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27 February 2015
Do Lower Prices Mean Fewer Acres?
US - Lower energy prices, lower transportation costs, the appreciation of the US dollar, drought intensification in the West, and the Farm Bill implementation will affect the agricultural economy...
NFU to Government: 'Ensure Farming Can Thrive'
UK - The NFU has set out what it wants from the next elected Government, as five of the main political parties get set to take part in day two of the annual NFU Conference....
Polish Farmers March for Land Rights and GM Issues
POLAND - Around 6000 farmers marched in Warsaw recently to protest the Polish government's failure to address their longstanding demands. After failed talks between Union leaders and the prime...
26 February 2015
EU Vote on Biofuels ‘Undermines Food Security’
EU - The latest vote by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee signifies a bad day for sustainable biofuels and damages renewable energy policy across Europe, the NFU has said. ...
India’s Food Grains Production Down by 8.15 Million tonnes
INDIA - India’s food grain production during 2014-15 has estimated to be around 257.07 million tonnes, registering an 8.15 million tonnes drop of food grains output, as per the 2nd Advance...
India’s Rabi Crops Sowing Down by 4.14 Million Hectares
INDIA - India’s rabi crop sowing area coverage has recorded a negative growth at 61.79 million hectares as on February 20, 2015, registering a drop of 4.14 million hectares according to data...
USDA Announces Funding for Research, Education, Extension
US - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced more than $160 million in funding for food and agriculture research, education and extension....
25 February 2015
Center for Food Integrity CEO to Discuss ‘Big Food’
US - Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, will present, “Size Matters: Why We Love to Hate ‘Big Food.’” The presentation examines the relationship development and pattern...
Drought-Stricken Cape Verde Receive Animal Feed, Crop Seeds
CAPE VERDE - The FAO will provide food crop seeds, animal feed and drip irrigation equipment to help thousands of people in Cape Verde whose food security and livelihoods are at risk following...
24 February 2015
Report Reveals Alarming UK Self-Sufficiency Figures
UK - A new report published by the National Farmers Union (NFU) has revealed disturbing new figures relating to the UK’s self-sufficiency in food. It states that at current rates, just 53 per...
Agricultural Production 'Not Suitable' for Food Challenges of the 21st Century
GLOBAL - While the numbers of the chronically hungry have been reduced by 100 million over the past decade, 805 million still go without enough to eat on a regular basis....
23 February 2015
Understanding the Impact of El Niño on the World's Agriculture
GLOBAL - During El Niño episodes the normal patterns of tropical precipitation and atmospheric circulation become disrupted triggering extreme climate events around the globe: droughts, floods...
Rivers Can be a Source of Antibiotic Resistance
UK - Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment, according to new research from scientists at the University of Warwick's School of Life Sciences and...
20 February 2015
EU Agriculture Commissioner to Address US Conference
GLOBAL - EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, is scheduled to address the Agricultural Outlook Conference in Virginia, US, with US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today, 19 February....
19 February 2015
How Do We Determine the Winners and Losers in Global Land Use?
GLOBAL - The United States added around 7.6 million acres of forests between 1990 and 2010 - but at what cost?...
Importance of Farming Highlighted Ahead of General Election
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) will launch a national campaign next week to highlight the importance of food and farming ahead of the general election....
18 February 2015
Escorts Launches Anti Lift Tractors
INDIA - India’s leading tractor manufacturer, Escorts Ltd has launched country’s first anti lift tractors in Powertrac Euro series....
17 February 2015
Opportunities and Barriers to Feeding the World’s Growing Population
US - "Feeding the World 2015” is an excellent vehicle for promoting critical dialogue about the implications of the tremendous increase in food demand and changing food patterns, a topic that...
Keep Stored Grain Cool and Dry
US - Higher grain temperatures reduce the amount of time grain can be stored. Keeping stored grain cool is important as outdoor temperatures start to warm this spring, a North Dakota State University...
Government Offers Tax Relief for Drought-Affected Farmers
NEW ZEALAND - Revenue Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the Inland Revenue’s decision to exercise its income equalisation discretion to help provide relief for drought-affected farmers in the...
India’s Veg Oil Imports up 17 Per Cent
INDIA - India’s vegetable oil import has recorded an increase of 17 per cent at 3.42 million tonnes during November 2014 to January 2015....
16 February 2015
Strengthening Food Safety in Europe
EU - An upcoming conference on food safety hopes to build upon the high levels of cross-border cooperation achieved by the EU-funded FOODSEG project....
Largest Ever Grain Shipment Leaves the UK
UK - One of the largest shipments of grain to ever leave the UK is currently being loaded at the Port of Tyne in the UK....
Updated Weed Control Guide Now Available
US - The Extension services of Ohio State University, Purdue University and the University of Illinois have partnered to publish an updated weed control guide to aid crop farmers in choosing...
13 February 2015
UK Creates Food Enterprise Zones to Drive Growth
UK - Food Enterprise Zones (FEZs) that will unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of the countryside and food producers are to be created, the government has announced....
Study Shows No Damage to Soils from Grazing of Cover Crops
US - A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist in North Carolina has found a way to encourage more growers to use cover crops in the Southeastern United States—allow cattle to graze on...
Australian Farmers Supportive of Foreign Investment
AUSTRALIA- Farmers from Western Australia are overwhelmingly supportive of Chinese and other foreign investment, new research has revealed....
NFU Praises Introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act
US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has praised the introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015....
12 February 2015
How Do Neonicotinoid and Fipronil Insecticides Harm Wildlife?
EU - Important insecticides, Neonicotinoid and fipronil, have a range of impacts on birds, mammals and fish, according to a new review of scientific literature....
India’s January Oilmeal Exports Down by 63 Per Cent
INDIA - Due to falling prices of soybean globally, India’s oilmeals export has recorded a drop of 63 per cent at 159,892 tonnes during January 2015....
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