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USA | 26 June 2017
Syngenta ordered to pay farmers over $200m

A federal jury has ordered Swiss giant Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to Kansas farmers after a verdict was announced this week at a trial in Kansas City. The class action lawsuit was brought beca...


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Brazil | 26 June 2017
U.S. suspends Brazilian beef imports over safety concerns

All imports of fresh beef from Brazil have been halted because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said ...


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Argentina | 26 June 2017
Argentina's taste for veal complicates beef exporting ambition

Argentina's taste for beef from young calves - viewed as the most tender - is discouraging producers from raising the heavier cattle needed to restore the country's position as a top global beef expor...


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China | 26 June 2017
China drone king sees agriculture as area of growth

Drone maker DJI is betting on flying machines that shoot pesticide instead of photos to fend off growing competition in the global market for remote-controlled aircraft. The world leader in the civ...


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New Zealand | 26 June 2017
Dairy farmers not about to let land be milked dry

There's been a change in dairy farmer mindsets as they move away from production at any cost, to leading the way in caring for the environment, Fonterra's Anna Reddish says. "There's a move away f...


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Ghana | 26 June 2017
The prize-winning tech helping Ghana’s farmers to grow

Agyei Douglas is a farmer who grows vegetables near Kumasi in Ghana’s central Ashanti region. He used to struggle to access markets and capital. The information he needed was broadcast on the radio...


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USA | 24 June 2017
US agriculture unhappy with Cuba announcement

U.S. agriculture is not happy with President Trump’s announcement on placing new restrictions on Cuban travel and business. The new policies will ban U.S. companies from doing business with Cuban comp...


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USA | 23 June 2017
Foreign investment in US farmland rising

In 2013, the Chinese firm Shuanghui received wide public attention when it purchased U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods for a record $4.7 billion. In an overlooked part of the deal, Shuanghui also...


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USA | 23 June 2017
How American farmers can avoid another economic slump

America’s agricultural economics run in cycles — each lasting 30 years since 1900 and including periods of decline in U.S. farm income and agricultural land value. Today, we are in a downturn, with...


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Brazil | 23 June 2017
U.S. bans fresh Brazil beef imports over safety concerns

The United States halted imports of fresh Brazilian beef on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, after a high percentage of shipments failed to pass safety checks. The USDA had "recur...


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France | 23 June 2017
French farmer detained again for helping migrants

A French farmer who became a symbol of the migrant crisis for helping Africans sneak across the border from Italy has been detained again, his lawyer said Thursday. Cedric Herrou, a 37-year-old org...


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Australia | 23 June 2017
Better year expected for dairy farmers

Australia's dairy farmers can expect a better year ahead as the farmgate milk price partly recovers, seasonal conditions improve and input prices remain affordable, a new report says. Agribusiness ...


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USA | 23 June 2017
Biggest cattle feeding operation in the US up for sale (980,000 head of cattle)

Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA revealed plans to sell assets worth $1.8 billion on Tuesday, putting dairy, poultry and cattle feeding units on the block to cut debt after a corruption scandal raised conc...


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USA | 22 June 2017
East Texas rancher ropes 10-foot alligator threatening his cattle

Over the years, Hal Conover said he's seen hundreds of alligators on his ranch outside Hawkins. "They've all been small," he said. "They haven't bothered any cattle. I've never had any trouble wit...


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India | 22 June 2017
India cattle ban may open doors

Australian cattle industry players say an Indian Government ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter may not last long. The Indian Government faced a backlash this month after it banned the sale of ...


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USA | 22 June 2017
CFTC fines U.S. cattle futures traders $5 million

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) levied fines totaling $5 million against McVean Trading & Investments (MTI), along with three associates, for market manipulation, the CFTC said in...


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Ireland | 22 June 2017
'EU's agriculture budget is going to be a problem' warns Ireland

MEPs and farmers have hit out at rumoured moves to trim EU agricultural spending post-2020. European Parliament president Antonio Tajani was forced to deny last week that he was working on proposal...


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Japan | 22 June 2017
Japan may set tariff-free quota for EU beef under EPA

Japan is considering setting a tariff-free import quota for beef from European Union member states, as requested by the EU in the two sides’ negotiations on an economic partnership agreement for free ...


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New Zealand | 22 June 2017
Cut-the-pat rule threatens indebted dairy farmers

Dairy farmers in Canterbury could be pushed to the brink of bankruptcy by new rules designed to limit pollution from farm animals, a local farmer says. Canterbury Regional Council's Plan Change 5 t...


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Nigeria | 21 June 2017
Innovation in agriculture: what Nigerian startups need to start considering

A recent agriculture innovation report, released by the Global Innovation Index, ranked Nigeria 119th on the 2017 Global Agricultural Innovation Index. This is a decline from the 114th position the na...


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Canada | 21 June 2017
Agriculture stats call for political will as family farms dwindle

In mid-May the federal government began a multi-stage release of the long-awaited results of the 2016 Agriculture Census. Frustratingly, the last of the data releases will happen in late 2018. Still, ...


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China | 21 June 2017
Cattlemen optimistic about resumed beef exports to China

One by one, cattle were led into the sale ring at the Tennessee Valley Stockyards, and auctioneer Bart Phillips opened the bidding process. Unless you're familiar with the fast-paced process, it ca...


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Australia | 21 June 2017
Why is China snatching up Australian farmland?

At the wine tasting room of Taylors Wines in Sydney, Australia, bottles are uncorked, poured, swished, sniffed and sipped. There's a lot for employees to toast this year. "The Australian wine secto...


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USA | 21 June 2017
Trump returns to Iowa for agriculture event, campaign-style rally

President Trump returns to Iowa on Wednesday during the administration's tech week to draw attention to technological innovations in agriculture before holding an evening campaign-style rally. The ...


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USA | 21 June 2017
NAFTA agriculture ministers see 'few' differences over trade

The United States, Canada and Mexico have "relatively few" differences on agricultural trade, the three countries' agriculture ministers said after meeting on Tuesday to discuss the renegotiation of t...


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Ireland | 20 June 2017
Capping farm payments at €60k would save €80m says Fianna Fail

Fianna Fail’s Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has said his party’s proposal to cap farm payments at €60,000 does not discriminate against progressive farmers. Speaking on RTE’s Country...


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USA | 20 June 2017
Robotic dairy system in US saves time and money, boosts production

The cows at Nelson Knolls Dairy Farm, northwest of Galesburg, are so happy with their new robotic milking machines that they have doubled their milk output in the first year. Now they determine the pe...


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Australia | 20 June 2017
When blackout risks a wipeout for poultry farms

A failure in Victorian poultry farmer Allan Bullen’s diesel back-up generators could devastate his 300,000 chickens if blackouts hit his Lang Lang farm next summer. Mr Bullen, president of the Vict...


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USA | 20 June 2017
Groundbreaking held today for a $300m poultry processing facility

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and local leaders celebrated another clear marker of economic momentum for the State of Nebraska and the Fremont region with Lincoln Premium Poultry’s groundbreaking for ...


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USA | 20 June 2017
Trump's Cuba policy a lost opportunity for agriculture?

President Donald Trump’s Friday announcement on reinstating limits on travel to and business with Cuba may result in lost economic opportunities for corporations, small businesses, and farmers. Th...