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25 June 2014
Philippines Close to Extension of Rice Import Barriers until 2017
PHILIPPINES - With all countries interested in accessing the local rice market having assented, the Philippines has practically secured an extension of rice import barriers until 2017, said Agriculture...
24 June 2014
National Biodiesel Board Meets on Renewable Fuel Standard
US - The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) held its board meeting in Washington, D.C. and focused on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2014. ...
23 June 2014
Thorny Issues Revealed in US-EU Trade Talks
US & EU - US Agriculture Secretary was in the European Union last week, emphasising the importance of agricultural trade in negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership...
Canadian Canola Crop Offers China Health and Wealth
CHINA & CANADA – The Canadian canola crop offers China both health and wealth by producing one of the healthiest vegetable oils in the world and being crushed and distributed domestically,...
20 June 2014
Report Outlines Nineteen Steps for Canadian Competitiveness
CANADA - The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry has outlined 19 recommendations for improving the competitive advantage of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector....
19 June 2014
NFU Keen to Work with Government on New Pollinator Strategy
UK - The NFU says it is keen to work with government on its new strategy to help pollinators as the first hearing by the Environmental Audit Committee got underway yesterday....
16 June 2014
Government Will Increase Investment in the Agri Sector, says Indian President
INDIA - Agriculture is the source of livelihood for the majority of our people, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee said at the first session of both houses of parliament after the general...
EU Agriculture, Fisheries Committee Meets This Week
EU - The Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting will take place in Luxembourg on 16 and 17 June 2014. Among the leading topics on the agenda are the single school food scheme, the dairy market...
13 June 2014
Council Calls on Japan to Alter Position on Trans-Pacific Partnership
US - The National Pork Producers Council says, unless Japan significantly alters its demands, US agriculture will not be in a position to support the Trans Pacific Partnership, Bruce Cochrane...
11 June 2014
Govt to Insure Farmers Income, Says Indian Agri Minister
INDIA - Soon after being put in charge as India’s Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh pointed out areas where the government will focus in agriculture sectors....
10 June 2014
NFU Statement on EPA’s Clean Power Plan Proposal
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has issued a statement on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan proposal to cut carbon pollution 30 per cent...
06 June 2014
ISMA Seeks Sugar Import Duty Hiked to 40 Per Cent
INDIA - Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has asked the new government to hike import duty on sugar to 40 per cent from the current 15 per cent duty....
Farmers, Growers Need Reliable Source of Water
UK - A University of Cambridge report is right to suggest that collaboration is crucial to ensuring the careful management of our water resources – and it is essential that farmers and growers...
05 June 2014
China to Better Police GMO in Agriculture
CHINA - China will strengthen oversight of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the agricultural sector to ensure biosafety, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a circular....
04 June 2014
India to Focus on Reducing Post-Harvest Losses
INDIA - After taking charge as the new minister of food processing industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal has said that her priority will be to find ways to reduce the post-harvest losses....
02 June 2014
Farmers Disadvantaged by Slow Implementation of Policy
VIET NAM - The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) organized a workshop to discuss solutions to change the usage of 112,000 hectares of ineffective rice-growing land to farmland...
28 May 2014
R Mohan Singh Appointed India’s Agri Minister
INDIA - After the success in general elections, Narendra Modi took charge as the 15th prime minister of India on May 26, 2014, along with 45 cabinet and minister of states....
23 May 2014
NFU Welcomes Withdrawal of Soil Framework Directive
EU - The European Commission has finally withdrawn its proposal for a Soil Framework Directive following years of NFU lobbying....
US Congress Passes Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014
US - The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) applauds Congress for their votes this week to pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 with an overwhelming 412-4 vote...
22 May 2014
Global Freshwater Conservation Gains Momentum Among UN Countries
GLOBAL - Thirty-five member countries of the United Nations have now officially agreed to common guidelines for sharing and managing freshwater resources that cross international borders....
19 May 2014
EU Ends Customs Duties for Ukrainian Meat, Cereals
EU & UKRAINE - As a result of talks on enhanced bilateral cooperation and trade with agricultural products between the EU and Ukraine this week, duty-free tariff rate quotas have been granted...
Global Food, Agriculture Sustainable Business Principles Unveiled
GLOBAL - The United Nations (UN) has launched the Food and Agriculture Business Principles - the first global voluntary business principles for the whole food and agriculture sector aiming at...
16 May 2014
Farmers Urged to Act as HS2 Deadline Fast Approaches
UK - Farmers and growers are being urged by the NFU to tell Government exactly how they will be affected by the HS2 rail link as the deadline for petitioning the Bill approaches....
15 May 2014
Ag Economist Offers Insights to Latest US Farm Bill
US - A Purdue Extension agricultural economist has published two articles that include analysis of what the 2014 farm bill could mean for farmers and agriculture in the Midwest. ...
NFU Asks Members to Report Retailers Breaching Supply Code of Practice
UK - Farmers and growers can now make anonymous reports of retailers suspected of breaching the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) through the NFU, thanks to a new scheme....
13 May 2014
New Zealand, US File Disputes Against Indonesia on Agricultural Imports
GLOBAL - New Zealand and the United States have started disputes procedures in the World Trade Organisation against Indonesia over measures imposed on the import of horticultural products, animals...
02 May 2014
India Pegs $9.20 Billion Investment on Agri-Infra Schemes
INDIA - In order to develop agriculture infrastructure in the country, India has set aside $9.20 billion that will be spend on developing integrated scheme for agricultural marketing in the 12th...
24 April 2014
What Are International Soybean Buyers Looking For?
ANALYSIS - The US Soybean Export Council is launching the US Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol to define the characteristics of sustainable soy, which is exactly what international buyers...
23 April 2014
New Fund Allows USDA to Facilitate Private Equity Investments in Agriculture
US – US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of a new investment fund - Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC)- that will now allow USDA to facilitate private equity investments...
21 April 2014
University of Minnesota Releases Info Series on 2014 Farm Bill
US - A series of fact sheets on the Agricultural Act of 2014 – the farm bill – is available to help the agricultural community prepare for changes introduced by the recently passed federal...
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