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23 July 2015
India's Animal Feeds to Reach $30 Billion By 2020
INDIA - Animal feeds have been growing at a compound annual growth rate of eight per cent and will develop into a $30 billion industry by 2020....
Greek Bailout Expected to Cost Agriculture €2 Billion
GREECE - The new bailout agreement reached this week could cost Greek agriculture more than €2 billion, according to a Greek agricultural association....
Study Finds US Consumers Use COOL in Purchase Decisions
US - A recent study by the University of Arkansas showed that US consumers were more likely to purchase meat when it was identified as a US product....
09 July 2015
Farm Fatality Figures Still “Quite Horrifying”
UK and Ireland – Death counts on UK and Irish farms are proving stubborn despite a sea change in industry mentality....
Cost and Convenience Beats Origin for UK Shoppers
UK - Consumers may say they desire food with provenance and quality but cost and convenience is driving choice, a study from Barclays bank has found....
07 July 2015
French Plans to Support Agri-food Sector to 2025
ANALYSIS - Fresh moves are being made in France to support the livestock and agriculture sectors that have been rocked by low prices and poor market conditions....
New Strategy for the Irish Agri Food Sector to Improve Exports, Jobs
IRELAND - Plans for a new ten year strategy for the Irish agri food sector has been announced by government. The new ten year strategy, Food Wise 2025, projects exports to increase to €19...
06 July 2015
Huge Opportunities for Agricultural Growth in West Africa
AFRICA - West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective regional integration, says a new report by the African Development...
BVA Promotes Farm Safety Guidance as Survey Reveals High Injury Levels
UK - Coinciding with the start of Farm Safety Week (6-10 July) the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging all vets, veterinary employers and farmers to read and act on its Farm Health...
02 July 2015
UK, US Feed Market Prices Improving
UK and US - UK feed wheat futures (Nov-15) closed at £132.00/t on Tuesday, up £7.60 on the week and the highest settlement price since the end of March 2015. The upward trend in price was also...
01 July 2015
Opening New Export Markets is Vital to UK Agriculture
UK - Selling more UK produce abroad and growing export access has never been so important, said the National Farmers Union (NFU) President Meurig Raymond, speaking at the AHDB’s 11th annual...
30 June 2015
Tesco's Must Make Meaningful Commitment to Industry, says NFU
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging Tesco to demonstrate exactly how it is delivering on its promises made in 2013 to improve relationships with suppliers, shorten supply chains and...
29 June 2015
Sustainable Intensive Agriculture: The Route to Feeding 9 Billion by 2050
GLOBAL - Sustainable intensive agriculture is key to feeding nine billion by 2050. This was one of the topics discussed by Dr Sean Rickard at a conference held at the Farmers Club, London, organised...
Russia Extends Ban on Imports of Agricultural Products to 2016
GLOBAL - The Russian Government has announced that it will be extending the ban on agricultural products from the EU until 5 August 2016....
Government Funding for Reducing Spread of Livestock, Crop Diseases
CANADA - The Canada and Manitoba governments are funding two new beneficial management practices (BMPs) to help reduce the risk of spreading crop and livestock diseases between farms and to support...
19 June 2015
Single Issue Policy Making Threatening UK Farming Potential
UK - Single issue policy making at European and UK levels appears to be reducing the ability of British agriculture to achieve its objective of ‘producing more from less’, according to the...
New FAO Guide Aims to Prevent Child Labour in Agriculture
GLOBAL - A new guide by FAO aims to help ensure anti-child labour measures are included in agricultural and rural development programmes, in particular those targeting family farmers....
FAO Family Farming Platform to Help Food Security
GLOBAL - Recognizing the contributions of family farmers to food security and poverty eradication worldwide, the FAO has launched a new digital platform that aims to become a "one-stop shop"...
Call for More Action on Global Food Security to Beat Hunger
GLOBAL - A United Nations’ target set in 2000 to reduce global hunger by a half by 2015 had almost been achieved....
15 June 2015
Poland's Agriculture Industry - Pig Production Down, Dairy Booming
ANALYSIS - Poland's agriculture industry is seeing farm size expansion and one of the questions looming is whether the industry should support larger, progressive farmers or smallholders. Karol...
New AHDB Branding Launched at Cereals
UK - New branding and a proposed new way of working for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) was formally launched at today’s Cereals event in Lincolnshire....
Call for Improvement in Counter Measure Against Food Poisoning Outbreaks
US - A consumer watchdog body in the US has called on authorities to step up reporting of outbreaks of food-borne illness and improve measures to counter the threat....
11 June 2015
Ten Reasons Why China Needs the US
CHINA - China is America’s biggest customer for agricultural products, with almost a fifth of imported goods coming from the US. ...
28 May 2015
Argentina Calls for Recognition of Role of Small Producers
ARGENTINA - As part of the opening of the 83rd World Assembly of Delegates of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris this week, the Argentine Minister of Agriculture, Livestock...
China Targets End of Agricultural Waste
CHINA - China has set a target to achieve "zero discharge" of agricultural waste by 2030....
26 May 2015
One Year In, HGCA’s Monitor Farm Programme is Farmer-led Success
UK - Farmers across England and Wales have reported how highly they value HGCA’s new Monitor Farm programme, because of the unique opportunity to share experiences and discuss locally relevant...
22 May 2015
International Farming Organisations United on Trans-Pacific Partnership
GLOBAL - As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations meet this week in Guam to continue negotiations, agri-food producer and processor organisations from around the world have united to call for...
Black Sea Likely to Remain Key Export Competitor
RUSSIA - Last week, the removal of the duty on Russian exports forced Russian wheat export prices to decline, against the trend for other origins....
NFU Voices Concerns Over Farm Payment Mapping Developments
UK - The NFU says it still has serious concerns over the need for farmers to record previously unmapped permanent ineligible features as part of their Basic Payment Scheme application this year,...
21 May 2015
China-Brazil in Bilateral Trade Deal
BRAZIL - China and Brazil are to step up action on a bilateral trade agreement....
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