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31 March 2017
IFA: Govt Must Put Farming, Food at Centre of Brexit Battleground
IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy has said farming and food will have to be centre stage in the Irish Government’s position as the formal negotiations on Brexit begin....
30 March 2017
EPA Now Limited on Farm Data it Can Release
US - A federal judge this week approved a settlement agreement between the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation and the US Environmental Protection Agency, limiting EPA’s...
Saskatchewan Pork Producers Oppose Carbon, Support Provincial Govt's Position
CANADA - The Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says the potential imposition of a carbon tax offers nothing good for agriculture, writes Bruce Cochrane....
29 March 2017
Ag Minister Wants Gambia to Get Into Livestock Exporting Game
GAMBIA - The Minister of Agriculture has called on his staff of The Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA) to redouble their efforts in promoting livestock production to satisfy local demand and enable...
NAFTA Renegotiation Could Jeopardise US Food Processors Access to Canadian Products
US & CANADA - The Research Lead with Agri-Food Economic Systems says US food processors need to be sensitive to the potential impact on them of reduced access to imported Canadian products under a renegotiation...
28 March 2017
IFA Reiterates Case in Brussels for Ban on Brazilian Meat
EU - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has met with Irish MEPs, senior officials in the EU Commission in DG Sante, DG Agriculture, Commissioner Hogan’s cabinet and COPA, to reiterate the IFA...
More Responsive Research Programme Expected Under Next Ag Policy Framework
CANADA - The Chair of Swine Innovation Porc anticipates a more responsive swine research programme under Canada's next Agricultural Policy Framework, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pork Commentary: Brazil - Glass House Syndrome
BRAZIL - The Brazil Meat Scandal is a big deal in Brazil and has global ramifications, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc....
27 March 2017
IFA: Brexit Cannot Derail Farming, Food Growth Targets
IRELAND - Speaking at the ASA debate on Brexit in Kilkenny last week, IFA President Joe Healy dismissed any suggestion of diluting growth targets for the farming and food industry because of Brexit. ...
Improved Communication with Public, Media Top Priority for Agriculture
CANADA - The Chair of Manitoba Pork says improved communication with the public and with the media has become a top priority within the Canadian pork industry, writes Bruce Cochrane....
NPPC Urges USDA to Abandon GIPSA Rule
US - Citing grave concerns that they would “cause serious harm to the pork industry,” the National Pork Producers Council said the US Department of Agriculture should not finalize – or at least exempt...
24 March 2017
NPPC, NCBA Farm Bill Priority: FMD Vaccine Bank
US - The US pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill is establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, the National Pork Producers Council told a House Agriculture subcommittee...
Pork Producers Call for Clarity in Animal Care Codes
CANADA - The Chair of Manitoba Pork says pork producers are looking for more clarity as dates approach for final changes to Canada's new Pig Code of Practice and its incorporation into the Canadian Pork...
Cost Shared Programme Helps Pork Producers Improve Animal Welfare
CANADA - A programme being offered by the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan in partnership with Sask Pork is helping the province's pork producers access equipment which will help them comply with...
23 March 2017
CME: Key Countries Announce Plans to Suspend Brazilian Meat Imports
US - The scandal that has affected the Brazilian meat packing and processing industry in recent weeks continued to play out, with a number of key importing countries announcing that they would suspend,...
Agriculture Fares Well Under New Saskatchewan Budget
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says, despite higher costs and reduced supports, agriculture fared well under Saskatchewan's latest provincial budget, according to Bruce Cochrane....
AgForce Welcomes Improved Farm Debt Mediation Process, QRAA Revamp
AUSTRALIA - AgForce has welcomed more rigorous farm debt mediation processes and a revamp of the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority to assist farmers in financial stress but have called for a broader...
22 March 2017
IFA Urges Immediate Ban on Brazilian Meat
EU - IFA President Joe Healy has called for an immediate ban on Brazilian meat imports into the EU. He said the latest shocking revelations on the failure of Brazil to meet EU standards and controls in...
Agriculture Victoria Urged to Take Animal Welfare Role from RSPCA
AUSTRALIA - Victoria's peak farm lobby has warned the State Government needs to act swiftly to stop animal activist groups from seizing the power to police farm practice, in its submission to a parliamentary...
21 March 2017
Cambodia Warns of Contaminated Pork from Viet Nam
CAMBODIA - The public in Cambodia has been warned not to eat pork from Viet Nam after an outbreak of a serious disease in pig farms across the border, local media reported on Tuesday, citing an official....
20 March 2017
Pork Producers Want USTR That Prioritises Access to International Markets
US - Last week (14 March), the US Senate Finance Committee held a hearing regarding the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to head the Office of United States Trade Representative....
Interest in Saskatchewan Swine Welfare Programme Builds
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board reports producer interest in a programme to assist with the purchase of needle-free injection and euthanasia equipment has been building, according to Bruce...
Zhanjiang Pushes Animal Husbandry Development
CHINA - Zhanjiang's livestock farming bases have been required to develop market-oriented feature products along with quality improvements at a working conference held on 13 March....
Food Safety Regulations Tightened in Shanghai
CHINA - A new food safety regulation, said to be the most stringent ever enacted, will take effect in Shanghai on Monday....
Remarkable Bonds of Canada, US Friendship Applauded at Iowa Capitol
US - Canada's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs applauds the remarkable bonds of friendship that exist between Canada and the United States, writes Bruce Cochrane....
17 March 2017
US Farmers, Ranchers Urge Strengthening of Safety Net
US - The American Farm Bureau Federation and 11 other farm and ranch groups have asked congressional budget and appropriations committees to increase funding for farm programs in the 2018 farm bill....
KAP Calls for Carbon Tax Exemption for Farmers
CANADA - The President of Keystone Agricultural Producers is calling for farmers to be exempt from any carbon on the inputs they use to produce food, writes Bruce Cochrane....
16 March 2017
Voices Needed in Canada, US to Defend, Preserve, Enhance Free & Fair Trade
CANADA& US - Saskatchewan's Premier says strong voices are needed on both sides of the Canada-US border to speak to the importance of trade, Bruce Cochrane writes....
Options Available to Address Economic Harm Caused by Changing US Trade Policies
CANADA - A Canadian based International Trade Consultant says there are options available in the event the United States implements trade policies that cause economic harm to Canada, reports Bruce Cochrane....
China to Improve Quality of Agricultural Products
CHINA - The Ministry of Agriculture has published a five-year plan to improve the quality of agricultural products, including measures to ensure that products such as apples, tea and pork can be traced...
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