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USA | 15 August 2018
US farm-export prices drop most since 2011

Prices for U.S. farm exports dropped in July by the most in more than six years as a trade war with China heated up, Labor Department figures showed Tuesday. Agricultural export prices fell 5.3 per...


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Ireland | 15 August 2018
Heroic neighbours help farmer save bales during blaze that destroyed large amount of fodder

Winter fodder worries have sharply increased for a Co Mayo farmer following the loss of a substantial quantity of hay and straw in a fire on Saturday. Machinery was also destroyed in the blaze at B...


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Canada | 15 August 2018
What Canadians don’t understand about farming—and what they need to

My family’s farm began in 1880s with a sod house and an intrepid couple—the Banmans—willing to brave the unforgiving Canadian prairies. There’s a dimple near our apple trees where that first house was...


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Brazil | 15 August 2018
Farming ideas to make a fortune: inside Brazil's food security festival

As confetti showers a theatre inside Rio de Janeiro’s normally sedate Museum of Tomorrow, electronic pop music pounds and dozens of young people crowd the stage to dance enthusiastically, hugging each...


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Bouvet Island | 14 August 2018
Nigeria negotiates $1.1billion agriculture package with Brazil

Nigeria’s federal government is currently in bilateral negotiations with the Brazilian government for a $1.1 billion agriculture package intended to lift the country’s present subsistence farming and ...


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Brazil | 14 August 2018
Agriculture could help preserve Brazil's native vegetation

In 2015, one region of Brazil was nicknamed “the last agricultural frontier of the world.” Known as “Matopiba,” this unofficial territory comprises 337 municipalities in four states (Maranhão, Tocanti...


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Australia | 14 August 2018
Nuclear fallout detected in Australian sheep in 1979 has been attributed to a covert nuclear test

In 1979, a strange ‘double flash’ was observed by a satellite as coming from between South Africa and Antarctica. It was a telltale cue. That kind of flash was usually a nuclear explosion. Almost 3...


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USA | 14 August 2018
New Native American farm fund to distribute $266 million in landmark civil rights settlement

The largest U.S. philanthropy serving Native American farmers and ranchers has been established to distribute $266 million from a landmark 2010 civil rights settlement in which the U.S. government agr...


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Australia | 14 August 2018
Flood of farm red tape makes the drought harder to fight

Over the past weeks, images of barren pastures, emaciated livestock and families stricken with despair have prompted an outpouring of support for farmers across Queensland and NSW crippled by drought.


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Canada | 14 August 2018
What Canadians don’t understand about farming—and what they need to

My family’s farm began in 1880s with a sod house and an intrepid couple—the Banmans—willing to brave the unforgiving Canadian prairies. There’s a dimple near our apple trees where that first house was...


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Kenya | 13 August 2018
Could oil overtake agriculture as East Africa's economic mainstay?

Holger A. Kray is the lead agricultural economist for Africa in the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice and head of the Africa Agricultural Policy Unit, which carries out and oversees economic an...


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Australia | 13 August 2018
Farmer still fighting $112000 fine for feeding his starving cattle

A Queensland farmer fighting a huge fine for feeding his cattle says the government is “exacerbating the problem” of the drought. Dan McDonald operates his own cattle grazing business north-west of...


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Lebanon | 13 August 2018
Climate change is turning the Middle East's breadbasket into a cannabis farm

The farmer plucks a cannabis flower from a long stalk. He presses it against his nose, inhales deeply and begins to extol the therapeutic -- if not necessarily scientific -- properties of his crop. ...


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Cambodia | 13 August 2018
Hopes for potato farming in Cambodia running high

After determining the best provinces in the country to grow potatoes, Cambodian scientists are now working to figure out what varieties adapt best to the local soil and will have the highest yields. ...


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USA | 13 August 2018
US woman 'still adjusting, still farming' after husband's suicide

There's nothing new about women operating U.S. farms. In one form or another, they've always helped to raise crops and tend livestock. But women's role in agriculture and society overall is expandi...


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USA | 13 August 2018
Is this West Virginia farming community the model for a utopian way of life?

The first thing you see at the entrance gate to the rolling farmland of Broomgrass is a sign for honeybees and the barn. Down the gravel road is the mobile sheep pen, with four ewes – Pansy, Bertha, M...


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Algeria | 10 August 2018
Algerians go online to sell animals for Eid sacrifices

Sheep traders in Algeria are using Facebook and a local online selling site to sell their livestock ahead of the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival. They are hopeful that e-commerce can spare them the ri...


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Denmark | 10 August 2018
Danish agriculture loses millions to drought

While many people in Denmark have been grateful for the warm summer, farmers have suffered due to the long dry spell. With the country’s agricultural sector set see losses amounting to millions of ...


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Switzerland | 10 August 2018
Five Swiss cantons to extend pilot scheme to offer jobs in agriculture to refugees

The trial phase launched in 2015 saw 30 refugees or people on short term visas trained and employed in farming jobs in the last three years. The project was largely deemed successful by its evaluators...


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South Africa | 10 August 2018
Eastern Cape farmer under investigation for poisoning of cattle

An Eastern Cape farmer is under investigation for allegedly poisoning 15 cattle belonging to black communal farmers in Adelaide. Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC Xolile Nqatha...


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USA | 10 August 2018
EPA is ordered to ban farm pesticide chlorpyrifos

A federal court on Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide used widely in farming. The 2-1 ruling on a lawsuit brought by public health groups and state attorneys ge...


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Ireland | 10 August 2018
Limerick farmer offers to swap straw for All-Ireland final tickets

One Limerick farmer has signalled his willingness to make an unusual bargain to secure tickets to this month's hugely anticipated All-Ireland hurling final between Limerick and Galway. The farmer h...


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Italy | 9 August 2018
Farm workers protest in Italy after migrant crash deaths

Hundreds of mostly African farm labourers downed tools and marched from fields in southern Italy chanting "we are not slaves" Wednesday, protesting conditions for tomato pickers after 16 migrant worke...


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Australia | 9 August 2018
Australian farm output hit by drought

The Australian state of New South Wales is now 100 percent in drought, officials announced on Wednesday. Farm output is predicted to shrink drastically as the region has received less than 20 percent ...


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Canada | 9 August 2018
U.S. tariffs expected to impact new farm equipment sales on Canadian Prairies: dealer

Shares in Canada’s largest farm equipment dealer fell by more than seven per cent Wednesday after it said it expects lower sales of new products in the second half of 2018 as prices rise due to U.S. t...


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India | 9 August 2018
More Indian farmers take to organic farming

Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department has certified 30,207 acres so far. B. Shivakumar, an entrepreneur-industrialist, started farming about five years ago on 40 acres at Sathyamangalam. In 2...


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USA | 9 August 2018
The complicated business of farming snails in America

On weekday, Ric Brewer lives in Seattle and works as a communications manager for a disaster-relief nonprofit. But most weekends, he heads to his five-acre spread in Quilcene, among the foothills lead...


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China | 9 August 2018
China is moving ahead with a huge robot farming pilot

China has launched a pilot program to replace farmers with robots, putting millions of people at risk of losing their jobs. The seven-year pilot, which is running in Jiangsu Province, features unma...


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Malaysia | 8 August 2018
Malaysia 'needs university that focuses on agriculture'

Malaysia needs a university that focuses on agriculture in a bid to produce experts and specialists in the sector for the future, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayu...


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USA | 8 August 2018
Burglar comes back a second time. Farmer and sons are ready for him

This suspected burglar messed with the wrong family twice — and the second time, they didn’t wait for deputies to take action, according to authorities. Over the weekend, two burglars struck at a r...




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