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13 April 2015
Grant to Boost Crop Breeding Worldwide
US - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $18.5 million to Cornell University to aid worldwide breeding of the staple crops wheat, rice, maize, sorghum and chickpea....
09 April 2015
Swiss Must Knock Down Trade Barriers, Says Report
SWITZERLAND – Half of Swiss farm receipts come from farm support measures and major trade barrier reductions should be rolled out to address this....
08 April 2015
Russian Taxes Cause Wheat Export Fall
RUSSIA - Russia's wheat exports have greatly reduced since the government started taxing overseas shipments as a way to reduce local food prices, reports Bloomberg....
07 April 2015
Brazil Minister Praises Agricultural Performance
BRAZIL - The Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Katia Abreu has praised the strong performance of agriculture in Brazil....
Boost for New Sustainable Farming Projects
NEW ZEALAND - The new Zealand government is to grant NZ$7.8 million in new funding over four years through the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), to 29 new farming projects....
02 April 2015
US Corn Planting Way Behind, But Should We Be Worried?
US - US corn plantings are well behind average progress for this point in the season, with very few states having begun planting, should we be concerned?...
CME: Higher Corn and Lower Soybean Plantings Than Expected
US - The USDA’s Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports both pointed to larger than expected corn supplies and smaller than expected soybean supplies, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
31 March 2015
Improved Seed Varieties to Aid African Farmers
KENYA - Cornell University in the US has announced a new initiative to ensure that next-generation seed varieties with higher yields can reach farmers in Africa....
30 March 2015
UK Announces New Food Enterprise Zones to Aid Rural Economy
UK - Six new Food Enterprise Zones (FEZs) have been approved to boost local food and drink economies....
CME: Analysts Predict US Corn Plantings Down
US - Analysts' predictions showed a fall in corn plantings in the US this year ahead of the USDA planting survey, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
27 March 2015
Agricultural Innovations Developed by New Funding
UK - £16 million is being invested in 25 projects aimed at developing innovative business ideas to support UK agriculture....
23 March 2015
Premier Stresses Economic Targets, Agricultural Reform
CHINA - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for more reforms in agriculture and foreign trade....
19 March 2015
Agriculture Bears Major Brunt of Disaster Impacts
GLOBAL - Nearly a quarter of damages wrought by natural disasters on the developing world are borne by the agricultural sector according to initial results from a new FAO study released at the...
18 March 2015
How Do We Build for the Future if We're Making a Loss on Crops?
UK - Arable farmers and members of the industry from Somerset discussed grain marketing tactics and benchmarking at a recent HGCA Monitor Farm meeting....
Agriculture Helping Irish Economic Recovery
IRELAND - Irish Farmers Association (IFA) President Eddie Downey has said the latest strong growth figures for the Irish economy for 2014 show clearly the major role agriculture is playing in...
12 March 2015
Strengthening the Link Between Small-Scale Farmers and Schools
AFRICA - An innovative partnership spanning five African countries is providing important lessons on how governments can procure food for public institutions, such as schools, directly from small-scale...
03 March 2015
Economic Models Give Insights Into Global Sustainability Challenges
US - Combining global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in...
24 February 2015
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. ...
10 February 2015
Adopt One Village, Indian Agri Minister Urges Students, Scientists
INDIA - Underlining the importance of agriculture for the development of the country, Indian agriculture ministry, Radha Mohan Singh has urged the students and scientist community to adopt one...
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....
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....
Decline Predicted in Profitability of UK Farming
UK - Defra’s latest Farm Business Income forecasts predict a decline in the profitability of farming across the majority of farming sectors and serve as a warning as to how much agriculture...
02 February 2015
CME: Appreciation of US Dollar a Key Issue for Livestock, Poultry Companies
US - A key issue facing US livestock and poultry companies this year will be the appreciation of the US dollar....
RAU Upgraded to Central University
INDIA - Bihar’s state agriculture university, Rajendra Agricultural University (RAU) has been upgraded to central university. ...
23 January 2015
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....
21 January 2015
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...
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...
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....
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,...
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