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18 August 2016
Further Calls for Post-Brexit Revolution in British Farm Funding
UK - A new report released today by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) argues that farming in England needs to become more diverse to prove environmentally resilient and publicly accessible over...
Funding Must be Spent on Agriculture, say UK Farming Unions
UK - The farming unions from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland say it is essential that all devolved governments guarantee that Treasury funds are spent on agriculture as announced....
More H3N2v Detected in Michigan Pigs
US - More pigs have tested positive for influenza at two Michigan county fairs....
17 August 2016
Record US Crop Production Forecast Good News for Feed prices
US - The USDA's August Crop Production report, which provides the first official government estimates of the corn and soybean harvests, suggested record yields are on their way for these important feed...
16 August 2016
PED Being Dealt with as Endemic Infection
US - The Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Center, says while there is discussion about ultimately eradicating Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea from the United States, at this point, the virus...
NFU Consultation Period on Brexit Now Open
UK - The consultation period is now open for National Farmers Union (NFU) members to voice what they think is needed from a future domestic agricultural policy for the British farming sector post-Brexit....
Treasury Confirms Agricultural Spending Will Remain Till 2020
UK - The UK Treasury has announced that agricultural spending will continue though to 2020....
15 August 2016
Guatemala Declared Free of Classical Swine Fever
GUATEMALA - After five years of prevention work, Guatemala has declared itself free of classical swine fever....
Lithuania Mulls With Meat VAT Cut
LITHUANIA - In a bid to lower the prices of meat and stimulate the domestic demand, the Lithuanian government is considering to reduce the value-added tax (VAT) on fresh and chilled meat....
12 August 2016
EU Highlights Denmark’s Leading Role in Tackling Resistant Bacteria
DENMARK - In a new report, the EU Commission has highlighted the measures that the Danish pig meat industry and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) have taken to limit antibiotic usage...
11 August 2016
USDA Amends Swine Reporting Requirements
US - The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced a final rule amending several swine and lamb reporting provisions related to the reauthorisation of the...
Maximum Copper Levels Lowered in Piglet Feed
EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed modifications to the maximum levels of copper in feed for some animal groups. ...
10 August 2016
Brexit Offers Opportunity for UK Food Self-Sufficiency
UK - Yesterday (9 August) marks the day in the calendar where the British larder would run bare if we fed the nation only British food from January 1. ...
09 August 2016
National Free Trade Deal Expected to Benefit Canadian Agriculture
CANADA - Manitoba's Premier says a new national agreement that will begin the process of eliminating barriers to trade among the provinces will benefit all Canadians, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Hypor Helps Facilitate Brazil's Swine Imports
BRAZIL - Hypor is partnering with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) and a select number of global swine genetics companies to help renovate and expand Brazil’s exclusive...
08 August 2016
Ideas for Post-Brexit Farm Financing Could Benefit Pig Producers
UK - Landscape protection charity the National Trust has said that in the wake of the Brexit vote, the subsidy system that supports farmers should be fundamentally changed....
Hog Outlook: Things Looking Up for Meat Demand
US - The Labour Department had some good news today. The US economy added 255,000 jobs during July. That was 75,000 above trade expectations. Average wages increased by 8 cents per hour. The unemployment...
05 August 2016
Brazil Authorises US Maize Imports to Relieve Price Pressure
BRAZIL - The Brazilian government has said it will allow import of 1 million tons of corn (maize) from the US to increase tight supplies in the country....
04 August 2016
Meat Wholesalers Not Interested in 'Business as Usual'
UK - The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) recently held a meeting with Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, to discuss the fears and optimism of Brexit...
02 August 2016
Canadian Free Trade Agreement in Principle Applauded
CANADA - Manitoba's Premier is applauding an agreement in principle that promises to lead to the reduction of barriers to trade within Canada, writes Bruce Cochrane....
29 July 2016
Countries Asked to Cut Use of Last-Resort Antibiotic in Animals
EU - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended that colistin-containing medicines should only be used as a second line treatment in animals and sale should be reduced across the EU....
Farm Trespass Warning for Pokémon Go Players
UK - The new mobile app Pokémon Go has become contagious, capturing the public's imagination, but a specialist in real estate and agricultural law has warned that players could find themselves breaking...
28 July 2016
Why Part-Time Pig Keeping Won’t Hog Your Schedule
UK - Post-doc research scientist, DEFRA consultant and prize-winning pig breeder Michaela Giles’s new book ‘The Commuter Pig Keeper’ explains how part-time pig keeping can be made to work. Based...
NZ Farmer Confidence Hit by Brexit Vote
NEW ZEALAND - Farmer confidence has picked up slightly since surveyed last in January but remains weak, according to Federated Farmers’ July 2016 Farm Confidence Survey....
NFU’s Largest Member Consultation on Brexit to get Underway
UK - An ‘options paper’ detailing the National Farmers Union’s ambitious vision for British agriculture post-Brexit has been agreed by its national Policy Board. This means the organisation can now...
25 July 2016
Canadian Meat Industry Welcomes Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine
CANADA - The Canadian meat industry has welcomed the signing of a Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement which represents an important milestone in the Canada–Ukraine bilateral relationship and will create...
Russia Warns of ASF Risk to Romania and Moldova
ANALYSIS - Russian veterinary authorities have warned that the spread of African swine fever in Ukraine poses a severe threat of the disease spreading further into Eastern Europe into Romania and Moldova....
22 July 2016
Urban Agriculture: Why ‘One Size Fits All’ Approaches Do Not Work
EU - Global interest in urban agriculture is growing. However, the importance of local context is not reflected in current governance approaches, argues a new study which evaluated urban agriculture in...
20 July 2016
Regulatory Climate Needed to Support Competitive Agriculture
CANADA - The General Manager of Manitoba Pork suggests government can best assist farmers by creating a regulatory climate that allows agriculture to access the resources needed to remain competitive in...
Maple Foods Bacon Production gets C$500,000 Boost
CANADA - In a move to help increase exports of Canadian pork to highly valuable international markets, the governments of Canada and Manitoba are to invest C$500,000 in an expansion project that will increase...
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