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23 January 2013
Study Confirms Plant Water Demands Shift with Water Availability
US - Plants can adapt to extreme shifts in water availability, such as drought and flooding, but their ability to withstand these extreme patterns will be tested by future climate change, according...
NFU: Industry must Unite to Protect Land from Flooding
UK - The NFU has called for a more effective partnership between farmers, government and the Environment Agency to help protect high value agriculture land - and the food it produces - from flooding....
17 January 2013
Crop Insurance Important but Far From Perfect
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has responded to a new round of criticisms that federal crop insurance programmes chiefly benefit insurance companies and large farmers,...
16 January 2013
Argentine Corn Planting Continues on Rain-Soaked Ground
ARGENTINA - USDA forecasts Argentine corn production for 2012/13 at 28.0 million tons, up two per cent from last month and 33 per cent above the 21 million tons grown in 2011/12. ...
11 January 2013
South Island NZ Fire Warning Issued
NEW ZEALAND - Prolonged hot periods without rain have lead to fires breaking out in areas of the north South island which has caused disturbance and concern across rural organisations. ...
10 January 2013
The Cost to Developing Countries of US Corn Ethanol Expansion
US - The 2012 US drought and resulting shortfalls in corn production have renewed calls for reforms to US biofuel policies. Despite record planting, the drought has cut yields considerably....
Loans Offered to Drought-hit Producers Ahead of 2013 Crop Season
US - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today designated 597 counties in 14 states as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible...
09 January 2013
Safeguarding Your Supply Through Turbulent Weather
UK - With the heavy rainfall persisting into the New Year, it is perhaps hard to believe how much the situation has changed in 12 months. ...
Governments Help Ontario Farmers Find Sustainable Water Solutions
CANADA - The governments of Canada and Ontario are making a joint investment to help producers adopt innovative and sustainable on-farm water management practices. Agriculture Minister Gerry...
08 January 2013
Is the UK Getting Wetter?
US - Provisional statistics from the Met Office show 2012 was the second wettest year in the UK national record dating back to 1910, and just a few millimetres short of the record set in 2000....
07 January 2013
Vegetated Ditches Can Help Clean Up Field Runoff
US - Vegetated drainage ditches can help capture pesticide and nutrient loads in field runoff, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists report....
04 January 2013
Fertiliser Application Rule Protects Farmers, Water Quality
US - A new set of fertiliser application regulations from the Office of the Indiana State Chemist helps ensure proper nutrient management and protects farmers and the environment, a Purdue Extension...
2013 Will be Defining Year for Farming as CAP Negotiations Conclude
IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association President John Bryan has wished all farm families good health, and especially safe farming in the year ahead. He asked all farmers, in every task and every...
Farmers Grew Less Corn In 2012 Than Expected
US - After three disappointing corn crops in a row, good yields in 2013 will be essential to rebuilding inventories, according to the latest Farm Futures magazine survey....
03 January 2013
Oxford Farming Conference - Study Shows Hidden Contribution of Agriculture
UK - The contribution that agriculture makes to society in general is the focus of a new study released at the Oxford Farming Conference....
20 December 2012
Study Identifies the Drivers for Sustainable Land Management
AUSTRALIA - A new study by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) identifies financial and environmental concerns as the key drivers influencing the...
Rural Confidence Lower - Rabobank
AUSTRALIA - A survey for the last quarter indicates Australian farming sentiment has deteriorated....
19 December 2012
What's Driving Grain Markets, What to Watch in 2013
GLOBAL - David Norris of Noggers Blog explained his view of recent grain price movements and where they might be heading next at a conference organised by Teagasc in the Republic of Ireland in...
18 December 2012
The Changing Demographics of Corn Production
ANALYSIS - Where corn is produced is changing, says Dan Zwicker, market analyst for CGB Enterprises. In the US, regions that traditionally have not produced corn are now starting to do so, writes...
Ministers Hear Call on Drought
AUSTRALIA - New South Wales (NSW) Farmers welcomed a decision today by the Standing Council on Primary Industries that it will develop an in-drought business support proposal for consideration...
17 December 2012
Mississippi River Faces Shipping Closure
US - Following this year's drought, water levels on the Mississippi River are so low that shipping may have to to stop, disrupting transportation of a whole range of important products, including...
China to Enhance Food, Water Safety
CHINA - China is to intensify supervision of food and water safety in the coming year....
13 December 2012
Project Creates Oasis of Environmental Technologies
GLOBAL - The Sahara Forest Project is a new environmental solution to produce food, water and energy in desert areas. The first cucumbers grown in the desert using seawater and solar power were...
11 December 2012
Insurance Compensates Farmers in Rwanda Following Drought
RWANDA - Over 1,600 farmers in the Huye district of southern Rwanda have received a payout from an innovative micro-insurance initiative called "Hinga Urishingiwe" or "Protected Farming" in Kinyarwanda....
07 December 2012
Caution Urged with Key Crop Product
UK - The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group has called for renewed efforts to keep the under-threat pesticide out of surface waters, after a watchdog recorded some of the highest levels since monitoring...
06 December 2012
Lords Debate Plan to Combat Uncertain Future for Water Resources
UK - Peers including the President of Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) and a former Environment Minister took part in a debate on EU and UK responses to future management of precious water...
05 December 2012
Prioritising Rather than Canvassing Plant Genome May Lead to Improved Crops
US - A new study may help scientists produce better climate-resistant corn and other food production plants by putting a spin on the notion that we are what we eat....
03 December 2012
2012: US Crop Year-End Review
US - Despite the drought, the agricultural crop sector continues to record-breaking crop values, write Chad Hart, Lee Schulz and Kristen Schulte, all with Iowa State University Extension....
30 November 2012
US, Mexico Sign Landmark Water-Sharing Agreement for Colorado River
GLOBAL - The US and Mexico have signed a landmark agreement by which the two countries will share and manage water from the Colorado River, allowing them to better respond to drought and other...
29 November 2012
China's Corn Harvest Hits Record High
CHINA - In spite of a strong typhoon that hit major corn producing areas, the Chinese corn harvest increased by 3.6 per cent to 119.74 million tonnes, writes Ron Lane, senior consultant for Genesus...
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