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Australia | 16 October 2018
Farming duo making a splash in Tasmania

Peter and Frances are the founders of Huon Aquaculture Company; recognised internationally as being an industry leader and innovative producer of premium quality salmonid products. While their comp...


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Australia | 15 October 2018
Meet the Australian farmer who created the pasture cropping movement

For the past three years, We Feed the World has collaborated with 48 world-renowned photographers (including Rankin, Martin Parr and Graciela Iturbide) to capture the triumphs and challenges of 50 com...


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USA | 14 October 2018
Leafy greens are grown by machines at new, automated Silicon Valley farm

Did you hear the one about the Google software engineer who packed it all in to start a farm? No, it’s not the setup for a joke. Nor is it the premise for some quirky Sundance comedy, probably telling...


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USA | 13 October 2018
Trump trade war delivers farm boom in Brazil, gloom in Iowa

The Bella Vita luxury condominium tower rises 20 stories over the boomtown of Luís Eduardo Magalhães in northeastern Brazil. Its private movie theater and helipad are symbols of how far this dusty far...


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USA | 12 October 2018
Can cooperatives save America's small farms?

Across the United States — from New England to California — a small but growing movement of farmers is foregoing traditional farm ownership in favor of a cooperative model. In Maine, four Somali Bantu...


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South Africa | 11 October 2018
South Africa's Zulu king, civil rights group to form farming partnership

South Africa’s Zulu king and civil rights group AfriForum are forming a partnership to develop the agriculture on vast swathes of land the monarch controls through a trust, AfriForum’s CEO said on Tue...


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USA | 10 October 2018
America's first robot farm replaces humans with 'incredibly intelligent' machines

America’s first autonomous robot farm launched last week, in the hopes that artificial intelligence (AI) can remake an industry facing a serious labor shortage and pressure to produce more crops. C...


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New Zealand | 9 October 2018
Climate change report a wake-up call for NZ farming

The latest Global Warming report is a wake-up call for New Zealand agriculture, scientists warn. The report says if warming is to be limited to 1.5 degrees, then on a global basis methane emissions...


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USA | 8 October 2018
Robot farm aims to bring fresher food to US cities

Brandon Alexander is a former Google engineer who is trying to change American agriculture through robotics. Alexander operates a machine-powered farm. He recently introduced his star robot – named...


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South Africa | 7 October 2018
Eastern Cape farmer fined R1.5m for building illegal dam

The Cockscomb farmer whose large‚ illegal dam sparked safety fears due to leaks‚ has been slapped with a whopping R1.5-million fine – and many others could be in the firing line. The farmer‚ Alasta...


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USA | 6 October 2018
Where does airline food come from? This carrier grows its own

Plenty of airlines tout their partnerships with top chefs and the farm-fresh ingredients that go into gourmet meals served to passengers in the first- and business-class cabins. But, for now, only ...


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USA | 5 October 2018
Watch robots grow food without any farmers

Start-up Iron Ox created a fully autonomous farm in San Carlos, California. The hydroponic, indoor farm relies on two robots to plant, care for and harvest all its produce.


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USA | 4 October 2018
World's first autonomous farm features a 1,000-pound robot named Angus

Iron Ox, a California-based technology startup, is pioneering the future of robotics and indoor agriculture. After years of research and development, the company is launching the world's first aut...


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Brazil | 3 October 2018
Brazil's powerful farm lobby endorses far-right presidential candidate Bolsonaro

Brazil’s congressional farm lobby, which represents the country’s powerful agribusiness sector in both houses, on Tuesday endorsed far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner ahe...


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USA | 2 October 2018
Commentary: 'Does Trump understand farming?'

The telephone call came from a farmer in his combine. He told me he'd enjoyed my most recent column, which looked at the economic challenges facing Upper Midwest farmers, and said he had a question fo...


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China | 30 September 2018
Chinese farmer dies after being attacked by pig in a market

The man, identified only by his surname Yuan, was found dead with a severed artery and covered in blood near a sty at the market in Liupanshui in Guizhou province. He had travelled with a cousin, s...


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USA | 30 September 2018
Chinese-backed newspaper insert tries to undermine Iowa farm support for Trump, trade war

A Chinese government-run media company's four-page supplement in the Sunday Des Moines Register was intended to undermine farm-country support for President Donald Trump's escalating trade war, expert...


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USA | 29 September 2018
Two US Senators applying for bailout money for farmers under White House program

Two U.S. Senators — Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) — are applying for federal money under a $12 billion bailout program set up by the White House to help farmers hurt by t...


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USA | 28 September 2018
The science is clear: Dirty farm water is making us sick

William Whitt suffered violent diarrhea for days. But once he began vomiting blood, he knew it was time to rush to the hospital. His body swelled up so much that his wife thought he looked like the Mi...


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Ireland | 28 September 2018
Man dies following farm accident in North Tipperary

A man has died following a farm accident in North Tipperary this morning. The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed that it is investigating the incident, which is understood to have occurred o...


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Korea, South | 28 September 2018
Simon Cowell donates £25000 to end dog meat farming in South Korea

Simon Cowell has donated £25,000 to an animal charity to help close down a dog meat farm in South Korea. The music mogul and X Factor boss, who has previously spoken out against the country’s dog m...


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Saudi Arabia | 27 September 2018
Saudi Agriculture Expo to focus on sustainability, food security

A major exhibition next month in Riyadh will focus on Saudi Arabia’s agricultural sector and the more than SR200 billion investments expected in the industry as a result of the government’s economic d...


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New Zealand | 27 September 2018
China-US trade war bad news for NZ's agriculture sector

Business confidence has improved, following a strong quarter of economic growth - but still, most bosses expect conditions to deteriorate in the year ahead. A week ago Statistics NZ said gross dome...


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USA | 27 September 2018
US companies eye 'enormous' potential of Cambodian agriculture

A group of leading US firms invited by the US Embassy is now in Phnom Penh exploring investment opportunities in Cambodia’s agriculture sector. The group of 16 US firms includes 3M Company, Cargill...


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Fiji | 27 September 2018
Fiji farmer calls it quits after losing 206 cattle

These were words of cattle farmer Baljindar Singh of Waimaro in Korovou, Tailevu, after he lost 206 cattle to the bovine tuberculosis (TB) disease since 2014 — recording a loss of about $300,000. T...


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USA | 27 September 2018
Trump announces Japan trade talks with focus on farm goods

U.S. President Donald Trump reached an agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to open trade talks between the two nations. Abe resisted for almost two years the push to start bilateral t...


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USA | 27 September 2018
Critical antibiotics still used on US farm animals despite superbug crisis

Antibiotics crucial to human medicine are still being used in “unacceptable” quantities on US livestock farms, despite rules brought in last year intended to curb their use and combat the spread of de...


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Korea, South | 26 September 2018
Revised trade deal with South Korea seen as beneficial for agriculture

The renegotiation of the U.S.’s free-trade agreement with South Korea is being welcomed by farm groups even though little changes in terms of agriculture trade. On Sept. 24, President Donald Trump ...


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USA | 26 September 2018
First fully automated indoor farm being built in Ohio

The next time you shop for cherry tomatoes at Whole Foods or another retailer, you may end up buying some grown in an indoor, controlled environment outfitted with the latest robotic technology. Ohio ...


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South Africa | 26 September 2018
South Africa farm seizures: Ramaphosa warns UN 'land will be shared by all'

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa warned the UN General Assembly his government is set to carry on with its planned land reform, arguing this decision sprouted from Nelson Mandela's vision. S...




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