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30 November 2015
Thousands of British Farmers to Receive BPS Payments on 1st Dec
UK - The Government's Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that around 30,000 farmers are set to receive their 2015 Basic Payment Scheme payments on Tuesday 1 December....
26 November 2015
Defra Budgets Cut, but Ag Research Protected
UK - The UK's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will be enacting administration budget reductions of 26 per cent by 2019-20, announced as part of the Chancellor's spending...
19 November 2015
More Measures Announced to Ease CAP Burden
EU - EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan described to ministers measures he intends to take to simplify the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), at a meeting of the EU Agriculture & Fisheries...
18 November 2015
EU Sheep Meeting Calls for More Promotion
EU - Suggested measures have been put forward for maintaining the health of the EU sheep sector, at a high level meeting discussing the challenges facing the industry....
UK Makes Progress in US Lamb Access Negotiations
SCOTLAND, UK - Scotch Lamb and haggis could be back on US plates by 2017 after a positive response from the US Government during a meeting with Food Secretary Richard Lochhead....
China to Develop Animal Welfare Standards
CHINA - Chinese veterinarians have started drafting the country's first welfare standard for the farming and slaughter of livestock and poultry, according to the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association...
17 November 2015
Sheep Farmers Reminded of New Tagging Law
WALES, UK - NFU Cymru is reminding sheep keepers that from 1 January 2016, the non-electronic slaughter tag will no longer be allowed as the single tagging option to identify lambs intended for...
What will a Liberal Government Mean for Canadian Agriculture?
CANADA - As the new majority Liberal Government, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (above), gets down to work, the agricultural community is looking forward to more openness and engagement...
16 November 2015
US Food Regulators Ask: "What is Natural?"
US - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking consumer opinions and comments on what 'natural' should mean on a food label....
10 November 2015
Urgent Meeting Held over Sheep Inspection Processes
UK - An urgent meeting has been held to address serious issues being relayed around the inspection and penalty process for sheep movement reporting and recording....
05 November 2015
New World Agriculture Census to Begin in 2016
GLOBAL - A new global round of country-driven agricultural censuses is set to begin in 2016, a large-scale, data collection process that will gather information and statistics on the world's...
26 October 2015
Royal Summit Shows Help is at Hand for Crisis-Hit UK Farmers
UK - The Prince of Wales joined a summit on Friday looking at ways to help farm businesses suffering from the current adverse market conditions....
Government Rules on How Supermarkets Deal with Suppliers - Do You Know the Rules?
UK - A new e-book has been launched to help suppliers to the UK's major supermarkets fully understand the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), allowing them to be more aware of their rights...
21 October 2015
Appeals to End Hunger, Support Farmers Mark World Food Day
GLOBAL - Leading figures in agricultural policy marked World Food Day on Friday with appeals to combat hunger and malnutrition....
19 October 2015
Promo Boost to Help Consumers Appreciate EU-Farmed Products
EUROPE - Programmes worth €111 million have been set up by the EU to find new markets and promote consumption both outside and inside the Union in 2016. ...
USDA Buys Surplus Lamb for Food Assistance
US - The US Department of Agriculture has purchased 600,000 pounds of surplus lamb products valued at $3.131 million....
16 October 2015
EU Rejects National Bans on GM Food, Feed
EUROPE - Individual countries within the EU should not be allowed to decide to ban GM food and feed products, Environment Committee MEPs decided this week....
15 October 2015
Sheep Fencing Included in Irish Farm Payments
IRELAND - Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) sheep chairman John Brooks has welcomed the inclusion of grant aid for sheep fencing in TAMS II, as was announced by Agriculture Minister...
09 October 2015
Global Agriculture Faces Decade of Flat or Falling Prices
GLOBAL - World Prices for food will remain flat or could fall over the next 10 years because of the current growth in agricultural production....
08 October 2015
We Need €20 Per Ewe Payment, Demand Irish Farmers
IRELAND – Higher levels of direct payments should be coupled to active sheep farmers, farm chiefs have told an agriculture committee this week....
07 October 2015
Supply Management Survives as Trans-Pacific Partnership Concluded
GLOBAL - Canadian poultry meat, egg and dairy producers will be breathing a sigh of relief today after it was announced that their supply management system will mostly be protected in the Trans-Pacific...
06 October 2015
Brazil's New Green Farming Policy Open for Consultation
BRAZIL - In order to further reinforce the growing sustainable practice of the Brazilian livestock sector, the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock (GTPS) has created a sustainability...
05 October 2015
Millions of Dollars of Funding to Support US Farmers Announced
US - The US Department of Agriculture has announced $8.4 million of funding to provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, tribal and veteran farmers and ranchers....
Policy Changes Needed to Maintain Viet Nam's Farming Transformation
VIET NAM - Viet Nam has made remarkable agricultural progress, but further policy action is required to address new and emerging challenges, according to a new OECD report....
Norwegian Livestock Antibiotic Use Low but Growing in Pets
NORWAY - Norwegian antibiotic use is falling in livestock but rising in pets....
Debate over Chinese Investment in New Zealand Beef and Lamb Giant
ANALYSIS - One of New Zealand leading beef and lamb companies, Silver Fern Farms, is set to form a 50:50 partnership with major Chinese meat processor Shanghai Maling....
01 October 2015
Negotiations on TPP Continue Amid Canadian Concern
US - The US is hosting negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in Atlanta, amid concerns from Canadian farmers that it could put their popular supply management...
30 September 2015
UK Government Pushes for More Local Food Labelling
UK - The government is calling on food producers and shops to give more information on labels about where in Britain their food comes from, as new research shows that almost 80 per cent of people...
Unknown Bluetongue Serotype Building Momentum in Hungary
HUNGARY – A presently un-typed strain of Bluetongue virus (BTV) is affecting cattle farms in south west Hungary, with 28 cases now confirmed....
British Farmers Urged to Work in Space
UK - Agricultural firms and farmers across the UK are being urged to apply for multi-million pound grants to work alongside space technology companies on projects to develop new ways of using...
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