped progressively re start in the South West of France, with selling of fresh duck and foie gras. Torn between draconian bio security and doubt about the return of consumer, small producers agonise 'If it comes back , what do we do ?' Photo credit: AFP / GAIZKA Iroz / Getty Images.

Mooncakes are displayed for sale at a department store in Hong Kong on September 2, 2016. It is a time of year when sugar and fat-laden 'mooncakes' fill shelves and shop windows in Hong Kong -- but city authorities have sent a warning to residents not to over indulge. Photo credit: AFP / ISAAC Lawrence / Getty Images.

Beets can be found in most gardens at the Cornell Campbell House allotment garden in Scarborough, Ontario on August 29, 2016. Photo credit: Nakita Krucker / Toronto Star / Getty Images.

This is a melon blossom lemonade with fresh pieces of cantaloupe, watermelon and mint served during a farm-to-table lunch hosted by Colorado Proud at the History Colorado Center on August 29, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The event, which was called 'The Faces and Stories of Colorado Agriculture', showcased local ingredients from across the state, and was prepared by chefs Jason Morse of 5280 Culinary and Samir Mohammad of Rendezvous Café at History Colorado Center. Representatives of Hirakata Farms in Rocky Ford, Petrocco Farms in Brighton, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee in the San Luis Valley and Fields to Plate in Durango held a panel discussion during the lunch and spoke about the many faces of Colorados agriculture, sharing insight on what happens between farm and table and what's new in Colorado's agriculture industry. Photo credit: Helen H. Richardson / Denver Post / Getty Images.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge sample a cup of baobab, a tropical Malawian fruit drink, in the Rainforest Biome as they visit the Eden Project in south west England on September 2, 2016. Photo credit: AFP / POOL / Arthur Edwards / Getty Images.

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