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USA | 23 February 2018
USDA secretary wants separate immigration program for agricultural workers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said on Thursday the government wants a separate immigration program for agricultural workers. Speaking on the first day of the annual USDA Agricultural O...


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USA | 23 February 2018
California agriculture sees 'chilling, damaging effect' from wave of immigration audits

California's agriculture industry already faces a farm labor shortage, but now it's facing added pressure due to a wave of employee audits ordered for large farms throughout the state's Central Valley...


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USA | 22 February 2018
Incredible farm in Michigan becomes the world’s second ‘Living Building’

A beautiful, 15-acre farmhouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan has been officially recognized as the world’s second Living Building by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The owners, Tom and M...


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USA | 22 February 2018
Agriculture secretary talks immigration, water and food stamps on California tour

"You might already know this …," Central Valley farmer Sarah Woolf offered politely, before launching on a primer on California's convoluted water system. "No, I don't," Sonny Perdue, Trump's secre...


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India | 21 February 2018
Indian farmer believes photo of adult film star saved his crops

Imaginative agriculturalist Chenchu Reddy's crops were drawing in unwanted attention from nearby villagers, so in order to ward off their 'evil eye' he printed out a huge poster of the adult movie act...


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Australia | 21 February 2018
$70m price tag for Tasmania's largest farm Rushy Lagoon

Overseas buyers have already flagged their interest in snapping up Tasmania's largest farm, which hit the market this week. The property Rushy Lagoon spans nearly 22,000 hectares in the far north-e...


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USA | 21 February 2018
Trump advisor to speak on Farm Bill, US agriculture

Plain City resident Fred Yoder, a current member of the Trump Agricultural Advisory Committee, will be speaking on the 2018 Farm Bill and U.S. agriculture at the final event in the 2018 Farmers’ Break...


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USA | 21 February 2018
US Secretary Perdue 'pushing agriculture forward'

I like U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. I like his enthusiasm, vision, competence, expertise and willingness to interact with people. During his early months as Secretary of Agriculture...


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Turkey | 21 February 2018
Expansive support package for Turkish agriculture aims to reduce imports

Turkey's goal to become one of the 10-largest global economies has led to the launch of a new set of programs for industry and agriculture. Recently, the government has taken major steps to improve li...


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Switzerland | 21 February 2018
Swiss Minister meets agriculture to smooth Mercosur trade deal

Economic Affairs Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann wants to speed up a free trade agreement between Switzerland and the Latin American countries of Mercosur, but there is concern in the agricultural se...


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Belarus | 20 February 2018
Merchandise export by Belarusian Agriculture Ministry enterprises 3.9% up in 2017

In 2017 enterprises run by the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry increased their merchandise export by 3.9%, BelTA learned from Aleksei Bogdanov, Head of the Central Office for Foreign Economic...


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Fiji | 20 February 2018
Future of agriculture in Fiji

A small Fijian social enterprise focused on sustainable economic development has developed a new simple guide to organic farming. The enterprise — Loving Islands Fiji — last week published their fi...


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Korea, South | 20 February 2018
South Korean Gov’t will invest in modern agriculture

Korea will expand investment in food and agriculture companies with good growth potential to help tide them over during the challenges of their early development, the farm ministry said Monday. The...


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Canada | 20 February 2018
Close to 500 politicos schmooze, feast, and celebrate Canadian Agriculture Day

Several groups from the agriculture industry hosted a reception at the Sir John A. MacDonald Building and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay made an appearance.


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Costa Rica | 20 February 2018
Costa Rica agriculture leaders seek to lift 30-year Robusta ban

The Costa Rica Ministry of Agriculture is seeking to lift a 30-year ban on robusta production in the country, in an effort to increase rural incomes and respond to threats to coffee production posed b...


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USA | 20 February 2018
'When agriculture is successful, Kansas is successful'

Regardless of our job or where we live, agriculture matters to us. Agriculture puts food on our tables, clothes on our backs and the roofs above our heads. Our welfare depends on agriculture. One i...


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Ireland | 19 February 2018
County Armagh farmer set to join Irish senate

A County Armagh farmer looks set to become the latest person from NI to sit in the Seanad ( Irish senate). Ian Marshall is a former president of the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) who owns a farm near...


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China | 19 February 2018
Chinese farmers are using AI to help rear the world’s biggest pig population

It’s been called China’s “pork miracle.” For centuries, pig-rearing in the country was predominantly a backyard occupation. (The etymology of the Chinese character for “home” literally means “house...


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USA | 19 February 2018
This Musk — Elon's brother — looks to revolutionise urban farming

In sunny California, Elon Musk is upending America's auto and space industries. And here, in a cold, gritty section of Brooklyn, his brother Kimbal has embarked on a project that's just as significant...


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Ireland | 19 February 2018
Morrissey calls for a ban on fur farming in Ireland

Morrissey has written to Michael Creed, the agriculture minister, calling for a ban on fur farming. The former frontman of the Smiths thanked Mr Creed for banning the use of wild animals in circuse...


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India | 19 February 2018
Agriculture land is shrinking in JK, admits Government

Amid conversion of over 10 lakh kanals of farmland in a decade, Jammu and Kashmir government has finally admitted its failure stating that ‘agriculture land is shrinking in the state with every passin...


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USA | 19 February 2018
US trade policy critical to agriculture

David Kohl, professor emeritus of agriculture and applied economics, was our guest speaker at Ag Expo. He spoke earlier in the day to a group of early career farmers from across the Green River Area. ...


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USA | 18 February 2018
Trump budget will be 'devastating' for US agriculture

Our generally strong economy has yet to cast its blessings on American farm country. Incomes there are headed for their lowest level since 2006. And farmers are going deep into debt to keep thei...


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USA | 17 February 2018
U.S. tax law co-op preference 'wasted money': agricultural companies

U.S. agricultural merchants are scrambling to register themselves as cooperatives after a blunder in the country’s new tax law gave farmers a tax break for selling grains to co-ops rather than private...


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France | 16 February 2018
French farmer finds happiness in life before machines

When farm machinery revolutionised French agriculture in the years after World War Two, a young Jean-Bernard Huon turned his back on the new technology. Half a century later, in a corner of souther...


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Australia | 16 February 2018
Australia: TR4 confirmed on third Tully Valley farm

Australian authorities have confirmed the presence of Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) on a third Tully Valley farm, three years after it was first detected in the state of Queensland. The Aus...


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United Kingdom | 16 February 2018
Politician's affair puts spotlight on Australia's crony culture

Australia’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has spent most of his career advocating for rural voters and strong families, and shouting down welfare cheats. But on Wednesday in Parliament, he ...


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USA | 16 February 2018
US tax law forces revamps for agriculture firms

Some agricultural companies are revamping operations to avoid being stung by the new U.S. tax law. Under the new law, farmers get larger tax savings for selling crops to agricultural cooperatives. ...


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USA | 16 February 2018
Wisconsin agriculture support for NAFTA grows louder

More Wisconsin agriculture and food groups are joining Americans for Farmers and Families, a national coalition that supports continuing free trade with Canada and Mexico. Some in the agriculture i...


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Mexico | 16 February 2018
A Mexican village where Aztec-era agriculture remains

As twilight hits the southern edge of Mexico City, campesinos (peasant farmers) glide through narrow canals between pastures as they make their way over the water to deliver crates of produce. It’s Ja...




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