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New Zealand | 10 December 2018
NZ farmer confidence falls further in quarter

Farmer confidence has slipped further into negative territory. Rabobank's rural confidence survey fell for the third consecutive quarter, on concerns over Government policy, falling commodity price...


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USA | 9 December 2018
Hemp legalisation included in farm bill could 'open floodgates' on nascent industry

The final 2018 Farm Bill is expected to be voted on as early as next week. The bill would legalize hemp cultivation and could be a catalyst for explosive growth in a nascent industry that some forecas...


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Denmark | 8 December 2018
Difficult times for Danish pig farmers

The mood in Danish pig farming has darkened, with both swine farmers and the supply chain seeing dwindling evidence of a bright future. So much became clear at the recent Svinekongres, a Danish Con...


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USA | 6 December 2018
Trump hails trade deal with China as one of the largest ever made

President Donald Trump has told reporters on Air Force One that a trade deal brokered with China is one of the largest ever made. After meeting at the G-20 summit in Argentina, Trump and Chinese Pr...


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South Africa | 5 December 2018
South Africa emerges from recession as farming, manufacturing jump

Farms and factories dragged South Africa out of its first recession in almost a decade, data showed on Tuesday, as the economy grew by more than expected in the third quarter. The positive data is ...


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USA | 4 December 2018
US farmers' troubles over tariffs show the value in looking ahead

When you drive from Minneapolis to West Okoboji Lake, Iowa – as I did early last summer – you pretty much see just one thing: farmland. And those farms are pretty much just growing one thing too: soyb...


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USA | 3 December 2018
US farm bill deal excludes stricter food stamp work requirements

The top four congressional negotiators of the massive, must-pass farm bill announced an "agreement in principle" on Thursday, paving the way for passage by the end of the year. While details of the...


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India | 1 December 2018
India farmers: Tens of thousands march against agrarian crisis

Tens of thousands of Indian farmers have marched to the parliament in the capital, Delhi, to highlight the deepening agrarian crisis. They arrived on Thursday from across the country and held a ral...


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Iceland | 30 November 2018
Iceland harnesses hot springs to power year-round farming

For half the year, the temperature on Pall Olafsson's remote farm in Iceland often dips below freezing and the sun barely makes an appearance. Yet the heat and light in his greenhouses allow Olafss...


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USA | 29 November 2018
Penny for your corn? Stingy trade-war aid irks US farmers

Iowa corn farmer Bob Hemesath jokes that the government check he expects as compensation for his trade-war losses will soon allow him to splurge on upscale coffee in town instead of his usual burnt ga...


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USA | 28 November 2018
Congress weighs 'nieces, nephews' and 'first cousins' farm subsides

Congressional negotiators are currently debating a provision inside the long-delayed farm bill that could extend lucrative farm subsidies to the "nieces, nephews, first cousins and their spouses." ...


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USA | 27 November 2018
Trump's trade war looms over divided US farm belt

Chuck Wirtz voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, inspired by the then-political outsider, but the veteran Iowa hog farmer now has buyer's remorse as the U.S. Republican president's trade polic...


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Switzerland | 26 November 2018
Farmer has Swiss on horns of dilemma

A Swiss dairy farmer has become a national hero after inspiring a referendum to stop farmers removing the horns of their cows. Armin Capaul, 67, known as the “horned cow rebel”, claims that the pro...


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China | 24 November 2018
China confirms first swine fever cases in Beijing

China's agriculture ministry on Friday confirmed the first cases of African swine fever in Beijing, a disease that has spread across the country despite efforts to contain it. The disease was found...


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Italy | 23 November 2018
Italy's largest farming group questions need for lab-grown meat

Cell-cultured meat moved a step closer to the mainstream this month, as agencies in the US reached agreement on how new products should be regulated. While supporters see the technology as a potential...


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India | 22 November 2018
Amitabh Bachchan pays off farmers' loans worth $500000

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan says he has cleared farmers' loans worth more than 40m rupees ($560,000; £436,000). He wrote on his blog on Tuesday that he had "taken care" of 1,398 farmers by...


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Ireland | 21 November 2018
More than 40 Irish farmers are growing snails to be exported to France

More than 40 Irish farms are growing batches of snails to export to France, it has emerged. A total of 41 businesses that raise the slimy molluscs for human consumption have been set up here since ...


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USA | 20 November 2018
$12bn program to help farmers stung by Trump’s trade war has aided few

America’s farmers have been shut out of foreign markets, hit with retaliatory tariffs and lost lucrative contracts in the face of President Trump’s trade war. But a $12 billion bailout program Mr. Tru...


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Australia | 19 November 2018
Australian-led farming project changes lives in tsunami-ravaged Indonesia

When the world's deadliest tsunami ravaged Indonesia's northern coastline on Boxing Day in 2004, it claimed the lives of almost 170,000 people. The natural disaster left 62,000 farmers displaced. ...


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Brazil | 16 November 2018
US funds with big Amazon farming stakes face Bolsonaro choice

Finance to be 'very important' tool if Brazil's government strips Amazon protections, say researchers The world's largest asset managers could play a pivotal role in safeguarding the Amazon forest,...


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USA | 15 November 2018
US farmer depression rates highest among any profession

Farmers have to worry about a lot of things that are out of their control, like the weather and the price of crops. Sometimes, it becomes too much. "We will turn ourselves inside out to make a prof...


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USA | 14 November 2018
Stung by trade wars, US farmers hope for quick progress on Farm Bill

U.S. soybean farmer Mike Schlosser does not expect President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, the single biggest headwind to his business, to end any time soon. But he is among many in farm countr...


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Australia | 13 November 2018
Farm worker charged over strawberry needle scandal

A woman has been charged after needles were found in strawberries in Australia, sparking a nationwide crisis. My Ut Trinh, 50, has been charged with seven counts of contamination of goods, police i...


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Cyprus | 12 November 2018
Cypriot farmers struggle to meet demand for halloumi

It’s on restaurant menus from London to New York and has become a barbecue favourite far and wide. But, on the Mediterranean island where it has been made since medieval times, halloumi’s unprecede...


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USA | 7 November 2018
This Musk — Elon's brother — looks to revolutionize urban farming

In sunny California, Elon Musk is upending America's auto and space industries. And here, in a cold, gritty section of Brooklyn, his brother Kimbal has embarked on a project that's just as significant...


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Ireland | 6 November 2018
Irish farms among the most dependent on unpaid farm labour in the EU

The proportion of unpaid work by family members on Irish farms is among the highest in the EU at about 95pc, according to newly released data by the European Commission. In terms of the proportion ...


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USA | 5 November 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 | 3 November 2018
Minnesota man killed by combine while farming on Iowa border

A Minnesota man died in a farming accident on the Iowa border on Tuesday. The accident was reported at 9:23 p.m. in a field near the town of Bee, an incorporated community on the Minnesota side of...


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USA | 2 November 2018
Trump's trade war looms over divided US farm belt ahead of vote

Chuck Wirtz voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, inspired by the then-political outsider, but the veteran Iowa hog farmer now has buyer’s remorse as the U.S. Republican president’s trade polic...


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USA | 1 November 2018
Stalled farm bill grabs attention during midterms

With campaigning in the final days before Tuesday's elections, a major issue Congress will have to deal with when it returns is the stalled farm bill. The lack of progress on the legislation has fr...




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