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20 January 2016
Ireland's Food and Drink Exports Continue to Grow
IRELAND - In 2015 it is estimated that the value of Irish food and drink exports increased by 3 per cent to exceed €10.8 billion for the first time....
18 January 2016
New International Markets for Northern Ireland Pork in 2016
NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced that two key new international markets, India and Canada, will soon savour the high quality pork and beef...
15 January 2016
Benchmarking and Knowledge Transfer Essential to Farmers Managing Volatility
ANALYSIS - Benchmarking and knowledge transfer will be two essential tools to help farmers manage their businesses in volatile markets....
Normalized US-Canada Hog Trade Expected to Take a Year
CANADA - The chair of Sask Pork expects full normalization of trade in the wake of repeal of US Mandatory US Country of Origin Labelling to take about a year, writes Bruce Cochrane....
14 January 2016
EU Commits Nearly €161 million to Combat Animal Diseases in 2016
EU - The EU has committed close to €161 million to support eradication, control and surveillance programmes that aim to eliminate animal diseases and zoonoses as well as further strengthen the protection...
Brazil's Ag Exports at Record Levels in 2015
BRAZIL - The amount of soybeans, corn, fresh chicken, coffee and pulp sold abroad in 2015 registered a record for Brazil's agribusiness trade....
13 January 2016
Chipotle Ordered to Submit Documents Following Norovirus Outbreak
US - Restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.has been served with a federal subpoena as part of a criminal investigation tied to a norovirus outbreak at one of its restaurants in California....
12 January 2016
COOL Repeal Brings Ontario Weaners South
US - It’s old news now but the repeal of mandatory country-of-origin labeling just before Christmas still deserves a mention – especially given the amount of arguing I’ve done against this ill-advised...
Ukraine Bans Russian Meat Imports In Retaliation
UKRAINE - The Ukrainian government has decided to ban imports of food products, including meat, from Russia. The move is a response to the embargo placed by Moscow on Ukrainian food imports, according...
11 January 2016
Weekly Overview: UK Government to Increase Investment in Agriculture
ANALYSIS - Last week ThePigSite featured coverage from the Oxford Farming Congress, held 5-7 January....
OFC: Can UK Farming Afford to Leave the EU?
UK - The UK could grow the rural economy, improve the environment and protect the country from plant and animal diseases if it was outside the European Union, according to the former environment secretary...
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
US - The number of pig farm samples that were confirmed positive for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in the last week was 37. There was one premises confirmed with having porcine delta coronavirus...
South Africa Finally Agrees to Resume US Pork Imports
SOUTH AFRICA - Negotiations between South Africa and the US on key areas related to the importation of poultry, beef and pork from the US to South Africa were concluded at a meeting on 6 January 2016....
08 January 2016
Swine Movement Reporting Fines Expected in Early 2017
CANADA - The manager of PigTrace Canada anticipates the introduction of fines in early 2017 for non-compliance of regulations requiring the reporting of movements of pigs, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Most Europeans Think CAP is Important
EUROPEAN UNION - Over 80 per cent of survey respondents consider the role of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) "very or fairly important" for stimulating jobs and growth and for supporting the...
07 January 2016
OFC: Investment in Research to Make British Agriculture More Competitive
UK - The British government is to focus more investment on research into animal and plant health research in a bid to make British agriculture more competitive....
06 January 2016
EU Private Storage Aid for Pigmeat Now Open
EU - The EU Private Storage Aid for pigmeat is now open, entering into force on 4 January....
USDA Updates Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease Federal Order
US - The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued an updated Federal Order related to swine enteric coronavirus diseases (SECD)....
05 January 2016
Taiwan Election Candidates Discuss US Pork Imports
TAIWAN - The three election candidates for Taiwan's leadership engaged in a heated discussion about whether Taiwan should import pork from the United States that contains the leanness enhancer ractopamine....
04 January 2016
Weekly Overview: US Repeals Controversial COOL Rules
ANALYSIS - Pig farmers were celebrating over the Christmas holiday after the US Congress voted to repeal the Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) rule for pork and beef on 18 December during its omnibus...
Fight Against Food Fraud Strengthened by New Research
EU - Impressive progress has been made in better understanding food fraud and developing online tools that will help the food sector tackle this threat....
Help Extended for Flood-Hit UK Farmers
UK - Farmers hit by Storm Eva flooding in Lancashire and Yorkshire will receive emergency funding of up to £20,000 each, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced....
31 December 2015
Animal Medicines Sector Responds to O’Neill Antimicrobials in Agriculture Report
UK - The UK, European and global animal medicines sector associations have joined forces to respond to Lord O’Neill’s recent Report on Antimicrobials in Agriculture, through a letter and expert critique...
Rodent Control Hub to Help Farmers Gain New Certification
UK - A free, self-study training course on rodent control is now available for farmers via an industry online hub, ‘Rodent Control on Farms’....
30 December 2015
Cost Savings for Pig Processors
UK - Cost savings for pork processors exporting to the USA are on the cards following an agreement with USDA regarding trichinella testing....
29 December 2015
Global Trade Ministers Move to End Agriculture Export Subsidies
GLOBAL - An agreement by World Trade Organisation (WTO) member states through the recently adopted "Nairobi Package" started a move towards eliminating export subsidies involving agricultural products....
Climate Change and Your Food: Ten Facts
GLOBAL - Here are ten facts about how a change climate affects our ability to grow food and feed ourselves....
24 December 2015
World Population Growth to Support EU Meat Exports Over Next Decade
EU - The EU has published a medium-term Agricultural Outlook for the years up to 2025....
23 December 2015
How Can Farmers Live With Volatility?
ANALYSIS - Price volatility is something that farmers are going to have to live with as it is going to be a feature of farming given the impacts of climate change and swings in production across the globe,...
22 December 2015
Trade Agreement with Korea Prompted Growth for US Grains Sales
US - A free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and Korea, commonly known as the KORUS FTA, that entered into force in 2012 has offered opportunities for the US Grains Council (USGC) to further...
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