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Pakistan | 22 February 2019
Olive farming gets boost with arrival of 100,000 plants from Spain

Olive farming in Pakistan has received a strong boost with the arrival of 100,000 olive plants from Spain and Turkey. The move is part of a project to promote cultivation of olive on commercial bas...


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USA | 21 February 2019
These American presidents were farmers and ranchers at heart

The men who have held the country's highest office have hailed from backgrounds as diverse as the country they governed. Occupations held by U.S. presidents include school teacher, lawyer, soldier, ta...


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Tanzania | 20 February 2019
Tanzanian govt to spend $4.3m for oil palm farming

Tanzania has set aside $4.3 million (R60mn) to boost cultivation of oil palm as part of its strategy to end the importation of edible oils, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Monday. Majaliwa ...


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New Zealand | 19 February 2019
New Zealand farming company fined $116,000 for pollution offences

A Waikato farming company says it was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading infrastructure when inspectors found paddocks covered in overflowing dairy effluent. Nagra Farms Limited an...


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Australia | 18 February 2019
Woolworths axes $1-a-litre milk after mounting pressure from farmers

Woolworths will stop selling milk for $1 a litre, bumping up the price by 10 cents with the increase to go to struggling dairy farmers. Woolworths-branded two and three litres bottles will sell for...


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Germany | 15 February 2019
Bavaria campaigners abuzz as bees petition forces farming changes

A petition in Bavaria on preserving species diversity, popularly known as the “save the bees” campaign, has garnered sufficient support to enforce significant changes to the state’s farming practices....


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Zimbabwe | 14 February 2019
Fueled by climate change, Zimbabwe's erratic harvests cause farmers to struggle

Jemitias Denhere shakes his head as he explains why, despite being a specialist in soil management and crop production, he specializes in beef livestock. The district agronomist -- plants specialis...


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Russia | 13 February 2019
Russian iFarm secures $1m to take urban farming solutions to next level

Moscow-based iFarm Project has raised a $1 million round led by Gagarin Capital in support of their urban farming technologies. The iFarm Project’s fully automated vertical farms and year-round greenh...


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Germany | 12 February 2019
Bavarians vote to save bugs and birds—and change farming

For the past 11 days Bavarians have been standing in lines, sometimes quite long ones, to sign a petition designed to save bees, other bugs, and the birds that eat them. Weeks before carnival festi...


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Japan | 11 February 2019
Mum-friendly tomato farm bears more than just fruit

Mothers raising young children are often shunned by Japan Inc. due to company concerns of the interference of family commitments. One young entrepreneur, however, has created an alternative for workin...


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Mexico | 9 February 2019
Keeping Aztec farming traditions alive in Mexico

Pedro Capultitla remembers when he was a child, running through his family's black pastures, a string in hand and a kite gliding above. Canals, canoes and native flora surrounded the ancient patch of ...


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France | 8 February 2019
Monsanto versus farmer battle goes into 4th judicial round

A 12-year-old judicial battle pitting a cereal farmer against Monsanto, the biotech giant, goes to a fourth round Wednesday before the French courts. Farmer Paul Francois won his initial case in 20...


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France | 7 February 2019
Paul François, the French farmer taking on Monsanto

Paul François, a farmer from France’s rural Charente region, is seeking more than €1 million in damages from Monsanto, arguing that use of the company’s Lasso weed killer has left him disabled. Pau...


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India | 6 February 2019
Stray cows add to Modi's farmer woes as Indian election looms

As night fell on the bucolic northern Indian hamlet of Mahaban, Gopi Chand Yadav gathered blankets and a flashlight to spend the night sitting on a wooden platform in his field. His task: to use bambo...


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Poland | 5 February 2019
Poland detects mad cow disease on farm - OIE

Poland has reported a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) among cattle on a farm near the Czech border, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. ...


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USA | 4 February 2019
US farmer: 'We need things to get back to normal'

American farmers, having felt the brunt of the Trump administration’s aggressive trade policies, are eager for a positive result of U.S. trade negotiations with China and the implementation of the Uni...


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Canada | 2 February 2019
The new Canada Food Guide won't kill farming

Last week’s release of the revamped Canada Food Guide, a document conceived during the Second World War out of a need to make the most of scarce rations, has, despite headlines suggesting otherwise, m...


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USA | 31 January 2019
Struggling US dairy farmers look to Canada for advice

After four years of low milk prices, dairy farmers in both California and throughout the nation are looking to ease their industry’s depressed economy by taking a cue from their neighbors up north. ...


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USA | 30 January 2019
2020 presidential candidates court Iowa farmers by blasting US-China trade war

Aaron Lehman said he's seen his soybean prices drop by 20 percent in the past six months. And he’s not the only farmer feeling the squeeze. ​​​​​ "Like all farmers, we’ve been tightening our belts ...


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Korea, South | 29 January 2019
South Korea reports foot-and-mouth outbreak at dairy cow farm

South Korea has identified a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a dairy cow farm, the first discovery of the disease in the country since March last year, its agriculture ministry said on Monday (Jan 2...


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China | 28 January 2019
China cracks down on swine fever cover-up as two farms punished

Two large-scale hog farms in China will be punished for covering up outbreaks of African swine fever as the country races to stem the spread of the epidemic. A farm in Heilongjiang province in the ...


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USA | 25 January 2019
Tariffs force tough choices in Louisiana as farmers leave soybeans in fields to rot

Daniel Richard stands in a 250-acre field, surveying the ruins of his hard work: Rotting soybeans as far as the eye can see. “We’re in unchartered waters,” says the fourth-generation Louisiana grai...


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USA | 24 January 2019
First came the trade war, then the shutdown, but Iowa farmers still back Trump

Like most Iowa farmers, Kate Edwards loves the rhythm of the seasons: planting in the spring, harvesting in the fall, planning it all over again each winter. But thanks to an ongoing trade war and ...


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France | 23 January 2019
Brexit: France fears no-deal blow to farms

The head of France's main farmers' union has warned that a no-deal Brexit could have a severe impact on French agricultural exports. Christiane Lambert of the FNSEA union said French wine and spiri...


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Australia | 21 January 2019
Thousands of donated bales to help drought-stricken Aus farmers

Almost 50 trucks packed with more than 3,000 bales of donated hay and fodder will make their way across the Nullarbor from Western Australia this week, bound for drought-stricken farmers in New South ...


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India | 21 January 2019
Microsoft lays AI sensors for smart farming in India

China, the world`s biggest agricultural producer, is leading the race when it comes to empowering farmers with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven technologies. The aim is clear: To help the community...


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Spain | 19 January 2019
Brussels trade deal leaves a bitter taste for Spain's farmers

A sharp fall in prices after a bumper harvest, competition from other countries and a trade deal between Brussels and South Africa have created a devastating perfect storm for Spain’s orange farmers. ...


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USA | 18 January 2019
More family dairy farms fold: the reason why one local farm called it quits

Kara O’Connor, the governmental relations director for the Wisconsin Farmers Union, said in 2017 the state lost around 500 dairy farms and are on track to have lost over 600 in 2018. “The big trend...


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USA | 17 January 2019
As Trump touts achievements, farmers feel the strain during government shutdown

South Georgia farmer Bill Brim has been in business more than 30 years. He told ABC News that farmers in his area were hit hard by Hurricane Michael in October and are now facing even more challeng...


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Iceland | 16 January 2019
Iceland’s sheep farmers to get 5.2bn ISK from government

Sheep farmers in Iceland can expect subsidies this year, which in total will amount to over five billion krónur, but not without conditions, RÚV reports. At stake is striking a balance between not ove...




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