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03 March 2016
Farmers Need Contingency Plan for Brexit
UK - A contingency plan for agriculture should the UK vote to leave the European Union on June 23 is absolutely essential according to the Farmers’ Union of Wales....
Weak Lamb Prices Cutting into NZ Sheep Farmers’ Profits
NEW ZEALAND - Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has released its mid-season update....
02 March 2016
Would British Farmers be Better Supported Outside the EU?
UK - British farmers could receive a basic grant of £90 per acre to replace the subsidies in the Common Agricultural Policy if the UK votes to leave the EU in June....
01 March 2016
Romanian Meat Processor to Invest €9 Million to Raise Output
ROMANIA - Romanian meat processor Agricola International Bacau has unveiled plans to invest €9 million to upgrade its facilities and expand its output capacity by up to 30 per cent, according...
29 February 2016
EU Exit for UK Would Be "Leap Into The Dark"
UK - At a time of severe price volatility and global market uncertainty it would be wrong to leave the European Union, the UK's Environment Secretary Liz Truss told the National Farmers Conference...
Call for More Government Support for Farming Sector
UK - The National Farmers Union has called on the British government strengthen the powers of the Grocery Codes Adjudicator to be extended across the supply chain....
26 February 2016
Livestock Margins Still Very Tight Despite Lower Input Costs
UK - Despite falling input costs livestock farmers still face a challenge to achieve positive margins when selling finished animals, according to the latest figures from Quality Meat Scotland’s...
25 February 2016
What Factors Will Influence Competitiveness of UK Livestock Markets?
ANALYSIS - The prospects for livestock markets over the next 10 to 20 years will be in the developing and emerging markets....
Livestock Donations in Zambia Yield Better Income, Diets
US - Some humanitarian organizations facilitate livestock donations to poor households in developing countries, but does giving a cow, a pair of oxen, or a herd of goats to a poor household really...
24 February 2016
NZ Farmers' Confidence Still at Low Ebb
NEW ZEALAND - Farmer confidence remains in the doldrums, the Federated Farmers' 2015/16 Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey has revealed....
22 February 2016
What are the Implications of Brexit for UK Food and Agriculture?
ANALYSIS - If the UK votes to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum, the British government would have to renegotiate all its trade deals with both Europe and third countries....
19 February 2016
New Programme Sets Sights on Strong Wool Returns in New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND - A new collaboration between The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) aims to deliver premiums for New Zealand's strong wool sector - a...
Policy of Increasing Sheep Numbers Bad for Farmers, ICSA Says
IRELAND - Any policy that focuses on increasing sheep numbers is bad news for sheep farmers, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) sheep chairman John Brooks has insisted. ...
18 February 2016
Unique Orkney Sheep Producers Apply for PGI Status
SCOTLAND, UK - Applications to grant European Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status to North Ronaldsay Wool and North Ronaldsay Mutton were launched last week in Kirkwall....
17 February 2016
Industry to Work More Closely Together to Promote Beef, Lamb
UK - The supply chain must continue to find ways to work together more closely to stimulate demand for beef and lamb, an industry round table meeting agreed last week....
16 February 2016
Cumbrian Floods Caused Hundreds of Sheep Deaths, Survey Shows
UK - Farmers who suffered flood damage in the worst hit areas of Cumbria have responded to an industry led survey and the results are staggering....
US Farm Income Forecast Suggests More Hard Times Ahead
US - The US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS) has predicted a decline in net cash and net farm income for the third consecutive year, in its 2016 Farm Sector Income...
15 February 2016
EU, Colombia to Increase Trade in Organic Products
EU & COLOMBIA - The Government of Colombia and the European Commission announced today the start of negotiations towards a bilateral agreement on trade in organic products between the European...
UK Farmers Warned of Bluetongue Risk as French Outbreaks Continue
UK - Farmers in the UK are being urged to monitor their stock carefully following the ongoing presence of Bluetongue Disease in France....
11 February 2016
Global Food Prices Fall Again, but Future Prospects Rest on El Niño
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index fell in January, slipping 1.9 per cent below its level in the last month of 2015, as prices of all the commodities it tracks fell, sugar in particular....
10 February 2016
Brexit Could Place British Farming in Jeopardy, Report Warns
UK - The future of many UK farming businesses looks uncertain, according to a new report on the agricultural implications of leaving the EU written by a University of Warwick academic....
Push for Jobs for Young People in World Agriculture
GLOBAL - Promoting decent employment opportunities for young people in agriculture and the rural economy was a key focus of the launch in New York of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for...
05 February 2016
More Support for Llama, Alpaca Farming in Bolivia
BOLIVIA - An agreement signed recently between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of Bolivia will help 30,000 poor rural families in the Bolivian High...
03 February 2016
AHDB Starts New Initiative to Tackle Volatility in Agricultural Market
UK - The AHDB has embarked on an ambitious new initiative to tackle volatility in agricultural commodities markets....
02 February 2016
Calls for More Funding to Keep Syria's Farmers in Production
SYRIA - With the war in Syria now approaching its sixth year, agricultural production has plummeted and food supplies are at an all-time low, so the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has...
New British Food Unit Aims to Match France, Germany Exports
UK - A Great British Food Unit has been established to turbo-charge UK food exports and support industry growth plans, like their target of increasing manufactured food exports to £6 billion...
01 February 2016
Marks & Spencer, Waitrose Top Farm Animal Welfare Report
GLOBAL - Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) have attained the highest marks in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare report....
European Commission Makes Farm Incomes Priority
ANALYSIS - Farmers’ incomes are to be given top priority this year by the European Commission as it seeks to ensure “a fair return for producers for their products”....
29 January 2016
Remote Atlantic Island Looks for Agricultural Advisor
GLOBAL - The inhabitants of the world’s remotest inhabited island have called on the NFU to find them a farmer to come and improve agriculture....
New Report Finds Tesco Breaches GSCOP
UK - Following a new report from the Groceries Code Adjudicator, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has said it was absolutely correct to lobby for over a decade for a grocery code and adjudicator....
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