Polish Farmers March for Land Rights and GM Issues

Fri, 27 Feb 2015

POLAND - Around 6000 farmers marched in Warsaw recently to protest the Polish government's failure to address their longstanding demands. After failed talks between Union leaders and the prime minister, farmers built an occupation camp outside the prime ministers palace and have vowed to remain until their demands are met.

 

EU Vote on Biofuels ‘Undermines Food Security’

Thu, 26 Feb 2015

EU - The latest vote by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee signifies a bad day for sustainable biofuels and damages renewable energy policy across Europe, the NFU has said.

 

India’s Food Grains Production Down by 8.15 Million tonnes

Thu, 26 Feb 2015

INDIA - India’s food grain production during 2014-15 has estimated to be around 257.07 million tonnes, registering an 8.15 million tonnes drop of food grains output, as per the 2nd Advance Estimates released by the department of agriculture & cooperation, Indian agriculture ministry.

 

India’s Rabi Crops Sowing Down by 4.14 Million Hectares

Thu, 26 Feb 2015

INDIA - India’s rabi crop sowing area coverage has recorded a negative growth at 61.79 million hectares as on February 20, 2015, registering a drop of 4.14 million hectares according to data released by directorate of economics and statistics, Indian agriculture ministry.

 

USDA Announces Funding for Research, Education, Extension

Thu, 26 Feb 2015

US - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced more than $160 million in funding for food and agriculture research, education and extension.

 

Center for Food Integrity CEO to Discuss ‘Big Food’

Wed, 25 Feb 2015

US - Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, will present, “Size Matters: Why We Love to Hate ‘Big Food.’” The presentation examines the relationship development and pattern of trust that consumers have with food and those who produce it.

 

Drought-Stricken Cape Verde Receive Animal Feed, Crop Seeds

Wed, 25 Feb 2015

CAPE VERDE - The FAO will provide food crop seeds, animal feed and drip irrigation equipment to help thousands of people in Cape Verde whose food security and livelihoods are at risk following a sharp fall in crop production due to drought.

 

Report Reveals Alarming UK Self-Sufficiency Figures

Tue, 24 Feb 2015

UK - A new report published by the National Farmers Union (NFU) has revealed disturbing new figures relating to the UK’s self-sufficiency in food. It states that at current rates, just 53 per cent of the nation’s food needs will be produced from home farms in the next 25 years, with potential for serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment.

 

Monster Russian Yields in Black Soil Region

Tue, 24 Feb 2015

RUSSIA – One of Russia’s black soil regions is being singled out for major agricultural upheaval, with major arable and dairy progress already in evidence.

 

Agricultural Production 'Not Suitable' for Food Challenges of the 21st Century

Tue, 24 Feb 2015

GLOBAL - While the numbers of the chronically hungry have been reduced by 100 million over the past decade, 805 million still go without enough to eat on a regular basis.

 

US Soybean Area Estimates Surprise Analysts

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

US - US soybean plantings are expected to be lower in 2015 compared with last year, the USDA announced at its annual outlook conference last week.

 

Understanding the Impact of El Niño on the World's Agriculture

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

GLOBAL - During El Niño episodes the normal patterns of tropical precipitation and atmospheric circulation become disrupted triggering extreme climate events around the globe: droughts, floods and affecting the intensity and frequency of hurricanes.

 

Bee Diversity Higher in Urban Areas Compared to Farmland

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

ANALYSIS - When you think 'bee' you often picture lush farmland and open fields. However new research suggests that bees and other pollinating bugs actually thrive as well in towns and cities as they do in farms and nature reserves.

 

Rivers Can be a Source of Antibiotic Resistance

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

UK - Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment, according to new research from scientists at the University of Warwick's School of Life Sciences and the University of Exeter Medical School, looking at the river Thames.

 

Exports Shrink Potential French Wheat Stock Build Up

Fri, 20 Feb 2015

FRANCE - Forecasts for French soft wheat stocks at the end of 2014/15 were cut again this week.

 

EU Agriculture Commissioner to Address US Conference

Fri, 20 Feb 2015

GLOBAL - EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, is scheduled to address the Agricultural Outlook Conference in Virginia, US, with US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today, 19 February.

 

How Do We Determine the Winners and Losers in Global Land Use?

Thu, 19 Feb 2015

GLOBAL - The United States added around 7.6 million acres of forests between 1990 and 2010 - but at what cost?

 

UK Growers Encouraged to Learn About Export Opportunities

Thu, 19 Feb 2015

UK - As one of the largest ever shipments of UK barley prepares to leave our shores, HGCA is reminding growers of the opportunity to learn more about exporting.

 

Ukraine Wheat Exports Pass Nine Million Tons

Thu, 19 Feb 2015

UKRAINE – Ukraine’s grain exports up to this week have topped 23 million tons, with wheat at nine million tons, says the Agriculture Ministry.

 

Importance of Farming Highlighted Ahead of General Election

Thu, 19 Feb 2015

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) will launch a national campaign next week to highlight the importance of food and farming ahead of the general election.

 

Russia Expecting Big Wheat Exports Despite Restrictions

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

RUSSIA - Despite Russia’s recently introduced restrictions on wheat exports for the remainder of the 2014/15 season, the country is still heading towards higher wheat exports than last season.

 

Corn Plants Per Acre Continue to Grow in Indiana

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

US - Indiana corn farmers could raise a record number of plants per acre in 2015, mostly due to new seeding technology and hardier hybrids.

 

Escorts Launches Anti Lift Tractors

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

INDIA - India’s leading tractor manufacturer, Escorts Ltd has launched country’s first anti lift tractors in Powertrac Euro series.

 

Opportunities and Barriers to Feeding the World’s Growing Population

Tue, 17 Feb 2015

US - "Feeding the World 2015” is an excellent vehicle for promoting critical dialogue about the implications of the tremendous increase in food demand and changing food patterns, a topic that deserves increased public attention in the US and abroad, said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (NFU) president.

 

Keep Stored Grain Cool and Dry

Tue, 17 Feb 2015

US - Higher grain temperatures reduce the amount of time grain can be stored. Keeping stored grain cool is important as outdoor temperatures start to warm this spring, a North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer advises.

 

Government Offers Tax Relief for Drought-Affected Farmers

Tue, 17 Feb 2015

NEW ZEALAND - Revenue Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the Inland Revenue’s decision to exercise its income equalisation discretion to help provide relief for drought-affected farmers in the eastern South Island.

 

India’s Veg Oil Imports up 17 Per Cent

Tue, 17 Feb 2015

INDIA - India’s vegetable oil import has recorded an increase of 17 per cent at 3.42 million tonnes during November 2014 to January 2015.

 

Wheat Growers Welcome Move Forward with Bill to End Cuban Embargo

Mon, 16 Feb 2015

US - On 12 February 2015, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced major legislation that would end the US trade embargo of Cuba.

 

Strengthening Food Safety in Europe

Mon, 16 Feb 2015

EU - An upcoming conference on food safety hopes to build upon the high levels of cross-border cooperation achieved by the EU-funded FOODSEG project.

 

Largest Ever Grain Shipment Leaves the UK

Mon, 16 Feb 2015

UK - One of the largest shipments of grain to ever leave the UK is currently being loaded at the Port of Tyne in the UK.

 

New Experimental Grain Sorghum Shows High Yield Potential

Mon, 16 Feb 2015

US - In theory, grain sorghum should yield just as much as corn in Kansas, given the same amount of fertilizer and with substantially less water, according to Kansas State University agronomist Tesfaye Tesso.

 

Updated Weed Control Guide Now Available

Mon, 16 Feb 2015

US - The Extension services of Ohio State University, Purdue University and the University of Illinois have partnered to publish an updated weed control guide to aid crop farmers in choosing an effective weed management plan.

 

Research Yields Cotton Resistant to Leaf Curl Virus

Mon, 16 Feb 2015

US - Two new cotton germplasm lines developed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are now available for use in safeguarding US cotton from cotton leaf curl virus (CLCuV), a whitefly-borne disease that has caused significant yield losses in the parts of Asia and Africa where the crop is grown.

 

UK Creates Food Enterprise Zones to Drive Growth

Fri, 13 Feb 2015

UK - Food Enterprise Zones (FEZs) that will unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of the countryside and food producers are to be created, the government has announced.

 

Study Shows No Damage to Soils from Grazing of Cover Crops

Fri, 13 Feb 2015

US - A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist in North Carolina has found a way to encourage more growers to use cover crops in the Southeastern United States—allow cattle to graze on them.

 

Water a Limiting Factor to Corn Silage Quality

Fri, 13 Feb 2015

US - Minimizing yield losses while reducing groundwater usage is a continual goal for Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists on the High Plains, where quantities of water from the Ogallala Aquifer are diminishing.

 

Australian Farmers Supportive of Foreign Investment

Fri, 13 Feb 2015

AUSTRALIA- Farmers from Western Australia are overwhelmingly supportive of Chinese and other foreign investment, new research has revealed.

 

Philippines Corn Farmers to Make Own Fertilizer

Fri, 13 Feb 2015

PHILIPPINES - The Philippines agricultural department has introduced new technologies to Aurora corn farmers.

 

NFU Praises Introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act

Fri, 13 Feb 2015

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has praised the introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015.

 

China Eyes GMO Progress Amid Crop Shrinkage

Thu, 12 Feb 2015

CHINA - Research and commercialisation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) are expected to gain momentum in China after years of GM crop decline amid public safety concerns.

 

Strong Non-EU Wheat Exports from the UK, but Not Strong Enough

Thu, 12 Feb 2015

UK - In December, the UK exported 225Kt of wheat the latest data from HMR&C shows, taking total exports so far this season to 938Kt.

 

‘Stressed’ Young Bees Could be the Cause of Colony Collapse

Thu, 12 Feb 2015

GLOBAL - Pressure on young bees to grow up too fast could be a major factor in explaining the disastrous declines in bee populations seen worldwide.

 

How Do Neonicotinoid and Fipronil Insecticides Harm Wildlife?

Thu, 12 Feb 2015

EU - Important insecticides, Neonicotinoid and fipronil, have a range of impacts on birds, mammals and fish, according to a new review of scientific literature.

 

India’s January Oilmeal Exports Down by 63 Per Cent

Thu, 12 Feb 2015

INDIA - Due to falling prices of soybean globally, India’s oilmeals export has recorded a drop of 63 per cent at 159,892 tonnes during January 2015.

 

Scientists Find Potential Way of Controlling Leaf Blotch Disease in Wheat

Wed, 11 Feb 2015

UK - Scientists have found a genetic mechanism that could stop the spread of a "devastating" disease threatening wheat crops.

 

Chances of Saving with Solar Energy Greater for Farms than Homes

Wed, 11 Feb 2015

US - The probability of saving money by using solar energy rather than standard grid electricity is 92 per cent for Indiana farm businesses and about 50 per cent for homes, Purdue University energy economists find.

 

India’s Oilmeal Exports to Iran Down by 70 Per Cent

Wed, 11 Feb 2015

INDIA - India’s oilmeal exports to Iran have rerecorded a drop of 70.31 per cent at 322,091 tonnes during April 2014 to January 2015.

 

Philippine Agriculture to Continue Growth in 2015

Tue, 10 Feb 2015

PHILIPPINES - Philippine agriculture is well-positioned to sustain its growth momentum this year, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said. And to help fuel this expansion, the DA chief said the Department will vigorously pursue rural infrastructure and technology build-up that will further develop and modernise the agricultural economy.

 

Precision Ag Conference Highlights New Technology

Tue, 10 Feb 2015

US - Purdue Extension is co-sponsoring the Northwest Indiana Precision Agriculture Conference on February 24 in Lakeville, focusing on the benefits of technology that can be used in the farm business now as well as possibilities for the future.

 

Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rising

Tue, 10 Feb 2015

CHINA - The price of major farm produce in China rose last week according to a survey of prices in 36 large and medium-sized cities by the Ministry of Commerce.

 

Adopt One Village, Indian Agri Minister Urges Students, Scientists

Tue, 10 Feb 2015

INDIA - Underlining the importance of agriculture for the development of the country, Indian agriculture ministry, Radha Mohan Singh has urged the students and scientist community to adopt one village to create awareness among farmers.

 

Agrinos Expands Commercial Platform, Reach in India with Rallis

Mon, 09 Feb 2015

INDIA - Agrinos AS announces an expanded partnership of Agrinos India Pty. Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Agrinos AS, with Rallis, a subsidiary of TATA Chemicals Limited, for the introduction of AMPLUS™ in India.

 

China Eyes Sustainable, Strong Agriculture

Mon, 09 Feb 2015

CHINA - Despite old land and unfavorable weather, farmer Xu Jianmin managed to double his harvest in central China last year, in some cases increasing the value of produce 10 fold.

 

Concerns that Reformed RFS Act Could Destroy Biofuels Industry

Mon, 09 Feb 2015

US - NFU President Roger Johnson has warned that the elimination of the corn-based ethanol mandate and blend cap will 'gut' the nation’s biofuel production.

 

Call for Concrete Proposals in World Trade Talks

Mon, 09 Feb 2015

GLOBAL - A new paper from the World Trade Organisation on the latest stage of the Doha round of the global trade talks has shown that just one country might have to make changes to its domestic support if the current proposals remain on the table.

 

Bachoco Posts Five Per Cent Increase in Net Sales

Fri, 06 Feb 2015

MEXICO - The latest results of feed, meat and egg company, Industrias Bachoco, point to an almost 12 per cent increase in net sales for the latest quarter and of 5.2 per cent for the 2014 financial year, helped by lower maize prices, favourable exchange rates and a balanced market.

 

FAO Food Price Index Falls Again

Fri, 06 Feb 2015

GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 182.7 points in January 2015, down 3.6 points (1.9 per cent) from its revised* (reduced) December 2014 value.

 

Use Modern Techniques, Machinery, Indian Agri Minister Urges Farmers

Fri, 06 Feb 2015

INDIA - In order to produce as per the international standard, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh has called upon the horticulture farmers to use modern techniques and machinery.