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14 February 2014
Vote on Proposal to Strengthen EU Animal, Plant Health Rules Welcome
EU - Copa-Cogeca has welcomed European Parliaments vote on new legislation designed to strengthen EU animal and plant health rules and tackle more effectively pests and outbreaks of animal diseases...
13 February 2014
BCPC Congress 2014: Precaution or Innovation?
UK - This year’s BCPC Congress is expected to attract a large and diverse representation from the European and international crop protection industry....
12 February 2014
Three Crop Rule is “Utter Madness”
UK - The concerns of thousands of farmers in England over the three crop rule which will be a requirement of the next CAP have again been raised with the European Commission by NFU President...
Is New Chinese Agricultural Policy Driving Production, Consumption?
CHINA - Chinese agriculture has grown tremendously over the past thirty-five years and with the new leadership in 2012 and a flurry of new government policies, agriculture is expected to experience...
10 February 2014
President Obama Signs 2014 Farm Bill
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has said the president’s signature on the 2014 Farm Bill brings closure to a 'long process of negotiations, sacrifice and compromise'....
06 February 2014
A Kinder, Gentler EPA?
Analysis - “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to build relationships with animal producers to facilitate sustainable agriculture,” according to Jeff Potent, environmental...
05 February 2014
NFU: Lessons Must be Learned from Severe Flooding
UK - Government must learn important lessons from the severe flooding that is continuing to damage many rural communities not just in Somerset but across the country, the NFU has said....
US Senate Approves Nearly $1 Trillion 2014 Farm Bill
US - After three long years of starts and stops, the US Senate voted Tuesday in a rare bipartisan agreement to approve the nearly $1 trillion 2014 Farm Bill by a vote of 68-32....
31 January 2014
House Passes Farm Bill, Union Praises Efforts
US - The US House of Representatives passed the H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014, by a 251-166 vote yesterday (29 January) morning....
29 January 2014
NFU Responds to State of Union Address on Energy
US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraged by the president’s commitment to our country’s energy future, said NFU President Roger Johnson following President Obama’s State of the...
NFU Board Calls on Congress to Pass 2014 Farm Bill This Week
US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson, under direction from the NFU Board of Directors, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John...
28 January 2014
MEPs Reject GM Maize Modification
EU - The genetically modified maize “Pioneer 1507” should not be placed on the market for cultivation, because its insect-resistant pollen might harm non-target butterflies and moths, says...
24 January 2014
NFU Applauds RFS Support from Congress
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued a statement in praise of the two letters 61 members of Congress signed and sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today...
23 January 2014
How Can Global Food Security be Achieved?
ANALYSIS - While last year the word on everyone’s lips in the agricultural world was sustainability, for 2014 the phrase could be “food security”, writes Chris Harris....
14 January 2014
NFU Opposed to Proposed Fast-Track Trade Authority
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson voiced opposition today to a bill, introduced last week by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., that would allow trade...
08 January 2014
OFC: Wrong Direction for CAP Reforms
UK - The objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy remain the same as those laid down by the treaty of Rome 55 years ago, according to the National Farmers’ Union president Peter Kenyon....
NFU Deeply Concerned Over EPA’s Proposed 2014 RFS Targets
US – National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing deep concern with EPA’s proposed 2014 volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard...
07 January 2014
National Farmers Union Celebrates International Year of Family Farming
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has declared the organizations support for the United Nations (UN) declaring 2014 the International Year of Family Farming....
27 December 2013
Farm Bill Deal Close, But Will Not be Announced Until January
US - As expected, the 2013 farm bill will wait until January for passage. ...
24 December 2013
Abandoned Farmland Widespread in Central and Eastern Europe
GLOBAL - A new study conducted for the European Commission suggests that abandoned farmland is widespread in Europe and that not all land that has been abandoned is unsuitable for farming....
Growing Adaptation Program to Fund Water Infrastructure Projects
CANADA - Under Growing Forward 2, Canada and Manitoba are partnering to fund a new program, Growing Adaptation, which will help farmers and food processors build water infrastructure and prepare...
20 December 2013
Implementation of Common Ag Policy Announced
UK - Farming, wildlife, rural businesses and the wider economy in England are set to benefit from £15 billion from the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)....
18 December 2013
NFU: Water Abstraction Reforms Must Deliver Fairness for Farmers
UK - Reform of the 50-year-old abstraction licensing regime must ensure a fair share of water for farming, the NFU said this week....
17 December 2013
Reforms to Improve Management of Water Supplies
UK - The way water is taken from rivers and groundwater is set to be modernised following the launch of a new consultation on reforms to its licence system, Environment Minister Dan Rogerson...
13 December 2013
Exciting Times Ahead for British Farmers
UK - "British food and farming is now seen in a more positive light and a One Poll survey revealed that 78 per cent of shoppers believe supermarkets should now stock more British food," said...
11 December 2013
EU Policy Support for Plant-based Foods Essential
EU – European institutions must invest more in resource-efficient and healthy crops such as soy and other plant-based foods if they are to deliver on their commitment to move to more sustainable...
EU Biofuels Supply Chain Rejects ILUC Compromise
EU - The biofuels supply chain, composed of farmers, crushers, traders and biofuels producers, presented its views on the Lithuanian proposal to be discussed by Energy and Environment Ministers...
10 December 2013
NFU Board to Congress: Do Not Abandon 2013 Farm Bill
US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors adopted a resolution yesterday (9 December), urging Congress to remain in session until the 2013 Farm Bill is completed....
09 December 2013
EPA Holds Hearing on Renewable Fuel Standard
US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has been left disappointed following a public hearing on the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS)....
Volatility, Uncertainty Due to Renewable Fuel Standard is 'Damaging'
US - National Chicken Council (NCC) president Mike Brown has called for a permanent Congressional fix at the EPA hearing on 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards....
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