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USA | 21 September 2018
Indigo raises $250 million to bring tech to big agriculture

Bacteria-based agriculture is starting to become big business. On Tuesday startup Indigo Ag Inc. announced it had raised $250 million from investors, bringing its funding total to more than $650 milli...


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France | 21 September 2018
Senate rejects French Agriculture Bill: ‘New constraints will weigh on farmers’

France’s upper house, the Senate, has refused to adopt the text of the proposed agriculture bill on its second reading, arguing that it will damage the interests of both farmers and food manufacturers...


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Australia | 21 September 2018
Sixth-generation farmer leaves industry because of ongoing stress from dairy crisis

A Victorian dairy farmer whose family has been farming in Gippsland for 164 years has walked away from his Denison farm because of ongoing stress from the dairy crisis, which led to his late diagnosis...


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USA | 21 September 2018
How Democrats should talk to people in farm country

We keep hearing about Democratic women of color winning races in the Bronx, Georgia, Boston and other places with a diverse population. But here in mostly white Iowa, we’ve got our own story to tell. ...


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Niger | 20 September 2018
Farmer jailed 6 months for stealing 13 crates of egg

A 28-year-old farmer, Amisu Bello, is to serve six months in prison after a Magistrates’ Court in Minna, Niger, convicted him of stealing 13 crates of egg. Bello was docked alongside one Shefiu Yah...


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Australia | 20 September 2018
Farmer's social post gets supermarkets to implement 10-cent drought levy on milk

Woolworths has responded to calls from the dairy industry by announcing it will increase the price of its milk by 10 cents a litre as part of a new special drought relief milk range. The major supe...


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USA | 20 September 2018
3.4 million farm animals drowned in aftermath of Hurricane Florence

More than 5,500 pigs and 3.4 million chickens and turkeys have been killed in Hurricane Florence, mostly by drowning in record-breaking floods in North Carolina, says the state’s agriculture departmen...


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USA | 20 September 2018
Crucial antibiotics still used on US farms despite public health fears

Antibiotics crucial to human medicine are still being used in “unacceptable” quantities on US livestock farms, despite rules brought in last year to curb their use and combat the spread of deadly supe...


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USA | 20 September 2018
With land to spare, US churches turn to farming

As Baltimore was convulsed by protests in 2015 over the death of a young black man in police custody, a handful of people in the eastern US city started worrying about a related issue: food. Thousa...


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Uganda | 20 September 2018
Rooftop farming: why vertical gardening is blooming in Kampala

When Martin Agaba realised his urban farm had run out of space, he decided the solution was not to expand outwards but upwards. “We realised we had to use the roof,” he says. Of all the innovations...


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India | 19 September 2018
Swiss NGO links Syngenta pesticide to Indian farmer deaths

The Swiss NGO Public Eye called on Tuesday for an export ban on the pesticide Polo, produced by agriculture giant Syngenta, implicating it in the death of 20 Indian farmers last year. Syngenta, bou...


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Germany | 19 September 2018
German farmer faces jail over giant manure swastika

A German farmer faces prosecution for drawing a big swastika in liquid manure in a field in Bavaria. Pilots spotted the forbidden Nazi symbol and photos of it were distributed on social media. The ...


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USA | 19 September 2018
Willie Nelson's farm aid stages its most crucial benefit concert in a generation

When Willie Nelson opens the 33rd annual Farm Aid concert in Hartford, Conn. Saturday (Sept. 22), with his traditional performance of The Lord’s Prayer as a gospel hymn, farmers across the nation will...


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Australia | 19 September 2018
Strawberry farm already fitted with metal detectors still open for business

Queenslander Rebecca Scurr is a fourth-generation strawberry farmer. Her farm in Wamuran has had metal detectors for four years, which means her farm is untouched by the strawberry sabotage current...


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USA | 19 September 2018
Florence hammers N Carolina agriculture and kills 3.4 million chickens, turkeys

Florence, the storm that swept into the American Southeast as a hurricane last week, inundated wide swaths of the Carolinas, leaving more than 30 people dead. The storm, which is now broken into re...


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Canada | 19 September 2018
Ford stresses need to protect farming in NAFTA deal

Premier Doug Ford says any NAFTA deal must protect jobs in the province’s agricultural sector. He says farming jobs can’t be used as a bargaining chip in the trade talks, in which Canada’s supply m...


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Australia | 18 September 2018
Metal detectors for Aussie strawberry farm

A woman has reportedly found a needle inside an apple she bought from a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney. The Seven Network on Tuesday reported the needle was found in a six-pack of Pink Lady apple...


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USA | 18 September 2018
Texas Farm Bureau clarifies controversial ban in Nike clothing

The Texas Farm Bureau has clarified a policy that prohibits some of its employees from wearing Nike apparel following the 30th anniversary of company's iconic "Just Do It" advertisement. Due to the...


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USA | 18 September 2018
2018 Farm Bill – Legalisation of hemp and CBD could grow consumer market

The 2018 Farm Bill, if passed, includes the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which will remove hemp as a designated as controlled substance, legalizing the crop under federal law, which will allow CBD to be ...


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USA | 18 September 2018
Flooding from Hurricane Florence is overtaking hog farms

Flooded rivers from Florence’s drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina ...


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Cuba | 18 September 2018
The road to restoration: Cuba's modern farming revolution

With its tropical beaches and rolling hills, spotted with tobacco plantations and pine forest, Cuba might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of degraded land. But behind the tour...


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Ireland | 18 September 2018
Lifting of Irish milk quotas raises farming output to over €8bn

Irish farm output has jumped by nearly 50 per cent since 2010, driven by the lifting of milk quotas in Europe, a new Central Bank study has revealed. However, the research, published to coincide wi...


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USA | 17 September 2018
USDA definition of 'family farm' a headache for some

Small family-run farms that raise organically, without genetically modifying crops or by reducing their use of pesticides and antibiotics, are such a small part of the U.S. government’s definition of ...


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Vietnam | 17 September 2018
Vietnam's low-tech agriculture startups fail to interest investors

Failure to incorporate market needs and hi-tech elements into their projects is costing Vietnam’s agriculture startups dear, experts say. Experts and other participants at the opening ceremony of t...


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USA | 17 September 2018
U.S. agriculture chief says NAFTA deal must end Canada's milk protein scheme

Canada must end its low-price milk proteins policy to reach a U.S.-Canadian deal to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said. Canada has encourag...


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Chile | 17 September 2018
Chile’s drive to reinvigorate agricultural co-operative economy

Chile’s agriculture minister Antonio Walker has announced a meeting of Congress in October to explore “the best legislation to reinvigorate modern co-operativism in Chile”. Speaking at a special se...


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USA | 17 September 2018
U.S. envoy to ex-militants: Cultivate healthy lifestyle in agriculture

United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, at the weekend charged repentant militants to shun vices, but be beneficial, self-employed and employable to the society. Ambassador Symingto...


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USA | 17 September 2018
Pennsylvania agriculture officials talk about helping dairy industry

Pennsylvania agriculture officials are expecting some good news this week when it comes to the ailing dairy industry in the Keystone State, where Franklin County, Pa., ranks second in milk production....


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USA | 15 September 2018
Iowa farmers could snag $550 million from Trump's farm bailout

Intensive, high-yielding agriculture may be the best way to meet growing demand for food while conserving biodiversity, say researchers. But their study says the approach makes sense only if it is ...


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New Zealand | 14 September 2018
Cows electrocuted by falling power lines on New Zealand farm

Eleven dairy cows were electrocuted when lines on an ageing power pole broke and fell on to live 400 volt lines sparking concerns unmaintained lines across Northland could kill again. The cows were...




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