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20 June 2018 | Online since 2003

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Australia | 20 June 2018
Dark Emu and the blindness of Australian agriculture

Australia's agricultural traditions are embedded in our sense of national identity and our fuel our economy. Recent books challenge basic assumptions about farming practices and point to sustainable a...


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USA | 20 June 2018
5000 pigs killed in fire at Fayette County, Ohio pig farm

Several fire departments are battling a massive blaze at a farm that killed thousands of pigs in Fayette County. According to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, a fire a broke out at the Straatho...


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Slovakia (Slovak Republic) | 20 June 2018
Slovak farm prioritises comfort of cows

One of the biggest milk farms in central Europe ceremonially opened in Bzovík, close to Krupina (Banská Bystrica Region) on June 17. The farm was built as a green-field project, which means it did not...


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USA | 20 June 2018
Immigration reform to ease farm labour crunch could face new hurdles

The Trump administration's pledge to modernize the nation's temporary agriculture worker visa program could face new obstacles if it's dependent on broader immigration reform. After hearing widespr...


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China | 20 June 2018
Can China kick its animal antibiotic habit?

High in the hills of Fuzhou, surrounded by acres of rustling bamboo, is a small farm that is pioneering something genuinely unusual in China. Here in the Fujian province, they have turned their backs ...


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USA | 20 June 2018
US farming suicide rates on the rise

A recent study says farmers are killing themselves at twice the rate of veterans. Those numbers came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the increasing cost of living, farm...


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China | 20 June 2018
Agriculture giant brings drones to modernise farming from cornfields to vineyards

A Chinese, government-controlled conglomerate is seeding a bumper crop in big data that’s modernizing the world of farming, from the vineyards of Burgundy to the cornfields of Illinois to the lychee o...


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New Zealand | 19 June 2018
Arable farmer welcomes lift in wheat prices after two poor years

Central Canterbury arable farmers Syd and Chris Worsfold and their son Earl grow cereals in half their farm and are welcoming a $100 a tonne lift in wheat prices this season. Syd Worsfold, named Fe...


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USA | 19 June 2018
How a US farmer is dealing with tariffs and trade

Dave Harden, manager at Hardin Farms, discusses the business impact of tariffs and trade and how he navigates the market for commodities prices. Bloomberg's Sterling Smith joins the conversation on "B...


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China | 19 June 2018
Overuse of agricultural chemicals on China's small farms harms health and environment

The size of farms in China is a key contributor to the overuse of agricultural chemicals, and as a result they may be too small to be environmentally sustainable, a new study has found. The researc...


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USA | 19 June 2018
California farm workers fight their Union — and the State — in court

As they try to decertify the UFW as their union, Gerawan Farming employees have had to contend with another foe: unelected state bureaucrats. In 2012, Dan Gerawan received a message from the United...


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Poland | 19 June 2018
Undercover footage shows chicks being bashed to death at Polish poultry farm

Poland is Europe's biggest producer of poultry meat and exports around 65,000 tonnes to the UK every year. Animal protection organisation Open Cages said the crowded and filthy conditions on the br...


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USA | 19 June 2018
Why the US desperately needs more millennial farmers

In the United States, the average farmer is older than 50. This is a problem: As these farmers retire, younger farmers are less likely to take their place, compared to those in previous generations...


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USA | 18 June 2018
China hits U.S. agriculture with retaliation

China placed a 25 percent retaliatory tariff on multiple U.S. goods, including sorghum. The retaliatory tariff also applies to U.S. soybeans, cotton, wheat, vegetables, beef, pork and others and will ...


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South Africa | 18 June 2018
South Africa says 'kill the boer' chant targets farmers of all races

Director general of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mike Mlengana has come out against the chant "kill the boer, kill the farmer", saying that farmers are people of all races who...


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Australia | 18 June 2018
Agriculture biggest stumbling block to Australia-Europe free trade deal

European Union Trade Minister Cecilia Malmstrom has conceded agriculture will be the main sticking point in negotiations over a free trade agreement but argues the continent's farmers are being expose...


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USA | 18 June 2018
The 'Internet of Farming' is disrupting traditional agriculture

Investment in artificial intelligence is growing in Canada. In 2017, venture capital investment in AI nearly doubled - to $12 billion. And looking at the agriculture sector, AI is helping farmers to i...


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Ireland | 18 June 2018
Schools asked to promote farm safety as holiday season kicks off

The Health and Safety Authority and the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) have issued a joint appeal to primary schools to promote a strong farm safety message to children before they break for ...


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India | 18 June 2018
Andhra Pradesh to become India's first Zero Budget Natural Farming state

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has today launched a scale-out plan to transition 6 million farms/farmers cultivating 8 million hectares of land from conventional synthetic chemical agriculture to Ze...


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China | 17 June 2018
China tariffs hit Trump heartland where it hurts

The world’s largest commodities consumer said on Friday that it would levy a first round of tariffs on US$34 billion worth of US agriculture products, as well as cars, starting on July 6. Another US$1...


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USA | 16 June 2018
Farm sectors’ hopes ride on two agriculture ministers in a lobster boat

While Justin Trudeau vowed last week not to be pushed around and U.S. President Donald Trump called the Canadian prime minister “weak,” two key officials in their governments with a seemingly harmonio...


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Italy | 15 June 2018
Italy won't ratify EU-Canada trade deal: agriculture minister

Italy's nationalist agriculture minister on Thursday said his government would not ratify an EU-Canada free trade deal, claiming it does not protect his country's farmers. The European Union and Ca...


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France | 15 June 2018
Sheep graze streets of Paris suburb

It’s an idyllic scene: sheep nibble placidly on the grass as a gaggle of children laugh in delight. But this is a high-rise housing estate in the suburbs of Paris, not the tranquil countryside. Every ...


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Australia | 15 June 2018
Live sheep export challenged in Australia's federal court

Animals Australia has appeared in the first hearing of an unprecedented application in the Federal Court of Australia to challenge the legality of a live sheep export permit. The challenge relates ...


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USA | 15 June 2018
US farmers 'nervous' as China threat of 2% tariffs on soybeans could cause pain

Beijing's threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on American soybeans is causing uneasiness in the farm belt ahead of the White House's expected decision Friday to announce new duties on hundreds of Chi...


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Switzerland | 15 June 2018
Campaign launched to abolish factory farming in Switzerland

Animal rights groups and environmental organisations have joined forces to launch a campaign to end factory farming in Switzerland. Think thank Sentience Politics is one of the groups behind the 'N...


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Bolivia | 15 June 2018
Farming underground in Bolivia in a fight against climate change

The Andean Plateau or the Altiplano, is one of the largest and highest plateaus in the world. In order to protect their crops from drought, flash floods and increasing temperatures, Bolivian farmers a...


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Canada | 14 June 2018
Canada says 'we must always remember’ US is biggest agri-customer

Minister of Agriculture says we ‘must always remember’ U.S. is our biggest customer Lawrence MacAulay talks about how important the relationship between the U.S. and Canada is to the agricultural s...


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Morocco | 14 June 2018
Milk powder is not unhealthy: Morocco Ministry of Agriculture

Following an uproar among Moroccans condemning the alleged use of powder milk to make milk, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has said that the use of powdered milk to produce any kind of food...


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Kazakhstan | 14 June 2018
Kazakhstan’s oil producing Atyrau region seeks to step up agriculture development

During the recent expanded meeting, regional Akim (Governor) Nurlan Nogayev, representatives of the Atamaken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs and local agricultural producers discussed the problems i...




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