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21 January 2015
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,...
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....
19 January 2015
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...
Will Falling Oil Prices Cheer Farmers in 2015?
US - The rapid fall in global oil prices seems to have taken many by surprise. The price of crude oil has declined sharply over the past seven months, creating a list of ‘winners and losers’,...
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...
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...
13 January 2015
India Seeks Australian Collaboration in Agriculture Sector
INDIA - The Indian Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is seeking collaboration from Australia for its fisheries, aquaculture, agriculture and food processing sectors....
USDA Reports to Support Corn Prices
US - The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA has released the final estimates of the size of the 2014 US corn and soybean crops and estimates of the stocks of corn and...
12 January 2015
US Soybean Exports Stay Strong
US - Latest USDA figures show that 1.7Mt of US soybeans were exported in the week ending 1 January. ...
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...
New Irish Agriculture Secretary General Appointed
IRELAND - Aidan O’Driscoll has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the Irish Agriculture, Food and the Marine Department, following approval of the appointment by the Government....
09 January 2015
How Can Agriculture Rise to Challenge of Climate Change?
UK - Farmers need smarter use of fertiliser and smarter feeding and breeding of ruminant animals in their bid to mitigate and reduce climate change....
Anglo-German Scholarship Announced at Conference
UK - The Oxford Farming Conference is to fund three students to attend Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, as part of a joint scholarship with the young member German Agricultural Society, Young...
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)....
Changes to Common Agricultural Policy to Reduce Agricultural Red Tape
UK - The UK has called for a rethink on the three crop rule, which is part of the greening arrangement within the recent reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy....
Agriculture Commissioner Vows to Tackle Supply Chain Profit-Taking
IRELAND - The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, said he plans to reduce the amount farmers pay on agricultural inputs. ...
07 January 2015
Brazil Appoints First Female Minister of Agriculture
BRAZIL - In a ceremony held on Monday 5 January, at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), Senator Katia Abreu took over from the former minister, Neri Geller, as the Minister...
AHDB Appoints New CEO
UK - Jane King has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)....
06 January 2015
Lower Grain Prices Help US Ethanol Stocks to Swell
US - The latest data in relation to ethanol production and stocks suggests that US ethanol producers are continuing to take advantage of relatively inexpensive grains, despite five-year low gasoline...
Northern Ireland Minister Sets Out Agriculture, Fishery Priorities for 2015
NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has set out priorities for 2015, noting that it will be a challenging year but that the government will continue to work in partnership...
India’s Rabi Sowing Down at 55.28 Million Hectares
INDIA - India has recorded a drop in rabi sowing as on January 2, 2015 at 55.28 million hectares, as per the data released by the directorate of economics and statistics, agriculture ministry....
05 January 2015
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...
Knighthood for Former NFU President
UK - Former NFU President Peter Kendall has received a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours issued last week....
02 January 2015
Study Predicts No Farmers and Ranchers under 35 by 2033
US - As long-time farmers and ranchers grow older, it is becoming increasingly difficult to pass on the family farm or find young employees to pick up the reins at large corporate ranches....
EU Supports Cambodia's Agricultural Progress
EU - The European Union (EU) has announced it has allocated EUR 410 million (around USD 510 million), under its bilateral cooperation with Cambodia over the period 2014-2020 to continue its support...
Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly
CHINA - The prices of major farm produce in China rose slightly last week according to a survey of 36 large and medium-sized cities by the Ministry of Commerce....
31 December 2014
HGCA Board Gains Valuable Experience
UK - HGCA has appointed two new members to its board, both with a huge amount of experience in the grain industry....
29 December 2014
Practical Tips to Help Livestock Farmers Turn over New Leaf in 2015
UK - It’s that time of year when everyone starts thinking about making New Year’s resolutions and turning over a new leaf....
22 December 2014
Harper Adams University Receives International Quality Rating
UK - It has been announced that all research conducted by Harper Adams University is of international quality and that more than 50 per cent is either world leading or internationally excellent....
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