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.


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.


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.’


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.