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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Canada-South Korea Trade Agreement Moves One Step Closer
CANADA - The Canadian Meat Council is applauding the latest steps aimed at implementing Canada's Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with South Korea, writes Bruce Cochrane....
New Resource Helps US Farmers Select New Farm Bill Programmes
US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new online resource this week to help farmers across the country make important decisions on new Farm Bill created safety net programmes....
Monday, September 29, 2014
Positive USDA Hog Report Ignores the Realities of PEDV
ANALYSIS – During a teleconference hosted by the National Pork Board, analysts cast some doubts about the very positive USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. The as yet unknown effect of PEDV this winter...
Russian Government Continues Support to Agriculture, Food Sectors
RUSSIA - The government will support agro-processors until 2021, according to meat company, Cherkizovo....
Dual Environmental Stewardship to Give Farmers More Flexibility in UK
UK - Defra’s decision to keep existing dual use arrangements for all environmental stewardship schemes will give farmers and growers the flexibility and certainty they need, said the NFU....
Friday, September 26, 2014
Alberta Producers Welcome Mandatory Swine Movement Reporting
CANADA - Under new federal regulations, which took effect 1 July, anyone in Canada who ships or receives hogs must report that movement within seven days to the PigTrace Canada database, Bruce Cochrane....
Canadian Government Announces Funding for Wheat Research
CANADA - Farmer-led research to find new feed wheat varieties will receive $400,000 as part of a commitment to innovation under Growing Forward two, announced Federal Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz,...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Minimum Wage Increase for Scottish Agricultural Workers
UK- A rise in the minimum wage rate for agricultural workers has been confirmed by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB)....
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
German Meat, Milk Sectors Open Office in China's Capital
GERMANY - The country's milk and meat associations have set up a joint office in Beijing to help boost German product exports to China. ...
Indian Agriculture Minister Calls for Canadian Investment
INDIA - In order to promote agriculture trade between two countries, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh has met Gerry Ritz, Canadian Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food in New Delhi recently....
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Aggressive Approach Needed to Gain Control of Canada's Wild Boar
CANADA - A professor with the University of Saskatchewan says an aggressive approach using several different strategies is needed to take control of a growing population of feral wild boar, writes Bruce...
Business Involvement Called for in Canadian Hog Moratorium Debate
CANADA - The chair of Manitoba Pork is calling on the province's business community to apply pressure on their local MLAs to rethink provincial government policies that have led to a dramatic reduction...
Monday, September 22, 2014
South America Targets Russian Market
ANALYSIS - The South American meat sector is making a concerted effort to fill the gap in the Russian market left by the ban on imports from the EU, US, Canada, Australia and Norway....
US Calls on Taiwan to Set Ractopamine Residue Rules for Pork
TAIWAN - The US trade representative and ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) has called on Taiwan to set a Maximum Residue Level for ractopamine in pork and other beef products as its has...
Colombia Reopens Border to US, Canadian Breeding Pigs
COLOMBIA - The Colombian Agricultural Institute, ICA, has reopened the country's borders for the import of breeding pigs from the United States and Canada, which was restricted due to outbreaks of Porcine...
President's Council Releases Report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance
US - The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has released a report to the President entitled 'Combating Antibiotic Resistance', saying that committing to combating antibiotic-resistant...
Friday, September 19, 2014
Can Farming Reverse Its Ageing Trend?
ANALYSIS – Agriculture is ageing and more must be done to draw young people into UK food production to meet growing national and world demand....
International Year of Family Farming 2014
US - On the 18 September The National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the introduction of the Senate Resolution designating 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).” NFU has lead the...
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Farm Bureau Leads Delegation to Reduce Trade Barriers Abroad
EU - American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman is leading a delegation of the organisation’s leaders to Europe this week to discuss efforts to increase trade through comprehensive agreements...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
NFU Outlines Priorities Ahead of 2015 General Election
UK - A Government that understands farm businesses, wants agriculture to grow and has the policies that send the right signals to farmers, are the key messages in the NFU’s farming manifesto launched...
Norway's New Requirements for Imported Pig Blood
NORWAY - The country has introduced additional requirements for blood products from pigs imported from countries outside the European Economic Area to prevent the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED)....
Commission Reviews Control Measures against African Swine Fever
EU - The European Commission has updated its regionalised control measures to combat the spread of African swine fever (ASF)....
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
French Pig Meat Sector Calls of Action over Russian Ban
FRANCE - The Russian ban on meat products from Europe because of the crisis in Ukraine and because of the outbreaks of African swine fever in north eastern Europe will cost the French pig sector €400...
Monday, September 15, 2014
EuroTier: Implications for Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal on Animal Production
US - The targeted Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the US is currently the subject of lively debate and will be discussed at EuroTier 2014....
New EU Commissioner Told to Simplify Common Agricultural Policy
EU - Simplification of the direct payments in the Common Agricultural Policy and greening are two of the issues that have been put top of the list of priorities for the European Commissioner for agriculture...
Food Safety, Welfare Funding Available for Manitoba's Pork Producers
CANADA - Manitoba Pork is encouraging the province's pork producers to apply for funding being made available to improve on-farm food safety, biosecurity, animal welfare and workplace health and safety...
Friday, September 12, 2014
New EU Laws on Veterinary Medicines Planned
EU - New proposals have been put forward that will make veterinary medicines more available in the EU to treat and prevent diseases in animals....
Heinz Strengthens Animal Welfare Policies
GLOBAL - Global food processing giant, Heinz, has joined a growing line of major meat and food processors to strengthen their animal welfare practices for their supply chain....
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Will Scotland's Independence Vote Impact Agriculture?
ANALYSIS - Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond addressed international agricultural journalists at a conference in Scotland on Sunday evening saying, “There is a debate going on as part of this...
India's Agriculture Developments Praised by FAO
INDIA - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), director general, Jose Graziano da Silva has met Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh on September 8, 2014. During the meet,...
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