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16 April 2015
Crop Industry News from United States US NFU Disappointed by Cuts to Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency
US - NFU President Roger Johnson says he was disappointed in the US House of Representatives Energy and Water spending subcommittee’s reduction of funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency...
Crop Industry News from European Union Future of Biofuels Use in MEPs’ Hands
EU - The NFU is urging UK MEPs to reject a draft law limiting the amount of crops involved in biofuel production which is to be presented to the European Parliament (EP) at the end of the month....
Crop Industry News from United States Cotton Planting Falls Behind
US - Only about 5 per cent of Texas cotton is planted, down from the five-year average of 12 per cent for this time of year, according to the latest weekly reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension...
15 April 2015
Crop Industry News from India Australian Delegation Meets Mohanbhai Kundariya
INDIA - With agriculture sector in sight, Australian delegation led by Colin Barnett Premier of Western Australia meet Indian Minister of State for Agriculture, Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya...
Crop Industry News from Global Could El Niño Return in 2015?
GLOBAL - Once more there is an increased risk that an El Niño weather phenomenon may occur according to weather forecasters. ...
Crop Industry News from Canada Canada’s Food Production Growing but Wasting More
ANALYSIS - Canada wastes 6 billion kilogrammes of food each year – nearly a third of its total production....
Crop Industry News from Canada Harper Government Invests in Commercial Beekeeping to Bolster Agriculture Industry
CANADA - Pollination by honeybees is vital to the existence of many British Columbia crops and paid pollination services are increasing in demand....
14 April 2015
Crop Industry News from India India’s Oilmeal Exports to Iran Down to 362,091 Tonnes
INDIA - India’s oilmeal export to Iran has recorded a huge decrease at 362,091 tonnes during April 2014 to March 2015 financial year, as compared to 1.24 million tonnes exported during the...
Crop Industry News from European Union Is EU Maize Losing its Competitiveness?
EU - EU maize has maintained its position as the most competitive EU feed grain, when compared with feed wheat and feed barley, since October....
Crop Industry News from United States NFU Urges EPA to Stick to Statutory Target Levels
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson says he is hopeful the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) timeline for releasing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) target levels...
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom Consultations on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
UK - Three consultations covering the UK and the EU's approach to future GHG emissions reduction have been issued. All will have implications for agriculture....
Crop Industry News from India Usher to Modern Techniques in Agriculture, Says Indian Agri Minister
INDIA - Indian farmers need to use modern techniques for farm practices, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh said at the 77th meeting of the General Council of National Cooperative...
13 April 2015
Crop Industry News from United States Sorghum Silage Can Replace Corn Silage When Properly Managed
US - Sorghum silage can provide a useful alternative to corn silage, but not all sorghum types have the same nutritional properties, according to two experts from the Agrilife programme at the...
Crop Industry News from United States 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....
Crop Industry News from European Union Mounting Evidence for Neonicotinoid Environmental Impact
EU - Evidence for the negative impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the environment is rapidly increasing, according to a joint report from the European Academies of Science to the European...
Crop Industry News from Global Quarterly Earnings Increase for Cargill
US - In its latest quarterly report, Cargill's net earnings were up by one-third from the same period last year, with the largest contribution by its Animal Nutrition and Protein business....
10 April 2015
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom New Tool to Help Growers Make More Meaningful Variety Choices
UK - Even more meaningful variety choices can now be made by growers, thanks to a new online tool based on variety trial information....
Crop Industry News from United States Rice Subsidies Too High in Advanced Developing Countries
US - Several key advanced developing countries have ramped up subsidies to their producers of rice, corn, and wheat, according to a new study....
Crop Industry News from United States US Bee Population Showing Less Die-Off Than in 2014
US - The honeybee population has experienced less severe die-offs over winter than in 2014, but there are still significant threats, according to a specialist from Purdue University....
Crop Industry News from Philippines Phillipines Explores Cambodia Collaboration on Rice
PHILLIPINES - The Phillipines is hoping to work with Cambodia to exchange knowledge and experience in the rice sector, helping to improve food security....
Crop Industry News from India India’s Oilmeal Exports Down by 44 Per Cent
INDIA - India has recorded a drop in oilmeal exports during April 2014 to March 2015 at 2.44 million tonnes, as compared to 4.38 million tonnes exported during the same period last year....
09 April 2015
Crop Industry News from Switzerland 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....
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom Adapting to Climate Change May Create New Environmental Threats
UK - Adaptation measures to help us cope with climate change have the potential to generate further threats for both local and global ecosystems, according to a new study from the University...
Crop Industry News from United States New GM Rice Shows Improved Disease Immunity
US - Rice disease immunity can be improved by transferred genes from other species, according to new research from the University of California-Davis....
Crop Industry News from European Union New Way to Detect Peanut Contamination
EUROPE - Researchers from Spain and France have used a new type of technology to more accurately detect traces of peanut in foods, in a study published in the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy....
Crop Industry News from India India’s Sugar Output up 2.8 MN Tonnes
INDIA - India’s sugar production output has recorded an increase of 2.8 million tonnes at 24.72 million tonnes during the sugar season of 2014-15 till March 2015....
08 April 2015
Crop Industry News from Russian Federation 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....
Crop Industry News from United Kingdom Farmers Union of Wales Unveils Election Priorities
WALES, UK - The Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) has released its general election manifesto, highlighting the importance of agriculture to the economy....
Crop Industry News from United States Climate Change Causing Losses for US Soybean Farmers
US - Changes in weather patterns have been eating into the profits made by soybean farmers, causing $11 billion worth of losses over the past 20 years, according to researchers from the University...
Crop Industry News from Global FAO Food Price Index Drops Further in March 2015
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 points in March 2015, down 2.6 points (1.5 per cent) from its revised February value and nearly 40 points (18.7 per cent) below its level in March...
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