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18 April 2014
US Fertilizer Transportation Decision a 'Step in Right Direction'
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) has praised a decision by the US Surface Transportation Board (STB) that ordered BNSF Railway (BNSF) and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) to direct all necessary...
11 April 2014
UK Makes Efforts to Reduce Farmer Regulatory Burdens
UK – Recent cuts to red tape and bureaucracy have made farming easier and at no cost to food production standards, the government has announced this week....
10 April 2014
Irish President Tours FAI Farm During State Visit to UK
UK - The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, visited a leading sustainable farming research and innovation centre, the Food Animal Initiative (FAI), in Oxford, as part of a landmark state...
Russian Grain Exports Soar
RUSSIA - Russia has exported nearly 50 per cent more grain in the first three months of the year than for the same period last year....
Agriculture MEPs Back Move for Promotion of EU Farm Produce
EU - A deal with the EU Council of Ministers on measures to boost sales of EU farm produce within the EU and abroad and to restore consumer confidence in the event of market disruptions has been...
08 April 2014
NFU Names Senate Ag Appropriations Priorities
US - Last week National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations, outlining NFU’s priorities for Fiscal...
07 April 2014
European Parliament Supports Common Framework for Whole Food Chain
EU - A Commission proposal creating, for the first time, a common financial framework covering the whole food chain has been endorsed by the European Parliament....
03 April 2014
Have Your Say on the EU Common Agricultural Policy
EU - The European Commission is calling for applications for groups wishing to join the new Agriculture & Rural Development Civil Dialogue Groups, which will have input into the Common Agricultural...
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...
28 March 2014
Water Abstraction Licensing A 'Mixed Bag' for Farming Industry
UK - Government proposals for the biggest shake up of water abstraction licensing in 50 years throws up a mixed bag for the farming industry, the NFU said today (Friday 28th March)....
27 March 2014
New Plans for European Organic Farming
EU - Maintaining consumer confidence, maintaining producer confidence and making it easier for farmers to switch to organics are the main objectives of a new EU Regulation on organic production...
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....
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
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...
New Opportunities in East Africa for NGOs
GLOBAL, AFRICA - When USAID/East Africa announced the first Annual Program Statement (APS) under the African Institutions Innovation Mechanism (AIIM) initiative in 2012, many organisations were...
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
First Package of Delegated Acts for Ag Policy Reform Criticised
EU - Copa-Cogeca has criticised the first package of delegated acts for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform approved by the EU Commission this week, warning it will make it difficult...
11 March 2014
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
US Biodiesel Outlook Fueled by RFS Policy Changes
US — Adjustments to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at the end of 2013 set up an environment for a stable long-term outlook for biodiesel demand, according to a new report from the Rabobank...
07 March 2014
United Nations Calls for Pro-family Farming Policies
GLOBAL - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva have appealed to governments to boost support to the world’s small-scale family farmers...
Agricultural Policy Timetable Outlined in Scotland
SCOTLAND, UK - The Scottish Government is currently seeking views on how the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should be implemented in Scotland and how farm payments should be distributed...
06 March 2014
Drought Down Under: What is the Cost?
AUSTRALIA – Drought has held Australia’s broadacre production back 11 per cent this millennium, according to a new Australian government report....
04 March 2014
Ukraine Farmers Start Spring Sowing Despite Political Unrest
UKRAINE - Farmers in the Ukraine have started planting spring crops, despite the tense political situation in the region....
03 March 2014
USDA Secretary Speaks at Commodity Classic About Implementing Farm Bill
ANALYSIS - US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to a packed room at the 2014 Commodity Classic about the recently passed Farm Bill and most importantly - how USDA plans to implement it,...
TPP Talks in Final Sstretch, Says Singapore Diplomat
SINGAPORE - Singapore's former US ambassador said she thinks the United States and 11 other nations in the Asia-Pacific region are closer to setting a sweeping free-trade agreement after negotiators...
27 February 2014
$3 Million in Funding Available to Improve Pollinator Health
US – The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and...
26 February 2014
Call for Supermarkets to Sell More British Produce
UK – UK supermarkets should listen to British consumers and stock more British food....
25 February 2014
Wyckoff's Weekly Grain Outlook: Profit Taking in Market at Start of Week
ANALYSIS - The corn markets are looking strong overall at the start of this week, according to grains analyst Jim Wyckoff....
UK Farming Needs Long-term Strategic Plan
ANALYSIS - Government policy should be seen through the lens of food security and there should be a long-term strategic food plan in the UK, writes Chris Harris from the National Farmers Union...
18 February 2014
Copa-Cogeca Stresses Policy Reform Must Respect 2013 Agreements
EU - In a high-level meeting with the Greek Presidency yesterday (17th), Copa President Albert Jan Maat stressed that the EU must not go beyond the political deal on Common Agricultural Policy...
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