Single Issue Policy Making Threatening UK Farming Potential

Fri, 19 Jun 2015

UK - Single issue policy making at European and UK levels appears to be reducing the ability of British agriculture to achieve its objective of ‘producing more from less’, according to the Agricultural Industries Confederation – the trade body for Britain’s agriculture supply industry.

 

New FAO Guide Aims to Prevent Child Labour in Agriculture

Fri, 19 Jun 2015

GLOBAL - A new guide by FAO aims to help ensure anti-child labour measures are included in agricultural and rural development programmes, in particular those targeting family farmers.

 

Call for More Action on Global Food Security to Beat Hunger

Fri, 19 Jun 2015

GLOBAL - A United Nations’ target set in 2000 to reduce global hunger by a half by 2015 had almost been achieved.

 

FAO Family Farming Platform to Help Food Security

Fri, 19 Jun 2015

GLOBAL - Recognizing the contributions of family farmers to food security and poverty eradication worldwide, the FAO has launched a new digital platform that aims to become a "one-stop shop" for information, data and legislation on the sector that produces some 80 per cent of the world's food.

 

Poland's Agriculture Industry - Pig Production Down, Dairy Booming

Mon, 15 Jun 2015

ANALYSIS - Poland's agriculture industry is seeing farm size expansion and one of the questions looming is whether the industry should support larger, progressive farmers or smallholders. Karol Bujoczek, editor of Top Agrar Polska, speaks to 5m at World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

 

Call for Improvement in Counter Measure Against Food Poisoning Outbreaks

Mon, 15 Jun 2015

US - A consumer watchdog body in the US has called on authorities to step up reporting of outbreaks of food-borne illness and improve measures to counter the threat.

 

New AHDB Branding Launched at Cereals

Mon, 15 Jun 2015

UK - New branding and a proposed new way of working for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) was formally launched at today’s Cereals event in Lincolnshire.

 

Ten Reasons Why China Needs the US

Thu, 11 Jun 2015

CHINA - China is America’s biggest customer for agricultural products, with almost a fifth of imported goods coming from the US.

 

Argentina Calls for Recognition of Role of Small Producers

Thu, 28 May 2015

ARGENTINA - As part of the opening of the 83rd World Assembly of Delegates of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris this week, the Argentine Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, Carlos Casamiquela, called on the organisation to recognise the role of the small producer in the value chain.

 

China Targets End of Agricultural Waste

Thu, 28 May 2015

CHINA - China has set a target to achieve "zero discharge" of agricultural waste by 2030.

 

Substantial Increase in Old Crop Wheat Carry-over

Tue, 26 May 2015

UK - For most of this season we’ve known that at the end of June, the UK is likely to have a substantial carry-over of wheat compared with earlier years.

 

One Year In, HGCA’s Monitor Farm Programme is Farmer-led Success

Tue, 26 May 2015

UK - Farmers across England and Wales have reported how highly they value HGCA’s new Monitor Farm programme, because of the unique opportunity to share experiences and discuss locally relevant topics with other farmers in a non-commercial environment.

 

International Farming Organisations United on Trans-Pacific Partnership

Fri, 22 May 2015

GLOBAL - As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations meet this week in Guam to continue negotiations, agri-food producer and processor organisations from around the world have united to call for a trade agreement to improve market access for agricultural products.

 

NFU Voices Concerns Over Farm Payment Mapping Developments

Fri, 22 May 2015

UK - The NFU says it still has serious concerns over the need for farmers to record previously unmapped permanent ineligible features as part of their Basic Payment Scheme application this year, despite today’s announcement that the deadline was being extended.

 

Black Sea Likely to Remain Key Export Competitor

Fri, 22 May 2015

RUSSIA - Last week, the removal of the duty on Russian exports forced Russian wheat export prices to decline, against the trend for other origins.

 

China-Brazil in Bilateral Trade Deal

Thu, 21 May 2015

BRAZIL - China and Brazil are to step up action on a bilateral trade agreement.

 

Ukrainian Wheat Crop Potential Boosted

Thu, 21 May 2015

UKRAINE - Moderate temperatures and recent rainfall have boosted the outlook for crops for harvest 2015 in Ukraine with production forecasts raised as a result.

 

CME: Better Drought Conditions Cause Pasture, Wheat Improvement

Thu, 21 May 2015

US - The conclusion to draw from USDA’s first two weeks of range and pasture condition ratings appears to be “All is well”, unless you live in California or Nevada, which has big implications for the cattle herd, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Understanding the Evolution of Social Complexity in Bees

Wed, 20 May 2015

US - A new genomic study of 10 species of bees representing a spectrum of social living - from solitary bees to those in complex, highly social colonies - offers new insights into the genetic changes that accompany the evolution of bee societies.

 

Planting Progresses Regardless of Rain

Wed, 20 May 2015

US - Despite rain falling across the US last week, planting progress remains above both the pace of last year, and the current five year average.

 

US Beekeepers Lost 40 Percent of Bees in 2014-15

Wed, 20 May 2015

US - Beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2014 to April 2015, according to the latest results of an annual nationwide survey.

 

Neonicotinoid Ban Continues to Devastate Oilseed Rape Crops

Tue, 19 May 2015

UK - Farmers across the country are continuing to suffer heavy losses through oilseed rape crop damage following restrictions to the availability of neonicotinoids, the NFU has said.

 

NFU Urges New Crop of MPs to Back British Farming

Tue, 19 May 2015

UK - The British agriculture industry will work with Government on its plan to grow more, buy more and sell more British food at home and abroad, the NFU has told MPs.

 

China-Brazil Strengthen Agricultural Relations

Mon, 18 May 2015

CHINA - China and Brazil deepened agricultural relations last week in a meeting between Vice Minister Chen Xiaohua and the Brazilian International Relations Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply Tatiana Lipovetskaia Palermo.

 

Yamaha Offers Viking Line to Farmers, Ranchers in US and Abroad

Mon, 18 May 2015

GLOBAL - Side by side utility vehicles are growing in importance and are in demand across the world, according to Steve Nessl of Yamaha.

 

EU Announces New Scientific Advice Body

Mon, 18 May 2015

EU - The European Commission (EC) has announced that a new scientific advice body will be set up, so that Europe has timely access to high-quality, independent scientific expertise.

 

The Bullish Risk of Being Too Bearish

Sat, 16 May 2015

GLOBAL - Given the market events of the last year and especially recent weeks you’d be forgiven for thinking that grain markets would be going down forever. Actually, you’re probably not alone given the short term focus on strong old crop supplies.

 

How to Assess Environmental Impact of Meat Production

Fri, 15 May 2015

GLOBAL - The need to reduce the environmental impact of food production will become ever more pressing as agriculture doubles production to feed 9 billion people in 2050.

 

Measure to Manage: Informing Decisions and Improving Returns

Fri, 15 May 2015

UK - Growers visiting Cereals 2015 in June will have the opportunity to delve into their businesses at the ‘Measure to Manage’ zone on stand 902, where HGCA will be exhibiting as AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.

 

Help for Organic Farming Certification

Fri, 15 May 2015

US – The US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is to provide $11.9 million in organic certification assistance.

 

Bayer CropScience Opens Breeding, Trait Development Station

Thu, 14 May 2015

US – Bayer CropScience has opened a new Breeding and Trait Development Station near Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

 

US Agriculture Predicted to Create Thousands of Jobs in Next Five Years

Thu, 14 May 2015

US - Nearly 58,000 jobs will open annually across the US in occupations involving agriculture and environment over the next five years, according to an employment outlook led by Purdue University.

 

First Steps in CAP Simplification Announced

Thu, 14 May 2015

EU - A first set of concrete actions towards CAP simplification have been announced by EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan, on issues related to the guidelines for Direct Payments this year.

 

El Niño Arrives, but What Will He Do?

Thu, 14 May 2015

GLOBAL - The Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Japan Meteorological Agency both announced the emergence of El Niño conditions this week, following months of being on alert.

 

Chemical Sign for Photosynthesis Allows Better Productivity Measurement

Wed, 13 May 2015

US - Photosynthesis leaves behind a unique calling card in the form of a chemical signature from stable oxygen isotopes, researchers from the University of California Los Angeles have reported.

 

Earlier Flowering Can Help Wheat Cope With Hotter World

Wed, 13 May 2015

GERMANY - Change in flowering time of winter wheat due to climate change can help to compensate for increased heat stress events in future, according to new research from the University of Bonn.

 

CME: Good Crop Plantings Cause Futures Decline

Wed, 13 May 2015

US - Crop plantings are off to an excellent start this year and this has contributed to the steady decline in corn futures prices so far this spring, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Biofuel Sustainability Dependent on Location

Wed, 13 May 2015

AUSTRIA - Growing biofuels instead of other crops can have a significant impact on climate depending on the location, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.

 

Biofuel Production Between Vegetable Crops Viable

Tue, 12 May 2015

US - Using double-cropping systems to grow biofuel crops in the same fields as vegetables can produce reasonable yields of both, according to new research from the University of Illinois.

 

Sprayer Technology to Suit All Budgets on Show at Cereals 2015

Tue, 12 May 2015

UK - Growers looking to replace their sprayer or buy new equipment to revamp their existing machine need look no further than Cereals 2015.

 

G20 Action Plan for Food Sustainability

Mon, 11 May 2015

ANALYSIS - Agriculture ministers from around the world have backed a plan to increase food security and sustainability and reduce food waste.

 

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New CEO for Findus Group Southern Europe

Mon, 11 May 2015

EUROPE - Findus Group has announced the appointment of Steven Libermann as CEO of Findus Southern Europe.

 

More Form Filling to Secure Organic Stewardship Payments

Mon, 11 May 2015

UK – Farmers wishing to go organic this year will need to provide more business information to receive countryside stewardship payments.

 

New Government Should Set Positive Agenda for Farming

Mon, 11 May 2015

UK - The National Farmers Union is looking forward to working with the new government to shape and implement their food and farming manifesto pledges.

 

Price of Chinese Farm Produce Drops Slightly

Fri, 08 May 2015

CHINA - The price of farm Chinese produce continued to fall last week according to a survey of 36 medium and large sized cities carried out by the Ministry of Commerce.

 

FAO Predicts World Food Import Bill to Fall to Five-year Low

Fri, 08 May 2015

GLOBAL - International prices for agricultural commodities continued to decline in April and abundant inventories are poised to offset any pressure from the slight reduction in global harvests expected this year.

 

Irish Farmers Request Enquiry into EU Fertiliser Industry

Fri, 08 May 2015

IRELAND - The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) has requested an enquiry into the EU fertiliser industry amid concerns over high prices and lack of competition.

 

Leatherjacket Pest Numbers Fall in Scotland

Thu, 07 May 2015

SCOTLAND, UK - The most recent survey by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) indicates that after two years of record numbers, Leatherjacket densities have plummeted.

 

CME: US Crop Planting Progress Ahead of Average

Thu, 07 May 2015

US - Crop planting is progressing well in the US, with many states ahead of average for the proportion of final crops planted by this week, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

NFU to Underline Manifesto Asks at Industry Event

Thu, 07 May 2015

UK - Investing for growth and caring for our countryside are among the themes of the NFU’s manifesto which they will be highlighting at their post-election event for the industry next week.

 

Cereals 2015: Biggest Ever CPD Points Knowledge Trail

Thu, 07 May 2015

UK - This year’s Cereals event is offering the widest choice of CPD points yet, reflecting the wide range of technical excellence on show.

 

What Will Lift the Weight from the Market?

Wed, 06 May 2015

US - With only 8 weeks until the end of the old crop marketing season and the weight of large stocks is continuing to pull down grain prices.

 

Soybeans Bred With Lower Allergen Content

Wed, 06 May 2015

US - A new type of soybean with low allergen content and better nutritional properties has been conventionally bred by scientists from the Universities of Arizona and Illinois.

 

Findus CEO Steps Down

Wed, 06 May 2015

EUROPE - Matthieu Lambeaux, CEO of Findus Southern Europe, has decided to step down from his position to progress with some entrepreneurial ventures outside of the Findus group.

 

Volatility Takes its Toll on UK Farm Profitability

Tue, 05 May 2015

UK - A significant drop in commodity prices across the board is a major factor in causing a fall in the overall profitability of the farming sector in 2014, the National Farmers Union has said.

 

Herbicide Resistance Management Improves Yields

Tue, 05 May 2015

US - Farmers are reporting the presence of glyphosate herbicide-resistant weeds in the US, especially in soybeans, but simulations have shown that farmers can benefit economically from persuading neighbours to manage resistance.

 

Fungi Could Form Bio-Fertiliser

Tue, 05 May 2015

UK - Fungi could be used as a 'bio-fertiliser' with the potential to replace unsustainable mined phosphate in future, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

 

Huge Crop Losses Expected After Nepal Earthquake

Tue, 05 May 2015

NEPAL - The recent earthquake in Nepal has very likely caused high livestock and crop losses, impacting heavily on food security. Millions of people have been effected by the disaster and many of these people live in villages in the most vulnerable agricultural areas of Nepal.