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23 January 2017 | Online since 2003


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India | 23 January 2017
‘If Jallikattu is cruel, is milk farming any better’

It may be overdone, but how can one not tread upon the Jallikattu debate? In the interest of transparency, let me share I am vegan. Frankly, I find it really cruel to take away milk from a child (o...


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Netherlands | 23 January 2017
Pension fund for Dutch agriculture changes name, targets mergers

The €14.3bn pension fund for the Dutch agricultural sector – Bedrijfspensioenfonds voor de Landbouw – has changed its name to BPL Pensioen and announced its intention to attract pension funds from rel...


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Ghana | 23 January 2017
Government urged to formulate national policy on e-agriculture

Participants at the end of the 68th Annual New Year School and Conference (ANYSC) have called on government to formulate a National E-agricultural Policy to promote national development through agricu...


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Sri Lanka | 23 January 2017
Sri Lanka signs US$125 million credit to modernize agriculture

Sri Lanka has signed a US$125 million credit with the World Bank to help the country modernize its agriculture sector. Sri Lanka aims to make the sector more efficient and attractive as a modern busi...


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Germany | 23 January 2017
German agriculture minister discusses trade restrictions with Russian side

German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt met with his Russian counterpart Alexander Tkachev on Sunday in the framework of G20 agriculture ministers summit in Berlin to discuss trade restrictions ...


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India | 23 January 2017
Indian agriculture growth negative in last five years

Agriculture growth in the last five years has been negative though it has been compensated by contribution from allied agricultural activities in Telangana, said the National Bank for Agriculture and ...


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Belize | 22 January 2017
Agriculture Minister speaks on future of Belize's banana industry

Late last year it was announced that the shareholders of Fyffes, which is Belize’s largest purchaser of bananas, had approved a takeover bid made by Japanese group Sumitomo Corporation. According t...


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USA | 21 January 2017
Climate change threatens American agriculture

You may already be mourning the fact that climate change rings the death knell for beloved foreign grown foods like chocolate and coffee, but a recent study in Nature Communications brings the bad new...


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USA | 20 January 2017
Goat farmer's dance party taking the internet by storm

A local farmer gained some unexpected time in the national spotlight. Jay Lavery posted a fun video on Facebook last month, showing him dancing in his barn to Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills.’ Little did h...


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China | 20 January 2017
Chinese team posts analysis of early, sudden H7N9 spike

Increased levels of highly pathogenic H7N9 contamination in the environment may be one reason for China's early sudden increase in human cases, Chinese researchers said in a new review of the fifth wa...


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USA | 20 January 2017
'Herd retirement': A nice dairy industry term for slaughtering 500,000 productive cows

The dairy industry called it “herd retirement,” a pleasant phrase, summoning up images of old cows relaxing in a pasture somewhere in Wisconsin, their productive years behind them after a lifetime of ...


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USA | 20 January 2017
Perdue capable of seeing one agriculture industry

President-Elect Donald Trump has proclaimed his choice for Agriculture Secretary. In a late-night announcement Jan. 18, insiders said Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue would be appointed to the post, whic...


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USA | 20 January 2017
Federation invests in beef promotion

A successful campaign to drive nationwide sales of fresh beef at retail has resulted in the confirmed movement of more than 270,000 units of fresh ground beef in less than two weeks. Today, the Fe...


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France | 20 January 2017
French foie gras farmers angry as bird flu grips region

The mood among the 300 foie gras producers packed into a town hall in southwest France last week was far from festive, having been forced into a huge cull of birds caused by a second bird flu outbreak...


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Kazakhstan | 19 January 2017
Kazakhstan: Investment in agriculture increased by 50% in 2016

Investment in Kazakhstan agriculture increased 50 percent in 2016 totalling US$686.96 million, compared to US$445.92 million a year earlier. The government of Kazakhstan is dedicated to the growth of ...


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Canada | 19 January 2017
Farmer in northern Ontario sold livestock to focus on crops

A farmer in Ontario’s Rainy River district had a successful beef cattle operation with a herd of about 600 animals, but decided to change his focus from cows to crops. After the Northern Heritage F...


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USA | 19 January 2017
Washington cracks down on mega-dairy water pollution

Washington is requiring dairies with 200 or more cows to apply for updated water quality permits. The new regulations are meant to curb water pollution from livestock manure. This type of runoff c...


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USA | 19 January 2017
Cheesier pizzas rescuing dairy as Americans drink less milk

Americans love their cheese, but maybe not as much as dairy farmers do. Even after people cut back on milk use for decades – a consequence of more drink options including juices, sodas and sports d...


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Greece | 19 January 2017
H5N8 turns up in Greek poultry, Chinese zoo swans

Greece today reported a highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza outbreak in poultry, coming just a few weeks after detecting the virus in wild birds, a pattern that has played out repeatedly in several...


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France | 19 January 2017
US to lift ban on beef imports from France

The U.S. will lift the ban on beef imports from France, which have been shut out of the market for 19 years, according to the European Commission. “This is excellent news for French producers,” three ...


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India | 18 January 2017
Indian dairy farmers seek hike in milk price, stage protest

Hundreds of dairy farmers, under the aegis of the Wayanad district Primary Milk Societies Association, took out a march and staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate here on Tuesday, raising a slew...


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USA | 18 January 2017
Grass-fed American beef, sold one cow at a time

On a blustery afternoon in December, Scott Meyers mingled in a pasture with a herd of black cattle, sweet-talking them as if they were family dogs with a weakness for flattery. He scratched their back...


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New Zealand | 18 January 2017
Confidence low for NZ southern sheep and beef farmers

The lowest farmer confidence in the sheep and beef sector has been recorded in the southern South Island. The latest quarterly report, commissioned by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, showed "a tale of two...


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Uganda | 18 January 2017
Uganda reports H5 in wild birds, poultry as Europe logs more H5N8

Uganda became the latest country to report suspected H5N8 outbreaks, as countries in many parts of Europe already affected by the virus reported fresh detections in wild birds and poultry, according t...


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USA | 18 January 2017
$52 million dollar dairy settlement involves California

If you are a milk drinker, you could be eligible for a portion of a $52 million dollar settlement. The case stems from an antitrust class-action lawsuit, filed in 2011 by Compassion Over Killing, a...


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USA | 18 January 2017
Trump's last cabinet post

Three days before Donald Trump is to be inaugurated as America’s new president, just one Cabinet agency lacks a nominee to lead it: the Department of Agriculture. The pick has become mired in polit...


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Croatia (Hrvatska) | 17 January 2017
Croatia bans outdoor poultry after bird flu detected

Croatia banned outdoor poultry on Monday and started culling ducks and hens on a farm near the capital Zagreb where H5N8 bird flu was detected over the weekend. "The virus has probably come with mi...


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Canada | 17 January 2017
Could Trump save the Canadian dairy industry?

The great Canadian dairy crisis is about to experience a new and interesting twist. On the verge of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, some wonder whether he could...


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Australia | 17 January 2017
Dairy prices predicted to go higher this year in Australia

Dairy prices are expected to increase by the end of the year. Dairyman Association farmer Dave Smith says 2016 was not a profitable year for Midstate dairy farmers. One reason farmers struggled is ...


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Ireland | 17 January 2017
Man (30s) dies after falling on farm in Ireland

A man in his 30s has died in a farming accident in Kerry today. The accident occurred at Lisheenbawn, Farranfore, Kerry today when a man, in his 30s suffered a fall on a farm he was working on. ...