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18 January 2019 | Online since 2003

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USA | 29 August 2018
USDA announces details of farming assistance in response to tariffs

The US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade retaliation by foreign nations. The short-ter...


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Nepal | 29 August 2018
In Nepal, puppets teach eco-friendly farming methods

Pesticides, deforestation and monocultures are wreaking havoc for Nepalese farmers, causing landslides and degrading the soil. Activists are using puppetry to make a change. In 2017, farmer Nanda N...


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Australia | 29 August 2018
Queensland cotton farmer charged with $20m Murray-Darling plan fraud

One of Australia’s most successful cotton irrigators has been charged with conspiring to defraud the commonwealth of more than $20m. Queensland’s former cotton farmer of the year, John Norman, 43, ...


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India | 29 August 2018
Brave farmer chases away charging elephant with just a stick

A brave Indian farmer chased away a charging elephant with just a stick. This video shows the moment a brave farmer in Odisha, India, made a charging elephant turn its back with just the help of a ...


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Iceland | 28 August 2018
Tornado in south Iceland damages farm

Sæunn Káradóttir and Þormar Ellert Jóhansson are still assessing the damage following a tornado which raged through their South Iceland farm on Friday afternoon, RÚV reports. Though Iceland may be kno...


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USA | 28 August 2018
Trump is giving farmers a $6 billion bailout so they can weather his trade war

With some U.S. farm products getting slammed by retaliatory tariffs, the Trump administration is prepared to start its emergency plan for agriculture right after Labor Day in a "three-pronged approach...


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Philippines | 28 August 2018
Filipino farmers advised to adapt to erratic rain

Rainfall patterns are changing so much that farming schedules in the Philippines may no longer hold true, a public awareness campaign this month (August) heard. Timely rainfall is considered vital...


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Lebanon | 28 August 2018
Lebanese cannabis farmers hope legalisation may bring amnesty

Cannabis is hardier, less thirsty and cheaper to grow than the region’s other main crops like apples and potatoes, but it is also illegal - for now. Parliament will consider legalizing its growth ...


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Australia | 28 August 2018
'No real appetite': Australian farmers chief lashes ministers over climate link to drought

The former president of the National Farmers’ Federation, Brent Finlay, has accused politicians of “jumping in front of the cameras” while shirking effective policy work on drought and climate change....


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India | 28 August 2018
In India, some give up city jobs to modernise their farms

Engineering graduate Mishank Bhatia is turning to farming after failing to find a suitable job – the hours were long and the salary too low. But the 23-year-old wants to tread a different path from hi...


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Qatar | 27 August 2018
Philippines could offer Qatar expertise in farming

The Philippines could lend its expertise in the field of agriculture to support Qatar’s drive towards self-sufficiency and food security, an official of a Doha-based Filipino organisation specialising...


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South Africa | 26 August 2018
Man set to be 1st to have farm seized in South Africa calls it theft

The owner of the first South African farm lined up to have his land seized without payment or fair compensation blasted the government today saying: 'Whichever way they dress it up it is theft'. Jo...


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Australia | 25 August 2018
'Even the weeds don't grow': Entire crops wiped out by Australia's drought

Some NSW farmers have seen their entire crops wiped out – but they say it is not just those living on the land who have suffered through the drought. Naomi Grech's husband has been farming "since h...


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Morocco | 24 August 2018
Morocco holds 3-day focus on agriculture in semi-arid zones

A training course will be held November 12-15 in Morocco that will focus on planning resilient agriculture able to withstand climate change. The three-day course will be held at the Rabat Institute of...


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Ireland | 24 August 2018
UK’s no-deal advice on Irish border ‘concerning’ – McGuinness

The publication of papers to advise the public in the event of a no-deal Brexit should be a wakeup call to the UK itself about the importance of reaching a withdrawal agreement with the EU, according ...


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South Africa | 24 August 2018
President Trump: Is the South African government seizing farmers' land?

Claim: The South African government is seizing land from farmers. Verdict: It's not currently being seized, but the government has said it intends to introduce measures that would lead to the redis...


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Japan | 24 August 2018
Drones offer high-tech help to Japan's ageing farmers

The next generation farmhand in Japan’s ageing rural heartland may be a drone. For several months, developers and farmers in northeast Japan have been testing a new drone that can hover above paddy...


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South Africa | 24 August 2018
South Africa rejects Donald Trump's tweet on farmer killings

South Africa has accused US President Donald Trump of seeking to sow division after his tweet referring to the "large-scale killing of farmers". He said he had asked his secretary of state to look ...


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USA | 24 August 2018
Area farmers sound off to U.S. agriculture secretary on visas, tariffs

Mexican music graced the air in the barn at the Altobelli Family where workers sorted the sweet corn crop. The music was turned off by the time U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue arrived for ...


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France | 23 August 2018
French farmer dies after being stung by Asian hornet

Patrick Dupont, 58, from the town of Douai in the Nord department of northern France, suffered an anaphylactic shock from the sting of the Asian hornet. The farmer was driving home after a walk whe...


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Mexico | 23 August 2018
VW weather-altering tech causes storm for Mexico's farmers

Volkswagen is reversing course on the use of controversial weather-altering technology at a major Mexican car plant after local farmers complained that the system caused drought by preventing rainfall...


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Australia | 23 August 2018
Australian dairy farmer says industry is facing a ‘real threat’

With 100 per cent of New South Wales and 60 per cent of Queensland now in drought, struggling farmers need the nation’s help. “Drought, awful gate prices, ridiculous red tape clearing laws, water m...


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South Africa | 23 August 2018
Land seizure crisis: Bank warns of default over white-farm land grabs

Bosses said the government's new decree on land reform could trigger defaults that would cost the economy £2.2bn if the bank’s rights as a creditor are not protected. Land Bank is an agricultural b...


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India | 23 August 2018
Women in Punjab village say no to 'cancerous farming'

Amarjit Kaur gets out of bed on her tiptoes early morning while it is still dark and the rest of her family is in deep slumber. She quickly fetches a sprinkler kept outside her house to water her smal...


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Guatemala | 23 August 2018
Carbon impact of ancient Maya farming may still be felt

Soils, especially those in tropical forests, play an important role in absorbing carbon and keeping it out of the atmosphere; the world’s soil currently holds about twice as much carbon as the air. ...


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USA | 22 August 2018
Could Monsanto’s $289 million court loss hurt agriculture?

Last Friday’s Wall Street Journal published an editorial describing how plaintiffs’ lawyers used junk science to persuade a California jury that a school groundskeeper was ‘exposed’ to glyphosate, and...


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China | 22 August 2018
The farmer who changed China forever

From the moment you arrive in Xiaogang, you know it’s different from other Chinese villages. Along Friendship Avenue — the main street — sits a grand seven-story hotel, a spacious bus terminal, and a ...


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Netherlands | 22 August 2018
Dutch farmer’s son dies after being attacked by a cow

A seven year-old boy died on Monday after being attacked by a cow on a campsite on a farm in Zeeland, Dutch media report. The incident happened as the cow was being led from one field to another. Acco...


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USA | 22 August 2018
US drops agriculture demand from NAFTA talks - Mexico farm lobby

The United States has dropped a contentious demand from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to impose restrictions on Mexican agricultural exports, Mexico’s top farm lobby sai...


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USA | 22 August 2018
California rancher lists farm house for $5million - a whopping 125 times the $40,000 he paid for it in 1971

A California rancher has listed the farm house and ranch he bought 47 years ago for an astounding increase in price. Mark Pasternak, of Marin County, just placed his 65-acre specialty meat ranch on...




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