Agriculture

Agriculture
Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 14:09 UTC

Hundreds of thousands in 500 cities worldwide protest against Monsanto

According to the March Against Monsanto (MAM) group, people in around 500 cities held peaceful protests against the corporation’s policies

Hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated in nearly 50 countries around the globe to protest against the US mega producer company of genetically engineered (GE) seeds Monsanto, saying the corporation’s modified food and chemical herbicides pose grave threats to health.

Friday, May 20th 2016 - 10:28 UTC

Argentina expected to export 25% fewer soybeans because of the extensive floods

The USDA maintained its export forecast of 11.4 million metric tons, however, despite skepticism from market watchers.

Argentina could export up to 25% fewer soybeans this year than last, analysts said, after severe rains left many fields underwater, damaging oilseed quality. In April, floods inundated key farm areas of Argentina, the world's third-biggest exporter of raw soybeans, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to slash its forecast for soybean output to 56.5 million metric tons this year.

Thursday, May 19th 2016 - 12:15 UTC

Monsanto threatens to leave Argentina on a seeds' inspection dispute

The US company issued a statement saying it was ‘disappointed‘that talks with the Argentine government had not yielded an agreement on the inspection issue.

The seeds' multinational Monsanto Co. said it would suspend future soybean technologies in Argentina, a move that could limit output of the country’s main cash crop, after a disagreement with the government over inspections of genetically modified soybeans.

Wednesday, May 18th 2016 - 12:07 UTC

Argentina forecasted to increase wheat area by 25% for a 15/16 million tons crop

Argentina, the world’s 10th biggest wheat exporter, shipped 3.13 million tons of the grain in the first quarter of 2016 versus 1.53 million in the same 2015 period

Argentine wheat exports more than doubled in the first quarter, government data showed, as farmers rushed to sell stockpiles ahead of an expected jump in plantings spurred by the open-market policies of new President Mauricio Macri. The surge in Argentine supply is hitting an oversaturated world market and putting downward pressure on wheat prices already near their lowest levels in six years.

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 - 06:23 UTC

Falklands hopeful of improved relations with Argentina, Gilbert House tells BIMR conference

Cherie Clifford, MLA Dr. Barry Elsby meet CPA Secretary General Akbar Khan at the States of Assembly in the island of Jersey

Falkland Islands remains hopeful of improved relations with the new administration of Argentina and cooperation in the many areas of mutual interest such as fisheries and connectivity, but sovereignty of the Falklands is not for negotiation, reads the Gilbert House report to the 46th British Isles and Mediterranean Region Conference, which opened on Sunday in Jersey.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 21:42 UTC

Falkland Islands' biosecurity officers thwart Argentine ant army invasion

The ants were identified by UK experts as the extremely invasive Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile),

By Ross James, Biosecurity Officer for Penguin News - An Argentine army, thousands strong invaded the Falklands recently, and their arrival went unnoticed for several weeks before the alarm was raised. The Argentine Ants arrived aboard a yacht which had sailed non-stop around the world from Australia, non-stop that is until huge waves swept the singlehanded 78 year-old sailor overboard and capsized his yacht as he rounded Cape Horn. In a stroke of luck a subsequent wave righted the vessel and at the same time the sailor was able to pull himself back aboard.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 18:52 UTC

April FAO Food Price Index 10% below a year ago; South America soy prospects less favorable

Maize quotations increased the most, influenced by weaker US dollar and spill over from soaring prices in the vegetable oils complex

The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) averaged 151.8 points in April 2016, up 1.1 points (0.7 percent) from March, but almost 10 percent below its April 2015 level. A relatively strong rise in vegetable oil quotations coupled with a more modest gain in international prices of cereals more than offset a decline in dairy and sugar prices.

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 06:27 UTC

Uruguay says beef and ethanol are included in Mercosur/EU proposals, but with no volumes or time span

Nin Novoa said beef and methanol were not specified, in volume or time periods, for the moment given the sensitivity of the issues.

Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said on Thursday that all agriculture products are included in negotiations for a wide ranging trade and cooperation agreement between Mercosur and the European Union. The chief negotiator for Mercosur underlined that contrary to what was announced by some media, beef and ethanol are included in the proposals exchanged on Wednesday in Brussels between the two blocks.

Wednesday, May 11th 2016 - 09:23 UTC

Brussels assures EU farmers that beef is out of trade negotiations with Mercosur

Commissioner Hogan said that Mercosur beef would be ‘off the menu’ and would be withdrawn from the current negotiations with the Mercosur trading bloc.

The European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, announced on Tuesday that beef will not be part of the current Mercosur trade deal negotiations. The news follows a meeting between the Commissioner and NFU Cymru, which was held on Glamorgan NFU Cymru Chairman, Abi Reader’s farm, in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

Thursday, May 5th 2016 - 12:09 UTC

European farmers march in Dublin to protest trade negotiations with Mercosur

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA), which staged the protest described the offer from EU Commissioner Malmström as “reckless concessions”.

European farmers took to the streets of Dublin outside the EU Commission offices to highlight the potential “sellout” of the multi-billion-euro beef industry in trade talks with Mercosur. Concerns have been rising over discussions at EU level over the impact a deal with Mercosur would have on Ireland's €2.5bn beef industry, which depends on EU markets for over 90% of its exports.

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