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11 February 2015
UK Prepares PEDv Contingency Plan
UK - The UK has now completed a contingency plan which will be activated if Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) arrives in the country....
10 February 2015
Manitoba Relaxes Restrictions on New Hog Barn Construction
CANADA - The general manager of Manitoba Pork reports the Manitoba government has agreed to relax restrictions on new hog barn construction in the province, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Ten Years of Online Traceability for Safer Food in Europe
EU - TRACES – the European Commission’s free online system that enhances the safety of the food chain and facilitates trade – is celebrating its 10th birthday....
National Farmers Union Welcomes COOL Lawsuit Dismissal
US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has praised the dismissal of the US District Court lawsuit on Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), filed by the multinational meatpacking industry...
09 February 2015
New Legislation Aims to End Welfare Issues for Farm Animals in Research
US - Federal lawmakers have introduced a bill to require much needed protection for farm animals used for agricultural research at federal facilities....
Canada Calls for Legislative Fix to Country of Origin Labelling
CANADA - Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz called for a legislative fix to the argument over Country of Origin Labelling is a series of meetings in Washington, DC, last week....
06 February 2015
Call for Concrete Proposals in World Trade Talks
GLOBAL - A new paper from the World Trade Organisation on the latest stage of the Doha round of the global trade talks has shown that just one country might have to make changes to its domestic support...
05 February 2015
New Action Plan to Strengthen Danish Organic Production
DENMARK - The Danish government has launched a new, broad action plan for a more organic Denmark. The plan paves the way for a closer and binding collaboration between the local, regional and state authorities....
Government Challenged on Animal Welfare Ahead of Election
UK - Political parties were last night urged to take action on animal welfare and disease prevention as the British Veterinary Association (BVA) President John Blackwell set out the organisation’s 2015...
US Farmers Say Agriculture Has Done Its Part to Reduce Deficit
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has commended President Obama’s 2015 Budget Proposal, noting its crucial investments for family farmers, ranchers and rural America....
Pregnant Women Advised to Avoid Sows at Farrowing
WALES, UK - The Welsh Government has advised pregnant women to avoid close contact with farm animals that are giving birth....
04 February 2015
Rick Bergmann Appointed New Canadian Pork Council Chair
CANADA - At a recent meeting of the Canadian Pork Council (CPC), Mr Rick Bergmann received the country-wide support of his peers, and will lead the charge for the Canadian pork industry in the upcoming...
USDA Invests $18 Million to Train New Farmers, Ranchers
US - The US Department of Agriculture's Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden (USDA) has announced more than $18 million in grants to educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers....
Brazil Seeks More Agriculture Trade with China
BRAZIL - The Chinese market is vital to the growth of Brazil's agricultural sector, and the country plans to focus on expanding exports to the world's second-biggest economy, newly elected Brazilian Agriculture...
Decline Predicted in Profitability of UK Farming
UK - Defra’s latest Farm Business Income forecasts predict a decline in the profitability of farming across the majority of farming sectors and serve as a warning as to how much agriculture is susceptible...
03 February 2015
EU Maintains Two-thirds Share of Chinese Pork Imports
CHINA - Chinese pork imports decreased by three per cent in 2014, bucking the trend of the previous four years....
US Support for Resolution of COOL Builds
CANADA - The chair of Manitoba Pork reports support in the US for resolution of US Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) to avoid retaliatory tariffs is building, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Tulip UK Steps up Pork Export Drive to China
UK - Representatives from Tulip Ltd joined Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, on her recent ground-breaking trade trip to China in a bid to pursue new opportunities for UK producers to sell into the...
02 February 2015
Sea Port Dispute Must Be Resolved Now to Protect US Exports
US - The National Pork Producers Council and 92 other food, agricultural and allied industry groups have urged the parties involved in a labor dispute that is affecting food exports that ship out of West...
Groceries Code Adjudicator’s Powers Welcomed by Farmers Union
UK - The decision to give The Groceries Code Adjudicator the power to fine retailers and their direct suppliers unfair trading practices is a positive step toward ensuring malpractice is eradicated from...
Animal Welfare at Slaughter Improving in UK
UK - Animal welfare in slaughterhouses in the UK is improving....
30 January 2015
Critical Issues Discussed by International Feed Regulators
GLOBAL - The 8th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) organized by IFIF in cooperation with the FAO brought together a record number of feed industry representatives and government officials from...
Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly
CHINA - Chinese farm produce prices rose slightly last week according to a survey of 36 medium and large cities by the Ministry of Commerce....
29 January 2015
EU Farm Ministers, Commission Call to be United Faced with Russian Ban
EU - Copa-Cogeca has welcomed EU Farm Ministers and the EU Commission calls to be united faced with the Russian crisis, stressing action taken so far to alleviate the severe impact of the export ban is...
Minister Launches Public Consultation Process on Ag Climate Change Discussion Document
IRELAND - The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has launched a public consultation process on a discussion document in preparation for the agriculture and forestry sector mitigation...
28 January 2015
Norway Issues New Protective Measure Against Classical Swine Fever
NORWAY - Due to the recent classical swine fever outbreaks in Croatia, Latvia, Romania and Bulgaria, the Food Safety Authority must now give confirmation before pork products can be imported from these...
EU Ag Council Discuss Impact of Russian Ban on Pig Meat Sector
EU - The Latvian Presidency gave a presentation to the Council of it work programme in the agriculture and fisheries sector. The council discussed the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the impact of...
27 January 2015
EU Countries Still Not Complying with Sow Stall Ban after Two Years
EU - No action has been taken against European countries that are not complying with the EU-wide ban on sow stalls – a year after warning letters had been sent out and two years after it became law....
Food Insecurity in Conflict Areas Must be Addressed
GLOBAL - Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva during a special meeting of the...
26 January 2015
New Task Force to Improve Agriculture Risk Management Programmes
CANADA - The Manitoba government is establishing a new task force to evaluate existing programmes and policies used to help farmers recover from climate-related challenges such as flooding, with the goal...
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