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28 January 2015
Crop Industry News from Global 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...
Crop Industry News from European Union Latvia Presents Framework to EU Council
EU - The Latvian Presidency has presented its work programme in the agriculture and fisheries sector to the EU Council. ...
27 January 2015
Crop Industry News from European Union EU Barley Exports Gathering Pace
EU - Barley export commitments from the EU seem to be gathering pace once more, reflecting the increased competitiveness of grains priced in Euros....
Crop Industry News from Canada 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....
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom Extensive Display of Renewables Technology at Borders Open Day
SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland’s Renewables Development Initiative (RDI) is giving Scottish farmers the chance to view the most extensive display of renewable technologies to be seen on one farm....
26 January 2015
Crop Industry News from South Africa Drought Triggers Insurance Payout in Sahel Ahead of Humanitarian Aid
SOUTH AFRICA - ARC Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd) is to pay $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries in the Sahel this month....
Crop Industry News from Canada New Task Force to Improve Agriculture Risk Management Programmes
CANADA - The Manitoba government is establishing a new task force to evaluate existing programmes and policies used to help farmers recover from climate-related challenges such as flooding, with...
Crop Industry News from United States NFU Urges President's to Reconsider Trade Agreements
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has applauded President Obama’s leadership on climate change, tax reform and reopening trade with Cuba, while encouraging the president...
23 January 2015
Crop Industry News from New Zealand Farmers Call for Drought Declaration
NEW ZEALAND - Federated Farmers believes that if the government made a medium-scale adverse event declaration for some South Island provinces, it would give more emotional support to farmers...
Crop Industry News from New Zealand Fall in Fuel Prices Should Mean Lower Costs for Farmers
NEW ZEALAND - The continuing fall in fuel prices should be reflected in lower farm input costs, Federated Farmers believes....
Crop Industry News from China China-UK Strengthen Agricultural Cooperation
CHINA - Minister Han Changfu met Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of UK last week when the two sides exchanged views on strengthening bilateral agricultural...
Crop Industry News from United States 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...
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom 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...
22 January 2015
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom Call for Proper Risk Assessment of Possible Endocrine Disruptors
UK -The British Crop Production Council has called for a proper risk assessment on possible endocrine disruptors....
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom UK Appoints Agri Counsellor in China to Help Boost Trade
UK - The UK has appointed its first Agriculture and Food Counsellor in China to help increase growing food and drink exports to the country....
Crop Industry News from India India’s Sugar Output Up 19 Per Cent
INDIA - India’s sugar production has reported an increase of 19 per cent as on January 15, 2015 at 10.3 million tonnes from 494 sugar mills under operations....
21 January 2015
Crop Industry News from India Minister Stresses Importance of Marketing for Indian Agri Products
INDIA - In order to generate profit for farmers, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh has stressed the need for strengthening the marketing of the agricultural produce on priority to...
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom 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...
Crop Industry News from China China Boosts Financial Support to Agriculture
CHINA - China's central bank has raised its re-lending quota by 50 billion yuan ($8.17 billion) to boost financial support for small businesses and agriculture....
Crop Industry News from United States Issues Stemming from January USDA Reports
US - The USDA's final estimates of 2014 US production and estimates of December 1, 2014 stocks released on January 12 revealed some potentially important issues for the corn and soybean markets,...
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom Employee Motivation Day Set to Build Success in Agriculture
UK - Employees in the agriculture sector have revealed a passion for farming, with 83 per cent citing this as the main motivator for their daily work. ...
Crop Industry News from United States High-protein Soybean Aimed at Feed Market Released
US - A new high-yield, high-protein conventional soybean variety from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is being tipped as an ideal choice for the animal feed market....
20 January 2015
Crop Industry News from Ukraine Mostly "Good" Ukrainian Winter Crops After Big Export Year
UKRAINE – Crop production and exports from Ukraine increased last year and present winter crop progress is good, reports the Ministry of Agriculture Policy and Food....
Crop Industry News from Global 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....
Crop Industry News from China Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly
CHINA – Chinese farm produce prices rose slightly during the week of 5-11 January, although meat, poultry fish and eggs all saw small falls according to a survey of 36 large and medium sized...
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom 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
Crop Industry News from Global Why is McDonald's Passionate about Sustainability?
ANALYSIS - Francesca DeBiase, VP Strategic Sourcing, Sustainability at McDonald's, said McDonald's vision is to source all of their food and products sustainably....
Crop Industry News from Global 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...
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom 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. ...
Crop Industry News from Ireland Irish Food and Drink Exports Up For Fifth Year Running
IRELAND – Irish food and drink exports earned €10.5 billion in 2014, a four per cent increase and the fifth consecutive year of export growth, says The Irish Food Board (BordBia)....
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