Central America and the Dominican Republic have more than 253,332 acres of organic farming and 49,181 producers dedicated to organic crops, according to the Inter-American Commission for Organic Agriculture (ICOA).
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 8,000 last week to 339,000. The Labor Department said that the four week average of applications increased 3,500 to a seasonally adjusted 336,750.
With an increase in inventories of durable goods partly offset by a drop in inventories of non-durable goods, the U.S. Commerce Department released a report showing that wholesale inventories rose by less than expected in December.
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has released the agribusiness Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimate for this year. The GDP should be R$ 1.03 trillion ($430.2 billion) in 2014, up 4% from 2013.
Subsidies in the Argentine economy totaled an estimated 4.9% of GDP in 2013 Economic subsidies for Argentine public and private companies last year totaled an estimated 143 billion pesos, or 4.9% of GDP.
Governments today face challenges and opportunities like never before, Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, Switzerland, said at the second UAE Government Summit being held in Dubai.
Looking over the last 47 consecutive months of private sector job growth, the construction sector had its strongest single month of job growth in January 2014, adding 48,000 jobs, said the Council of Economic Advisers.