Thursday, May 5th 2016 - 09:42 UTC

Argentina farm exports soar in first quarter following elimination of taxes and controls

In the first three months of the year, Argentina exported 19.97 million tons of farm products versus 11.91 million in the first quarter of 2015

Argentine farm exports rocketed 68% higher in the first quarter compared to the same 2015 period, thanks to new policies that prompted growers to sell stockpiles built up under the previous administration, the government announced.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 08:26 UTC

Irish farmers will march against Mercosur deal at the EC offices in Dublin

ICSA is focusing on EU Commission in response to what it says is the excessively weak negotiating position taken by Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) is to protest on Wednesday May 4, in Dublin against the proposed Mercosur and TTIP trade deals. The protest will take place outside the offices of the European Commission in the Irish capital.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 - 05:32 UTC

Russian ban on EU food imports turns European farmers' fury against Mercosur accord

“The situation is not sustainable,” said Copa president Martin Merrild. “Measures agreed by the EU to improve the situation have had little effect.”

Brussels must do more to help producers ride out the slump in agricultural commodity prices, European farm leaders have warned. Immediate solutions were needed to tackle the “unprecedented” crisis that had hit agricultural markets, said European farm umbrella organization Copa-Cogeca.

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 07:14 UTC

Floods in Uruguay have 10.000 people displaced and losses are estimated in a billion dollars

The latest report indicates that 10.097 people have been forced to abandon their homes:  2.656 had to be evacuated while 7.699 did it on their own means

Uruguay's emergency committee reported on Thursday another death and over 10.000 people displaced because of widespread floods that followed a tornado and several days pouring rain. The ninth victim is a farmhand who fell off his horse while trying to cross an overflowed canal. A few hours before the body of a missing farmer was found kilometers down a river that sucked him while he was trying to save cattle.

Thursday, April 21st 2016 - 11:49 UTC

Monsanto in collision course with the administration of president Macri

Monsanto is set to challenge Argentina’s attempts to retain control over lab analysis to verify the origin of its grain exports.

Monsanto has rejected a request by Argentina for more time to collect monies owed by small farmers for royalties on genetically modified soybean seeds. Argentine agricultural minister Ricardo Buryaile and members of his staff have met with Monsanto representatives, including chief operating officer Brett Begemann to request a waiver on the monies owed.

Monday, April 18th 2016 - 09:46 UTC

Mercosur/EU trade deal is “no bed of roses” and “we're just beginning”

“We'll only reach an agreement if we start to discuss it. We're not going to get closer unless we display proposals. It's a give and take game”, said Malcorra

Despite growing optimism among Mercosur member countries of reaching a trade agreement with the European Union, Argentine minister of foreign affairs Susana Malcorra has cautioned that the road ahead is not “a bed of roses”, and the coming exchange of goods and tariff reduction proposals “will not satisfy any of the two sides”, but that is where “serious discussions begin”.

Saturday, April 16th 2016 - 09:00 UTC

Malbec Day celebrations this weekend in London's Camden Market

WOFA Mobile Wine Bar will be located at Camden Market; the idea is to bring Buenos Aires San Telmo and the bustling streets of Palermo Soho, to London.

This year in addition to retail promotions, Wines of Argentina and the Argentine Embassy in London are celebrating Malbec Day (April 16) with a weekend of promotion and sales “estilo argentino” (Argentine tradition) in Camden Market, one of the coolest and trendiest destinations in London.

Friday, April 15th 2016 - 07:12 UTC

Argentine government favors farmers in dispute with Monsanto

Monsanto which wants exporters to check cargoes to make sure farmers had paid to produce its genetically modified soybeans.

Argentina, the world's No. 3 soy exporter, said on Thursday the government must authorize any grain inspection, dealing a blow to Monsanto Co. which wants exporters to check cargoes to make sure farmers had paid to produce its genetically modified soybeans.

Tuesday, April 12th 2016 - 22:07 UTC

EU farmers claim trade deal with Mercosur represents an “unacceptable risk”

  “We are aware the European Commission has tabled an offer that includes an import quota of 78,000 tons of beef”, revealed UFU president Ian Marshall.

The first reactions to the announced Mercosur-European trade deal and exchange of proposals next week have surfaced. The Ulster Farmers’ Union president, Ian Marshall, says the European Union trade deal on offer to Mercosur countries is an ‘unacceptable risk’ to the livelihoods of farmers in Northern Ireland.

Friday, April 8th 2016 - 07:38 UTC

Falklands celebrates the 150 years of Port Howard historic farming

A view of Port Howard, which has been a pioneer in Falklands' farming

Falkland Islands celebrated the 150 years of a farm in West Falkland at a ceremony held in Port Howard, honoring owners Christopher and Myles Lee that were presented with a plaque celebrating the century and a half of the farm being operational, at an historic Legislative Assembly held in the community hall last week.


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