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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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Sweden | 15 January 2019
Farming insects may solve one problem but create others, scientists warn

Insects have great potential as an alternative source of protein, but further research is urgently needed before mass production begins in order to avoid environment disaster, Swedish researchers warn...


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Australia | 14 January 2019
Farming charity owners sue woman for $750,000 in defamation claim

The founders of embattled farming charity Aussie Helpers have filed a $750,000 defamation claim against a Melbourne businesswoman they say is tarnishing their reputation by spreading untruths about ho...


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USA | 12 January 2019
Shutdown hits American farmers already hurt by China trade war

Just as American farmers thought Donald Trump had rescued them from the economic consequences of his trade war with China, along came the government shutdown. The National Farmers Union said the cl...


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USA | 11 January 2019
Farm Country stood by Trump, but the shutdown is pushing it to breaking point

In Georgia, a pecan farmer lost out on his chance to buy his first orchard. The local Farm Service Agency office that would have processed his loan application was shut down. In Wisconsin’s dairy c...


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Australia | 10 January 2019
Aussie farming charities investigated over drought funds

A number of Australian farming charities that received tens of millions of dollars in drought relief donations are being investigated over alleged operational concerns. Rural Aid, which counts Comm...


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Germany | 9 January 2019
Europe's farmers face a generational crisis as young desert the land

When Henk Blok outlines the regions where he has worked over the past 40 years, you would never guess that his adult life has been spent farming. From the US to the former East Germany, Russia, Kazakh...


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Singapore | 8 January 2019
With farms atop malls, Singapore gets serious about food security

Visitors to Singapore’s Orchard Road, the city’s main shopping belt, will find fancy malls, trendy department stores, abundant food courts - and a small farm. Comcrop’s 600-square-metre (6,450-squa...


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USA | 7 January 2019
Idaho farm income declined in 2018, dairy is struggling

Idaho farm income fell for a second straight year in 2018 largely due to overproduction by dairy farmers, according to a recent economic report. The University of Idaho Extension report estimates t...


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China | 4 January 2019
African swine fever hits huge, foreign-invested Chinese farm

China reported an outbreak of deadly African swine fever on a huge pig farm part-owned by a Danish investment fund, showing the spread of the virus to modern industrial farms expected to have the best...


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Brazil | 3 January 2019
Brazil's Bolsonaro gives farm ministry power to decide on indigenous land

Brazil's newly inaugurated president issued an executive order on Wednesday making the ministry of agriculture responsible for deciding on lands claimed by indigenous peoples, in a victory for agribus...


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Australia | 2 January 2019
Mother and daughter electrocuted on Australian farm

A woman and her 10-year-old daughter have been electrocuted on a rural Australian property in North Queensland, possibly while fixing a cable to a semi-trailer. Police said the pair was killed just...


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Italy | 1 January 2019
Sicily's farmers go tropical in the face of climate change

When Andrea Passanisi started cultivating mangoes and avocados in his family's vineyard on the slopes of Mount Etna in 2001, he was just 17. His neighbors, who were more used to olives and oranges, th...


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USA | 31 December 2018
'It’s God’s plan': the man who dreams of bringing intensive chicken farming to Africa

On the evening of 7 August 2018, a KLM charter flight left Amsterdam, landing 11 hours later at Kilimanjaro airport in northern Tanzania. Its young occupants were nodded through immigration and driven...


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Korea, North | 27 December 2018
North Korea admits farming failures amid food shortages

North Korea has acknowledged "drawbacks" in its agricultural sector this year, echoing UN reports of declining crop yields in a country that remains heavily reliant on food imports and aid. Agricul...


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China | 26 December 2018
Across China: Japanese man promotes green farming in China

For Kawasaki Hiroto, a 72-year-old Japanese agricultural expert, promoting organic farming in China has become a lifelong pursuit. "Prepare a grave for me here in China, this is where I'll work til...


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India | 24 December 2018
High debt isn't driving Indian farmers to suicide

It’s election season in India and the money is flowing. Governments in many states have begun waiving tens of millions of dollars’ worth of loans to poor farmers in an effort to buy their loyalty. The...


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Australia | 21 December 2018
More than $1m in lost wages recovered for 2500 fruit farm workers

More than $1m in lost wages have been recovered for 2,500 workers after a major investigation uncovered widespread problems on fruit and vegetable farms. The Fair Work ombudsman’s Harvest Trail inq...


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USA | 20 December 2018
Trump approves second round of aid payments for trade war stricken farmers

President Donald Trump on Monday said he authorized a second round of payments from an aid package of up to $12 billion designed to help farmers stung by the U.S. trade war with China, billing it as a...


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India | 19 December 2018
India's Gandhi ratchets up pressure on PM Modi to waive farm loans

Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi pressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to write off farm loans to help growers reeling from lower food prices, ratcheting up demands for debt write-offs ...


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Nigeria | 18 December 2018
Farmer-herder clashes kill 3600 in Nigeria

Clashes in Nigeria between farmers and semi-nomadic herders have killed more than 3,600 people since 2016, according to Amnesty International. In a report released on Monday, the human rights group...


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USA | 17 December 2018
Hemp industry expected to blossom under new Farm Bill

The U.S. hemp industry is expecting business to expand and investors to beckon after Congress on Wednesday passed farm legislation that included a provision to legalize and regulate the plant under th...


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South Africa | 16 December 2018
Trump's tweet on land seizures, 'killing of farmers' angers South Africa

US President Donald Trump has said he asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study South African "land and farm seizures" and "killing of farmers", prompting Pretoria to accuse Mr Trump of stoking ra...


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USA | 14 December 2018
Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak traced to California farm

An outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce has been traced to at least one California farm, but it’s probably not the source of all the sicknesses, federal health officials said Thurs...


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China | 13 December 2018
7m Chinese people left cities to move to take up farming in 2017

When thousands of diseased and bloated pig carcasses floated down a tributary of the Huangpu River in Shanghai in early 2013, after being dumped upstream by farmers, the stench turned Zheng Lixing's s...


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USA | 12 December 2018
Senate approves massive farm bill

The Senate on Tuesday approved a massive farm and agriculture bill, marking off one of the remaining crucial items on its to-do list. Senators voted 87-13 on the legislation, which was unveiled o...


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China | 11 December 2018
Trump-Xi truce could boost ag sales to China

China will buy more U.S. agricultural goods, the White House said in its readout of the trade-war ceasefire President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached in Buenos Aires this weekend...


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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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