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27 January 2015
Extensive Display of Renewables Technology at Borders Open Day
SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland’s Renewables Development Initiative (RDI) is giving Scottish farmers the chance to view the most extensive display of renewable technologies to be seen on one farm....
26 January 2015
Drought Triggers Insurance Payout in Sahel Ahead of Humanitarian Aid
SOUTH AFRICA - ARC Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd) is to pay $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries in the Sahel this month....
New Task Force to Improve Agriculture Risk Management Programmes
CANADA - The Manitoba government is establishing a new task force to evaluate existing programmes and policies used to help farmers recover from climate-related challenges such as flooding, with...
NFU Urges President's to Reconsider Trade Agreements
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has applauded President Obama’s leadership on climate change, tax reform and reopening trade with Cuba, while encouraging the president...
23 January 2015
Farmers Call for Drought Declaration
NEW ZEALAND - Federated Farmers believes that if the government made a medium-scale adverse event declaration for some South Island provinces, it would give more emotional support to farmers...
Fall in Fuel Prices Should Mean Lower Costs for Farmers
NEW ZEALAND - The continuing fall in fuel prices should be reflected in lower farm input costs, Federated Farmers believes....
China-UK Strengthen Agricultural Cooperation
CHINA - Minister Han Changfu met Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of UK last week when the two sides exchanged views on strengthening bilateral agricultural...
NFU Women’s Conference Provides Skills and Guidance
US - National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 2015 Women’s Conference concluded this week, providing participants with tools and information to confidently manage risks in their farm or ranch operations...
New Technique to Boost Yields, Cut Fertiliser Pollution
UK - Scientists hope to combine two new technologies to provide a rapid “same day” measurement of soil phosphorus availability, enabling farmers and growers to make more informed decisions...
22 January 2015
Call for Proper Risk Assessment of Possible Endocrine Disruptors
UK -The British Crop Production Council has called for a proper risk assessment on possible endocrine disruptors....
UK Appoints Agri Counsellor in China to Help Boost Trade
UK - The UK has appointed its first Agriculture and Food Counsellor in China to help increase growing food and drink exports to the country....
21 January 2015
China Boosts Financial Support to Agriculture
CHINA - China's central bank has raised its re-lending quota by 50 billion yuan ($8.17 billion) to boost financial support for small businesses and agriculture....
Employee Motivation Day Set to Build Success in Agriculture
UK - Employees in the agriculture sector have revealed a passion for farming, with 83 per cent citing this as the main motivator for their daily work. ...
20 January 2015
More Efficient Food Systems Needed
GLOBAL - Increasing competition for natural resources and emerging resource bottlenecks mean that global agriculture can no longer operate using a "business as usual" approach....
19 January 2015
Why is McDonald's Passionate about Sustainability?
ANALYSIS - Francesca DeBiase, VP Strategic Sourcing, Sustainability at McDonald's, said McDonald's vision is to source all of their food and products sustainably....
Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life
GLOBAL - Our soils are in danger because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. The current rate of soil...
Companion Cropping Investigated
UK - For the next 18 months Andrew Howard, a farmer from Kent, will study examples of farms across the world which use companion cropping, both arable and non-arable. ...
Irish Food and Drink Exports Up For Fifth Year Running
IRELAND – Irish food and drink exports earned €10.5 billion in 2014, a four per cent increase and the fifth consecutive year of export growth, says The Irish Food Board (BordBia)....
16 January 2015
Wrangling Over Pesticide Ingredients Comes to a Head in 2015
US - Consumer advocates are fighting a new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to address concerns over "inert" ingredients, including fragrances and dyes, in pesticides...
Will Falling Oil Prices Cheer Farmers in 2015?
US - The rapid fall in global oil prices seems to have taken many by surprise. The price of crude oil has declined sharply over the past seven months, creating a list of ‘winners and losers’,...
Five-point Food Strategy to Support Manitoba Producers
CANADA - A new five-point strategy to support the long-term growth of Manitoba's food industry, including smaller scale farmers and processors, was announced this week by Agriculture, Food and...
15 January 2015
Canadian Governments Invest C$6.9 Million into Crop Research
CANADA - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart have announced nearly C$6.9 million for crop-related research through the Saskatchewan Agriculture...
Renewables Initiative Opens 2015 Programme with Borders Visit
SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland’s ground-breaking Renewables Development Initiative (RDI) will open its 2015 programme of events in the Borders, with a look at a new anaerobic digestion plant set...
Agri-environmental Schemes Increase Yields as Well as Biodiversity
UK - Agri-environmental schemes on farm are generally seen to be taking up production space but the big question facing farmers tempted to employ them is “Do they Work?”...
Research Finds Many Key Resources Have Passed Their Peak
GLOBAL - As the worlds resources face enormous challenges, researchers from the US and Denmark have analysed the production and extraction rates of 27 global renewable and non-renewable resources...
14 January 2015
Israel Extends Agri Cooperation with India
INDIA - To take agriculture cooperation between two countries to new level, Israel has signed the third phase of agriculture cooperation project for next three years (2015-2018), Israel's agriculture...
USDA Offers $18 Million to Support, Train New Farmers and Ranchers
US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering more than $18 million in funding to help educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers....
NZ Agritech Sector Worth NZ$1.2 Billion
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's agritechnology sector was worth approximately NZ$1.2 billion in 2013 according to new research into the size, value and future potential of the sector....
GM Crops: Greater Control for EU Member States Granted
ANALYSIS - Strict EU regulations on GM crops became a little less so yesterday as MEPs agreed to give Member States the right to ban the growing of GM crops that have been approved as safe, writes...
How Well are Farmers Caring for the Environment?
ANALYSIS - Changing policies on pesticides, animal feeds and welfare are threatening to reduce wheat crops in the UK and the pig herd each by a third....
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