North Korea’s Food Production Hit by Worst Drought Since 2001

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

NORTH KOREA - DPR Korea's crop production for 2017, including staple rice, maize, potatoes and soybean, has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather conditions, threatening food security for a large part of its population, according to a new FAO update prepared in collaboration with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

 

Arla Foods Amba Increases Milk Price for August

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

UK - Arla Foods is raising its milk price to owners by one eurocent per kilogramme from 1 August.

 

CME: July COF Numbers Expected to be Up 2.8%

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - Before we go over the estimates of the cattle on feed inventory, just a very brief update on the case of atypical BSE that USDA announced. You can read all the details from the link below but our opinion is that this should have very little material impact on domestic or export demand, writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

China's Dairy Products Quality Continues to Improve, Report Reveals

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

CHINA - Some 99.8 per cent of fresh milk and 99.5 per cent of dairy products checked last year were up to standard, according to a dairy quality report released Wednesday.

 

Study Reveals Health Insurance Costs Threaten Farm Viability

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - According to a new US Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded study, lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the most significant concerns facing American farmers, an overlooked risk factor that affects their ability to run a successful enterprise.

 

AFBF Says Modernised NAFTA Must Work for US Ag

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations need to protect valuable market gains for US agriculture while addressing remaining challenges in the US's closest international markets, Jason Perdue, a row crop, beef and poultry farmer from York, Nebraska, told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade.

 

China, US Applaud Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - Senior Chinese and US government officials spoke positively of their first Comprehensive Economic Dialogue (CED) in Washington on Wednesday after they reached a wide consensus.

 

Animal Health Campaign Helps Support Food Security, Livelihoods in Syria

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

SYRIA - In strife-torn Syria, the food security and livelihoods situation of some 234,000 people has received a strong boost owing to a recently completed animal health campaign led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Syria Veterinary Medical Association.

 

Britannia Mulls Expansion of Dairy Business

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

INDIA - Food major Britannia is keen to expand its dairy business, which contributes five to six per cent to its annual turnover, as it looks to tap into the sector aggressively.

 

IFA: Co-ops Must Ensure Farmers Benefit Fully from Dairy Upturn

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

IRELAND - As the GDT auction registers another small 0.2 per cent rise yesterday, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary called on co-ops to work harder on passing back as much of the dairy upturn as possible to farmers, who after two years of challenging cash flow still have some way to go to re-balance their farm finances.

 

US: Trade Deficits Key to Renegotiating NAFTA

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

US - The United States on Monday launched the first salvo in the renegotiation of the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), saying its top priority for the talks was shrinking the US trade deficit with Canada and Mexico.

 

Recognition of Experience, Competency of Farmers Fundamental to Animal Health Strategy

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has welcomed the launch of the National Farmed Animal Health Strategy (NFAHS) 2017-2022 and the Animal Health Surveillance Strategy for Ireland 2016-2021 by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

 

China Reports Rapid Rise in Agricultural Imports in 2017

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

CHINA - China's imports of major agricultural products continued to increase fast in the first five months of the year, driven by price gaps between domestically produced products and imported products, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

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Zoetis Announces NCBA Trade Show Sweepstakes Winner

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

Tennessee cattleman, ag educator wins $5,000 toward WW Livestock Equipment.

 

UK Not Ready for Brexit's Impact on Food, Report Warns

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

UK - The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.

 

Irish Milk Prices Have a Way to Go to Catch Up with EU Competitors

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

IRELAND - As co-ops decide this week on their June milk price, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said they have some catching up to do to ensure Irish dairy farmers receive the full benefits from improving markets, and competitive milk prices relative to their European counterparts.

 

Women Officially Leading the Way in Canadian Agriculture

Thu, 13 Jul 2017

CANADA - The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame represents the leading lights of the country’s farming industry. What’s so special about this year’s inductees? As Angela Lovell reports, it just so happens they’re all women...

 

Ag Groups Worried About Import Restrictions

Thu, 13 Jul 2017

US - The National Pork Producers Council and 17 other food and agriculture organisations, representing the vast majority of production agriculture, sent a letter to the Trump administration this week, urging it to refrain from placing restrictions on imports of steel and aluminum.

 

Canada Sees Tremendous Opportunity from TPP Minus US

Thu, 13 Jul 2017

CANADA - The President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance suggests the prospects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership moving forward without the participation of the United States presents a tremendous opportunity for Canadian agriculture, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

Colombia Reports Two Outbreaks of FMD in Cundinamarca

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

COLOMBIA - The Colombian veterinary authorities have reported two further outbreaks of Food and Mouth Disease (FMD) at cattle farms located in Cundinamarca.

 

DFA Celebrates World Milk Day and June Dairy Month

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

US - In honor of June Dairy Month, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) members and employees celebrated the company’s core value of community by donating more than $24,000 to the Great American Milk Drive, which provides milk to local Feeding America food banks across the country.

 

Castello Launches New Sensations TV Ad Campaign

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

UK - Castello – one of Arla Foods’ leading brands – launched a new TV ad campaign yesterday to bring to life the sensations that consumers experience when eating its range of speciality cheeses.

 

Contaminants in Food: Identifying, Assessing Risks as Early as Possible

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

GERMANY - Dioxins, mineral oils, perfluorinated substances - not only do people not obtain important nutrients with their food, they also ingest undesirable substances which can affect health when taken up in certain quantities.

 

EU Free Trade Deal Likely to Hurt Japan’s Dairy Farmers

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

JAPAN - The economic partnership agreement between the European Union and Japan comes as a corrective to the rising wave of protectionism in the United States and Britain but could deal a blow to Japanese dairy farmers and wineries, experts say.

 

Italian Business Interested in Belarus' Dairy Industry

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

BELARUS - Italian businessmen are showing interest in Belarus' dairy and automotive manufacturing, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Italy Alexander Guryanov told the media on 11 July.

 

Arab Region Imports Dairy Products Worth $15m from Brazil

Tue, 11 Jul 2017

SAUDI ARABIA - The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) revealed that the Arab region is the second largest importer of Brazilian dairy products after South America, and successfully imported over $15 million worth of product during the first five months of 2017.

 

German Cows to be Flown to Qatar to Meet Dairy Demand

Tue, 11 Jul 2017

QATAR - A herd of 140 German cows will be flown to Qatar this week to help the country meet its dairy demand as it struggles under the Saudi-led blockade.

 

Haemorrhagic Septicaemia Found in Dead Cows in Dungun District

Tue, 11 Jul 2017

MALAYSIA - After Kuala Nerus, Marang and Kuala Terengganu last month, haemorrhagic septicaemia (HS) disease is now killing cattle in Dungun.

 

Govt Looks to Strengthen Dairy Infrastructure

Tue, 11 Jul 2017

INDIA - Keeping in mind the growing demand of milk in India, the government has submitted a proposal for availing loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for creating\strengthening dairy infrastructure across the country. The total outlay of the proposal is Rs 20,057 crores (1 crore = approx. US$15.5 million).

 

Outlook Sees Slower Growth in Demand, Keeping World Food Prices Low

Mon, 10 Jul 2017

GLOBAL - Global food commodity prices are projected to remain low over the next decade compared to previous peaks, as demand growth in a number of emerging economies is expected to slow down and biofuel policies have a diminished impact on markets, according to the latest 10-year agricultural outlook published by the OECD and FAO.

 

IFA Critical of Department's Approach to Issues with Live Valuation Scheme

Mon, 10 Jul 2017

IRELAND - IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has strongly criticised the inactivity of the Department of Agriculture on key issues raised by IFA in relation to the Live Valuation Scheme.

 

IFA Says Co-ops Need to Up Milk Price Ambitions

Fri, 07 Jul 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said that in participating voluntarily to the Farmers’ Journal/KPMG 2016 Milk Price Review, co-ops were contributing to providing unique milk price transparency which was the envy of our European colleague, and he commended them for staying committed to the Review year after year.

 

Dairy Cows Die After Eating Poisoned Grass

Fri, 07 Jul 2017

KENYA - Six cows belonging to a Marakwet West farmer died after eating grass sprayed with pesticides.

 

Sustainable Ag Can Mitigate Climate Change, Involuntary Migration, Says FAO

Fri, 07 Jul 2017

GLOBAL - Climate change poses a major risk for rural people in developing countries, often leading to distress-driven migration, and bolstering sustainable agriculture is an essential part of an effective policy response, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

 

High-tech Ear Tags Tracking Aussie Live Export Cattle

Fri, 07 Jul 2017

AUSTRALIA - Technology monitoring Australian livestock in Vietnamese feedlots and abattoirs is being expanded in Australia so stock can be traced from conception to consumption.

 

FMD Investigation in Colombia Ongoing; No New Outbreaks Reported

Thu, 06 Jul 2017

COLOMBIA - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports that no further outbreaks of foot and mouth disease have been reported. However, the investigation is ongoing.

 

Wheat, Meat Push FAO Food Price Index Higher in June

Thu, 06 Jul 2017

GLOBAL - Global food commodity prices rose in June, led by wheat and meat prices.

 

Extreme Weather Conditions, Climate Change Account for 40% of Wheat Production Variability

Thu, 06 Jul 2017

GLOBAL - The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) scientists have proposed a new approach for identifying the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the variability of global and regional wheat production. The study analysed the effect of heat and water anomalies on crop losses over a 30-year period.

 

Call for CBI Probe into Hyderabad's 'Illegal Slaughterhouses'

Thu, 06 Jul 2017

INDIA - Hyderabad-based Senior Telangana BJP leader G Kishan Reddy demanded a CBI probe into a "beef mafia" operating in Hyderabad through "illegal" slaughterhouses.

 

Dairy Industry Likely to Get More Aid After EPA Deal with EU

Thu, 06 Jul 2017

JAPAN - Japan is expected to boost subsidies and other assistance to dairy farmers after reaching a broad accord on its economic partnership agreement with the European Union, informed sources say.

 

Retailers Encouraged to Support Scottish Food, Farming

Wed, 05 Jul 2017

SCOTLAND, UK - The opportunities to build a sustainable future for Scottish agriculture was the focus of discussions led by NFU Scotland with supermarket retailers at the Royal Highland Show.

 

Dairy Farmers Moving to 'Good Returns' from Beef Calves

Wed, 05 Jul 2017

NEW ZEALAND - On dairy farms, where 70 per cent of all calves are born, those not needed as dairy replacements have traditionally been sent for slaughter.

 

New Data Indicates Increased Protein Consumption in Canada

Wed, 05 Jul 2017

CANADA - Results from the newest Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) report Canadians are consuming more of their calories from protein than they did over a decade ago.

 

Arla Foods Builds on Success of Organic Milk Launch

Wed, 05 Jul 2017

UK - Arla Foods UK is repositioning its "Arla® Organic Farm Milk" brand to highlight its free range credentials to consumers.

 

Cattle Industry Seeks Rights to Clear Land in WA’s Top End

Wed, 05 Jul 2017

AUSTRALIA - WA’s northern cattle industry wants pastoralists to have an automatic right to clear part of their land to make it easier to develop the top end of WA.

 

FMD Vaccine Bank Receives Broad Support, Says NPPC

Wed, 05 Jul 2017

US - The Vice President of the National Pork Producers Council reports broad support for the creation of a Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

Anchor Flies British Flag

Tue, 04 Jul 2017

UK - Anchor – the leading brand of British-made butter– is launching a new look to proudly showcase its Britishness . The makeover will be supported with a £4.5 million campaign to publicise Anchor’s ‘real butter’ credentials.

 

Danone Announces Sale of Stonyfield to Lactalis

Tue, 04 Jul 2017

US - Danone has entered into a binding agreement with Lactalis to sell Stonyfield, one of its US dairy subsidiaries, for a purchase price of $875 million, representing 20 times its EBITDA in 2016.

 

Brexit Demands Leadership at Every Level, Warns CAAV

Tue, 04 Jul 2017

UK - Brexit will accelerate changes that have been under way in agriculture for decades, and the industry must look ahead and adapt quickly to make the most of potential opportunities.

 

IFA: Labour Shortages, Price Volatility and Brexit Pose Challenges to Irish Dairy

Tue, 04 Jul 2017

IRELAND - Speaking from Moorepark 2017, this year’s Teagasc Dairy Open Day in Fermoy today, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said Irish dairy farmers, supported by industry stakeholders and quality production advice from Teagasc, have very real potential to supply a growing international demand for quality, sustainably produced milk.

 

Brexit 360 Urges Farmers to Take Stock Now

Tue, 04 Jul 2017

UK - With uncertainty over the future of agricultural policy, farm labour and exports, AHDB has urged farmers to concentrate on understanding their own business first in preparation for Brexit.

 

Govt Committed to Help Farmers Improve Quality of Beef, Dairy

Tue, 04 Jul 2017

KENYA - President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the Government is committed to help farmers improve the quality of beef and dairy produce.

 

Swisslane Farms Receives 2017 US Dairy Sustainable Award

Mon, 03 Jul 2017

US - Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national farmer-owned dairy cooperative, is proud to recognize one of its member farm families, the Oesch family, owners of Swisslane Farms in Alto, Michigan, for receiving a US Dairy Sustainability Award from the Innovation Center for US Dairy.

 

Lillebælt Dairy to Close in 2019

Mon, 03 Jul 2017

DENMARK - After thorough analysis, Arla has decided to move production of white mould cheese to Troldhede Dairy in Denmark to increase efficiency and to make the site more environmentally sustainable. This means that Lillebælt Dairy, also in Denmark, will close – though not before the beginning of 2019.

 

Are People 'Rolling the Dice' When it Comes to Food Safety?

Fri, 30 Jun 2017

UK - A new study, conducted by a team of UK-based researchers led by the University of Liverpool known as the ENIGMA Project, has revealed the levels of bad behaviours in UK kitchens which increase the public's risk of getting food poisoning.

 

Policy Makers Must Follow WTO Rule Book, Says AHDB

Fri, 30 Jun 2017

UK - The UK does not have a blank sheet of paper to redesign its agricultural trade and farm support policies post Brexit.

 

President Intervenes in Dairy Farmer Grievances

Fri, 30 Jun 2017

SRI LANKA - The new Ambewela dairy factory would be opened within a month to address the issues facing the country’s dairy farmers, the President’s Public Relations Director General Shantha Bandara said.

 

Image Analysis, Artificial Intelligence to Change Dairy Farming

Fri, 30 Jun 2017

JAPAN - Dairy farmers are busy with routines such as cleaning cowsheds, milking, and feeding, so it's very difficult to determine the condition of cows. If this continues, they will remain too busy to ensure the quantity and quality of milk and dairy products.