Could Origins of Agriculture Shape Future of Food?

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

UK - Agricultural decisions made by our ancestors more than 10,000 years ago could hold the key to food security in the future, according to new research by the University of Sheffield.

 

Should Arable Businesses Pay Greater Attention to Agronomic Detail?

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

UK - A thorough attention to agronomic detail and a solid grasp of integrated pest management (IPM) should be at the heart of a thriving arable business, delegates learned at the 2014 HGCA Agronomists’ Conference.

 

New Chairman of Prominent House Agriculture Subcommittee

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

US - As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, US Representative Rick Crawford (AR-1) has accepted the chairmanship of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, serving as the key House authority for oversight and rule implementation for the farm bill.

 

Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

CHINA - Farm produce prices rose slightly in the first week of December, according to a Ministry of Commerce survey of prices in 36 large and medium sized cities.

 

EU Grain Storage 'Insufficient'

Wed, 17 Dec 2014

EU - Research by Rabobank and Copa-Cogeca shows investment must be stepped up to improve infrastructures and storage capacity in the EU grain and oilseeds sector.

 

California Drought: What's the Latest?

Wed, 17 Dec 2014

ANALYSIS - California is currently experiencing its worst drought since the 1970s. With much of the state now flooding, Gemma Hyland asks: Is it enough to end the dry spell?

 

Drop in EU Rapeseed Blamed on Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment Ban

Wed, 17 Dec 2014

EU - A drop in EU rapeseed production in 2015 was forecast at Copa-Cogeca oilseeds working party as first results of the neonicotinoid seed treatment ban start to emerge.

 

What is the Nutritive Value of Wheat for Broilers?

Wed, 17 Dec 2014

UK - A new study has been initiated at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) to develop a more accurate means of predicting the nutritive value of wheat for broilers.

 

Toxic Nectar Affects Behaviour of Insect Pollinators

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

UK - Natural toxins in nectar and pollen can poison insects and affect their memory, behaviour and reproductive success.

 

Oilseed Prices Take a Tumble on US Crush Data

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

US - Chicago soyabean prices moved lower at yesterday’s close after the US National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) published their latest crush data.

 

Cereals Forecast Down for 2015, Concerns Over Lack of Crop Protection

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

EU - New figures for 2015 EU cereals harvest released by Copa-Cogeca show slight drop for next year and concern rising over lack of crop protection products.

 

Corn Price Strength Continues

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

US - March 2015 corn futures traded to a high of $4.115 on December 15, the highest level since July 10 and $0.80 above the low reached on October 1, writes Darrel Good.

 

India’s Sugar Production Up 56 Per Cent

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

INDIA - India’s sugar production has recorded a 56 per cent increase or 614,000 tonnes at 1.78 million tonnes as on November 30, 2014.

 

India Government Promotes Bee Keeping

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

INDIA - The government of India is promoting bee keeping to ensure no shortfall in production.

 

New GM Soya to get Approval Soon

Mon, 15 Dec 2014

EU - The European Union is expected to approve a new GM soyabean for import after the customary split vote among member countries last week.

 

Russian Export Concerns Diminish

Mon, 15 Dec 2014

GLOBAL - Markets have re-traced off the recent high as concerns over the threat of Russian export restrictions diminish, writes David Sheppard, Gleadell’s managing director.

 

No Ban on Bonus on Purchase Price of India Wheat

Mon, 15 Dec 2014

INDIA - The Government has not put any ban on bonus on purchase price of wheat, but has decided that a surplus under decentralised mode of procurement (DCP) State gives bonus to farmers for wheat or paddy from Kharif Marketing Season(KMS) 2014-15 and Rabi Marketing Season(RMS) 2015-16 onwards.

 

Survey: Market Volatility Taking Toll on Farmers

Fri, 12 Dec 2014

UK - After the last two NFU survey results revealed a largely positive outlook within agriculture, latest results show a marked dip in short term confidence among farmers and growers.

 

Market Analyst: Wheat Use, Corn Exports Fall

Fri, 12 Dec 2014

ANALYSIS - Mike Zuzolo discusses the major market developments this week.

 

DuPont Pioneer Announces Powerful Soybean Lineup for 2015

Fri, 12 Dec 2014

US - DuPont Pioneer has announced its new class of Pioneer® brand T Series soybeans for the North American market.

 

India’s November Soymeal Exports Drops

Fri, 12 Dec 2014

INDIA - India has recorded a drop in soymeal exports during November 2014 to 110,807 tonnes, as compared to 519,125 tonnes exported during the same month last year.

 

India’s Cotton Output at 40.2 Million Bales

Fri, 12 Dec 2014

INDIA - India’s cotton output has recorded a drop in output that was recorded at 40.2 million bales (170 kgs each in 1 bale) during 2014-15, the Cotton Association of India (CAI) said in its November estimate.

 

NFU Sugar Mentors New Beet Generation

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

UK - A new group of young beet growers is being assembled by NFU Sugar to learn more about the industry they’re involved in.

 

UK Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition Launched

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

UK - The Department for Transport funding is supported by significant private sector investment and will enable the construction of up to three demonstration biofuel plants, the first of their kind in the UK.

 

Russia Snow Impacts Markets

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

RUSSIA - Fears around winter crop condition in parts of Russia and Ukraine look to be subsiding for now as forecasters project less harsh temperatures and greater snow cover in the coming days.

 

UK Finally Becomes Net-exporter of Wheat

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

UK - The latest data from HMR&C shows that in October the UK exported more wheat than it imported – the first time since May 2012.

 

World Cereal Production to Surpass Last Year's Record

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

GLOBAL - World cereal production in 2014 is forecast at a new record of 2,532 million tonnes (including rice in milled terms), 10 million tonnes higher than last month’s forecast and 7 million tonnes (0.3 per cent) above last year’s peak.

 

World Trade Negotiators Set New Deadlines for Agricultural Talks

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

GLOBAL - The World Trade Organization General Council has set two new deadlines for the agriculture trade negotiations to be concluded - one to agree a permanent solution on public stockholding for food security in developing countries and the other to prepare a Post-Bali work programme to end the 13-year-old Doha Round.

 

Reminder for Farmers to Stay Safe this Winter

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

UK - Farmers and their staff are being urged to take extra care this winter to avoid injuries.

 

Honduras Crops at 'Uncertain' Levels

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

HONDURAS - Harvest of the 2014 second de postrera season crops, mainly beans, is almost concluded.

 

India’s Oilmeals Export Down by 45 Per Cent During April to Nov 2014

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

INDIA - India’s oilmeals export has recorded a whopping 45 per cent drop at 1.42 million tonnes during April to November 2014.

 

Australian Farm Output Forecast Down for Next Year

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

AUSTRALIA - Following an estimated increase of 10 per cent in 2013-14, the gross value of Australian farm production is forecast to fall by five per cent in 2014-15, according to the latest forecast from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES).

 

Voyage to the South Pole on a Tractor - Mission Complete

Tue, 09 Dec 2014

ANTARCTICA - An engine running for 584 hours, using 650 gallons of fuel has culminated in a successful expedition to the South Pole.

 

EU Member States 'Toiling with Implementing New CAP Arrangements'

Tue, 09 Dec 2014

EU - NFU Scotland’s President Nigel Miller and its Chief Executive Scott Walker used their time in Brussels to meet with fellow farming unions and Commission officials to investigate how new CAP schemes are being introduced in other member states.

 

Black-grass Resistance Initiative Gets Battle Underway

Tue, 09 Dec 2014

UK - Work is now well underway as part of a £2.8 million BBSRC-HGCA-funded project to tackle the threat to cereal crops posed by the weed black-grass.

 

5th Global Feed & Food Congress Launched, Registration Open

Tue, 09 Dec 2014

TURKEY - The 5th anniversary edition of the Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC) will be held for the first time ever in Turkey and will bring together the global feed and food chain in Antalya on 18-20 April 2016.

 

Farmers Welcome Early Commencement of Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Tue, 09 Dec 2014

AUSTRALIA & KOREA - The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed the announcement by Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb that Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with South Korea (KAFTA) will come into force on 12 December 2014.

 

How Will December 1 Corn Stocks Estimate Be Interpreted?

Tue, 09 Dec 2014

US - It is always a challenge to anticipate the USDA's quarterly estimate of corn stocks, but the estimate of the December 1 inventory, to be released on January 12, 2015, is a special challenge, writes Darrel Good.

 

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Strong US Soybean Exports Provide Price Support

Tue, 09 Dec 2014

US & CANADA - Although, the latest production estimates from Statistics Canada were bearish and the initial price reaction saw a dip in Canadian canola futures, this was short-lived.

 

Spain and Germany Join AgriCord

Mon, 08 Dec 2014

GLOBAL - Spain and Germany join the AgriCord network supporting more than 300 farmer organisations in developing countries.

 

Bumper Canola, Wheat Crops for Canada

Mon, 08 Dec 2014

CANADA - The latest crop production report from Statistics Canada, published last week, pegged Canadian canola (rapeseed) production for harvest 2014 at 15.6Mt.

 

Low Arsenic Gene Identified - Could Lead to New Crop Varieties

Mon, 08 Dec 2014

UK - Concerns about arsenic in food have grown in recent years, leading to scientific work to investigate how plants deal with arsenic. Research has identified that some plants are able to pump out the poison, but not how they do this.

 

Soil Carbon Advances Could be Key to Improving Food and Water Security

Mon, 08 Dec 2014

UK - The Global Advances in Soil Carbon Management recommendations, which have been compiled by a team of international scientists, could have a significant impact on land degradation, food security, water quality and greenhouse gas emissions from land.

 

Agreement Reached on EU Legislation for GM Crops

Fri, 05 Dec 2014

EU - EU member states have reached an agreement on new legislation allowing them to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if it is allowed at EU level.

 

Market Analyst: How Are Markets and Weather Affecting Grains?

Fri, 05 Dec 2014

ANALYSIS - Mike Zuzolo discusses the major market developments this week.

 

A$100 Million For Australian Farmers Battling Severe Drought

Fri, 05 Dec 2014

AUSTRALIA – Drought affected farmers have been assigned A$100 million in a new drought recovery loan scheme for those hit by severe dry weather and Indonesian cattle export disruptions.

 

Nutreco Recommends Takeover Bid

Fri, 05 Dec 2014

NETHERLANDS - A takeover bid for Dutch based animal and fish feed and poultry company Nutreco is to be recommended to its shareholders.

 

Milestone Sets Up Canola for Tariff-free Access to Korea

Fri, 05 Dec 2014

CANADA & KOREA - Ratification of the Canada Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) by the Korean and Canadian Parliaments will give canola exporters tariff-free access to the South Korean market.

 

China Extends Tax Breaks for Farmers to Boost Agriculture

Fri, 05 Dec 2014

CHINA - China is to extend tax breaks to farmers to encourage banks and insurers to support agriculture.

 

ICRISAT Sign MoU with Horticulture Innovation Australia

Thu, 04 Dec 2014

AUSTRALIA - Hyderabad-based United Nations organisation; International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT) has signed a new research memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreement with Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA).

 

FAO Food Price Index Broadly Stable

Thu, 04 Dec 2014

GLOBAL - Food and Agriculture Organisation's monthly food price index was stable in November, as vegetable oil and grain prices inched up and offset ongoing declines in dairy prices.

 

Cover Crops Can Sequester Soil Organic Carbon

Thu, 04 Dec 2014

US - A 12-year University of Illinois study shows that, although the use of cover crops does not improve crop yields, the practice does increase the amount of sequestered soil organic carbon using three different soil management systems.

 

Warming World May Spell Bad News for Honey Bees

Thu, 04 Dec 2014

UK - Researchers have found that the spread of an exotic honey bee parasite -now found worldwide - is linked not only to its superior competitive ability, but also to climate, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

 

New Month, New Concerns for Global Wheat Crops

Wed, 03 Dec 2014

GLOBAL - Much of the focus in the grain markets in the last 24 hours has concentrated on concerns of reductions to international supplies of wheat.

 

India’s Rabi Area Coverage Down to 36.09 Million Hectare

Wed, 03 Dec 2014

INDIA - India has recorded a drop in rabi area coverage at 36.09 million hectares as oF November 28, as per rabi crops data released by directorate of economics and statistics, Indian agriculture ministry.

 

Farm Incomes to 'Fall Sigficantly' in 2015

Wed, 03 Dec 2014

IRELAND - Following a relatively stable 2014, a new report from Teagasc economists suggests a mixed bag in terms of possible income developments across Ireland’s farming sectors during the course of next year.

 

Winter Crop Production Weakened by Drier Conditions

Wed, 03 Dec 2014

AUSTRALIA - Drier than average seasonal conditions during winter and spring have weakened prospects for total Australian winter crop production, despite favourable conditions at the start of the 2014–15 winter crop season.

 

Slight Rise for China Farm Produce Prices

Wed, 03 Dec 2014

CHINA - The prices of produce in 36 of China's large and medium-sized cities edged up slightly last week ending 30 November compared with the previous week, said the Ministry of Commerce.