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Montevideo, June 18th 2018 - 08:01 UTC

Agriculture

  • Wednesday, May 9th 2018 - 08:19 UTC

    Brazilian farmers optimism sky high with increasing grain prices and cheap credit

    Brazil’s past two soy crops set all-time records with farmers likely to boost investment and improve efficiency.

    Farm equipment manufacturers in Brazil are expecting g on strong sales this year, boosted by a second straight bumper soy crop and rising grain prices, which will more than offset weakness in the sugar cane sector, they said at a major trade show. Some machinery producers are forecasting sales growth as high as 8% in 2018 as farmers’ confidence rises and record-low interest rates encourage them to borrow and invest.

  • Monday, May 7th 2018 - 08:42 UTC

    Argentina Parana River returns to normal activity following release of grounded vessel

    The cargo ship Pilatus Venture, en route to Australia, was stranded on Thursday about 85 km south of Rosario on the Rio Parana

    Grains shipping on Argentina’s Parana River was returning to normal on Saturday after a ship ran aground on Friday, causing delays, the head of Argentina’s Chamber of Port and Maritime Activity said.

  • Friday, May 4th 2018 - 08:38 UTC

    Falkland Landholdings: increase in production numbers and quality

    FLH General Manager Andrew Pollard in April attended the Merino Conference in Montevideo which also included a tour of farms and technology center

    An overall increase in production numbers and quality at Falkland Landholdings was reported by General Manager Andrew Pollard at the FLH Board meeting on March 27. Mr. Pollard in early April also attended the World Merino Conference held in Montevideo, an excellent opportunity to meet Uruguayan customers of Falklands' wool, sheep farmers from other countries and Peter Ackroyd, President of the International Wool Textile Organization, IWTO.

  • Thursday, May 3rd 2018 - 08:44 UTC

    Uruguay´s soybean crop forecasted to drop 43% because of devastating drought

    Soybean production is forecast to drop to 1.7 million tons in 2017-18, according to an April 30 GAIN report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Due to the recent devastating drought, soybean production in Uruguay is forecast to drop to 1.7 million tons in 2017-18, according to an April 30 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Saturday, April 28th 2018 - 10:22 UTC

    Bees victory: EU votes for a near total ban on insecticides

    Campaigners dressed in black and yellow bee suits rallied outside the headquarters of the EC in Brussels ahead of the vote for a ban on three key pesticide chemicals.(Pic AFP)

    European Union countries voted on Friday for a near-total ban on insecticides blamed for killing off bee populations, in what campaigners called a “beacon of hope” for the winged insects. Bees help pollinate 90 percent of the world’s major crops, but in recent years have been dying off from “colony collapse disorder,” a mysterious scourge blamed on mites, pesticides, virus, fungus, or a combination of these factors.

  • Thursday, April 26th 2018 - 08:46 UTC

    Trade skirmish: China halts purchases of US soybeans, gives priority to Brazil

    At stake are 3 million tons of soybeans - estimated worth about US$1.3 billion - for which deals have been signed but cargoes have yet to leave U.S. ports, traders say

    China’s purchases of U.S. soybeans have come to a grinding halt, trade and industry sources say, as fears of further action by Beijing to curb imports of U.S. crops following last week’s anti-dumping move on sorghum rattles the agriculture industry.

  • Thursday, April 26th 2018 - 08:37 UTC

    Outbreaks of FMD in swine farms in China and Korea

    The Korean outbreak was the first farm affected in Korea since February 2017 and an extensive vaccination campaign has been launched

    The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) posted a new global swine disease monitoring report on earlier this month, with information on Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) activity in China and Korea presenting the highest concern.

  • Thursday, April 26th 2018 - 08:31 UTC

    Brazil soybean planting forecast to break a record for the ninth year running

    The 2% increase in planted area in 2018-19 is due to expectations of higher process, greater demand from Chinese buyers, and an increase in domestic consumption

    Soybean planted area in Brazil is forecast to set a record for the ninth consecutive year at 35.8 million hectares, according to an April 24 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Wednesday, April 25th 2018 - 08:50 UTC

    Paraguay soy farmers hopeful newly elected Senate will not slap levy on exports

    Surveys had projected that the ruling Colorado Party could lose up to seven of the 20 seats it currently controls in the 45-member Senate.

    Paraguay's business-friendly ruling party lost fewer seats in Sunday's Senate election, than expected, ensuring strict fiscal policies while lessening chances of a tax hike on the key soy sector. Farmers in the world's No. 4 soybean exporter had feared that the new Senate might approves a measure, defeated last year, that would slap a 10% levy on exports.

  • Monday, April 23rd 2018 - 09:08 UTC

    EU and Mexico reach new trade agreement: tariff cuts for European cheese and pork

    “Mexico joins Canada, Japan and Singapore as partners willing to work with EU in defending open, fair and rules-based trade,” said EC Jean-Claude Juncker.

    The European Union and Mexico reached an agreement on Saturday on a new free trade deal, a coup for both parties in the face of increased protectionism from the United States under President Donald Trump. Since its plans for a trade alliance with the United States were frozen after Trump's election victory, the EU has focused instead on trying to champion open markets and seal accords with other like-minded countries.