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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Transboundary Animal Diseases: What are the Risks in the EU
EU - Transboundary animal diseases are highly contagious diseases that can spread rapidly across national borders. They can cause high rates of death and disease in animals, thereby having serious socio-economic...
India Seeks Australian Collaboration in Agriculture
INDIA - The Indian Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is seeking collaboration from Australia for its fisheries, aquaculture, agriculture and food processing sectors....
USDA Offers $18 Million to Support, Train New Farmers
US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering more than $18 million in funding to help educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers....
M-COOL Up for Discussion During Trade Advocacy Mission to US Midwest
CANADA - The general manager of Manitoba Pork suggests pork producers on both sides of the Canada US border will be hurt if Canada is forced to proceed with retaliatory tariffs in response to US Mandatory...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Anaerobic Digestion Association Hits Back at Criticism
UK - Last week at the Oxford Farming Conference in the UK, environmental campaigner and author, George Monbiot, launched an attack on several farming practices....
Latvian Presidency Urged to Keep Animal Welfare Central to its Priorities
EU - Eurogroup for Animals has launched a Memorandum outlining its position on animal welfare related policies that will be discussed as part of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union....
Foot and Mouth Cost India INR230 Billion in 2013-14
INDIA - During 2013-14, India suffered losses of 230 billion rupees (23,000 crore) as the result of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)....
Monday, January 12, 2015
Exit from EU Would Pose Risk to Scottish Farming
SCOTLAND - The EU referendum is the biggest threat facing British farming, Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has warned. ...
Philippines to Ban FMD-Susceptible Imports
PHILIPPINES - Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso J. Alcala has ordered the temporary ban on the importation of livestock animals that may be susceptible to foot and mouth disease (FMD), their...
New Irish Agriculture Secretary General Appointed
IRELAND - Aidan O’Driscoll has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the Irish Agriculture, Food and the Marine Department, following approval of the appointment by the Government....
NFU Joins Coalition to Normalise Relations with Cuba
US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has joined other prominent members of the US food and agriculture community in the launch of the new US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), a group aiming to re-establish...
Friday, January 09, 2015
US Trade Deals Should Aim to Reduce Trade Deficit
US - National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson argues that all future US trade agreements should be negotiated with the goal of reducing the US trade deficit, while ensuring that our trading partners...
Thursday, January 08, 2015
OFC: Changes to Common Agricultural Policy to Reduce Red Tape
UK - The UK has called for a rethink on the three crop rule, which is part of the greening arrangement within the recent reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy. Chris Harris reports from the Oxford...
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
OFC: Food, Farming Key to Britain's Economic Future, Says Minister
UK - Britain has the land, technology and entrepreneurial flair to lead the world in food and farming, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, has told the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC)....
Brazil Appoints First Female Minister of Agriculture
BRAZIL - In a ceremony held on Monday 5 January, at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), Senator Katia Abreu took over from the former minister, Neri Geller, as the Minister of Agriculture....
Agriculture Commissioner Vows to Tackle Supply Chain Profit-Taking
EU - The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, said at an event in Ireland that he plans to reduce the amount farmers pay on agricultural inputs. ...
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Farmland Protection Needed in China
CHINA - The National Video Conference on Permanent Basic Farmland Designation and Protected Agriculture Land Management jointly organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Land and Resources...
Minister Sets out Priorities for Northern Ireland Agriculture
NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has set out priorities for 2015, noting that it will be a challenging year but that the government will continue to work in partnership with...
Monday, January 05, 2015
Russia Accuses Lithuania of Risking Spread of African Swine Fever
RUSSIA - Russia's state veterinary watchdog has accused Lithuania of risking the spread of African swine fever by trying to supply pork to the Russian market by falsifying documents....
Friday, January 02, 2015
Belgium Seeks Solutions to Pork Market Challenges
BELGIUM - On 16 January 2015, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is holding a seminar at Agriflanders on risk management in the pork chain and the search for new market models....
New Rules on Vet Oversight to Cover More Than Half Antimicrobials Sold
US - In two years time, regulatory changes will come into effect that will cover 57 per cent of current antimicrobial sales for animals in the US....
New Members Appointed to US Meat Inspection Committee
US - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2014-2016 term....
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Farmers Need to be Encouraged to Invest
UK - The British government needs to embrace farmers and growers’ optimism for the longer term future to help grow the industry and reverse the country’s declining self-sufficiency....
Russia Seizes Illegal Pork Imported from Lithuania
RUSSIA - The Russian authorities have blocked a consignment of pork from entering the country because they believed it to come from Lithuania and could have been contaminated with African swine fever....
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Dutch Government Supports Greater Farm Sustainability
THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch government has announced financial support for 13 projects aimed at improving agricultural sustainability, including for better grassland management, local feed production and...
Monday, December 29, 2014
Mississippi Ag Values Set to Top $7 Billion
US - Despite low prices for many commodities, the overall projected totals for Mississippi’s crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year and essentially match the record set in 2013....
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Albania Set to Resume Meat and Agricultural Exports to Russia
ALBANIA - Exports of meat and agricultural products could restart between Albania and Russia following top level talks between between Deputy Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Alexei Saurin and Secretary General...
Slide in Ruble to Hit Chinese Agricultural Exports
CHINA - The falling ruble and the financial troubles in Russia are putting trade links between Russia and China at risk....
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Survey Confirms Most Expect Growth in US Hog Numbers
US - The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) quarterly Hogs and Pigs report is due to be released today - the first time in memory that the report has been released before Christmas, writes Steve Meyer....
Integration of CReSA into IRTA
SPAIN - On 16 December, the government approved the integration of the Centre for Animal Health Research (CReSA) Foundation into the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Technology (IRTA) from the Department...
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