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20 February 2014
France Reinforces Opposition to GM Crops
FRANCE -French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Philippe Martin, and Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, have reaffirmed the government position...
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
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....
03 February 2014
HS2 Proposal 'Fails to Consider' Whether Farm Businesses Can Survive
UK - Consultation on Phase Two of the HS2 high-speed rail project has failed to consider the fundamental question of whether farming businesses will be sustainable through the disruption and...
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....
30 January 2014
South Korea's 2014 MMA Rice Purchasing Plan
SOUTH KOREA - The Korean government has announced the rice purchasing plan for the 2014 Minimum Market Access (MMA) agreement. Under the 2014 MMA, Korea plans to purchase its commitment of 408,700...
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...
Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder Sweeps Across US
US - This week, beekeepers across the country are waking their hives from winter hibernation to pollinate blooming almond orchards in California. But many honeybees won’t buzz back to life...
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....
22 January 2014
Our Race Against Bacteria: Linking Livestock Production and Human Medicine
GLOBAL - The last decade has seen veterinary authorities address the routine use of antimicrobial drugs and prescribe more judicious use. But how could this benefit human health, and what are...
17 January 2014
Malaysian Consumer Group Calls for Ban on Antibiotics in Animal Feed
MALAYA - A consumer group in Malaysia has called on the authorities to ban antibiotic use in animal feeds following the EU ban on antibiotics in animal feed....
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...
03 January 2014
Cotton Soybean Purchase Mechanism to be Scrapped
China plans to discontinue its cotton and soybean purchasing and storage mechanism soon and offer direct subsidies to farmers instead. ...
02 January 2014
China Arable Land Area Above Food Security Red-line
CHINA - Although China's latest national land survey showed better-than-expected arable land figures, the country's growing population, accelerating urbanisation and pollution are eroding the...
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
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)....
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...
16 December 2013
EU Ministers Refuse Support for Biofuel Proposal
EU - Copa-Cogeca has welcomed the fact that EU Energy Ministers did not support the Council Presidency proposal imposing a seven per cent limit on the use of biofuels made from arable crops and...
12 December 2013
Did the WTO Reach Any Agricultural Agreement at Bali?
ANALYSIS - The World Trade Organisation’s Bali Ministerial Conference ended last week in a fanfare of triumph, writes Chris Harris....
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...
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