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15 October 2014
Research Paves Way for New Generation of Fungicides
UK - BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Exeter have provided novel insights into the mechanisms by which pathogenic fungi avoid the immune responses of the plants they attack. ...
Editors Comment: What Are Rabobank's 10 Big Ideas to Boost Global Food Production?
ANALYSIS - In a new report, Rabobank says innovation in food and agribusiness should focus on improved technologies and new business models, writes Sarah Mikesell....
13 October 2014
Ebola Threatens Global Food Security
GLOBAL - FAO has launched a new programme to urgently assist 90 000 vulnerable households in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone whose food supplies and livelihoods are threatened by the disruptive...
'Exceptional' Levels of Fusarium Infection This Year
CANADA - High levels of fusarium head blight infection in this year's winter wheat crop is creating a significant challenge for those planning to feed the grain to livestock, writes Bruce Cochrane....
2015 Planting Decisions Influenced by Nitrogen Fertilizer Prices
US - Anhydrous ammonia prices averaged $717 per ton in Illinois according to the October 2nd edition of the Illinois Production Cost Report, reports Gary Schnitkey....
10 October 2014
Market Analyst: Fight Returns to Grain Futures
ANALYSIS - This week saw corn have it's first higher close in five weeks, following wheats first higher close in six weeks, last week, reports Mike Zuzolo for Global Commodity Analytics....
Family Farming and Food Security Highlighted by NFU President
CANADA - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has discussed the role of family farming and cooperatives in food security and food sovereignty as part of a panel discussion at...
09 October 2014
Highest Wheat Yield on Record Thanks to ‘Perfect’ Weather
UK - The UK is predicted to harvest a record wheat crop, according to the NFU harvest survey, published this week....
03 October 2014
Endocrine Disruptors – Risk or Hazard?
ANALYSIS - As the European Commission launched its consultation on endocrine disruptors as pesticides, crop protection industry experts spelt out concerns that a catch all hazard based approach...
02 October 2014
Is Politics Rather than Science Dictating Crop Protection?
ANALYSIS - Too many regulations regarding chemicals and crop protection products are being made for short-term political expediency rather than being based on solid science....
FAO Urges Europe to Support Sustainable Farming
EU - Speaking at an informal meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Milan this week, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said European governments must help combat hunger...
01 October 2014
Is Growing GM Crops Good For the Livestock Sector?
GLOBAL – Growing genetically engineered (GE) crops for animal agriculture is safe and very beneficial, according to a research review assessing the performance of over 100 billion animals....
Financial Boost for US Organic, Local Food Sectors
US - USDA has awarded more than $52 million in grants to support organic and local food economies....
30 September 2014
Canadian Governments Invest in Agrifoods and Garden Show
CANADA - The annual Agrifoods and Garden Show, the largest agriculture event in the province, will receive c$150,000 in funding from the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Growing Forward 2 Agreement,...
Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Higher
US - December corn futures closed up 1 1/2 cents at $3.24 1/2 today. ...
29 September 2014
Funding for Farmer-Led Feed Grain Research
CANADA - Farmer-led research to find new feed wheat varieties will receive C$400,000 funding under the Growing Forward 2 initiative....
25 September 2014
Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: US Dollar Surges Against Other Currencies
GLOBAL - A feature in the market place this week has been the surging U.S. dollar versus most of the other major world currencies. ...
Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture Launched by President Obama
US - From record droughts in Kansas to deadly wildfires in California, the United States is feeling the effects of climate change, writes Secretary of State John Kerry, Agriculture Secretary...
New Approaches to Agriculture Needed to Cope with Climate Change
GLOBAL - Overcoming climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the planet's growing population, and food security must lie at the heart of that effort, FAO Director-General...
How Do We Tackle Food Production 'Complacency'?
UK - NFU Vice President Guy Smith has been selected on to the Advisory Board of the UK’s Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)....
24 September 2014
Watch: Cover Crops Field Guide for Farmers Expanded, Update
US - Farmers interested in planting cover crops to improve soil health now have an updated and expanded resource in the second edition of the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide....
23 September 2014
Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Rocked by US Airstrikes on ISIS
GLOBAL - There is risk aversion back in the market place Tuesday following reports overnight that U.S. airstrikes hit the ISIS terrorists at several locations in Iraq and Syria. ...
HGCA: Largest UK Cereals Stocks Since 2008/09, French Wheat 'Finding its Demand'
GLOBAL - Grain markets ended last week on a very bearish note, partly as production estimates continue to grow, according to the latest HGCA Market Summary Report. ...
22 September 2014
Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Mainly Lower Overnight
GLOBAL - In overnight news, China’s finance minister said his nation will not offer a more stimulative domestic monetary policy or other economic stimulus measures despite some recent weak...
McDonald's: Sustainability is Job #1, #2 and #3
ANALYSIS - McDonald's sustainability efforts focus on verifiable sustainable coffee, fish, fiber, palm oil and beef with "beef being Priority Number One, Two and Three."...
Myanmar Rice Production Forecast at a Good Level
MYANMAR - Harvesting of the 2014 main (wet) season rice crop, which accounts for about 80 percent of annual production, is expected to start at the beginning of October and continue into December....
19 September 2014
More Land, Fewer Harvests
GERMANY - Most of the Earth’s agricultural land resources are already under cultivation. Climate change poses a huge challenge to global agriculture, but a new study by geographers at the Lugwig...
18 September 2014
Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower
US - December Corn closed down 2-cents at 3.41 3/4. December corn closed lower on Wednesday. ...
16 September 2014
FAO to Help India Develop Agriculture, Food Security
INDIA - The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, have agreed on how to strengthen efforts to promote India’s food security and sustainable...
Understanding Our Urban Pollinators
UK - Pollinators such as the Common Blue butterfly, which is shown in the image above, play a vital role in maintaining our food supplies. But like many others, these species are struggling in...
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