Agriculture

Agriculture
Wednesday, February 26th 2014 - 20:33 UTC

Brazil farmers want a Mercosur/EU trade agreement even leaving Argentina out

“We hope we will convince them, but maybe they will join at a later stage”, said Katia Abreu

Brazil would like free-trade talks between the European Union and Mercosur to include Argentina, but would be prepared to proceed without its regional ally if an understanding can't be reached on March 7, according to the head of Brazil's farming confederation.

Saturday, February 15th 2014 - 05:46 UTC

Despite adverse climate Brazil expects record harvest: 193.6 million tons

Soy and corn are the country's main crops

Weeks of drought and heat have hit Brazil's soy and corn production, but the agriculture ministry still predicted a record 2014 harvest. Corn production is set to total 75.5 million metric tons, down from a January estimate of 79 million, state food supply agency Conab said in its monthly report.

Friday, February 7th 2014 - 21:00 UTC

Falklands' farmers urged to prepare for declining wool prices forced by currencies' distortions

Falklands farmers that have moved to finer type sheep over the last ten years

Falkland Islands farmers are being urged to plan for income reductions in the order of 15 to 25% for the season's wool production with the potential for more reductions, MLA Phyl Rendell announced in Legislative Assembly last week.

Wednesday, February 5th 2014 - 08:38 UTC

US Senate passes 1 trillion dollars farm bill with crop insurance program, cuts in subsidies and food stamps

Senator Stabenow, 'saving taxpayers money and creating smart policies that lay the foundation for a stronger economy'

The United States Senate on Tuesday passed the long-awaited almost 1 trillion dollars farm bill, ending two years of partisan clashes and stalled negotiations. The bill was approved with strong bipartisan support, 68 to 32.

Saturday, January 18th 2014 - 05:55 UTC

Dairy values and meat peaked in 2013 according to FAO Food Price Index

Demand for milk powder, from China, remains strong and processors are focusing on this product rather than on butter and cheese

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 206.7 points in December 2013, nearly unchanged from November, as a sharp increase in dairy prices and firming meat values largely balanced out a steep decline in sugar quotations and lower cereal and oil prices.

Saturday, January 18th 2014 - 05:50 UTC

Global cereal production in 2013 and outlook revised upward, says FAO

Wheat production was 7.8% higher last year

FAO’s latest forecast for world cereal production in 2013 has been revised upward marginally (2 million tons) since November to a new high of almost 2 500 million tons (including rice in milled terms), 8.4% more than last year and some 6% above the previous record in 2011.

Saturday, January 18th 2014 - 05:08 UTC

Falklands' pastures development scientist in the New Year's Honors List

Professor Jim McAdam, an expert on upland grasslands and agro-forestry systems was in the Falklands in the seventies and later in 1983.

Two scientists from Britain's Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) have been awarded OBEs in the New Year’s Honors list. Professor Jim McAdam from Queen's University Belfast, for services to research and agriculture in the Falkland Islands, and Dr Danny Todd was honored for his contribution to biological sciences and veterinary work, reports Farming Life.

Monday, January 13th 2014 - 07:09 UTC

Paraguay plans to climb from eighth to world's fifth exporter of beef by 2018

Livestock industry is one of the country's main industries.

One of Paraguay's priorities is to make the country the world's fifth exporter of beef by 2018, according to Industry and Trade minister Gustavo Leite. The land locked member of Mercosur currently holds the eighth position.

Friday, January 10th 2014 - 06:27 UTC

Construction of Monsanto plant in north Argentina halted on environmental grounds

Activists had been blockading the construction site for 113 days, preventing workers from completing work on the plant

A labor appeals court in north-central Argentina ruled that the construction of a Monsanto plant is unconstitutional, halting work on the site. The three judge court ruled 2-1 in favor of the activists who filed a legal appeal against Monsanto’s GMO seed plant on environmental protection grounds in the municipality of Malvinas Argentinas, located in central Cordoba Province.

Friday, January 3rd 2014 - 18:52 UTC

Record exports in dollars for Uruguay in 2013, but prospects not so encouraging

Soybeans has become the main export item and China the leading trade partner

Uruguayan exports in 2013 increased 4.8% in value and reached a record 9,155 billion dollars with soybean the main item and China the leading trade partner. The data was released by the government export promotion organization Uruguay XXI, which sometimes is over optimistic.

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