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18 January 2019 | Online since 2003

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Rwanda | 5 September 2018
The untapped potential of rabbit farming in Rwanda

27-year-old university graduate Eric Manirakiza’s rabbits increased from 100 in 2016 to 2,900 currently as his entreprise has been steadily growing. But recently, he was unable to supply a 15 tonne-ra...


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Brazil | 5 September 2018
Coastal strip in Brazil sheds new light on early farming

Humans may have been cultivating plants on a narrow coastal strip in Brazil as far back as 4,800 years ago, according to a new study. An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the ...


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Australia | 5 September 2018
The challenge of 'farming the desert' in Australia

The plight of drought-hit farmers in Australia has prompted an outpouring of sympathy across a country that has long mythologised the inhospitable "bush" and its inhabitants. But it has also raised qu...


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France | 4 September 2018
France begins vaccinating cows, sheep against anthrax

The eastern French region of Hautes-Alpes said Monday it has begun vaccinating cows and sheep against anthrax after an outbreak of the fatal virus in the region. Anthrax has been detected in 23 loc...


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Canada | 4 September 2018
Alberta farmer says dry summer could mean a 30% hit to his crop yield

An especially dry growing season means some southern Alberta farmers are bracing for a potential hit to their harvest. "My yields are going to be down for sure," said Larry Woolliams of the 9,000-a...


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Netherlands | 4 September 2018
World's first floating dairy farm could be wave of the future

You've heard of offshore drilling platforms and offshore wind farms. Now a Dutch company is developing what's being called the world's first offshore dairy farm. Plans call for the high-tech, multilev...


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Thailand | 4 September 2018
Thai man spurns wealth to keep family farm in Bangkok

Knee-deep in one of three riceberry paddies, Sompot Tubcharoen, 60, ploughs the watery fields of his farm with a handheld machine he calls “the field crusher”. Lined with hundreds of melon trees, t...


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USA | 4 September 2018
Hundreds of pot-bellied pigs seized from Kentucky farm

Authorities have seized hundreds of pot-bellied pigs from a farm in northern Kentucky. News outlets report rescue groups are pitching in to find homes for more than 450 pigs after the state seized ...


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India | 4 September 2018
Threatened by real estate boom, Goa village takes up farming

Amidst real estate boom and rapid decline in rice cultivation in Goa, residents of a village in the state have gone back to cultivation due to alleged fear of “gated migrant communities encroaching up...


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Australia | 3 September 2018
Drought drives farmer confidence to decade low

The drought crippling Australia's eastern states has driven farmer confidence to the lowest level in more than a decade, according to a report published this morning. The latest rural confidence su...


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India | 3 September 2018
Two Indian farmers become internet sensations after performing the 'Kiki Challenge'

Two farmers have become internet sensations after performing the 'Kiki Challenge' in a mud-soaked rice field in southern India. A heartwarming 40-second clip of the men splashing around to a hip ho...


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Thailand | 3 September 2018
In Bangkok rice field, farmer in no hurry to sell

Knee-deep in one of three riceberry paddies, Sompot Tubcharoen, 60, plows the watery fields of his farm with a handheld machine he calls “the field crusher.” Lined with hundreds of melon trees, the...


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USA | 3 September 2018
Extreme heat is killing America's farm workers

In the Lake Apopka region of Florida, a typical August day might yield a high temperature of 92F, a heat made all the worse by the stifling humidity. The weather is bad enough for office workers who s...


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Italy | 3 September 2018
'It saved our business': Italy's farmers turn low into high with cannabis

Italian farmers are in crisis as low prices of wheat, desiccated land and big companies importing grain take their toll. But some have found a solution: growing cannabis. Hemp cultivation has been ...


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Brazil | 3 September 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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USA | 1 September 2018
American farmers fear being caught up in Trump's trade wars

It’s been a long, strange summer for America’s corn belt. The weather has been perfect. Farmers are expecting a record soybean crop. But at the world’s largest farm show in Boone, Iowa, this week the ...


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Canada | 31 August 2018
On Canadian dairy farms, fear and frustration as U.S. demands trade concessions

Marie-Pier Vincent, a fourth-generation Quebec dairy farmer, worries it will be even harder to make ends meet if Canada allows more tariff-free imports of milk products from the United States under a ...


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New Zealand | 31 August 2018
About 50 beef cattle in a NZ farm infected with Mycoplasma bovis

A dairy farmer is calling on the Ministry of Primary Industries to name the Northland property which tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis so others can take appropriate care. Former Farmers of New ...


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South Africa | 31 August 2018
South Africa farm seizures: IMF gives ‘full support’ to controversial farm policy

The support from the IMF will be subjected to the way the reform is carried out, according to the IMF's senior resident representative in South Africa Montfort Mlachila. Mr Mlachila specified the m...


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USA | 31 August 2018
This 65-year-old woman popularised farm stays in America

Most 50-year-olds in America are focused on contributing to their 401(k)s and setting themselves up for a happy retirement. And then there's Scottie Jones. She decided to become a farmer. Before...


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India | 31 August 2018
As climate changes, Himalayan farmers return to traditional crops

Climate change is making food production harder for communities in the Indian Himalayas. Over the past few decades, there have been significant changes including higher temperatures, lower rainfall an...


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Korea, South | 31 August 2018
As temperatures rise, farmers plant crops in S.Korean tunnel

Behind a blue wall that seals a former highway tunnel stretches a massive indoor farm bathed in rose-tinted light. Fruits and vegetables grow hydroponically—with no soil—in vertically stacked layer...


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South Africa | 30 August 2018
South Africa withdraws white farmland redistribution bill

South Africa has withdrawn its white farmland redistribution bill - six days after Donald Trump warned he was closely studying the situation. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) said the bil...


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Australia | 30 August 2018
Despair for Australian farmers as drought kills livestock

In better times, the dam on farmer Kevin Tongue's property is three metres deep with water. It's now been empty for three months. The worst drought in living memory is sweeping through Australia's ...


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USA | 30 August 2018
One-year-old dies in US farming accident

A one-year-old child died following a farming accident in Yates County, New York Tuesday morning. Yates County Sheriff's deputies responded to Hoyt Road in the Town of Milo for the report of a one-...


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USA | 30 August 2018
Black farmers in Georgia reclaiming agricultural roots

Almost 200 of 1,638 acres in an Albany-based farm collective are devoted to pecan trees. Harvest season could come as early as next week, but farmers are already worried they will see lower profits th...


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South Africa | 30 August 2018
Trump’s tariffs may kill farming in South Africa sooner than land confiscation

Last week, US President Donald Trump expressed deep concerns over alleged land seizures and “large-scale killing of farmers” in South Africa, and even ordered the secretary of state to closely study t...


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Brazil | 30 August 2018
Brazil's farming lobby wields its growing power

Agriculture is big business in Brazil. From sugar to coffee, to soybeans and everything in between, the country's farming sector has become a juggernaut on the world stage over the past 40 years. And ...


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Canada | 29 August 2018
Canada's Trudeau says he will defend dairy farmer protections in NAFTA

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday his position on the supply management system that protects Canada’s dairy farmers has not changed and he will defend it as Canada works to renew ...


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USA | 29 August 2018
The US $4.7 billion farm aid package: winners, losers and questions

On Monday, the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced additional details on the long-promised trade support for U.S. farmers and ranchers. The department’s first announcement, back in...




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