El Niño Impacts to Hit NZ Farmers for Months

Mon, 11 Jan 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Recent rain has been a welcome respite from ongoing dry weather conditions in much of the country, but farmers in drought-affected parts of New Zealand will continue to feel the impacts of El Niño for months, as New Zealand's weather science service NIWA's latest seasonal outlook indicates.


Climate Change and Your Food: Ten Facts

Thu, 17 Dec 2015

GLOBAL - Here are ten facts about how a change climate affects our ability to grow food and feed ourselves.


Income Per EU Agricultural Worker Down by 4.3 Per Cent

Thu, 17 Dec 2015

EU - Real agricultural income in the European Union (EU) has fallen by 6.0 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014, while agricultural labour input has dropped by 1.8 per cent.


Farmers Notice Increase in Severe Weather Events

Wed, 02 Dec 2015

UK - As the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) today hosts its ‘Farmers’ Day’, a new survey from the National Farmers Union has highlighted the damage that severe weather events have inflicted upon the agriculture industry over the past decade.


Rabobank Outlook 2016: Bearish Grains, Bullish for Hogs

Tue, 01 Dec 2015

ANALYSIS - Agri commodity stocks remain comfortable and are expected to limit price gains to modest levels throughout 2016 for grains and oilseeds, while hogs, sugar and coffee prices are expected to see a booster higher, says Rabobank analysts.


Thousands of British Farmers to Receive BPS Payments on 1st Dec

Tue, 01 Dec 2015

UK - The Government's Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that around 30,000 farmers are set to receive their 2015 Basic Payment Scheme payments on Tuesday 1 December.


US Collaborates on Ag Research with Ireland, Northern Ireland

Mon, 30 Nov 2015

US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said that the partnership with Ireland and Northern Ireland will allow the three countries to maximise investments in research intended to help solve global agriculture-related issues.


Weather: El Niño’s Global Impact, US November Outlook

Fri, 13 Nov 2015

ANALYSIS - El Niño is expected to peak in December, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Lords Look at Creating Resilient EU Agriculture Sector

Mon, 09 Nov 2015

UK - The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Energy and the Environment have launched a new inquiry into how the agriculture industry can respond to price volatility and help make farming more resilient.


Honeybee Veterinary Medicine

Thu, 05 Nov 2015

GLOBAL - Honeybees are an essential part of farming and the wider ecosystem, but since the mid-1990s, bee populations around the world have suffered a dramatic decline through a combination of diseases, intoxication, and unknown causes.


Feed Grains Markets Grow in a Shrinking World

Thu, 05 Nov 2015

ANALYSIS - Stable and, in some cases, even higher stocks and favourable harvests of maize, wheat and other cereals offer livestock producers the prospect of stable feed prices in the coming year, reports Jackie Linden from a recent grain market conference.


EU Parliament Rejects National Bans on GM Feed

Thu, 29 Oct 2015

EU - The European Parliament has comprehensively rejected a European Commission plan to allow individual member states to ban genetically modified food or feed on their territories.


Royal Summit Shows Help is at Hand for Crisis-Hit UK Farmers

Mon, 26 Oct 2015

UK - The Prince of Wales joined a summit on Friday looking at ways to help farm businesses suffering from the current adverse market conditions.


Government Rules on How Supermarket Deal with Suppliers – Do You Know the Rules?

Mon, 26 Oct 2015

UK - A new e-book has been launched to help suppliers to the UK's major supermarkets fully understand the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), allowing them to be more aware of their rights and breaches of the code by supermarkets.


European GM Opt-Out Would Put Rural Jobs at Risk

Thu, 22 Oct 2015

EU - A feed industry assessment has suggested that an "opt-out" proposal for member states to be allowed to prohibit the use of GM feed in their countries would lead to reduced competitiveness of the livestock sector.


The Scoop on Poop – Why is Manure Important?

Tue, 20 Oct 2015

ANALYSIS - For years, livestock farmers have used manure as a fertilizer, soil amendment, energy source and even construction material.


Agriculture Production Must Increase 60% to Feed Planet

Tue, 20 Oct 2015

GLOBAL - Feeding the world’s growing population requires targeted investments to unleash the productive potential of millions living in rural areas, where nearly 80 per cent of the world’s poor are found, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.


Agriculture Must Embrace Technology, Rabobank Says

Tue, 20 Oct 2015

GLOBAL - Agriculture must become 'smarter' by taking advantage of modern technology and data in order to feed the world, according to a report presented by Rabobank at Expo Milano 2015.


Could Satellites Change Systems for Farming and Aquaculture?

Fri, 16 Oct 2015

ANALYSIS - Developments in satellite, space and tracking technology are starting to have repercussions far beyond field mapping for crops and GPS guidance systems for farm machinery.


EU Politicians Agree to Strengthen Organic Rules

Thu, 15 Oct 2015

EUROPE - Organic farmers, processors, traders and importers must meet higher but realistic sustainability criteria and undergo strict food fraud checks to boost trust in the EU organic label, said agriculture MEPs on Tuesday.


Allendale, Inc: What Will WASDE Mean for Grain Prices

Wed, 14 Oct 2015

ANALYSIS - Friday's USDA World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed a decline in beginning US stocks for the current crop year as well as a drop in world corn stocks.


Survey Highlights Consumer Misunderstanding of Food Waste

Wed, 14 Oct 2015

EU - A Flash Eurobarometer survey on food waste has confirmed that few Europeans understand the meaning of 'use by' and 'best before' dates.


Global Agriculture Faces Decade of Flat or Falling Prices

Thu, 08 Oct 2015

GLOBAL - World Prices for food will remain flat or could fall over the next 10 years because of the current growth in agricultural production.


El Niño: Effects on 2015 Grain Production

Fri, 25 Sep 2015

WORLD - According to reports from the Climate Prediction Center, there is a greater than 90 per cent probability that the current El Niño will continue until the end of the year, and 85 per cent probability that it will persist into early next year.


Targeted Technology to Solve Agricultural Challenges

Mon, 21 Sep 2015

ANALYSIS - Agriculture and livestock farming needs to target better what it is putting into production in order to achieve improved yields.


US FAA Addressing Drone Challenges, Promises

Fri, 11 Sep 2015

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has praised the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its efforts to address the challenges and promises offered by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, operating in the US.


Farm Environment Subsidies Have Positive Effect

Fri, 11 Sep 2015

UK - New research from the University of Cambridge has suggested that subsidies provided to farmers to protect the environment do have a positive effect.


Most EU Food Waste Avoidable

Tue, 25 Aug 2015

EU - European consumers waste 16 per cent of all food reaching them, according to a new study from the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC).


Community Spirit Drives Americans to Support Local Food

Mon, 24 Aug 2015

US - More Americans than ever before are supporting their local food markets, and it's not just because they believe the food is fresher and tastes better.


Farmers Seeking Next Step in Precision Ag Choose UAVs

Tue, 18 Aug 2015

US - Brett Haas, co-owner of Crop Copter, said it's not just the young farmers who are interested in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), farmers of all ages are anxious to try out the latest precision agriculture technology.


US Agricultural Input Costs Up in 2014

Mon, 17 Aug 2015

US - US farmers spent nearly $4 billion on agricultural production in 2014, up 8.3 per cent from 2013.


Agritechnica Is Coming to Germany in November 2015

Mon, 17 Aug 2015

GERMANY - Agritechnica 2015, which takes place from 10 to 14 November, is fast-approaching. Taking place in Hannover, Germany, this year’s show is aptly titled: ‘People, Technology, Innovation – the Future of Agricultural Technology.’


Russian Ban on EU Agriculture – 12 Months On

Mon, 17 Aug 2015

EU - On 6 August 2014, Moscow announced an embargo on imports of a range of agricultural products from the EU, applicable from 7 August. One year on, it is clear that the EU agri-food sector has been remarkably resilient.


More Ecological Requirements for Chinese Agriculture

Tue, 28 Jul 2015

US - China’s farmers must use less fertilizer and pesticide, the government has announced in a push for cleaner water by the year 2020.


Study Finds US Consumers Use COOL in Purchase Decisions

Thu, 23 Jul 2015

US - A recent study by the University of Arkansas showed that US consumers were more likely to purchase meat when it was identified as a US product.


India's Animal Feeds to Reach $30 Billion By 2020

Thu, 23 Jul 2015

INDIA - Animal feeds have been growing at a compound annual growth rate of eight per cent and will develop into a $30 billion industry by 2020.


Cost and Convenience Beats Origin for UK Shoppers

Thu, 09 Jul 2015

UK - Consumers may say they desire food with provenance and quality but cost and convenience is driving choice, a study from Barclays bank has found.


Farm Fatality Figures Still “Quite Horrifying”

Thu, 09 Jul 2015

UK and Ireland – Death counts on UK and Irish farms are proving stubborn despite a sea change in industry mentality.


French Plans to Support Agri-food Sector to 2025

Tue, 07 Jul 2015

ANALYSIS - Fresh moves are being made in France to support the livestock and agriculture sectors that have been rocked by low prices and poor market conditions.


New Strategy for the Irish Agri Food Sector to Improve Exports, Jobs

Tue, 07 Jul 2015

IRELAND - Plans for a new ten year strategy for the Irish agri food sector has been announced by government. The new ten year strategy, Food Wise 2025, projects exports to increase to €19 billion and the creation of 23,000 new jobs by 2025.


Huge Opportunities for Agricultural Growth in West Africa

Mon, 06 Jul 2015

AFRICA - West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective regional integration, says a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).


BVA Promotes Farm Safety Guidance as Survey Reveals High Injury Levels

Mon, 06 Jul 2015

UK - Coinciding with the start of Farm Safety Week (6-10 July) the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging all vets, veterinary employers and farmers to read and act on its Farm Health and Safety guide as a new survey reveals that over half of vets (53 per cent) working with production animals on farms have suffered injuries in the last twelve months.


UK, US Feed Market Prices Improving

Thu, 02 Jul 2015

UK and US - UK feed wheat futures (Nov-15) closed at £132.00/t on Tuesday, up £7.60 on the week and the highest settlement price since the end of March 2015. The upward trend in price was also reflected in international grain prices.


Opening New Export Markets is Vital to UK Agriculture

Wed, 01 Jul 2015

UK - Selling more UK produce abroad and growing export access has never been so important, said the National Farmers Union (NFU) President Meurig Raymond, speaking at the AHDB’s 11th annual Meat Export Conference.


Tesco's Must Make Meaningful Commitment to Industry, says NFU

Tue, 30 Jun 2015

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging Tesco to demonstrate exactly how it is delivering on its promises made in 2013 to improve relationships with suppliers, shorten supply chains and improve trust throughout, after comments made by Tesco CEO Dave Lewis at the shareholder AGM.


Russia Extends Ban on Imports of Agricultural Products to 2016

Mon, 29 Jun 2015

GLOBAL - The Russian Government has announced that it will be extending the ban on agricultural products from the EU until 5 August 2016.


Government Funding for Reducing Spread of Livestock, Crop Diseases

Mon, 29 Jun 2015

CANADA - The Canada and Manitoba governments are funding two new beneficial management practices (BMPs) to help reduce the risk of spreading crop and livestock diseases between farms and to support more environmentally responsible fuel storage.


Sustainable Intensive Agriculture: The Route to Feeding 9 Billion by 2050

Mon, 29 Jun 2015

GLOBAL - Sustainable intensive agriculture is key to feeding nine billion by 2050. This was one of the topics discussed by Dr Sean Rickard at a conference held at the Farmers Club, London, organised by ANPARIO plc, Stuart Lumb reports.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.