Agriculture

Agriculture
Monday, March 21st 2011 - 22:17 UTC

US farmers concerned with Mercosur expanding farm exports to Colombia

Andres Espinosa, Senior Advisor to the Colombian Minister of Agriculture

United States farmers have called on the US government to approve the free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama because Mercosur countries are taking a bigger share of US agriculture exports to those countries.

Monday, March 21st 2011 - 21:41 UTC

EU farm ministers support strong CAP with “proportional financial resources”

Europe's agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos

European Union agriculture ministers at the weekend rejected capping subsidies to Europe's biggest farms but compromised on a fairer share-out of funds between farmers in Eastern and Western Europe.

Friday, March 18th 2011 - 18:51 UTC

Brazil planning to increase grain crop to 190 million tons in next decade

Agriculture minister Wagner Rossi says Brazil has 120m hectares of degraded soil can be recovered

Brazil stands on the brink of becoming an agricultural superpower and is one of the few countries in the world with the climate, technology, farming practices and the sheer quantity of land to be able to satisfy the surging global appetite for food in the coming decades.

Friday, March 11th 2011 - 00:53 UTC

Decline of bees’ colonies threatens pollination, essential for growing more crops

Scientists are warning that without profound changes to the way human-beings manage the planet declines in pollinators needed to feed a growing global population are likely to continue.

More than a dozen factors, ranging from declines in flowering plants and the use of memory-damaging insecticides to the world-wide spread of pests and air pollution, may be behind the emerging decline of bee colonies across many parts of the globe.

Tuesday, March 8th 2011 - 00:08 UTC

Irish farmers occupy EU offices in Dublin to protest trade talks with Mercosur

John Bryan, president of the Irish Farmers' Association

Irish farmers occupied Monday afternoon the offices of the European Commission in Dublin, over fears of a multibillion-Euro threat to the livestock industry from Mercosur.

Saturday, March 5th 2011 - 03:29 UTC

USDA downplays upbeat forecasts of Argentine soybean harvest

Insufficient water at the right moment is partly to blame

US Department of Agriculture attaches in Buenos Aires have warned against upbeat forecasts for Argentina's soybean harvest, saying many farms missed out on crop-reviving rainfall.

Monday, February 28th 2011 - 00:09 UTC

Mercosur researchers create robot to identify drought and disease resistant soybeans

As the world’s leading soy exporter, Mercosur also wants a biotechnological edge

A robot which categorizes soy bean plants according to their capacity to resist drought and make better use of the water resource has been developed by a bio-technology group of Mercosur researchers in Argentina, with European Union support.

Friday, February 25th 2011 - 21:53 UTC

Argentine government makes a small gesture towards farmers’ groups

Minister of Economy, Amado Boudou, a rising star in Cristina’s cabinet?

Argentina decreed the dissolution of the controversial ONCCA, (Office for the commercial control of agriculture produce) which was directly involved in market regulation and distribution of subsidies and as such caused much irritation and criticism particularly from farmers’ organizations.

Wednesday, February 23rd 2011 - 06:32 UTC

Biotech crops keep advancing and currently cover over a billion hectares

Clive James, chair of ISAAA

The amount of land devoted to genetically engineered crops grew 10% last year, and 7% in the year before, as farmers in major grain and soy exporting countries such as Brazil and Argentina continued to adopt the new seeds.

Thursday, February 17th 2011 - 23:01 UTC

Good harvest year for Argentina farmers and the tax man, in spite of drought

Less corn and soy beans but abundance of wheat, barley and sunflower

A good crop year for Argentine farmers and the government: export revenue will be up 4 billion US dollars and the tax man will bag an additional 888 million US dollars according to estimates from local grain dealers.

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