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.

Friday, February 6th 2015 - 06:53 UTC

FAO Food Price Index continued de decline in January; cereal record crop anticipated

The meat index alone has risen since January 2014, increasing 6.6%. The dairy index has seen the largest drop, declining 35% since the same period

The FAO Food Price Index continued to decline in January, averaging 182.7 points for the month, or 1.9 percent below its December 2014 level. Lower prices reflect strong production expectations as FAO also raised its 2014 forecast for world cereal production to a record high and noted that early indications for crops in 2015 are favorable.

Saturday, January 10th 2015 - 06:28 UTC

FAO Food Price index falls in 20014 on large cereals' supplies and record stocks

Cereals prices during 2014 dropped 12.5% from the previous year, buoyed  by forecasts of record production and ample inventories.

FAO's monthly Food Price Index declined in December after three months of stability. Continued large supplies and record stocks combined with a stronger U.S. dollar and falling oil prices contributed to the decline, which helped bring the 2014 overall Food Price Index down 3.7%.

Thursday, January 8th 2015 - 01:13 UTC

Falklands contribution to the development of sheep farming in Magallanes

In the late 1880 sheep from the Falklands were shipped to the extreme south of Chile to help start the industry

The close historic and farming links between the Falkland Islands and the Magallanes Region, were underlined in a recent article by Punta Arenas researcher Silvestre Fugellie dedicated to sheep farming, the 'golden fleece' that changed the economy of those barren lands in the extreme south of Chile over a century ago.

Tuesday, January 6th 2015 - 07:02 UTC

Argentine farmers netted 24.1 billion dollars from grains and oilseeds last year

The sale of grains and oilseed helped stop the drain of Central Bank international reserves

Argentine farmers exported more than 300 million dollars worth of grains and oilseeds in the last two days of 2014 to help bring in much needed cash for the nation’s central bank. The situation was boosted by an agreement reached between farmers and the Argentine government regarding foreign currency payment for the grains and oilseed.

Wednesday, December 24th 2014 - 12:23 UTC

Katia Abreu to become Brazil's new Minister of Agriculture

Katia Abreu is Dilma's choice for Agriculture

Other members of cabinet announced for Dilma's next term due to start on January 1.

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 12:40 UTC

FAO forecasts record world cereal production buoyed by bumper crops in Europe and US

However 38 countries are at risk of food insecurity, including 29 in Africa, 3 more  than reported in October.

Latest indications confirm that world cereal production will reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014. Buoyed by bumper crops in Europe and a record maize output in the United States this year's cereal output should reach 2.532 billion tonnes, including rice in milled terms, or 0.3% higher than 2013, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 07:06 UTC

Brazil hikes soybean harvest estimate by 5.3m to 95.8 million tons

Total plantings were estimated at 31.7m hectares, some 370,000 hectares above the mid-point of the range that Conab had estimated

Brazil's commodities bureau, Conab hiked by 5.3 million tons to 95.8 million tons its forecast for the country's soybean crop, reversing the negative trend in harvest forecasts, citing the benefit from rains in some southern areas. The previous estimate for the crop to be harvested early next year was 90.5m tons.


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