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USA | 19 October 2017
Farmer sues over cow trauma, fireworks case backfires

A Freeport farmer sought more than $60,000 in damages after she says fireworks set off nearby traumatized her cows and all but destroyed her farm operation — but now she’s the one on the hook for her ...


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Ireland | 19 October 2017
Farmer in heart-breaking retelling of electrocution of cattle during Ophelia

Kildare farmer Ann Elliot has spoken of her devastation after four of her cattle were electrocuted by fallen cables during Storm Ophelia. She told listeners to RTE’s Liveline that the cables down o...


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USA | 19 October 2017
Pot farmer's dreams go up in smoke during California wildfires

Andrew Lopas' plans to bring his marijuana business out of the black market with a legal, profitable and organic pot farm went up in smoke in the wildfires that have scorched Santa Rosa, California. ...


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USA | 19 October 2017
Trump administration withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers, draws 'violent opposition'

The rule would have made it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair, discriminatory or deceptive practices. Called the Farmer Fair Practice Rule, it was rolled out by the U....


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Netherlands | 19 October 2017
Dutch dairy co-op to install solar panels on 310 farm rooftops

Dutch dairy co-operative FrieslandCampina is working with an energy company to install 400,000 rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on its members’ farms. The scheme will see 310 farms in the co-...


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Australia | 19 October 2017
Blueberry farming divides NSW communities as tensions rise over land use

A clash of cultures is occurring on the New South Wales Mid North and North Coast as lifestyle and urban sprawl collide with farming. Agriculture has underpinned the economy of the region for more ...


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Syrian Arab Republic | 18 October 2017
Syrian agriculture needs transformation rather than rebuilding

Syrian agriculture, which has been severely damaged throughout the course of the armed conflict in the country, should be fully transformed, rather than just restored, Jose Graziano da Silva, the dire...


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South Africa | 18 October 2017
South Africa drought could cost agriculture sector R4.9 billion

The Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde says around R4.9 billion will be lost in the agriculture sector if the drought continues to linger. Winde says various issues are affecting th...


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USA | 18 October 2017
Former USDA chiefs predict rising consumer influence on agriculture

Consumers, not lawmakers and regulators, may drive the debate over water quality and good farm production, according to a former U.S. agriculture secretary visiting Iowa this week. “More and more, ...


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Australia | 18 October 2017
Researchers in Australia have taken farming automation to a whole new level

The University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics are pioneers when it comes to robotic farming. Having developed a series of driverless tractors, they give us a sneak peek of how future...


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Thailand | 18 October 2017
Thailand Agriculture Dept sows seeds of discontent

Honoured as the agriculture king, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej strove to develop Thailand's agriculture sector to improve the livelihoods of farmers, especially through rice cultivation methods an...


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USA | 18 October 2017
USDA invests in research on next generation of agricultural technology

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to ...


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New Zealand | 17 October 2017
New Zealand faces 'chipocalypse' as farmers warn of crisps shortage

New Zealand is facing a potential crisps shortage this summer, producers say, in a snack crisis being labelled the "chipocalypse". Persistent wet winter weather on the islands has hit potato produc...


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Thailand | 17 October 2017
Farming, food sectors face flooding hit Thailand

The recent floods across several provinces have inundated business districts and farm areas and will have a short-term impact on the agricultural and food processing sectors, say government and indust...


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USA | 17 October 2017
Smith advocates for Nebraska farm trade opportunities

With the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement in question, Rep. Adrian Smith recently had an opportunity to meet with Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada. As a member of the House...


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USA | 17 October 2017
Business, agriculture associations warn against leaving NAFTA

Agricultural concerns have become a key aspect of the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the president has threatened to leave. A broad array of business groups made the case f...


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Brazil | 17 October 2017
Dry weather delays soybean planting in Brazil, increases risk for corn

Lack of rain since the start of the 2017-2018 season has delayed soybean planting in Brazil's Center-West region, the largest grain producer in the country, boosting worries among producers, industry ...


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India | 17 October 2017
India: Three of family drown in agriculture pond

Three persons belonging to an agricultural family, including two women, died after falling into a pond in Ladwanthi village of Basavakalyan taluk in Bidar district on Sunday evening. They are Kesha...


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Saudi Arabia | 16 October 2017
Saudi Agriculture exhibition underpins Kingdom's thrust

The four-day Saudi Agriculture Exhibition 2017 that wound up last Oct. 11 at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center – the largest gathering of industry professionals and an ideal foru...


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Cambodia | 16 October 2017
Deal on Cambodian agricultural input confirmed

GroGenesis, a global agriculture technology company, announced last week the official signing in Phnom Penh of a major distribution agreement with Curewel International. The agreement will allow Cu...


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India | 16 October 2017
Women can propel India to second green revolution, says Agri Minister

Women can propel India towards second green revolution provided they get opportunities and adequate facilities, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today. He said that the government throug...


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Vanuatu | 16 October 2017
First Pacific Week of Agriculture starts in Vanuatu

Organised by the Pacific Community, other NGOs like the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network, or PIFON, are helping out by running workshops. PIFON's manager Kyle Stice said empowering women...


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Pakistan | 16 October 2017
Agriculture sector fails to make adequate investment in value addition

We established the case for a home-grown industrial policy in Pakistan in our previous article published on September 25, 2017. The article raised questions about the broader policy approach followed ...


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USA | 16 October 2017
Agriculture Secretary Perdue Talks TPP, Nafta and Climate Change

Farmers are facing uncertainty over a number of large issues. Trade deals may have a big impact on how they sell their goods overseas. Immigration laws may restrict their access to workers. To sort...


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Dominica | 15 October 2017
Hurricane recovery: agriculture revitalization in Dominica underway

Agriculture revitalization has begun in Dominica following the passage of hurricane Maria last month. A seedlings project coordinated by the OECS Commission, FAO, CARDI and an agriculture consultant h...


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USA | 14 October 2017
U.S. experts doubt EPA curbs on Monsanto, BASF herbicides will halt crop damage

U.S. weed specialists doubted on Friday that new federal restrictions on the use of a controversial weed killer, sold by Monsanto Co and BASF, will prevent recurrences next year of crop damage linked ...


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Guyana | 13 October 2017
Following hurricanes, resilience in agriculture in focus at agriculture meeting

With the recent widespread damage, and destruction of the agriculture sector in several Caribbean territories at the forefront of their minds, regional agriculture officials began meeting in Georgetow...


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Iran | 13 October 2017
FAO to help Iran to improve Agriculture Monitoring System

Iran’s agriculture ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for cooperation in agricultural monitoring. Under the M...


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Canada | 13 October 2017
Agriculture could save NAFTA, says Canadian trade expert

As Canadian, American and Mexican negotiators began the fourth round of talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) near Washington D.C. Wednesday, a Canadian trade expert believes...


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New Zealand | 13 October 2017
Preparing NZ for shift to digital agriculture

AgResearch is entering into a major programme to prepare New Zealand for the new era of digital agriculture. The programme will identify the barriers to taking up new digital technologies on and of...




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