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27 January 2015
Soybean Research to Reduce Disease and Improve Yields
CANADA - The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing more than C$443,000 in research to support the growth and sustainability of Manitoba's soybean sector....
23 January 2015
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...
21 January 2015
Is Promotion the Key to Potato Producer Fortunes?
SCOTLAND, UK - To combat tumbling consumption, NFU Scotland has urged the potato industry’s statutory levy body to consider shifting its funding emphasis from research and development to more...
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....
Yield Limitations to be Explored at Farm Meeting
UK - What are the factors constraining yield? This is the question to be addressed at the next HGCA Monitor Farm meeting near Winchester....
19 January 2015
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. ...
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...
CME: WASDE Provided USDA’s Final 2014 Crop Estimates
US - A quick note on Monday’s record-high FI hog slaughter: It really wasn’t all on Monday. USDA’s estimate for Monday was a record high daily total of 455,000 head, write Steve Meyer and...
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
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
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....
13 January 2015
Favourable Weather Boosts Brazil Soybeans
BRAZIL - Over the weekend rains have been favourable in Mato Grosso, one of Brazil’s largest soybean growing states, providing good moisture for the growing crops....
12 January 2015
Exit From EU Poses Risk to Farming
SCOTLAND - The EU referendum is the biggest threat facing British farming, Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has warned. Leaving the EU could see UK farmers lose Common Agricultural...
Food Price Index Declines in December 2014
GLOBAL - 2014 is third consecutive year of falling prices as all commodity groups except for meat decline....
08 January 2015
OFC: Food, Farming Key to Britain's Economic Future, Says Minister
UK - Britain has the land, technology and entrepreneurial flair to lead the world in food and farming, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, has told the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC)....
See Biosecurity Like Insurance, Farmers Told
AUSTRALIA – Stringent measures to limit the biosecurity risk of farm visitors should be seen as safeguarding a farm’s future profits, a national initiative is telling farmers....
07 January 2015
OFC: Increasing Productivity in British Farming through Research
UK - Increased productivity in British agriculture is directly related to research and development and to raise productivity the UK farming sector needs to focus more on both public and private...
Farmland Protection Needed in China
CHINA - China must maintain its farmland above the minimum threshold of 120 million hectares at all times, according to Premier Li Keqiang. ...
06 January 2015
Funding for Innovative Agri-food Projects
CANADA - British Columbia's agri-food industry is receiving more than C$2.5 million for 27 new projects supporting trial crops, and the development of new agricultural products and practices....
05 January 2015
Wheat Yield Losses Predicted Due to Rising Temperatures
GLOBAL - For the first time, an international consortium of researchers have used a systematic multi-model test to exploit data from field and artificial heating experiments to focus on the responses...
NFU President: Government Must 'Embrace Optimism'
UK - In his first New Year message as NFU President, Meurig Raymond has urged government to embrace a sense of optimism for the longer-term future and to help our industry grow and reverse the...
30 December 2014
Lower US Maize, Wheat Areas Anticipated for 2015
US - US agricultural supply, use and price projections, published as part of an early release of the tables for the USDA’s Agricultural Projections to 2024, suggest that crop areas for the...
Using Weedy Rice Traits to Boost Cultivated Rice Yields
US - Genetic traits in weedy rice may someday be used to develop sturdy, high-yield varieties of cultivated rice that will flourish in the face of climate change, thanks to findings by scientists...
29 December 2014
Maize Scientist: Adopt Hybrid Tech to Improve Productivity in Agriculture
INDIA - Former scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and winner of World Food Prize, Surinder Kumar Vasal has said that there is a need for advancement of...
24 December 2014
New Potato Variety: A Colourful Dish for the Holidays
US - US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their cooperators have developed nutritious new potatoes varieties with red and purple flesh and skin. ...
22 December 2014
European Union Takes Steps to Encourage Organic Production
EU - The Presidency of the agriculture council is making progress addressing the concerns of member states over the future of organic production in the EU....
19 December 2014
Strengths and Weaknesses of Fungicides
UK - The 2014 HGCA Agronomists’ Conference kicked off with an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a range of cereal fungicides, with a presentation delivered by Stuart Knight,...
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