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21 May 2015
CME: Better Drought Conditions Cause Pasture, Wheat Improvement
US - The conclusion to draw from USDA’s first two weeks of range and pasture condition ratings appears to be “All is well”, unless you live in California or Nevada, which has big implications...
19 May 2015
NFU Urges New Crop of MPs to Back British Farming
UK - The British agriculture industry will work with Government on its plan to grow more, buy more and sell more British food at home and abroad, the NFU has told MPs....
18 May 2015
China-Brazil Strengthen Agricultural Relations
CHINA - China and Brazil deepened agricultural relations last week in a meeting between Vice Minister Chen Xiaohua and the Brazilian International Relations Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture,...
EU Announces New Scientific Advice Body
EU - The European Commission (EC) has announced that a new scientific advice body will be set up, so that Europe has timely access to high-quality, independent scientific expertise....
Yamaha Offers Viking Line to Farmers, Ranchers in US and Abroad
GLOBAL - Side by side utility vehicles are growing in importance and are in demand across the world, according to Steve Nessl of Yamaha. ...
15 May 2015
How to Assess Environmental Impact of Meat Production
GLOBAL - The need to reduce the environmental impact of food production will become ever more pressing as agriculture doubles production to feed 9 billion people in 2050....
Help for Organic Farming Certification
US – The US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is to provide $11.9 million in organic certification assistance....
Measure to Manage: Informing Decisions and Improving Returns
UK - Growers visiting Cereals 2015 in June will have the opportunity to delve into their businesses at the ‘Measure to Manage’ zone on stand 902, where HGCA will be exhibiting as AHDB Cereals...
14 May 2015
US Agriculture Predicted to Create Thousands of Jobs in Next Five Years
US - Nearly 58,000 jobs will open annually across the US in occupations involving agriculture and environment over the next five years, according to an employment outlook led by Purdue University....
First Steps in CAP Simplification Announced
EU - A first set of concrete actions towards CAP simplification have been announced by EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan, on issues related to the guidelines for Direct...
El Niño Arrives, but What Will He Do?
GLOBAL - The Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Japan Meteorological Agency both announced the emergence of El Niño conditions this week, following months of being on alert. ...
13 May 2015
Chemical Sign for Photosynthesis Allows Better Productivity Measurement
US - Photosynthesis leaves behind a unique calling card in the form of a chemical signature from stable oxygen isotopes, researchers from the University of California Los Angeles have reported....
Biofuel Sustainability Dependent on Location
AUSTRIA - Growing biofuels instead of other crops can have a significant impact on climate depending on the location, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems...
12 May 2015
Biofuel Production Between Vegetable Crops Viable
US - Using double-cropping systems to grow biofuel crops in the same fields as vegetables can produce reasonable yields of both, according to new research from the University of Illinois....
Sprayer Technology to Suit All Budgets on Show at Cereals 2015
UK - Growers looking to replace their sprayer or buy new equipment to revamp their existing machine need look no further than Cereals 2015....
11 May 2015
G20 Action Plan for Food Sustainability
ANALYSIS - Agriculture ministers from around the world have backed a plan to increase food security and sustainability and reduce food waste....
New Government Should Set Positive Agenda for Farming
UK - The National Farmers Union is looking forward to working with the new government to shape and implement their food and farming manifesto pledges....
New CEO for Findus Group Southern Europe
EUROPE - Findus Group has announced the appointment of Steven Libermann as CEO of Findus Southern Europe....
More Form Filling to Secure Organic Stewardship Payments
UK – Farmers wishing to go organic this year will need to provide more business information to receive countryside stewardship payments....
08 May 2015
Price of Chinese Farm Produce Drops Slightly
CHINA - The price of farm Chinese produce continued to fall last week according to a survey of 36 medium and large sized cities carried out by the Ministry of Commerce....
FAO Predicts World Food Import Bill to Fall to Five-year Low
GLOBAL - International prices for agricultural commodities continued to decline in April and abundant inventories are poised to offset any pressure from the slight reduction in global harvests...
Irish Farmers Request Enquiry into EU Fertiliser Industry
IRELAND - The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) has requested an enquiry into the EU fertiliser industry amid concerns over high prices and lack of competition....
07 May 2015
Leatherjacket Pest Numbers Fall in Scotland
SCOTLAND, UK - The most recent survey by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) indicates that after two years of record numbers, Leatherjacket densities have plummeted....
NFU to Underline Manifesto Asks at Industry Event
UK - Investing for growth and caring for our countryside are among the themes of the NFU’s manifesto which they will be highlighting at their post-election event for the industry next week....
Cereals 2015: Biggest Ever CPD Points Knowledge Trail
UK - This year’s Cereals event is offering the widest choice of CPD points yet, reflecting the wide range of technical excellence on show....
06 May 2015
Findus CEO Steps Down
EUROPE - Matthieu Lambeaux, CEO of Findus Southern Europe, has decided to step down from his position to progress with some entrepreneurial ventures outside of the Findus group....
05 May 2015
Volatility Takes its Toll on UK Farm Profitability
UK - A significant drop in commodity prices across the board is a major factor in causing a fall in the overall profitability of the farming sector in 2014, the National Farmers Union has said....
Fungi Could Form Bio-Fertiliser
UK - Fungi could be used as a 'bio-fertiliser' with the potential to replace unsustainable mined phosphate in future, according to new research from the University of Cambridge....
Huge Crop Losses Expected After Nepal Earthquake
NEPAL - The recent earthquake in Nepal has very likely caused high livestock and crop losses, impacting heavily on food security. Millions of people have been effected by the disaster and many...
01 May 2015
Phosphorous Availability Higher in Some Sewage Than Chemical Fertiliser
EU - Phosphorus in sewage and manure could be more available to crops than previously thought, and these sources may even provide more than chemical fertilisers, suggests new research. ...
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