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09 April 2014
US Farmers Fighting Wind Erosion and Continued Drought
US - During the first week of April, parts of the North, East, Central and Rolling Plains regions received from 0.5 inch to 2 inches of rain, according the National Weather Service and reports...
07 April 2014
Sustainability Honour for Cargill's Chicken
US - McDonald's has honoured Cargill with seven 'Best of Sustainable Supply' awards, recognising the company's projects to help reduce environmental impacts, improve sustainability and enable...
02 April 2014
Farmers Union Leaders Attend WFO General Assembly
US - Last week National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson attended the fourth World Farmers Organisation (WFO) general assembly in Buenos Aires, focusing on a number of timely issues,...
01 April 2014
Methane Strategy Recognises Ag’s Role in Climate Change Mitigation
US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased that the administration’s strategy to reduce methane emissions recognizes that farmers and ranchers are important partners in the effort to...
Researchers Strive to Match Winter Hardiness of Winter Wheat to that of Fall Rye
CANADA - The executive director of Winter Cereals Canada says genetic research holds out the hope for the development of winter wheat varieties that are as winter hardy as fall rye....
31 March 2014
BCPC Congress 2014 Programme Well Advanced
UK - Building on the success of last year’s event, the BCPC Congress 2014 is well on track to be another highly informative and stimulating event....
£4 Million Investment for UK Food Production Innovation
UK - Businesses including an urban farm and spin-outs from Universities across the UK have received a share of £4 million of funding from government and industry to develop their innovative...
China Largest Importer of Brazilian Ag Products
BRAZIL & CHINA - Brazilian foods are welcomed and loved by Chinese consumers and have been for while. ...
New Research: Neonicotinoids Barely Found in Pollen of Seed-treated Plants
US - Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticide that has been popular with corn, cotton, canola and soybean farmers for years, writes Entomology Today. ...
28 March 2014
How Variable Fertiliser Application Can Remove Variability in Crop Yields
ANALYSIS - Variability of soil types in a field will produce variability right through the season and differences in biomass through the season will produce differences in yields....
27 March 2014
EPA's Proposed Clean Water Act Rule Pleases Farmers Union
US - The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) has proposed a rule regarding provisions of the Clean Water Act....
26 March 2014
How Can Science and Farming Live Together?
ANALYSIS - Modern farming needs modern scientific techniques, engineering, technology and social science....
25 March 2014
NFU Outlines Funding Priorities for 2015
US - Last week National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted testimony to the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations, outlining NFU’s priorities...
24 March 2014
Diversity in UK Gardens Aiding Fight to Save Threatened Bees
UK - The global diversity of plants being cultivated by Britain's gardeners is playing a key role in the fight to save the nation's threatened bumblebees, new research has revealed....
Arable Farmers Backing Campaign for Farmed Environment
UK - Lowland arable farmers across England have stepped up to the mark and are showing support for an invigorated Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) by adopting voluntary environmental...
21 March 2014
World Water Day: Agriculture and Water Inextricably Interlinked
GLOBAL - This Saturday, 22 March, the world celebrates World Water Day. Water and agriculture are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. Agriculture is a major user of both ground and surface...
How Will Ukraine Unrest Affect Grain Production?
ANALYSIS - The political turmoil in Ukraine at the present could lead to a drop in grain production according to the president of the Russian Grain Union Arkardy Zlochevskiy, writes Chris Harris....
Soil Temperatures and US Spring Prospects
US - With hopes that we’ve seen the last of the snow by now, but both air and soil temperatures remain below average in Illinois heading into the second half of March, said a University of...
20 March 2014
EU Feed Industry Moves Towards More Responsible Soybeans Sourcing
EU - The European feed manufacturers association, FEFAC, has issued an update on its 'roadmap' for sourcing responsible soybeans, showing where progress has been made and where more needs to...
19 March 2014
First Global Feed Sustainability Guidelines Released
GLOBAL - The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) has announced the Global Feed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) guidelines developed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization...
18 March 2014
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Invites Public Comment on Draft Principles & Criteria
GLOBAL – The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) has released its draft Principles and Criteria for Global Sustainable Beef document for public comment. ...
12 March 2014
Using Precision Technology to Increase Yields and Reduce Costs
ANALYSIS - A general even application of nitrogen, phosphate and potash might not only waste fertiliser adding cost but it might not give the best yields....
Farming Industry Sets Out Agenda for Low-carbon Food Production
UK - Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future should go hand in hand with producing food for a growing population and delivering for the environment....
11 March 2014
USDA Offers $3 Million Program to Improve Pollinator Health
US - Close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play a critical role in crop production, will be offered...
Microsoft Acquires Carbon Credits From Madagascan Rainforest
MADAGASCAR - Microsoft Inc. has acquired a block of carbon credits from the Madagascan government to help protect one of the country’s pristine rainforest ecosystems – the Makira National...
10 March 2014
Empowering Women in Ag: FAO, UN Look at Gender Equality
GLOBAL – On the eve of International Women’s Day, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said reducing gender inequality is fundamental to eliminating hunger and developing more sustainable...
China's Minister of Agriculture Endorses GMOs
CHINA - Genetically modified organisms “are good, they help to defend the crops from pests and do not cause any harm. I eat them regularly,” says the Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu...
06 March 2014
Retailers Told ‘Value British Food More’ - NFU
UK - The NFU is urging supermarkets not to devalue food by entering into price wars which have the potential to undermine British farmers and growers’ businesses....
05 March 2014
Wyckoff's Weekly Grain Outlook: Ukraine Tensions Dominate Markets
ANALYSIS - Tensions in Ukraine are dominating the marketplace this week, reports grains analyst Jim Wyckoff....
Food Production in US May Need to Change if Climate Does
US - If significant climate change occurs in the United States it may be necessary to change where certain foods are produced in order to meet consumer demand....
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