Syria Needs Millions of Dollars for Food Security

Tue, 31 Mar 2015

SYRIA - The ongoing crisis in Syria has severely disrupted agricultural production and trade, leading to an urgent need for aid, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

 

NCDEX Launches Sugar S Futures Contract

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

INDIA - NCDEX, leading online commodity exchange has launched small grain size sugar futures contract (Sugar S) which will provide an additional risk management tool for the Indian sugar industry.

 

Canada Remains Top Destination for High Value US Exports

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

US - In 2014, Canada remained the top destination for US exports of high-value agricultural products, with a total of $17.2 billion.

 

UK Announces New Food Enterprise Zones to Aid Rural Economy

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

UK - Six new Food Enterprise Zones (FEZs) have been approved to boost local food and drink economies.

 

CME: Analysts Predict US Corn Plantings Down

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

US - Analysts' predictions showed a fall in corn plantings in the US this year ahead of the USDA planting survey, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Farmers Need Urgent Help in the Central African Republic

Fri, 27 Mar 2015

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Farmers in the Central African Republic urgently need seeds and tools for the upcoming planting season to prevent further deterioration of food security in the conflict-stricken country, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

 

Agricultural Innovations Developed by New Funding

Fri, 27 Mar 2015

UK - £16 million is being invested in 25 projects aimed at developing innovative business ideas to support UK agriculture.

 

Less Fertiliser Does Not Mean Lower Sugar Yield

Fri, 27 Mar 2015

AUSTRALIA - Early trial results show a new approach to fertiliser application in Wet Tropics cane farms is ultimately boosting the quality of water heading downstream, with minimal effect on cane tonnage or sugar content.

 

Flower-Enriched Farms Boost Bee Populations

Fri, 27 Mar 2015

UK - Flower strips sown into farmers' fields not only attract bees but increase their numbers, new University of Sussex research has shown.

 

US Corn Crop Expected to Drive Feed Grain Prices

Fri, 27 Mar 2015

US - A weather and crop specialist with CWB says, while anticipated reduced US corn planting this year will impact feed grain prices, it's unlikely to alter planting decisions on the western Canadian prairies, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Resource Efficiency Theme to Anuga FoodTec

Thu, 26 Mar 2015

GERMANY - Resource efficiency is the central theme of the Anuga FoodTec exhibition that opened in Cologne, Germany this week.

 

A Growing Interest in Forage Sorghum

Thu, 26 Mar 2015

US - Continued research on sorghum could help cattle producers diversify their feedstuffs.

 

Progress Achieved at National Bee Health Roundtable

Thu, 26 Mar 2015

US - On March 5, 2015, the National Bee Health Roundtable (BHRT) held its third workshop since its inception in March 2014. The industry members of the BHRT were pleased to report on the achievements of the first year.

 

Agriculture Industries Call for Future Growth, Sustainability

Thu, 26 Mar 2015

UK - The Agriculture Industries Confederation (AIC) is urging the next Government to pursue growth and sustainability.

 

Scientists Reveal Genetic Differences in Wheat

Thu, 26 Mar 2015

US - Kansas State University scientists have released findings of a two-year study of the genetic diversity of wheat, that could aid future crop improvement.

 

Cyclone Pam Destroys Crops in Vanuatu

Wed, 25 Mar 2015

VANUATU - Strong winds, heavy rains and floods resulting from Tropical Cyclone Pam have caused extensive damage to agriculture throughout Vanuatu, including the main food and export crops, livestock, and fisheries infrastructure, said the FAO.

 

Agriculture Must Adopt Better Water Management to Ensure Sustainable Food Supplies

Wed, 25 Mar 2015

GLOBAL - As people around the world celebrated World Water Day 2015 last weekend, the United Nations released a new report predicting major water shortages of 40 per cent across the globe in line with a 55 per cent increase in demand by 2050.

 

$400,000 Alloted to Develop New Wheat Varieties

Wed, 25 Mar 2015

US - Kansas State University officials are hailing a recent partnership with food giant General Mills as a win-win proposition that ultimately will benefit the state’s farmers and consumers worldwide.

 

Locally Grown Lupin Could Replace Imported Soya in Animal Feeds

Wed, 25 Mar 2015

WALES, UK - Scientists at Aberystwyth University have shown that home-grown lupins provide as good a source of protein as imported soya for animal and fish feeds in the UK.

 

India’s Hybrid Rice Sowing Area Exceeds 2.5 Million Hectares

Wed, 25 Mar 2015

INDIA - Even though government has not fix any target for hybrid rice production, India’s hybrid rice sowing acreage has exceeded 2.5 million hectares during 2014, Indian minister of state for agriculture, Mohanbhai Kundaria said recently.

 

Maharashtra Allocates $1.16 Billion for Water Resources

Tue, 24 Mar 2015

INDIA - Maharashtra state has allocated $1.16 billion to water resources department during 2015-16, state water resources minister, Girish Mahajan said recently.

 

Why is UK Wheat Behaving More Like Maize?

Tue, 24 Mar 2015

UK - Global wheat markets for old and new crop have rallied in the past week, adding strength to Paris wheat futures.

 

Calls for a Sustainable Food System in Europe

Tue, 24 Mar 2015

EU - The WWF is calling on the European Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans to develop a clear plan for a healthy and climate friendly European food system by 2030, in collaboration with the LiveWell for LIFE project.

 

Punitive Trade Barriers Hit European Exports

Tue, 24 Mar 2015

ANALYSIS - Significant trade and investment barriers are being built by Europe’s leading trading partners.

 

Scientists Promote Climate-Smart Agriculture to Tackle Climate Change

Mon, 23 Mar 2015

FRANCE - Scientists and farmers must liaise, so that the necessary agricultural transitions can be implemented to face the challenges of climate change in in the coming years.

 

EU Agriculture Council Discuss Harmonisation of Organic Farming

Mon, 23 Mar 2015

EU - The Agriculture and Fisheries Council recently held a public debate on a proposal for organic farming.

 

India’s Vegoil Imports up 23 Per Cent During Nov 2014 to Feb 2015

Mon, 23 Mar 2015

INDIA - India’s vegetable oil imports (edible & non-edible) have recorded an increase of 23 per cent at 4.29 million tonnes during November 2014 to February 2015.

 

Nearly 40,000 Hectares of Crops Damaged, Says Maharashtra Agriculture Minister

Mon, 23 Mar 2015

INDIA - With unseasonal rain lashing the state since February, over 40,000 hectares of rabi crop has been damaged in the state, Maharashtra state agriculture minister, Eknath Kadse said recently.

 

Premier Stresses Economic Targets, Agricultural Reform

Mon, 23 Mar 2015

CHINA - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for more reforms in agriculture and foreign trade.

 

Chancellor's Final Budget Brings Good News for Farmers

Fri, 20 Mar 2015

UK - Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced that farmers will be able to spread their incomes over five years, helping them to manage market volatility, as part of the 2015 final budget.

 

Little Change for Scotland's Winter-sown Crops

Fri, 20 Mar 2015

SCOTLAND, UK - The results of the latest December Agricultural Survey show that the area of winter-sown crops in December 2014 was similar to the previous December at 204,000 hectares, with 2,300 hectares more wheat, offset by 1,300 hectares less barley and 500 hectares less oats. Oilseed rape was relatively unchanged.

 

IFPRI: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico Home to Half World’s Hungry

Fri, 20 Mar 2015

GLOBAL - Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico may be rising economic powerhouses, but these five fast-growing, middle income countries are still home to nearly half of the world’s hungry, or 363 million people, according to IFPRI's new Global Food Policy Report.

 

FAO Boosts Food Security in Response to Syria Crisis

Fri, 20 Mar 2015

MIDDLE EAST - The FAO is scaling up its support to Jordan and other countries in the region affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria that has entered its fifth year.

 

97 Per Cent of All US Farms are Family-Owned

Fri, 20 Mar 2015

US - The US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry.

 

Chinese Food Prices Continue to Fall

Fri, 20 Mar 2015

CHINA - The prices of major farm produce in China continued to fall in the first week of March, according to a survey of prices in 36 large and medium-sized cities by the Ministry of Commerce.

 

India Setting up Fertiliser Plant in Iran

Fri, 20 Mar 2015

INDIA - In order to meet its fertiliser needs, India will be setting up fertilizer plant in Iran.

 

US Crop Rumours Are Just That

Thu, 19 Mar 2015

US - Warm and dry weather in parts of the US, while continuing to cause some fears for winter wheat, are expected to support maize and soybean planting pace.

 

India Allocates 61MN Tonnes of Food Grains to States

Thu, 19 Mar 2015

INDIA - During the 2014-15 fiscal year, India has allocated 61.45 million tonnes of food grains to all the states, Indian minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan said recently.

 

Agriculture Bears Major Brunt of Disaster Impacts

Thu, 19 Mar 2015

GLOBAL - Nearly a quarter of damages wrought by natural disasters on the developing world are borne by the agricultural sector according to initial results from a new FAO study released at the UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.

 

Indian Sugar Output up 2.8 Million Tonnes

Thu, 19 Mar 2015

INDIA - Indian sugar production has recorded an increase of 2.8 million tonnes during the current season up to March 15, 2015 at 22.18 million tonnes, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said recently.

 

How Do We Build for the Future if We're Making a Loss on Crops?

Wed, 18 Mar 2015

UK - Arable farmers and members of the industry from Somerset discussed grain marketing tactics and benchmarking at a recent HGCA Monitor Farm meeting.

 

Agricultural Insecticides Pose Global Risk to Surface Water

Wed, 18 Mar 2015

GLOBAL - Streams within approximately 40 per cent of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides.

 

Agriculture Helping Irish Economic Recovery

Wed, 18 Mar 2015

IRELAND - Irish Farmers Association (IFA) President Eddie Downey has said the latest strong growth figures for the Irish economy for 2014 show clearly the major role agriculture is playing in the Irish economic recovery.

 

Substantial Increase in Productivity Answer to Food Security, Indian Agri Minister

Tue, 17 Mar 2015

INDIA - A substantial increase in productivity is the answer to achieve food security in an efficient and sustainable manner, India agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh said at the India Seed Congress-2015 held at Agra (UP) recently.

 

Assocham Lauds National Agricultural Market Initiative

Tue, 17 Mar 2015

INDIA - The proposed setting up of a unified national market for agri commodities in close coordination with NITI and State Governments, the Union Budget 2015-16 has set the ball rolling for sweeping reforms, the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (Assocham) said in a statement recently.

 

2015 Cereals Harvest Shows 8 Per Cent Drop in EU Grains

Tue, 17 Mar 2015

EU - New estimates for EU cereals plantings in 2015 reveal EU cereals production is expected to drop by as much as eight per cent this year, compared to last year, mainly as a result of the new greening measures under Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform

 

Sharp EU Rapeseed Decline Expected as Result of Neonicotinoid Seed Ban

Tue, 17 Mar 2015

EU - New figures released by Copa-Cogeca reveal EU rapeseed production is expected to fall by as much as seven per cent this year, compared to 2014, mainly as a result of the neonicotinoid seed treatment ban.

 

Are Neonicotinoids Reducing Crop Yields?

Mon, 16 Mar 2015

GLOBAL - Beetles that are helpful to farmers can be poisoned if they feed on slugs that have eaten crops treated with neonicotinoids, a new study reports.

 

Radha Mohan Singh Meets Polish Agri Minister

Mon, 16 Mar 2015

INDIA - Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh has met agriculture and rural development minister of Poland, Marek Sawicki in New Delhi recently.

 

Prices of Chinese Farm Produce Drop

Mon, 16 Mar 2015

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

 

Soil Health Card to Provide Fertilizer Recommendation, Says Indian Agri Minister

Mon, 16 Mar 2015

INDIA - Soil Health card will not only contain details of soil fertility but will also provide fertilizer recommendation, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh said recently.

 

Record Low Snowpack in Western US

Fri, 13 Mar 2015

US – Warm temperatures in February contributed to further snowpack decline in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, according to data from the third 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Snowpack in Nevada, Utah and Idaho also fell further behind normal.

 

Farmers Profit from Wet Fields, Migrating Birds

Fri, 13 Mar 2015

US – Farmers who have a hard-to-farm wet spot on their land may be able to turn it into a well-drained, profitable field by providing a temporary wet habitat for migrating birds.

 

Is Drought Looming in US Wheat Regions?

Fri, 13 Mar 2015

US - With little change to US and world closing wheat stocks in this week's USDA release and so little change to old crop supply and demand, attention in wheat markets has turned to dry conditions in key US winter wheat regions.

 

ICRISAT Organises Consultative Meet on Enhancing Exports

Fri, 13 Mar 2015

INDIA - Hyderabad based International agriculture body, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) will be organising two day consultative meet to develop strategies to enhance exports of sorghum, sorghum products and seeds through public-private partnership (PPP) .

 

India, ASEAN to Work in Agri and Food Sector

Thu, 12 Mar 2015

INDIA - India ASEAN cooperation in agriculture and forestry sectors form an important part to ensure long-term food security in the region, Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), Indian ministry of external affairs said at the ASEAN India Cooperation in Food Security, Agriculture Technology And Food Engineering for Delhi Dialogue VII recently.

 

Strengthening the Link Between Small-Scale Farmers and Schools

Thu, 12 Mar 2015

AFRICA - An innovative partnership spanning five African countries is providing important lessons on how governments can procure food for public institutions, such as schools, directly from small-scale family farmers.

 

Few Changes to USDA Crop Estimates

Thu, 12 Mar 2015

US - USDA made very few changes to its crop estimates in yesterday’s March World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE)  but the changes it did make were a bit unexpected, writes Steve Meyer & Len Steiner.