New Technique to Boost Yields, Cut Fertiliser Pollution

Fri, 23 Jan 2015

UK - Scientists hope to combine two new technologies to provide a rapid “same day” measurement of soil phosphorus availability, enabling farmers and growers to make more informed decisions about fertiliser application.

 

Call for Proper Risk Assessment of Possible Endocrine Disruptors

Thu, 22 Jan 2015

UK -The British Crop Production Council has called for a proper risk assessment on possible endocrine disruptors.

 

UK Appoints Agri Counsellor in China to Help Boost Trade

Thu, 22 Jan 2015

UK - The UK has appointed its first Agriculture and Food Counsellor in China to help increase growing food and drink exports to the country.

 

India’s Sugar Output Up 19 Per Cent

Thu, 22 Jan 2015

INDIA - India’s sugar production has reported an increase of 19 per cent as on January 15, 2015 at 10.3 million tonnes from 494 sugar mills under operations.

 

Minister Stresses Importance of Marketing for Indian Agri Products

Wed, 21 Jan 2015

INDIA - In order to generate profit for farmers, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh has stressed the need for strengthening the marketing of the agricultural produce on priority to ensure that agriculture becomes beneficial for the farmers of the country.

 

Is Promotion the Key to Potato Producer Fortunes?

Wed, 21 Jan 2015

SCOTLAND, UK - To combat tumbling consumption, NFU Scotland has urged the potato industry’s statutory levy body to consider shifting its funding emphasis from research and development to more promotion.

 

China Boosts Financial Support to Agriculture

Wed, 21 Jan 2015

CHINA - China's central bank has raised its re-lending quota by 50 billion yuan ($8.17 billion) to boost financial support for small businesses and agriculture.

 

Issues Stemming from January USDA Reports

Wed, 21 Jan 2015

US - The USDA's final estimates of 2014 US production and estimates of December 1, 2014 stocks released on January 12 revealed some potentially important issues for the corn and soybean markets, writes Darrel Good.

 

Employee Motivation Day Set to Build Success in Agriculture

Wed, 21 Jan 2015

UK - Employees in the agriculture sector have revealed a passion for farming, with 83 per cent citing this as the main motivator for their daily work.

 

High-protein Soybean Aimed at Feed Market Released

Wed, 21 Jan 2015

US - A new high-yield, high-protein conventional soybean variety from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is being tipped as an ideal choice for the animal feed market.

 

Mostly "Good" Ukrainian Winter Crops After Big Export Year

Tue, 20 Jan 2015

UKRAINE – Crop production and exports from Ukraine increased last year and present winter crop progress is good, reports the Ministry of Agriculture Policy and Food.

 

More Efficient Food Systems Needed

Tue, 20 Jan 2015

GLOBAL - Increasing competition for natural resources and emerging resource bottlenecks mean that global agriculture can no longer operate using a "business as usual" approach.

 

Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly

Tue, 20 Jan 2015

CHINA – Chinese farm produce prices rose slightly during the week of 5-11 January, although meat, poultry fish and eggs all saw small falls according to a survey of 36 large and medium sized cities by the Ministry of Commerce.

 

Yield Limitations to be Explored at Farm Meeting

Tue, 20 Jan 2015

UK - What are the factors constraining yield? This is the question to be addressed at the next HGCA Monitor Farm meeting near Winchester.

 

Why is McDonald's Passionate about Sustainability?

Mon, 19 Jan 2015

ANALYSIS - Francesca DeBiase, VP Strategic Sourcing, Sustainability at McDonald's, said McDonald's vision is to source all of their food and products sustainably.

 

Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life

Mon, 19 Jan 2015

GLOBAL - Our soils are in danger because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. The current rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity to meet the needs of future generations.

 

Companion Cropping Investigated

Mon, 19 Jan 2015

UK - For the next 18 months Andrew Howard, a farmer from Kent, will study examples of farms across the world which use companion cropping, both arable and non-arable.

 

Irish Food and Drink Exports Up For Fifth Year Running

Mon, 19 Jan 2015

IRELAND – Irish food and drink exports earned €10.5 billion in 2014, a four per cent increase and the fifth consecutive year of export growth, says The Irish Food Board (BordBia).

 

Higher than Expected Maize Imports in November

Mon, 19 Jan 2015

UK - The latest UK trade data released by HMR&C for November again showed strong maize imports (231Kt), bringing the season to date total to just over 717Kt.

 

Wrangling Over Pesticide Ingredients Comes to a Head in 2015

Fri, 16 Jan 2015

US - Consumer advocates are fighting a new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to address concerns over "inert" ingredients, including fragrances and dyes, in pesticides for non-food use.

 

Will Falling Oil Prices Cheer Farmers in 2015?

Fri, 16 Jan 2015

US - The rapid fall in global oil prices seems to have taken many by surprise. The price of crude oil has declined sharply over the past seven months, creating a list of ‘winners and losers’, writes Anand Dossa, NFU Economist.

 

CME: WASDE Provided USDA’s Final 2014 Crop Estimates

Fri, 16 Jan 2015

US - A quick note on Monday’s record-high FI hog slaughter: It really wasn’t all on Monday. USDA’s estimate for Monday was a record high daily total of 455,000 head, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Five-point Food Strategy to Support Manitoba Producers

Fri, 16 Jan 2015

CANADA - A new five-point strategy to support the long-term growth of Manitoba's food industry, including smaller scale farmers and processors, was announced this week by Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn.

 

Canadian Governments Invest C$6.9 Million into Crop Research

Thu, 15 Jan 2015

CANADA - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart have announced nearly C$6.9 million for crop-related research through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). The funding is being awarded to 42 projects.

 

Renewables Initiative Opens 2015 Programme with Borders Visit

Thu, 15 Jan 2015

SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland’s ground-breaking Renewables Development Initiative (RDI) will open its 2015 programme of events in the Borders, with a look at a new anaerobic digestion plant set up on a Hawick farm.

 

Agri-environmental Schemes Increase Yields as Well as Biodiversity

Thu, 15 Jan 2015

UK - Agri-environmental schemes on farm are generally seen to be taking up production space but the big question facing farmers tempted to employ them is “Do they Work?”

 

Research Finds Many Key Resources Have Passed Their Peak

Thu, 15 Jan 2015

GLOBAL - As the worlds resources face enormous challenges, researchers from the US and Denmark have analysed the production and extraction rates of 27 global renewable and non-renewable resources (including fish, meat and milk) and found that many of the resources reached their peak a few years ago.

 

Israel Extends Agri Cooperation with India

Wed, 14 Jan 2015

INDIA - To take agriculture cooperation between two countries to new level, Israel has signed the third phase of agriculture cooperation project for next three years (2015-2018), Israel's agriculture minister, Yair Shamir said on the side lines of the 7th Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015 in Gujarat state recently.

 

USDA Offers $18 Million to Support, Train New Farmers and Ranchers

Wed, 14 Jan 2015

US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering more than $18 million in funding to help educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers.

 

NZ Agritech Sector Worth NZ$1.2 Billion

Wed, 14 Jan 2015

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's agritechnology sector was worth approximately NZ$1.2 billion in 2013 according to new research into the size, value and future potential of the sector.

 

GM Crops: Greater Control for EU Member States Granted

Wed, 14 Jan 2015

ANALYSIS - Strict EU regulations on GM crops became a little less so yesterday as MEPs agreed to give Member States the right to ban the growing of GM crops that have been approved as safe, writes Gemma Hyland.

 

India’s Oilmeal Exports Down by 42 Per Cent

Wed, 14 Jan 2015

INDIA - Exports of oilmeal from India has recorded a drop of 42 per cent at 1.84 million tonnes during April to December 2014.

 

How Well are Farmers Caring for the Environment?

Wed, 14 Jan 2015

ANALYSIS - Changing policies on pesticides, animal feeds and welfare are threatening to reduce wheat crops in the UK and the pig herd each by a third.

 

Registration Open for Feed Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers Conference

Tue, 13 Jan 2015

US - Registration is now open for the American Feed Industry Association's annual Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers Conference, which is slated for March 11-13, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida.

 

Head of AD Association Hits Back at Criticisms

Tue, 13 Jan 2015

UK - Last week at the Oxford Farming Conference in the UK, environmental campaigner and author, George Monbiot, launched an attack on several farming practices.

 

Favourable Weather Boosts Brazil Soybeans

Tue, 13 Jan 2015

BRAZIL - Over the weekend rains have been favourable in Mato Grosso, one of Brazil’s largest soybean growing states, providing good moisture for the growing crops.

 

India’s Rabi Sowing Down at 56.61 Million Hectares

Tue, 13 Jan 2015

INDIA - India’s rabi sowing has recorded a drop of over 3.09 million hectares at 56.61 million hectares as on January 9, 2015, as per the data released by Directorate of Economics and Statistics, ministry of agriculture.

 

India Seeks Australian Collaboration in Agriculture Sector

Tue, 13 Jan 2015

INDIA - The Indian Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is seeking collaboration from Australia for its fisheries, aquaculture, agriculture and food processing sectors.

 

USDA Reports to Support Corn Prices

Tue, 13 Jan 2015

US - The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA has released the final estimates of the size of the 2014 US corn and soybean crops and estimates of the stocks of corn and soybeans in storage as of December 1, 2014, writes Darrel Good.

 

US Soybean Exports Stay Strong

Mon, 12 Jan 2015

US - Latest USDA figures show that 1.7Mt of US soybeans were exported in the week ending 1 January.

 

NFU Joins Coalition To Promote Normalised Relations With Cuba

Mon, 12 Jan 2015

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has joined other prominent members of the US food and agriculture community in the launch of the new US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), a group aiming to re-establish normalised trade relations with Cuba.

 

Exit From EU Poses Risk to Farming

Mon, 12 Jan 2015

SCOTLAND - The EU referendum is the biggest threat facing British farming, Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has warned. Leaving the EU could see UK farmers lose Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) direct support which is worth nearly £20 billion for this CAP period (2014-2020).

 

New Irish Agriculture Secretary General Appointed

Mon, 12 Jan 2015

IRELAND - Aidan O’Driscoll has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the Irish Agriculture, Food and the Marine Department, following approval of the appointment by the Government.

 

CME: Minor Revisions Expected in WASDE Report

Mon, 12 Jan 2015

US - Analysts polled ahead of the release of the USDA WASDE report (Jan 12) expect only minor revisions to the supply/demand tables for major grain crops, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Food Price Index Declines in December 2014

Mon, 12 Jan 2015

GLOBAL - 2014 is third consecutive year of falling prices as all commodity groups except for meat decline.

 

US Should Have Goal of Reducing the Trade Deficit

Fri, 09 Jan 2015

US - National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson argues in a POLITICO Pro guest column that all future US trade agreements should be negotiated with the goal of reducing the US trade deficit, while ensuring that our trading partners are keeping up with their end of the agreement and abiding by US standards.

 

Online Feed Manufacturing Course Announced

Fri, 09 Jan 2015

US - The American Feed Industry Association in partnership with the IGP Institute of the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University will host a distance education programme offered every quarter through 2015.

 

Cargill’s Karnataka Milling Unit to Open in June

Fri, 09 Jan 2015

INDIA - In order to tap huge potential of maize grown in the stateof Karnataka, Cargill’s milling plant is expected to start operations from June 2015.

 

How Can Agriculture Rise to Challenge of Climate Change?

Fri, 09 Jan 2015

UK - Farmers need smarter use of fertiliser and smarter feeding and breeding of ruminant animals in their bid to mitigate and reduce climate change.

 

Anglo-German Scholarship Announced at Conference

Fri, 09 Jan 2015

UK - The Oxford Farming Conference is to fund three students to attend Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, as part of a joint scholarship with the young member German Agricultural Society, Young DLG.

 

Cargill Starts Anniversary Year with Strong Sales Growth

Fri, 09 Jan 2015

GLOBAL - January 2015 marks the beginning of the 150th year in business for US-based Cargill, with second-quarter earnings up 41 per cent contributing to a seven per cent increase for the first six months of its financial year.

 

OFC: Food, Farming Key to Britain's Economic Future, Says Minister

Thu, 08 Jan 2015

UK - Britain has the land, technology and entrepreneurial flair to lead the world in food and farming, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, has told the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC).

 

PHI-base – A Database to Protect Crop Yields and Human Health

Thu, 08 Jan 2015

UK - Scientists at Rothamsted Research, which is strategically supported by BBSRC, in collaboration with other researchers globally have improved an Open Access internet resource that catalogues genes involved in host-pathogen interactions.

 

US 2014 Maize Crop Revised Lower, but Still Record

Thu, 08 Jan 2015

US - The record US 2014 maize crop became slightly less of a record yesterday, with Informa economics lowering their estimates of US yield (down 0.1t/ha) and production (down 2Mt).

 

Changes to Common Agricultural Policy to Reduce Agricultural Red Tape

Thu, 08 Jan 2015

UK - The UK has called for a rethink on the three crop rule, which is part of the greening arrangement within the recent reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.

 

Agriculture Commissioner Vows to Tackle Supply Chain Profit-Taking

Thu, 08 Jan 2015

IRELAND - The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, said he plans to reduce the amount farmers pay on agricultural inputs.

 

See Biosecurity Like Insurance, Farmers Told

Thu, 08 Jan 2015

AUSTRALIA – Stringent measures to limit the biosecurity risk of farm visitors should be seen as safeguarding a farm’s future profits, a national initiative is telling farmers.

 

Greenhouse Gas Calculator Wins Science Award

Thu, 08 Jan 2015

UK - A greenhouse gas calculator developed at Aberdeen University is this year’s winner of the Practice with Science Award run by the Oxford Farming Conference.