Agriculture

Agriculture
Tuesday, March 17th 2015 - 07:39 UTC

Cristina Fernandez manages to split the farmers’ united front after years of confrontation

‘This is a program that is the government's decision, but it is also a policy agreed upon point by point with the other side, which is the FAA,” said Cristina Fernandez on national television

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez, on the campaign trail ahead of October’s national elections, announced on Monday the creation of a new fund which will reduce by up to 50% the 'retention' taxes on exportation rights paid by small and medium agriculture farmers.

Friday, March 13th 2015 - 13:15 UTC

Scientists in China announce genetically engineered cows resistant to bovine TB

Researchers at the Ministry of Agriculture in Northwest A&F University, Yangling,  used hi-tech genetic technology to insert a mouse gene into Holstein-Friesian cattle.

Scientists in China have said they produced a herd of genetically engineered cows that are better able to ward off bovine TB infection. The long-term goal of the research is to avoid the need to cull livestock by breeding disease resistant cattle.

Wednesday, March 11th 2015 - 05:27 UTC

Falklands' 4.000 ewes to be AI with Australian Poll Merino

Mumblebone Merinos have been identified as one a small number of progressive Australian studs working on the traits needed by Falklands farmers

Australian Poll Merino genetics are being used to drive lamb survival in one of the world’s harshest wool producing environments of the Falkland Islands, reports The Rural, from Australia.

Monday, March 9th 2015 - 11:45 UTC

February's FAO Food Price Index at is lowest value since early 2010

Prices of wheat, coarse grains and rice were all lower, but the decline was most pronounced for wheat, reflecting improvement in wheat production prospects

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 179. 4 points in February 2015, down 1.8 points (1.0 percent) from its January value and 29 points (14.0 percent) below its level in February 2014. Prices of cereals, meat and, especially, sugar, dipped last month, while they remained steady in the case of oils and rebounded sharply in the case of dairy products. The index has been on a declining path since April 2014 and has now reached its lowest value since July 2010.

Saturday, March 7th 2015 - 07:59 UTC

Argentina's beef production tepid recovery forecasted to remain flat in 2015

“Export limitations and export taxes encourage producers to finish light heifers and steers, weighing approximately 300 kilos live weight,” said USDA bureau.

Argentina's revival as a major force in beef has been slowed by a dent to calving rates from poor weather, besides by a reluctance by producers to maximize animal weights, in the face of export restrictions.

Friday, March 6th 2015 - 08:48 UTC

Argentine farmers and government clash over next week's three day walkout

“The minister chooses to forget the stalemate in milk production and one of the worst wheat sowings of the past 110 years,” said the CRA statement

Argentine farmer organizations lashed back at Agriculture minister Carlos Casaquimela who questioned a three-day strike announced for next week to protest government policies, and which he described as 'unjustifiable'.

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 - 06:17 UTC

Truckers strike in Brazil still disrupting traffic in several states; soy harvest delayed

The industrial action has slowed down exports of soy beans in the midst of harvest: 600 trucks instead of the usual 3.000 are reaching Paranagua.

Striking truck drivers resumed some roadblocks in Brazil on Monday even as the government cracked down on protesters and promised to implement a law to lower toll costs and give other benefits to the transport sector.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 19:28 UTC

Canada identifies origin of mad cow disease case; Korea bans Canadian beef

“They’ve got the birth farm, which is important,” Masswohl said. “I understand that everything is in Alberta.”

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says a beef breeding cow found with mad cow disease on an Alberta farm was born in the province at a different farm. Association spokesman John Masswohl says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency identified the birth farm. It is the first case reported since 2011. South Korea announced it was banning Canadian beef.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 03:56 UTC

Brazil's corn and soybean crops flattening out influenced by climate conditions

Conab said that the forecast of a “slight reduction” in safrinha corn sowings reflected the knock-on effects of the delayed soybean sowing season

Brazil's sowings of safrinha corn are to fall for the first time in seven years, Conab (National Supply Co.) said, cutting its forecast for the country's overall production of the grain, and lowering hopes for the soybean harvest too.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:51 UTC

Germany urges Brazil with an EU/Mercosur trade agreement

President Rousseff and minister Steinmeier after their meeting in Brasilia

Germany wants to speed negotiations for a free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, said Foreign minister Walter Steinmeier in Brasilia. The agreement has been pending since 1999 when discussions started but so far have been unable to reach a deal or commit a date because of internal problems from both sides.

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