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Canada | 29 March 2017
Canadian beef, pork industry could benefit from Brazil tainted meat scandal

Canadian agriculture producers could see higher prices for beef and pork this year depending on the outcome of an ongoing tainted meat scandal in Brazil, analysts say. The South American country’s ...


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Australia | 29 March 2017
Dairy price crash ‘clearly avoidable’

Last year’s dairy crisis was an avoidable catastrophe, two of Australia’s dairy industry leaders told The Australian’s Global Food Forum in Melbourne. Rene Dedoncker, Australian head of the world’s...


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Netherlands | 29 March 2017
FrieslandCampina faces paper loss of €46m from Huishan Dairy holdings

One of Europe’s biggest dairy companies, FrieslandCampina, is facing a paper loss of up to €46m from its holdings in China Huishan Dairy, the financially stressed company whose shares on Hong Kong’s e...


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USA | 29 March 2017
Trump agriculture nominee Perdue vows to fight for farmers and trade

Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue recently sought to reassure farm-state senators in both parties who are fearful about the impact of President Donald Trump’s proposed deep cuts to farm progr...


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New Zealand | 29 March 2017
Taihape farmer opens up about depression

Taihape farmer Dan Mickleson has spilled his heart out on Facebook after a second bout of depression, and has been overwhelmed by the response. "The reaction's gone way beyond anything I imagined ...


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Australia | 29 March 2017
Cyclone Debbie hits Australian agriculture and tourism hard

The physical battering sustained by Queensland communities hit by Cyclone Debbie will be followed with an economic hit, as the total damage to the Whitsunday region becomes clear. The tourism, agri...


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Ireland | 28 March 2017
Agri-tech revolution transforming traditional farms

When did you last visit a farm? Are you still relying on childhood memories of running around a farmyard with chickens, pigs and cows? If so, you’re in for a surprise. Things are changing, quietly ...


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USA | 28 March 2017
Drones make 'next generation impact' on farming

It sounds like a giant bumblebee, the 2-foot-square drone whirring to life. Its four props lift it off the ground outside Bruce Bowsher's house and once it's about 4 feet in the air, they lift up to g...


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USA | 28 March 2017
Cost of beef will not increase in US

People are breathing a sigh of relief after one of the world's largest beef producers was caught in a scandal. Fox's Esther Kwon reports on what happened in Brazil, and why the United States won't ...


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USA | 28 March 2017
Bird flu discovered at Northwest Georgia poultry breeding operation

Stepped up monitoring is underway after a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation in Chattooga County, Ga., tested positive for bird flu. Some 18,000 birds were killed as a res...


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China | 28 March 2017
Huishan Dairy confirms it missed interest payments

Huishan Dairy, the Chinese company whose share price plunged 90 per cent last week in Hong Kong, has confirmed it met with almost two dozen creditors after failing to make interest payments and reveal...


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USA | 28 March 2017
Chicago lawmaker proposes urban agriculture zones

A Chicago lawmaker hopes to break up food deserts and put vacant lots to use by establishing urban agriculture zones that would incentivize the sale of locally grown foods. In February, state Rep. ...


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New Zealand | 27 March 2017
First signs of Fonterra's Oz turnaround

Fonterra is now "running its own race" in Australia after last year's milk price implosion, the co-operative's managing director across the Tasman, Rene Dedoncker says. For years Fonterra has lost ...


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India | 27 March 2017
India: Farmers facing drought conditions

Tamil Nadu province in South India is presently facing severe drought conditions with the failure of the south-west monsoon and the north-east monsoon to the extent of around 60%. It is reported that ...


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USA | 27 March 2017
Agriculture 6th most dangerous U.S. occupation

As row crop agriculture gears up this spring for another production year and permanent crop growers shift into high gear, farm safety should remain front-and-center in the minds of everyone working in...


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China | 27 March 2017
Huishan Dairy fallout spreads as Chinese bank stock falls

Jilin Jiutai Rural Commercial Bank Corp. shares slumped by a record amid concern over its exposure to the embattled dairy-product manufacturer China Huishan Dairy Holdings Co. Shares of Jiutai Bank...


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Netherlands | 27 March 2017
Farmland bird population in Netherlands declined by 70 percent

The number of farmland birds in the Netherlands decreased by over 2.5 million since 1960, which means about 70 percent of the total population disappeared. Some species are almost impossible to find i...


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New Zealand | 27 March 2017
Marlborough farmer, councillor not allowed on clean water subcommittee

The only farmer on council has been kept off a clean water subcommittee because some councillors doubt he can approach the debate with an open mind. The Marlborough District Council is preparing to...


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USA | 26 March 2017
US drone technology among next-generation impacts on farming

It sounds like a giant bumblebee, the 2-foot-square drone whirring to life. Its four props lift it off the ground outside Bruce Bowsher's house and once it's about 4 feet in the air, they lift up to g...


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Nigeria | 25 March 2017
World Bank approves $200m to Nigerian agriculture

The World Bank approved a $200 million credit to support the Nigerian agricultural sector, especially small and medium scale farmers. Announcing this at its Washington DC, USA, headquarters, yester...


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Ireland | 24 March 2017
Suckler farmer on how he's managing the 2017 calving season

Calving is now in full swing and going very well. The calves that are born so far are of a medium build and are not over fleshed, so the calving jack has not been used so for this year. All have been ...


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Austria | 24 March 2017
Austria eases poultry restrictions as bird flu threat fades

Austrian poultry will be allowed outdoors as of Saturday as the threat from bird flu is fading, the country's health ministry said, lifting a restriction put in place more than two months ago. Aust...


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Brazil | 24 March 2017
Meatpacker JBS suspends Brazil beef output amid import bans

Brazil's JBS SA, the world's biggest meatpacking company, announced on Thursday that it had suspended beef production at 33 of its 36 plants amid the corruption scandal that has caused some of the cou...


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France | 24 March 2017
French dairy farmers at very low ebb

The IFA's Catherine Lascurettes finds low morale and soul searching at French dairy farmers’ 73rd annual congress. Catherine Lascurettes spoke at the 2017 National Annual Congress of French dairy ...


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USA | 24 March 2017
America's farmers say there's a conspiracy to steal their milk money

As far as staples go, dairy is pretty central to the American diet. After all, knowing the cost of a gallon of milk remains a campaign-trail test for whether a politician is out of touch. Dairy farmer...


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USA | 24 March 2017
Trump's Agriculture secretary nominee pressed on proposed rural cuts

President Donald Trump's choice to become U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary was pressed Thursday at his Senate confirmation hearing about his support of the administration's planned 21 percent ...


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Australia | 23 March 2017
Australia, China to boost trade with beef making the cut

Australia and China are expected to sign new bilateral agreements on beef exports, energy and security during a four-day visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that began on Thursday. Li, the first si...


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USA | 23 March 2017
Pennsylvania poultry producers warned after new outbreaks of avian flu

Poultry operators throughout Pennsylvania are being urged to ramp up vigilance after the dreaded avian influenza has been found in Tennessee, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. The outbreaks follows ...


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France | 23 March 2017
French farmers seek expert advice on going digital

France’s farming community has already started introducing new technologies but it’s still concerned about the cost as well as the lack of information on the “right choices” of equipment. Over the ...


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Honduras | 23 March 2017
Honduran farmers prize rainwater as most precious harvest

In the heart of Honduras' notorious "Dry Corridor", the most important harvest for farmer Daniel Cruz Castro is rainwater. The construction of a reservoir and irrigation system means he no longer worr...