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23 October 2014
£5 Million Boost for Food Security
UK - £5 million is being invested in UK businesses and universities to combat some of the world's greatest agricultural challenges such as food security and sustainability, weed control and...
New Director for Agriculture at EU
EU - Christina Borchmann has been appointed as Director of "Audit of agricultural expenditure" in the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development....
22 October 2014
Chicago Soybean Prices Ease as US Harvest Advances
US - Delays to the US soybean harvest last week provided some support for the market and Chicago Nov-14 futures prices rallied $18.28/t between 1 and 16 October, peaking at £355.09/t last Thursday...
Winter Crop Planting Almost Complete in Ukraine
UKRAINE - After earlier delays, 88 per cent of the forecast winter crop area for 2014/15 has been planted in Ukraine (as of 20 October), writes Anna Lockwood, Trainee Analyst, AHDB/HGCA Market...
21 October 2014
Record Crops Mean Some Harvest Delays
US - Indiana's projected record corn and soybean crops will likely result in backups at the state's grain handling facilities and delay some farmers from harvesting, Purdue agricultural economist...
Bee Healthy Roadmap Released
CANADA - The Honey Bee Health Coalition recently released its Bee Healthy Roadmap, a roadmap to improve honey bee health through collective action that will accomplish 'more than any one group...
Editors Comment: Europe, Ukraine Leading Cereals Harvest
ANALYSIS - This year’s cereal harvest has generally been strong in Europe and Ukraine. Performance in the region was critical to counter some smaller cereals crops in Northern America and look...
20 October 2014
Video Shows Why Government Must Minimise Flood Risk for Farms
UK - A poignant video of a farming couple from the Somerset Levels coming to terms with being flooded last winter highlights why the Government must urgently invest to fill the £500m shortfall...
EU Export Commitments Escalate
EU - This week has seen a substantial increase (945Kt) in EU soft wheat export commitments, with the 2014/15 season cumulative total now at 8.4Mt, according to the HGCA Grain Market Daily....
South Korea Rice Forecast at Similar Level to Last Year’s Near-average Output
SOUTH KOREA - Harvesting of the 2014 rice crop is almost complete. FAO forecasts the 2014 rice production (in paddy terms) at 5.5 million tonnes, 2 percent below last year’s good outcome....
17 October 2014
Market Analyst: Grain Prices Supported This Week
ANALYSIS - Several market factors have supported grains prices this week, reports Mike Zuzolo for Global Commodity Analytics....
Chicago Soybeans Futures Feeling Pressure as Harvest Gathers Pace
US - On Wednesday, the Nov-14 Chicago soybean futures price declined by almost $5/t on the previous day, settling at $349.95/t and is also, down from $354.45/t on Monday....
Historically High Yields for UK Cereals Confirmed by Defra
UK - Following last week’s release of the provisional UK production figures for wheat and barley, Defra have today published the oat and oilseed rape production figures, as well as provisional...
Recognition for Professionalism in Agriculture
UK - A British professional accreditation for people working in agriculture has been launched by the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM)....
Cambodia Rice Forecast Down
CAMBODIA - Planting of the 2014 main (wet) season paddy crop, which normally accounts for about 80 per cent of annual production, is almost complete....
16 October 2014
World Food Day: How Family Farmers are Improving Food Security in Brazil
BRAZIL - World Food Day on October 16th draws attention to the 805 million people who are chronically undernourished around the globe....
Watch: NFU Releases Video on Protecting UK Wildlife, Environment
UK - The NFU releases a new video today to show how much farmers across England do to protect wildlife and the environment. ...
Special Report: How is Ebola Impacting the Global Food Situation?
GLOBAL - In Western Africa, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has disrupted markets, farming activities and livelihoods, seriously affecting the food security...
How Many Acres of Corn Are Needed in 2015?
US - One of the functions of crop markets is to direct planting decisions of US producers. The market's assessment of the amount of acreage needed of various crops in any production cycle is...
15 October 2014
Grain Market Daily: US Farmers Struggling to Harvest Much Awaited Maize Crop
GLOBAL - The size of this year’s US maize crop has been a big bearish factor for the grain market with current USDA forecasts pointing to a record 367.68Mt or 37 per cent of the total global...
Editors Comment: What Are Rabobank's 10 Big Ideas to Boost Global Food Production?
ANALYSIS - In a new report, Rabobank says innovation in food and agribusiness should focus on improved technologies and new business models, writes Sarah Mikesell....
13 October 2014
Ebola Threatens Global Food Security
GLOBAL - FAO has launched a new programme to urgently assist 90 000 vulnerable households in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone whose food supplies and livelihoods are threatened by the disruptive...
10 October 2014
Mixed Prospects in EU Short-term Outlook for Arable Crop, Meat and Dairy Markets
EU - EU cereal harvest is forecast to set a new record in 2014, with strong exports and stocks expected to increase substantially, according to the latest short-term outlook from the European...
Market Analyst: Fight Returns to Grain Futures
ANALYSIS - This week saw corn have it's first higher close in five weeks, following wheats first higher close in six weeks, last week, reports Mike Zuzolo for Global Commodity Analytics....
Family Farming and Food Security Highlighted by NFU President
CANADA - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has discussed the role of family farming and cooperatives in food security and food sovereignty as part of a panel discussion at...
New Members Appointed to UK Agriculture Board
UK - The Government has appointed three new members to the Board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with effect from 1 October 2014. Applications are invited for another...
08 October 2014
UK Animal and Plant Health Agency Launched
UK - The new agency responsible for safeguarding animal and plant health, Animal and Plant Health Agency, has started work....
Wet Weather Impacts Manitoba Crop Quality
CANADA - After a later than normal start to spring planting that delayed crop development farmers in much of Manitoba were challenged by extremely wet conditions just as the harvest was about...
07 October 2014
Editors Comment: What Role Will On-Farm Diagnostics Play in Agriculture?
ANALYSIS - It’s beginning to feel an awful lot like fall here in the Midwest. And last week I got to see some beautiful fall leaves on my drive up to World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin,...
02 October 2014
FAO Urges Europe to Support Sustainable Farming
EU - Speaking at an informal meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Milan this week, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said European governments must help combat hunger...
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