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02 March 2015
Agriculture Key to Caribbean Food Security and Coping with Climate Change
BAHAMAS - Agriculture, particularly family farming, is crucial for Caribbean countries to achieve food security as they face climate change and other challenges, and can also spur their economic...
World Wheat Production Pointing to Larger Surplus
GLOBAL - Latest estimates from the International Grains Council (IGC) again saw increased production estimates for the 2014/15 world wheat harvest....
Strategy Laid out to Make British Farming More Competitive
UK - A four point strategy has been laid out by the British government to make British farming more competitive, more productive and more resilient....
European Commissioner Promises to Simplify CAP
UK - The Common Agricultural Policy provides the agricultural sector a massive boost to economic growth and jobs in rural areas and all the way up and down the food supply chain....
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...
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. ...
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
US Soybean Area Estimates Surprise Analysts
US - US soybean plantings are expected to be lower in 2015 compared with last year, the USDA announced at its annual outlook conference last week. ...
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...
Bee Diversity Higher in Urban Areas Compared to Farmland
ANALYSIS - When you think 'bee' you often picture lush farmland and open fields. However new research suggests that bees and other pollinating bugs actually thrive as well in towns and cities...
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
Corn Plants Per Acre Continue to Grow in Indiana
US - Indiana corn farmers could raise a record number of plants per acre in 2015, mostly due to new seeding technology and hardier hybrids....
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...
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....
12 February 2015
‘Stressed’ Young Bees Could be the Cause of Colony Collapse
GLOBAL - Pressure on young bees to grow up too fast could be a major factor in explaining the disastrous declines in bee populations seen worldwide....
09 February 2015
China Eyes Sustainable, Strong Agriculture
CHINA - Despite old land and unfavorable weather, farmer Xu Jianmin managed to double his harvest in central China last year, in some cases increasing the value of produce 10 fold....
06 February 2015
USDA Grant Helps Purdue Support New Farmers
US - A team of Purdue University faculty, staff and Extension educators will lead a US Department of Agriculture effort in Indiana aimed at supporting new and beginning farmers and ranchers....
FAO Food Price Index Falls Again
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 182.7 points in January 2015, down 3.6 points (1.9 per cent) from its revised* (reduced) December 2014 value....
05 February 2015
NFU: Agriculture Has Already Done Its Part to Reduce Deficit
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has commended President Obama’s 2015 Budget Proposal, noting its crucial investments for family farmers, ranchers, and rural America....
03 February 2015
Low Oil Prices Have Far-reaching Impact on Agriculture
GLOBAL - The fall in nearby Brent crude oil futures to under $50/barrel, from over $115/barrel in mid-June, is likely to have far reaching effects on agriculture both in the UK and worldwide....
02 February 2015
Groceries Code Adjudicator’s Powers Welcomed by Farmers Union
UK - The decision to give The Groceries Code Adjudicator the power to fine retailers and their direct suppliers unfair trading practices is a positive step toward ensuring malpractice is eradicated...
30 January 2015
Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly
CHINA - Chinese farm produce prices rose slightly last week according to a survey of 36 medium and large cities by the Ministry of Commerce....
28 January 2015
Food Insecurity in Conflict Areas Must be Addressed
GLOBAL - Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva during a special meeting...
Urgent Help Needed in Malawi After Floods Destroy Food Production
MALAWI, AFRICA - Farmers in southern Malawi urgently need seeds and livestock after intense flooding destroyed their fields and homes, washing away animals and crops and threatening local food...
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