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08 August 2014
FAO Food Price Hits a Six Month Low in July
GLOBAL - Falling grain, oilseed and dairy prices push index to lowest level since January 2014....
07 August 2014
Farming Growth Plan Needed to Reverse Declining Self-Sufficiency
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is using today to highlight the backward slide of food security in UK food production as self-sufficiency has dropped two per cent year-on-year to 60 per...
06 August 2014
Late Rains Affect Prospects for Senegal Crops
SENEGAL - Erratic and insufficient rainfall since the beginning of the rainy season in May/June over most parts of the country have delayed plantings and affected growing crops. ...
05 August 2014
Bees Able to Spot Which Flowers Offer Best Rewards
UK - Bumblebees are able to connect differences in pollen quality with floral features like petal colour, and so land only on the flowers that offer the best rewards, according to a new study...
Role of No-till Agriculture in Climate Change Mitigation May be Over-stated
UK - An international group of scientists, led by Professor David Powlson, Lawes Trust Senior Fellow at Rothamsted Research, have published a critical review in the journal Nature Climate Change...
04 August 2014
Pressure Remains on Global Grain Prices
GLOBAL - Rising Black Sea crop estimates, good US spring wheat yield potential and near-ideal weather for corn development have all combined to keep the pressure on global grain prices as US...
01 August 2014
Excess Moisture Takes Toll on Quality of Fall Seeded Cereal Crops
CANADA - The executive director of Winter Cereals Canada reports excess moisture has taken a dramatic toll on the quality of winter cereal crops planted last fall....
31 July 2014
Corn, Soy Insecticides Similar to Nicotine Widespread in Midwest Rivers
US - Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study....
30 July 2014
Only Evidence-based Strategy Will Help Protect Bees
UK - The NFU has strongly disagreed with the new Environment Audit Committee report on the National Pollinator Strategy which has called for a refocus to deliver a precautionary, hazard-based...
Some Progress on Climate Change Impacts Made by UK Agriculture
UK - A new report from Defra reveals improvements made in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in terms of soil nitrogen balance and artificial fertiliser use over the last decade, while a reduction...
Partnership to Combat World Hunger
GLOBAL - The Texas A&M University System and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to work together to combat world hunger by building capacity for sustainable...
29 July 2014
Wyckoff's Weekly Grain Outlook: Weather Patterns Drying Out
ANALYSIS - Corn belt weather patterns are drying out a bit this week, reports Jim Wyckoff for TheCropSite....
EU and FAO Partner to Help Flood-Affected Serbian Farms Rebuild
SERBIA - The European Union (EU) will partner with FAO to help small-scale farmers in Serbia recover from the devastating floods of the past spring....
28 July 2014
Armenia 2014 Cereal Production Expected to Decline
ARMENIA - Harvest of the 2014 winter crops (mainly wheat) is nearing completion. Although planting was completed under favourable weather conditions, cold and dry weather during the growing season...
Cool Weather's Effect on Crop Could Differ from 2009
US - The next two months will determine whether the Indiana corn crop produces high yields as expected or is significantly damaged by any unforeseen, drastic changes in weather and diseases,...
MPs: Government Must Accept Ban on Bee-harming Pesticides
UK - A new report published today (Monday 28 July 2014) by a committee of MPs criticising the lack of effective Government action to protect UK bees from harmful insecticides, and the reliance...
25 July 2014
India Targets 261 Million Tonnes of Foodgrains Output during 2014-15
INDIA - India has estimated 261 million tonnes of foodgrain output during 2014-15 fiscal year period, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Indian minister of state for agriculture and food processing industries...
Cherkizovo Sees Rising Sales
RUSSIA - Russian meat and fodder producer, Cherkizovo Group has seen sales rise across its poultry, pork and grain divisions in the first half of the current financial year....
GLOBALG.A.P. Introduces Joint Initiative for Global Food Security
GLOBAL - The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are initiating the ‘The Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good...
24 July 2014
Time to Begin Your Pre-harvest Disease Watch?
CANADA - Yield-robbing levels of disease will be easy to spot in canola fields now and through to harvest. This is a great time to start your pre-harvest disease scouting....
23 July 2014
Honey Bee Survey of Winterkill Results Published
CANADA - Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) has released the results of its survey of winterkill of honey bees in 2014 showing overall, beekeepers reported that 18.5 per cent of...
Replace Reduce Refine – Way Forward for Antibiotic Use
ANALYSIS - A framework for replacement, reduction and refinement needs to be established for the responsible use of antimicrobials along the supply chain....
22 July 2014
Wyckoff's Weekly Grain Outlook: Downward Pressure Across Grains
ANALYSIS - There's downward pressure across all the grains markets this week, reports Jim Wyckoff for TheCropSite...
21 July 2014
Addressing Corn Rootworm Disease Before it Takes Hold
ANALYSIS - Although the extent of corn rootworm (CRW) pressure in 2014 is yet to be determined, entomologists say planning this season for future rootworm populations is the best way to control...
NFU 'Delighted' at Defra’s £400 Million Food Procurement Plans
UK - Following the launch of Defra’s £400million ‘A Plan for Public Procurement’ (Monday), NFU Deputy President Minette Batters said the plan was a significant step in the right direction...
18 July 2014
VIDEO: UK Public is Urged to Support Our Bees Needs
UK - Five simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted today to protect the vital contribution these insects make to...
USDA Issues Bearish Crop Report
GLOBAL - The release of a bearish USDA report at the end of last week kept market sentiment firmly in a negative tone, with increased US/global wheat stocks and bigger US corn stocks, writes...
Copa-Cogeca Calls for Stronger Action to Combat Unfair Practices
EU - European agriculture sector organisation Copa-Cogeca has welcomed the fact that the European Commission has recognised that abusive and unfair practices are present in the food chain....
15 July 2014
Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Weaker Overnight
GLOBAL - A feature in the market place Monday was the tumble in gold prices. Gold bulls need to recover very quickly to avoid near-term chart damage. ...
Global Diets Are Changing, Increasing in Protein
GLOBAL - Cereals are still at the core of what people eat, but diets are becoming higher in protein, fats and sugar in many parts of the world as incomes rise and urbanisation increases, with...
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