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USA | 30 October 2018
US agriculture chief says no plan to extend farm aid to offset tariffs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is not planning to extend an up to $12 billion aid package for farmers into 2019, Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Monday, to mitigate farmer losses due to the imposit...


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Germany | 29 October 2018
Climate inaction violates our rights, say German organic farmers

Environmental activists Greenpeace have teamed up with three families to sue the German government with the aim of forcing it to meet climate protection goals earlier than it had planned, magazine Der...


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France | 26 October 2018
Farmers in French Pyrenees try to scare bears to Spain

Farmers and hunters in the French Pyrenees have attempted to move two female bears towards the Spanish side of the border using “scare tactics”. According to reports, this weekend around 100 shephe...


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France | 25 October 2018
One French farmer commits suicide every two days, survey says

One French farmer commits suicide every two days, according to a survey conducted by the French national public health agency. The EU farmers’ union said this alarming situation should be addressed im...


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India | 24 October 2018
Delhi holds breath as burning farms herald pollution season

Harpal Singh struck a match and watched his fields burn, the acrid smoke drifting toward New Delhi where a lethal smog cocktail is once again intensifying over the world's most polluted megacity. E...


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Italy | 23 October 2018
Sudden extreme hail “a calamity for Italian farming”

A cold front moving south from northern Europe caused extreme weather changes following a hot spell in Italy, with temperatures dropping by as much as 10˚C overnight. A hailstorm devastated Rome on...


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Japan | 22 October 2018
Japan's ageing rice farmers face uncertain future

A crop once deemed so important it served as a form of currency, Japanese rice has fallen out of favour with younger, westernised consumers, in a shift that has left ageing farmers struggling for surv...


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USA | 20 October 2018
DowDuPont slips as farming weakness prompts $4.6 billion charge

DowDuPont Inc. fell after cutting the asset value of its DuPont Co. agriculture business by $4.6 billion, less than nine months before a planned spinoff of the seed-and-pesticide unit. The impairme...


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USA | 19 October 2018
This robotic farming system could be the answer to labour shortages

Brandon Alexander grew up on farms, acres and acres of wheat and other broad acre crops in Texas and Oklahoma. So, it’s not entirely surprising that he applied his other expertise—based on a robotics ...


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Switzerland | 18 October 2018
Space farming: using plant hormones in space

A new paper has reviewed the use of plant hormones, as a tool for space farming so that food can be produced in extra-terrestrial environments. Plant biologists at the University of Zurich have sho...


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USA | 17 October 2018
Cotton farmers say Hurricane Michael stole their crop of a lifetime

Every October, the fields along Highway 319 in southern Georgia look like clouds -- acres and acres of white, puffy cotton broken up by groves of pine trees. But not this year. The images of dam...


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Australia | 16 October 2018
Farming duo making a splash in Tasmania

Peter and Frances are the founders of Huon Aquaculture Company; recognised internationally as being an industry leader and innovative producer of premium quality salmonid products. While their comp...


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Australia | 15 October 2018
Meet the Australian farmer who created the pasture cropping movement

For the past three years, We Feed the World has collaborated with 48 world-renowned photographers (including Rankin, Martin Parr and Graciela Iturbide) to capture the triumphs and challenges of 50 com...


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USA | 14 October 2018
Leafy greens are grown by machines at new, automated Silicon Valley farm

Did you hear the one about the Google software engineer who packed it all in to start a farm? No, it’s not the setup for a joke. Nor is it the premise for some quirky Sundance comedy, probably telling...


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USA | 13 October 2018
Trump trade war delivers farm boom in Brazil, gloom in Iowa

The Bella Vita luxury condominium tower rises 20 stories over the boomtown of Luís Eduardo Magalhães in northeastern Brazil. Its private movie theater and helipad are symbols of how far this dusty far...


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USA | 12 October 2018
Can cooperatives save America's small farms?

Across the United States — from New England to California — a small but growing movement of farmers is foregoing traditional farm ownership in favor of a cooperative model. In Maine, four Somali Bantu...


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South Africa | 11 October 2018
South Africa's Zulu king, civil rights group to form farming partnership

South Africa’s Zulu king and civil rights group AfriForum are forming a partnership to develop the agriculture on vast swathes of land the monarch controls through a trust, AfriForum’s CEO said on Tue...


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USA | 10 October 2018
America's first robot farm replaces humans with 'incredibly intelligent' machines

America’s first autonomous robot farm launched last week, in the hopes that artificial intelligence (AI) can remake an industry facing a serious labor shortage and pressure to produce more crops. C...


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New Zealand | 9 October 2018
Climate change report a wake-up call for NZ farming

The latest Global Warming report is a wake-up call for New Zealand agriculture, scientists warn. The report says if warming is to be limited to 1.5 degrees, then on a global basis methane emissions...


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USA | 8 October 2018
Robot farm aims to bring fresher food to US cities

Brandon Alexander is a former Google engineer who is trying to change American agriculture through robotics. Alexander operates a machine-powered farm. He recently introduced his star robot – named...


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South Africa | 7 October 2018
Eastern Cape farmer fined R1.5m for building illegal dam

The Cockscomb farmer whose large‚ illegal dam sparked safety fears due to leaks‚ has been slapped with a whopping R1.5-million fine – and many others could be in the firing line. The farmer‚ Alasta...


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USA | 6 October 2018
Where does airline food come from? This carrier grows its own

Plenty of airlines tout their partnerships with top chefs and the farm-fresh ingredients that go into gourmet meals served to passengers in the first- and business-class cabins. But, for now, only ...


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USA | 5 October 2018
Watch robots grow food without any farmers

Start-up Iron Ox created a fully autonomous farm in San Carlos, California. The hydroponic, indoor farm relies on two robots to plant, care for and harvest all its produce.


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USA | 4 October 2018
World's first autonomous farm features a 1,000-pound robot named Angus

Iron Ox, a California-based technology startup, is pioneering the future of robotics and indoor agriculture. After years of research and development, the company is launching the world's first aut...


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Brazil | 3 October 2018
Brazil's powerful farm lobby endorses far-right presidential candidate Bolsonaro

Brazil’s congressional farm lobby, which represents the country’s powerful agribusiness sector in both houses, on Tuesday endorsed far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner ahe...


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USA | 2 October 2018
Commentary: 'Does Trump understand farming?'

The telephone call came from a farmer in his combine. He told me he'd enjoyed my most recent column, which looked at the economic challenges facing Upper Midwest farmers, and said he had a question fo...


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China | 30 September 2018
Chinese farmer dies after being attacked by pig in a market

The man, identified only by his surname Yuan, was found dead with a severed artery and covered in blood near a sty at the market in Liupanshui in Guizhou province. He had travelled with a cousin, s...


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USA | 30 September 2018
Chinese-backed newspaper insert tries to undermine Iowa farm support for Trump, trade war

A Chinese government-run media company's four-page supplement in the Sunday Des Moines Register was intended to undermine farm-country support for President Donald Trump's escalating trade war, expert...


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USA | 29 September 2018
Two US Senators applying for bailout money for farmers under White House program

Two U.S. Senators — Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) — are applying for federal money under a $12 billion bailout program set up by the White House to help farmers hurt by t...


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USA | 28 September 2018
The science is clear: Dirty farm water is making us sick

William Whitt suffered violent diarrhea for days. But once he began vomiting blood, he knew it was time to rush to the hospital. His body swelled up so much that his wife thought he looked like the Mi...




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