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USA | 17 August 2018
Scientists are raising the alarm that upcoming USDA overhaul will slash research funding

Scientists are raising alarms over a Trump administration plan to overhaul two federal offices tasked with food and agriculture research, calling the move a ploy to slash funding to projects on climat...


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Canada | 17 August 2018
Canada makes marijuana farmers eligible for government agriculture programs

Canadian officials have decided that the country’s cannabis farmers are eligible for federal funding that supports innovation and sustainability efforts in agriculture. The decision in Canada happened...


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Netherlands | 17 August 2018
The world's first floating farm making waves in Rotterdam

The world's first offshore dairy farm opens in the Port of Rotterdam this year, with the aim of helping the city produce more of its own food sustainably. But will such farms ever be able to produce e...


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Australia | 17 August 2018
Road convoy to deliver $500,000 in hay bales to drought-affected farmers

A convoy of trucks delivering much-needed supplies to drought-ravaged New South Wales is set to arrive in the state's central west. With the entire state now in drought, 23 road trains departed Wes...


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Australia | 17 August 2018
Drought is a fact of farming in Australia

Australia has experienced drought many times in the past and will experience drought again in the future. Whenever farmers go through drought, the maintenance of key breeding stock is essential to ...


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South Africa | 17 August 2018
Does size matter in South African farming?

Seeing that fellow South Africans are talking about farm sizes today, I thought it would be useful to brush up a short essay I wrote a few months back in this subject. In May 2018, I participated...


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Canada | 16 August 2018
Quebec government offers $863M to agriculture sector to mitigate impact of U.S. tariffs

The Quebec government on Wednesday said it would spend C$863 million over five years to mitigate the impact of U.S. tariffs on companies and the Canadian province’s agriculture sector. The plan wou...


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India | 16 August 2018
Modi says agriculture export policy on the anvil

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said a new agriculture export policy will be unveiled soon to boost farm income as the government is on track to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 20...


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Netherlands | 16 August 2018
Rise in wolf attacks alarms Dutch sheep farmers

Dutch sheep farmers are worried that a sharp rise in wolf attacks may force them to install expensive electric fencing to protect their flocks. In the first half of this year wolves killed 138 shee...


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Sri Lanka | 16 August 2018
'I try to keep my herd pure' says Sri Lanka cattle farmer

A Sri Lankan farmer wants to make sure a traditional breed of cattle, which she breeds on Exmoor, is preserved. Shiamala Comer has bred Red Ruby cattle for 18 years. She was inspired to take up ...


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India | 16 August 2018
How is India’s organic-only farming experiment in Sikkim going?

India’s farm sector is in massive flux and strife right now. After a massive ten-day strike in June, Indian farmers are entering into a general strike in coalition with army veterans across much of th...


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USA | 16 August 2018
US farmers' anxiety grows as details on federal aid remain unclear

Farmers fretting over a trade conflict sparked by President Trump’s tariffs may soon get more details on the $12 billion of aid that the administration has pledged, as their concerns mount over potent...


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South Africa | 15 August 2018
Western Cape farmer found guilty of murdering worker

A Lutzville farmer has been found guilty of murdering a farmworker by beating him with a spade, dragging him with a quadbike, and then burying him behind his father's smallholding three years ago. ...


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USA | 15 August 2018
Patterns in US family farm household income vary across farm types

While the median income among farm households in 2015 exceeded that of US households at large, the Economic Research Service (ERS) found large differences in income distribution and sources across far...


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USA | 15 August 2018
US farm-export prices drop most since 2011

Prices for U.S. farm exports dropped in July by the most in more than six years as a trade war with China heated up, Labor Department figures showed Tuesday. Agricultural export prices fell 5.3 per...


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Ireland | 15 August 2018
Heroic neighbours help farmer save bales during blaze that destroyed large amount of fodder

Winter fodder worries have sharply increased for a Co Mayo farmer following the loss of a substantial quantity of hay and straw in a fire on Saturday. Machinery was also destroyed in the blaze at B...


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Canada | 15 August 2018
What Canadians don’t understand about farming—and what they need to

My family’s farm began in 1880s with a sod house and an intrepid couple—the Banmans—willing to brave the unforgiving Canadian prairies. There’s a dimple near our apple trees where that first house was...


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Brazil | 15 August 2018
Farming ideas to make a fortune: inside Brazil's food security festival

As confetti showers a theatre inside Rio de Janeiro’s normally sedate Museum of Tomorrow, electronic pop music pounds and dozens of young people crowd the stage to dance enthusiastically, hugging each...


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Bouvet Island | 14 August 2018
Nigeria negotiates $1.1billion agriculture package with Brazil

Nigeria’s federal government is currently in bilateral negotiations with the Brazilian government for a $1.1 billion agriculture package intended to lift the country’s present subsistence farming and ...


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Brazil | 14 August 2018
Agriculture could help preserve Brazil's native vegetation

In 2015, one region of Brazil was nicknamed “the last agricultural frontier of the world.” Known as “Matopiba,” this unofficial territory comprises 337 municipalities in four states (Maranhão, Tocanti...


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Australia | 14 August 2018
Nuclear fallout detected in Australian sheep in 1979 has been attributed to a covert nuclear test

In 1979, a strange ‘double flash’ was observed by a satellite as coming from between South Africa and Antarctica. It was a telltale cue. That kind of flash was usually a nuclear explosion. Almost 3...


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USA | 14 August 2018
New Native American farm fund to distribute $266 million in landmark civil rights settlement

The largest U.S. philanthropy serving Native American farmers and ranchers has been established to distribute $266 million from a landmark 2010 civil rights settlement in which the U.S. government agr...


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Australia | 14 August 2018
Flood of farm red tape makes the drought harder to fight

Over the past weeks, images of barren pastures, emaciated livestock and families stricken with despair have prompted an outpouring of support for farmers across Queensland and NSW crippled by drought.


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Canada | 14 August 2018
What Canadians don’t understand about farming—and what they need to

My family’s farm began in 1880s with a sod house and an intrepid couple—the Banmans—willing to brave the unforgiving Canadian prairies. There’s a dimple near our apple trees where that first house was...


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Kenya | 13 August 2018
Could oil overtake agriculture as East Africa's economic mainstay?

Holger A. Kray is the lead agricultural economist for Africa in the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice and head of the Africa Agricultural Policy Unit, which carries out and oversees economic an...


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Australia | 13 August 2018
Farmer still fighting $112000 fine for feeding his starving cattle

A Queensland farmer fighting a huge fine for feeding his cattle says the government is “exacerbating the problem” of the drought. Dan McDonald operates his own cattle grazing business north-west of...


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Lebanon | 13 August 2018
Climate change is turning the Middle East's breadbasket into a cannabis farm

The farmer plucks a cannabis flower from a long stalk. He presses it against his nose, inhales deeply and begins to extol the therapeutic -- if not necessarily scientific -- properties of his crop. ...


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Cambodia | 13 August 2018
Hopes for potato farming in Cambodia running high

After determining the best provinces in the country to grow potatoes, Cambodian scientists are now working to figure out what varieties adapt best to the local soil and will have the highest yields. ...


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USA | 13 August 2018
US woman 'still adjusting, still farming' after husband's suicide

There's nothing new about women operating U.S. farms. In one form or another, they've always helped to raise crops and tend livestock. But women's role in agriculture and society overall is expandi...


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USA | 13 August 2018
Is this West Virginia farming community the model for a utopian way of life?

The first thing you see at the entrance gate to the rolling farmland of Broomgrass is a sign for honeybees and the barn. Down the gravel road is the mobile sheep pen, with four ewes – Pansy, Bertha, M...




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