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24 February 2017 | Online since 2003


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Ghana | 24 February 2017
Africa's poultry industry on the rise

Dutch bank Rabobank is keen to support Africa’s Poultry sector. The bank says in a report that Africa is ready to take its place on the world stage, as the poultry industry is evolving, from a nati...


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China | 24 February 2017
China's premier urges poultry markets to shut as bird flu fears grow

China's Prime Minister urged local authorities to shut down live poultry markets in places affected by the H7N9 bird flu virus which killed 79 people in January, a statement from China's cabinet said....


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USA | 24 February 2017
US beef herd continues to expand, according to the NASS cattle report

The U.S. cattle report was released by National Agriculture Statistics Survey (NASS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Jan. 31, 2017. The report indicates the U.S. beef cattle ...


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USA | 24 February 2017
U.S. beef exports to China, GMO approval key

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, whom U.S. President Donald Trump has tipped to become ambassador to China, said on Thursday that he would work to open that market to U.S. beef exports when he begins his...


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Australia | 24 February 2017
Dairy processor Murray Goulburn posts a $31.9m loss as milk production plummets

Australia's largest dairy processor Murray Goulburn has posted a $31.9 million loss in its half-year results. In an announcement to the stock exchange, the company said revenue had fallen 14.8 per ...


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USA | 24 February 2017
California storms leave local farmers reeling

Ask any farmer and you’ll hear the same story: The success of crops depends largely on the whims of Mother Nature. Over the past three months, a shockingly abundant rainy season has provided Northe...


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India | 23 February 2017
Poultry industry protests over chicken legs import from US

The Rs 50,000 crore Indian poultry industry has strongly opposed the government's move to allow import of chicken legs from the United States after India lost its case in the World Trade Organisation ...


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Ireland | 23 February 2017
Ireland scrambles to shield agriculture from Brexit threat

The Irish government is scrambling to protect its agriculture industry, which exports almost half its goods to the UK, from the threat of Brexit. Michael Creed, Ireland’s agriculture minister, has ...


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Canada | 23 February 2017
Health Canada approves sale of irradiated ground beef

The federal government has approved the sale of ground beef that has been treated with radiant energy similar to X-rays. Health Canada says irradiation can reduce levels of harmful bacteria such as...


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China | 23 February 2017
China reports more severe form of bird flu, threat to poultry

China is working to assess the prevalence of a new strain of H7N9 bird flu, state radio reported on Wednesday, after global health authorities said the strain had evolved into a more severe form in bi...


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USA | 23 February 2017
U.S. loses 8,000 farms and a million acres of farmland

A report released this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that the number of farms in the country has fallen by 8,000 from 2015 to 2016 and total land in farms decreased by a million a...


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New Zealand | 23 February 2017
Dairy prices fall, after New Zealand market got ahead of itself

Milk prices at the Global Dairy Trade auction fell, under pressure from ample global supplies, and cooling demand from China. The Global Dairy Trade index, which tracks prices at the bi-monthly auc...


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Malawi | 22 February 2017
Malawi dismisses agriculture minister over corruption probe

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has dismissed the agriculture minister after an investigation into maize procurement, the southern African nation's information minister said on Wednesday. Muthar...


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Poland | 22 February 2017
Cabinet clears decks for India-Poland agriculture pact

The government today approved signing of an agreement between India and Poland for cooperation in the agriculture and allied sectors. The approval was given at the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by ...


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Morocco | 22 February 2017
A dangerous bacterium threatens Moroccan agriculture

On Monday, February 20, the National Food Safety Authority (ONSSA) organized a study day in Rabat in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the title, “...


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Australia | 22 February 2017
New Australian dairy operation announced to showcase latest Israeli dairy technology

The New South Wales Riverina will host a new dairy operation designed to showcase Israeli agricultural technology and provide a testing ground for Australian entrepreneurs and researchers. Writing ...


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Australia | 22 February 2017
Medicinal cannabis market offers new opportunities for agriculture

Twenty-five companies have applied for licences to grow and manufacture medicinal cannabis in Australia. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced today medical marijuana could be easier to impor...


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India | 22 February 2017
25,000 farmers use agriculture app for real-time weather information

There's a new ritual farmers in Ron taluk of Gadag district in North Karnataka follow, before they start sowing. They check their mobile phones, looking for messages from Havaamana Krishi, a software ...


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Vietnam | 21 February 2017
Bird flu returns to Vietnam; outbreaks kill thousands of poultry

Nearly 6,000 chickens have been killed or culled after four months of no reported cases. Two bird flu outbreaks among poultry have emerged in Vietnam's central and southern regions, the animal heal...


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Ireland | 21 February 2017
Ireland: ‘Supermarkets need to support poultry farmers’

Supermarkets need to support ‘free range’ poultry farmers, according to the Chairman of the IFA Poultry Committee Nigel Renaghan. The ‘free range’ status of eggs and poultry meat is at risk due to ...


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India | 21 February 2017
Indian farmers can benefit tremendously from planting GM crops, new book says

Former director of [the] Centre for Plant Molecular Biology at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University [in India,] S Sadasivam on [Feb. 15] released a book — “Genetically Modified Crops: A Scientist’s Pers...


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Mexico | 21 February 2017
Mexican retaliation could hurt corn farmers

Mexico is upping the ante in its escalating war of words with President Donald Trump over trade policy by aiming squarely at the nation’s midsection: the corn belt. And that’s making U.S. corn farm...


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France | 21 February 2017
Danone shifts $1bn away from dairy as WhiteWave merger finalises

WhiteWave Foods Co., leading U.S. producer of nondairy milk, yogurt, and ice cream, is driving the marketing direction of its new parent company, France’s Danone SA, even before the merger is finalize...


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Korea, South | 21 February 2017
Costco will carry U.S. beef at all of its locations in South Korea

U.S. beef has been rapidly building momentum in South Korea, and received a further boost this week as Costco officially began converting its imported chilled beef selection from Australian beef to 10...


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New Zealand | 20 February 2017
Merino farmers find success in hard times

Awatere Valley merino farmer Simon Harvey was once told by his father, John, a former sawmiller, "do the simple things well, and you are half way there." Harvey, with wife Lynda and son Tom, recent...


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Ireland | 20 February 2017
Scientists setting up a rare poultry 'genetic ark'

Genetically modified hens that can lay eggs from different poultry breeds are helping scientists set up a "frozen aviary" to conserve rare and exotic birds. Like a seed bank for poultry, the aviary...


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USA | 20 February 2017
Bee decline threatens US crop production

The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands—from California's Central Valley to the Midwest's corn belt and the Mississippi Rive...


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Brazil | 20 February 2017
Brazilian coffee farmers brace for first ever bean imports

It has been a tough few years for Rodrigo Rigo, a coffee grower in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, just north of Rio de Janeiro. Hit by three years of severe droughts in the key robusta coff...


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New Zealand | 20 February 2017
Kiwi company launches new heat tolerant dairy genetics

Bull semen that produces dairy cows capable of performing in tropical countries has been released by Waikato company Dairy Solutionz. The three bulls from the new Kiwipole breed - Slick Pathos, Sli...


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Australia | 20 February 2017
Farmers angered by Dairy Australia email accusing social media sites of spreading misinformation

A leaked email has set Dairy Australia at odds with the farmers it represents, after it named a number of farmer-based social media accounts and the strategy for dealing with them. A screenshot of ...