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Tuesday 27th January 2015.
Gemma Hyland - TheCropSite Editor

Gemma Hyland

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Obama Urged to Reconsider Trade Agreements

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has urged President Obama to reconsider moving forward with the massive trade agreements currently moving in Congress, noting that free trade agreements have historically been a very lopsided proposal for the United States.

“Free trade agreements are not only exporting American jobs, they are contributing to an increasing trade deficit that has become a major drag on the economy,” he said.

“For 2014, the US trade deficit is expected to total about $500 billion and these agreements are likely to add to that number,” he added.

Also this week...

If the government of New Zealand made a medium-scale adverse event declaration for some South Island provinces, Federated Farmers believes it would give more emotional support to farmers than financial.

“Adverse event declarations don’t make rainfall, but they do put a label on a serious situation, providing some comfort and support to affected farmers,” says Katie Milne, Federated Farmers Adverse Events Spokesperson.

“While the drought, in some parts of the country, has some farmers calling for a drought declaration, it has sparked questions in the media of whether farmers should be getting what is termed ‘hand-outs’ from the government. It needs to be clarified what exactly a drought declaration means.”

Barley export commitments from the EU seem to be gathering pace once more, reflecting the increased competitiveness of grains priced in Euros.

In the week ending 20 January (week 30 of the season), the EU Commission issued a total of 286Kt of export licenses, the highest weekly volume since late September.

This takes total export commitments for the bloc to 4.77Mt, just slightly behind last year’s 4.81Mt at this stage in the season.

~ Gemma

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Global Crop Industry News

   European Union

EU Barley Exports Gathering Pace


Soybean Research to Reduce Disease and Improve Yields
New Task Force to Improve Agriculture Risk Management Programmes

   United Kingdom

Extensive Display of Renewables Technology at Borders Open Day
New Technique to Boost Yields, Cut Fertiliser Pollution
Call for Proper Risk Assessment of Possible Endocrine Disruptors
UK Appoints Agri Counsellor in China to Help Boost Trade
Is Promotion the Key to Potato Producer Fortunes?
Employee Motivation Day Set to Build Success in Agriculture

   South Africa

Drought Triggers Insurance Payout in Sahel Ahead of Humanitarian Aid

   United States

NFU Urges President's to Reconsider Trade Agreements
NFU Women’s Conference Provides Skills and Guidance
Issues Stemming from January USDA Reports
High-protein Soybean Aimed at Feed Market Released

   New Zealand

Farmers Call for Drought Declaration
Fall in Fuel Prices Should Mean Lower Costs for Farmers


China-UK Strengthen Agricultural Cooperation
China Boosts Financial Support to Agriculture


India’s Sugar Output Up 19 Per Cent
Minister Stresses Importance of Marketing for Indian Agri Products


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