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Poland | 5 February 2019
Poland detects mad cow disease on farm - OIE

Poland has reported a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) among cattle on a farm near the Czech border, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. ...


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USA | 4 February 2019
US farmer: 'We need things to get back to normal'

American farmers, having felt the brunt of the Trump administration’s aggressive trade policies, are eager for a positive result of U.S. trade negotiations with China and the implementation of the Uni...


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Canada | 2 February 2019
The new Canada Food Guide won't kill farming

Last week’s release of the revamped Canada Food Guide, a document conceived during the Second World War out of a need to make the most of scarce rations, has, despite headlines suggesting otherwise, m...


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USA | 31 January 2019
Struggling US dairy farmers look to Canada for advice

After four years of low milk prices, dairy farmers in both California and throughout the nation are looking to ease their industry’s depressed economy by taking a cue from their neighbors up north. ...


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USA | 30 January 2019
2020 presidential candidates court Iowa farmers by blasting US-China trade war

Aaron Lehman said he's seen his soybean prices drop by 20 percent in the past six months. And he’s not the only farmer feeling the squeeze. ​​​​​ "Like all farmers, we’ve been tightening our belts ...


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Korea, South | 29 January 2019
South Korea reports foot-and-mouth outbreak at dairy cow farm

South Korea has identified a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a dairy cow farm, the first discovery of the disease in the country since March last year, its agriculture ministry said on Monday (Jan 2...


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China | 28 January 2019
China cracks down on swine fever cover-up as two farms punished

Two large-scale hog farms in China will be punished for covering up outbreaks of African swine fever as the country races to stem the spread of the epidemic. A farm in Heilongjiang province in the ...


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USA | 25 January 2019
Tariffs force tough choices in Louisiana as farmers leave soybeans in fields to rot

Daniel Richard stands in a 250-acre field, surveying the ruins of his hard work: Rotting soybeans as far as the eye can see. “We’re in unchartered waters,” says the fourth-generation Louisiana grai...


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USA | 24 January 2019
First came the trade war, then the shutdown, but Iowa farmers still back Trump

Like most Iowa farmers, Kate Edwards loves the rhythm of the seasons: planting in the spring, harvesting in the fall, planning it all over again each winter. But thanks to an ongoing trade war and ...


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France | 23 January 2019
Brexit: France fears no-deal blow to farms

The head of France's main farmers' union has warned that a no-deal Brexit could have a severe impact on French agricultural exports. Christiane Lambert of the FNSEA union said French wine and spiri...


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Australia | 21 January 2019
Thousands of donated bales to help drought-stricken Aus farmers

Almost 50 trucks packed with more than 3,000 bales of donated hay and fodder will make their way across the Nullarbor from Western Australia this week, bound for drought-stricken farmers in New South ...


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India | 21 January 2019
Microsoft lays AI sensors for smart farming in India

China, the world`s biggest agricultural producer, is leading the race when it comes to empowering farmers with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven technologies. The aim is clear: To help the community...


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Spain | 19 January 2019
Brussels trade deal leaves a bitter taste for Spain's farmers

A sharp fall in prices after a bumper harvest, competition from other countries and a trade deal between Brussels and South Africa have created a devastating perfect storm for Spain’s orange farmers. ...


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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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