FAO: Soil Degradation 'Alarming'

Thu, 23 Apr 2015

GERMANY - The importance of soils for global food production was highlighted by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at the start of Global Soil Week in Berlin.

 

New Test Could Prevent Spread of 'Killer' Bees

Thu, 23 Apr 2015

AUSTRALIA - Researchers have developed a genetic test that can help prevent the spread of infected bees, which threaten hives in Australia.

 

Switch for Alternative Plant Photosynthesis Pathway Discovered

Thu, 23 Apr 2015

US - A switch has been identified for an alternative pathway of energy flow in photosynthesis, which helps to balance plant metabolic needs, according to new research.

 

More Freedom for EU to Decide on Use of GMO's for Food and Feed

Thu, 23 Apr 2015

EU - The EU Commission has presented the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed.

 

How is US Bird Flu Outbreak Affecting Corn, Oilseed Futures?

Thu, 23 Apr 2015

US - Declines in US maize and soybean futures prices have been linked to the recent outbreak of bird flu in the US.

 

Soy Can Help Clean Up Oil Spills

Thu, 23 Apr 2015

US - Soy lecithin can be used as a chemical dispersant to help clean up oil spills, researchers have discovered.

 

British Bee Diet Blamed for Decline

Thu, 23 Apr 2015

UK - Different land use types cause differences in protein levels in British bee diets, which could impact on population size, according to new research from Lancaster University.

 

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UK Milling Premium Still Near this Season’s Low

Wed, 22 Apr 2015

UK - The UK ex-farm full-spec bread wheat milling premium continues to sit around its lowest level this season, increasing only slightly last week after dipping below £30/t for the first time in 2014/15 in the previous week (w/e 9-Apr).

 

Russian Wheat Regains Competitive Edge

Wed, 22 Apr 2015

RUSSIA - Despite the export tax which has been imposed on it since February, Russian wheat is now looking competitive on the world market once again.

 

Upland Cotton Genome Sequenced to Aid Breeding

Wed, 22 Apr 2015

GLOBAL - A major international collaboration has cracked the genetic code of upland cotton, which accounts for more than 90 percent of cultivated cotton worldwide.

 

Heavy Rains Benefit Wheat but Delay Other Plantings

Wed, 22 Apr 2015

US - More rainstorms have swept over much of the Texas, leaving fields too soggy to work in many areas, but generally benefiting wheat, pastures and rangeland, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

 

Corn Planting Will Soon Move into High Gear, but Drought Persists

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

US - Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season.

 

Political Parties Commit to Food and Farming

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

UK - Long-term commitments to British food and the acceleration of high-speed broadband roll-out are among the promises made by the UK's political parties in their recently published manifestos.

 

Rise in Price of Chinese Farm Produce

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

CHINA - The price of farm produce in China has risen over the last week according to a survey of 36 large and medium sized cities carried out by the Ministry of Commerce.

 

China Steps up Monitoring of Farm and Aquatic Products

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

CHINA - Monitoring of farm and aquaculture products in China by the Ministry of Agriculture for quality and safety has found that the majority are safe and the levels of contamination have remained stable.

 

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Rice Conservation Meeting Sets the Stage for Sustainability Talks

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

US - Earlier this week, the USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited hosted meetings for contributing partners in the Sustaining the Future of Rice Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

 

Can Bioenergy Sustainably Contribute to Future Energy Supplies?

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

BRAZIL - A report by an international scientific organisation showed that bioenergy can help to meet energy demands in the future, despite concerns over increasing food supply requirements.

 

A New Look HGCA at Cereals 2015

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

UK - The latest chapter in the 50 year history of HGCA will open at Cereals 2015, where it will exhibit in its new guise as AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.

 

2015 Grain Harvest - A Game of Two Halves

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

NEW ZEALAND - The 2015 Grain Harvest has been a game of two halves, according to survey results released by the Arable Industry Marketing Initiative (AIMI).

 

Indian Sugar Output up 3.2 Million Tonnes

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

INDIA - India’s sugar production has recorded an increase of 3.2 million tonnes at 26.35 million tonnes as on April 15, 2015.

 

Residue Levels in Food Falling Across EU

Fri, 17 Apr 2015

EU - The amount pesticides or veterinary drug residues found in meat and food products across Europe is falling and the majority of products pose no risk to public health.

 

South Korea - A Changing Market for Rice?

Fri, 17 Apr 2015

SOUTH KOREA and US - South Korea is a small, but high-value market for the US rice industry. The US exports have averaged more than 104,000 MT of rice to Korea annually over the past six years - representing about 25 per cent of the roughly 410,000 MT imported by volume, or 26 per cent of imports by value.

 

Stronger Canadian Wheat Board Increases Competition

Fri, 17 Apr 2015

CANADA - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced the approval of a deal reached between Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and G3 Global Grain Group which ensures CWB becomes a fully private and global competitor in the Canadian grain sector.

 

Canada Investing in Grain Sector to Increase Exports

Fri, 17 Apr 2015

CANADA - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced an investment of C$1.4 million under Growing Forward 2 for two projects being led by the Canada Grains Council (CGC) to help the grain industry demonstrate its compliance with global sustainability requirements and expand its access to international markets.

 

Maize Roots Developed Better Nitrogen Efficiency Over Last Century

Fri, 17 Apr 2015

US - Selective breeding of maize over the last century to increase yield may have indirectly led to the evolution of more efficient root systems, according to researchers.

 

What Are Priorities for Future Sustainable Food Production?

Thu, 16 Apr 2015

ANALYSIS - Making research in agriculture and the agri-food sector a priority, promoting innovation and improving the exchange of knowledge are going to be essential in developing food production to feed a growing global population.

 

FAO Supporting Yemenis Farmers as Conflict Escalates

Thu, 16 Apr 2015

YEMEN - Amidst escalating conflict at a crucial time in the country’s cropping season, almost 11 million people in Yemen are severely food insecure and millions more are at risk of not meeting their basic food needs, the FAO said.

 

US NFU Disappointed by Cuts to Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency

Thu, 16 Apr 2015

US - NFU President Roger Johnson says he was disappointed in the US House of Representatives Energy and Water spending subcommittee’s reduction of funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency from last year.

 

Future of Biofuels Use in MEPs’ Hands

Thu, 16 Apr 2015

EU - The NFU is urging UK MEPs to reject a draft law limiting the amount of crops involved in biofuel production which is to be presented to the European Parliament (EP) at the end of the month.

 

Cotton Planting Falls Behind

Thu, 16 Apr 2015

US - Only about 5 per cent of Texas cotton is planted, down from the five-year average of 12 per cent for this time of year, according to the latest weekly reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel across the state.

 

Australian Delegation Meets Mohanbhai Kundariya

Wed, 15 Apr 2015

INDIA - With agriculture sector in sight, Australian delegation led by Colin Barnett Premier of Western Australia meet Indian Minister of State for Agriculture, Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya at Krishi Bhawan in New Delhi recently.

 

Could El Niño Return in 2015?

Wed, 15 Apr 2015

GLOBAL - Once more there is an increased risk that an El Niño weather phenomenon may occur according to weather forecasters.

 

Canada’s Food Production Growing but Wasting More

Wed, 15 Apr 2015

ANALYSIS - Canada wastes 6 billion kilogrammes of food each year – nearly a third of its total production.

 

Harper Government Invests in Commercial Beekeeping to Bolster Agriculture Industry

Wed, 15 Apr 2015

CANADA - Pollination by honeybees is vital to the existence of many British Columbia crops and paid pollination services are increasing in demand.

 

India’s Oilmeal Exports to Iran Down to 362,091 Tonnes

Tue, 14 Apr 2015

INDIA - India’s oilmeal export to Iran has recorded a huge decrease at 362,091 tonnes during April 2014 to March 2015 financial year, as compared to 1.24 million tonnes exported during the same period last year, Solvent Extractors Association of India (SEAI) said in a statement recently.

 

Is EU Maize Losing its Competitiveness?

Tue, 14 Apr 2015

EU - EU maize has maintained its position as the most competitive EU feed grain, when compared with feed wheat and feed barley, since October.

 

NFU Urges EPA to Stick to Statutory Target Levels

Tue, 14 Apr 2015

US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson says he is hopeful the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) timeline for releasing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) target levels would restore stability to an already damaged biofuels market and urged the EPA to stick to RFS statutory volume target levels when issuing the rule.

 

Consultations on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Tue, 14 Apr 2015

UK - Three consultations covering the UK and the EU's approach to future GHG emissions reduction have been issued. All will have implications for agriculture.

 

Usher to Modern Techniques in Agriculture, Says Indian Agri Minister

Tue, 14 Apr 2015

INDIA - Indian farmers need to use modern techniques for farm practices, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh said at the 77th meeting of the General Council of National Cooperative Development Corporation today in New Delhi recently.

 

Sorghum Silage Can Replace Corn Silage When Properly Managed

Mon, 13 Apr 2015

US - Sorghum silage can provide a useful alternative to corn silage, but not all sorghum types have the same nutritional properties, according to two experts from the Agrilife programme at the Texas A&M University.

 

Grant to Boost Crop Breeding Worldwide

Mon, 13 Apr 2015

US - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $18.5 million to Cornell University to aid worldwide breeding of the staple crops wheat, rice, maize, sorghum and chickpea.

 

Mounting Evidence for Neonicotinoid Environmental Impact

Mon, 13 Apr 2015

EU - Evidence for the negative impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the environment is rapidly increasing, according to a joint report from the European Academies of Science to the European Commission.

 

Quarterly Earnings Increase for Cargill

Mon, 13 Apr 2015

US - In its latest quarterly report, Cargill's net earnings were up by one-third from the same period last year, with the largest contribution by its Animal Nutrition and Protein business.

 

New Tool to Help Growers Make More Meaningful Variety Choices

Fri, 10 Apr 2015

UK - Even more meaningful variety choices can now be made by growers, thanks to a new online tool based on variety trial information.

 

Rice Subsidies Too High in Advanced Developing Countries

Fri, 10 Apr 2015

US - Several key advanced developing countries have ramped up subsidies to their producers of rice, corn, and wheat, according to a new study.

 

US Bee Population Showing Less Die-Off Than in 2014

Fri, 10 Apr 2015

US - The honeybee population has experienced less severe die-offs over winter than in 2014, but there are still significant threats, according to a specialist from Purdue University.

 

Phillipines Explores Cambodia Collaboration on Rice

Fri, 10 Apr 2015

PHILLIPINES - The Phillipines is hoping to work with Cambodia to exchange knowledge and experience in the rice sector, helping to improve food security.

 

India’s Oilmeal Exports Down by 44 Per Cent

Fri, 10 Apr 2015

INDIA - India has recorded a drop in oilmeal exports during April 2014 to March 2015 at 2.44 million tonnes, as compared to 4.38 million tonnes exported during the same period last year.

 

Swiss Must Knock Down Trade Barriers, Says Report

Thu, 09 Apr 2015

SWITZERLAND – Half of Swiss farm receipts come from farm support measures and major trade barrier reductions should be rolled out to address this.

 

Adapting to Climate Change May Create New Environmental Threats

Thu, 09 Apr 2015

UK - Adaptation measures to help us cope with climate change have the potential to generate further threats for both local and global ecosystems, according to a new study from the University of East Anglia.

 

New GM Rice Shows Improved Disease Immunity

Thu, 09 Apr 2015

US - Rice disease immunity can be improved by transferred genes from other species, according to new research from the University of California-Davis.

 

New Way to Detect Peanut Contamination

Thu, 09 Apr 2015

EUROPE - Researchers from Spain and France have used a new type of technology to more accurately detect traces of peanut in foods, in a study published in the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy.

 

India’s Sugar Output up 2.8 MN Tonnes

Thu, 09 Apr 2015

INDIA - India’s sugar production output has recorded an increase of 2.8 million tonnes at 24.72 million tonnes during the sugar season of 2014-15 till March 2015.

 

Russian Taxes Cause Wheat Export Fall

Wed, 08 Apr 2015

RUSSIA - Russia's wheat exports have greatly reduced since the government started taxing overseas shipments as a way to reduce local food prices, reports Bloomberg.

 

Farmers Union of Wales Unveils Election Priorities

Wed, 08 Apr 2015

WALES, UK - The Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) has released its general election manifesto, highlighting the importance of agriculture to the economy.

 

Climate Change Causing Losses for US Soybean Farmers

Wed, 08 Apr 2015

US - Changes in weather patterns have been eating into the profits made by soybean farmers, causing $11 billion worth of losses over the past 20 years, according to researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

FAO Food Price Index Drops Further in March 2015

Wed, 08 Apr 2015

GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 points in March 2015, down 2.6 points (1.5 per cent) from its revised February value and nearly 40 points (18.7 per cent) below its level in March 2014.

 

Soybean Planting Date and Varietal Maturity

Wed, 08 Apr 2015

US - Along with the continuing emphasis on getting soybean planted early—late April to early May—comes the question of soybean maturity rating and whether early planting benefits fuller- or shorter-season varieties the most, said a University of Illinois crop scientist.