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18 January 2019 | Online since 2003

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South Africa | 8 August 2018
Community wreaks havoc after farmer plans to dig up graveyard to grow mielies

Furious members of the Kranskop community in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands have blockaded roads and set fire to crops after discovering that a farmer was planning to dig up tombstones to plant mielies. ...


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New Zealand | 8 August 2018
The great cow robbery: 65 stock stolen from NZ farm

A West Otago farmer is furious after recently discovering the theft of 65 in-calf dairy cows - worth about $130,000 - from his property. Ivan Roulston, who with son Joseph operates the 386 hectare ...


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USA | 8 August 2018
Large US cattle farm may have caused romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

This spring's large E. coli outbreak caused by tainted romaine lettuce may have been caused by a large industrial farm. That's according to a new Food and Drug Administration hypothesis. A conce...


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United Arab Emirates | 8 August 2018
SoftBank-backed vertical farm is opening Middle Eastern facility

A vertical-farming startup backed by Masayoshi Son’s Vision Fund is building its first overseas outpost -- in the United Arab Emirates. Plenty Inc. plans to start selling locally grown produce, inc...


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Italy | 7 August 2018
Migrant farm workers killed in Italy road crash

At least a dozen people, including migrant labourers returning home after spending the day working in the fields, have been killed in a crash between a van and a lorry in southern Italy. Italian ne...


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USA | 7 August 2018
Rural Americans' struggles against factory farm pollution find traction in court

As U.S. livestock farming becomes more industrial, it is changing rural life. Many people live near Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) — large facilities that can house thousands of animal...


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Iraq | 7 August 2018
Iraq's farmers hit hard by water shortages

The canals branching out of the Tigris river and into the adjoining farmlands are empty and dry. Devoid of water, the rice, wheat and barley fields are left without vegetation. The Tigris today is ...


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Germany | 7 August 2018
Germany seeks tax deal for farmers

Germany is waiting for the European Commission to rule on whether its farmers can get income tax relief to help offset the effects of drought on this year's harvest, weekly magazine 'WirtschaftsWoche'...


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USA | 7 August 2018
Report: Cost of farming increasing in Wisconsin

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Wisconsin farmers experienced a slight increase in production costs last year. Figures show that the average farm spent more than $168,000...


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India | 7 August 2018
Bollywood star to buy plot in India for farming

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will buy a plot in Kasara for farming, says his brother Shamas Siddiqui. Nawazuddin, who enjoys going to his hometown Budhana in Uttar Pradesh and indulging in farming, al...


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China | 6 August 2018
Leading Chinese bank issues farming loan using blockchain

One of China’s ‘big four’ banks, the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), has used a blockchain platform to issue a farming-based business loan worth around $300,000. The state-owned ABC backed the lo...


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USA | 6 August 2018
US agriculture escapes another blow from latest China tariffs

China has targeted U.S. agriculture in a big way as the nations exchange fire in an escalating trade war. But luckily for American farmers, they seem to have escaped the latest blow. Most major U.S...


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USA | 6 August 2018
California GOP lawmakers lobby Trump to help farmers hurt by tariffs

President Donald Trump’s trade war is pitting Republicans in California against their brethren in the Midwest. One week after Trump announced a $12 billion plan to soften the blow of retaliatory ta...


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USA | 6 August 2018
Trump is telling farmers to trust him on trade. It may be working

The most remarkable part of President Trump’s trade war may be the extent to which those most hurt by it still support it. After Trump announced $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers last week, h...


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Ireland | 6 August 2018
Farming model that has made Ireland most food secure country

They say family is not just the most important thing; it’s everything, well, because it lasts forever. This maxim manifests in the Irish agriculture industry, where farming is a family affair, and ...


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Australia | 6 August 2018
Farming impact of Australia's worst drought in living memory

The worst drought in living memory is sweeping parts of eastern Australia, leaving farmers struggling to cope and asking questions about their future. For a grahic on Interactive graphic of the drough...


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USA | 5 August 2018
Trump’s hopes for EU trade deal hampered by agriculture

Donald Trump has moved quickly to claim a trade truce with the EU as a major victory, boasting to supporters in a recent fundraising email that he had secured an “incredible new fair trade deal with t...


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Australia | 4 August 2018
Australia's Hunter Valley looks to drones for agriculture and infrastructure inspection

The Hunter Region in New South Wales, Australia is home to some of the world’s most famous wines and viticulture. The continent is no stranger to the benefits of modern drone technology, and, in addit...


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Australia | 3 August 2018
Sydney schoolboy hits $20000 target to help farmers in 48 hours

This 10-year-old is proof you can make a difference. Jack Berne set a goal of raising $20,000 to help farmers struggling through Australia’s worst drought crisis in centuries. He wanted to get t...


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Italy | 3 August 2018
Refugees in Italy get their hands dirty with own farm

Every morning Dembo Cisse, a sturdily built 21-year-old from Guinea, waits for the car to pick him up. He and two others, who live together in an apartment that belongs to Italy's privatized migrant r...


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USA | 3 August 2018
Could Friday's US non-farm payrolls boost the dollar?

On Friday, US non-farm payrolls are expected to come in at 192,000 in July, up from 213,000 in June, according to Bloomberg. The unemployment rate is seen dropping to 3.9% from 4% month-on-month. Aver...


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Canada | 3 August 2018
Sunflower farm closes after being inundated with selfie seekers

A Canadian farm boasting beautiful sunflowers has reportedly put an end to photo-seeking visitors for the remainder of the season due to a massive crowd over the weekend. Bogle Seeds in Hamilton, O...


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USA | 3 August 2018
Fact checking Trump's farming claims

In this fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper reviews President Donald Trump’s false claims about the impact of trade on U.S. farmers. In recent weeks, Trump tweeted that U.S. farmers “have been o...


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El Salvador | 3 August 2018
The crop-spraying drones that go where tractors can't

Something unusual is happening on farms in the small Central American nation of El Salvador. Many fields, mainly of sugar cane, are now being tended by drones. Large unmanned hexacopters fitted wit...


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USA | 2 August 2018
U.S. crops ready for picking, but farm workers in short supply

It’s nearly apple-picking time in Washington’s Yakima Valley. Cherry season will be around for a few more weeks, and a bounty of other fruits and vegetables are maturing on branches and in fields. ...


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Canada | 2 August 2018
Farm regrets opening fields after social-media butterflies trample flowers

The hope was to earn a little extra income during the two weeks that the family farm’s crop was in bloom. But Ontario’s largest sunflower grower soon found itself backtracking on the idea, after it...


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USA | 2 August 2018
East Texas agriculture experts warn of 'false fall'

It may be more than halfway through summer, but some agriculture specialists say that here in East Texas, we'll be getting an early look at fall. However, that only applies to trees. "Late July, ea...


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Germany | 2 August 2018
The heat in Germany will do more damage to agriculture than expected

A new interim evaluation of the quantity of the grain harvest in Germany has shown that the effects of heat are much more serious than expected by the farmers, reports the German TV channel N-TV on 1 ...


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Ethiopia | 2 August 2018
Women's cooperatives boost agriculture and savings in rural Ethiopia

Through women’s cooperatives, a joint UN programme provides training in agricultural techniques, improved seeds and time-saving machinery, while also granting loans and encouraging saving. In most ...


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USA | 2 August 2018
West Virginia gets grant to train veterans in agriculture

West Virginia has been awarded a $400,000 federal grant to provide agriculture training for military veterans. The state Department of Agriculture says in a news release the grant from the U.S. Dep...




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