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In week ended 22nd March the prime cattle trade continued to be lacklustre   read more
Having slowed at the end of the previous week, liveweight old season lamb prices have now eased back   read more
UK wholesale prices for both butter and cream recovered slightly in March   read more
The EU-spec DAPP for week ended 22nd March edged up to 162.86p/kg,     read more
The provisional GB weekly average price, as at 31st March, rose by £1.26/t to £154.88/t   read more
EU-28 crop area estimates for harvest 2014 show a decline in barley and maize but a noticeable increase for wheat read more
Latest supply and demand data has shown wheat imports are now forecast at 1.800 million tonnes     read more
United Kingdom Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics – August 2013 (released 26th Sep) read more


 
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Latest News     21 April 2014  
US farmers welcome fertiliser transport decision
The US National Farmers Union has praised a decision by the US Surface Transportation Board (STB) that ordered BNSF Railway (BNSF) and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) to direct all necessary railcars and locomotive power to move fertilizer into position to avoid planting delays this spring.
Call for new Oxford Farming Conference Directors
The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is inviting expressions of interest for three new directors to join the nine-strong team from January 2015 for a three year term to deliver the conferences from 2016-18.
Potato Council marks 50 years of storage research
This week saw the Potato Council division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of its Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) facility, near Spalding in Lincolnshire.
US supply chain insight could help improve red meat sector profitability
The opportunities for the beef and lamb sector of a free trade agreement between the European Union and United States was the focus of an industry knowledge exchange trip earlier this month.
Irish dairy board reports strong performance
The Irish Dairy Board has published a review of its 2013 performance.
Local authorities to test for lamb meat substitution
The Food Standards Agency has today announced an additional programme of priority testing of lamb dishes from takeaway restaurants across the UK following evidence of ongoing substitution of lamb for cheaper meats such as beef and chicken.
Dairy boom could trigger cash flow headaches, says UK200Group expert
Booming UK milk production could trigger cash flow issues for dairy farmers, says an agricultural expert at the UK200Group of independent chartered accountants and lawyers.
Irish victory in champion pluck off in Essex
Two champion turkey pluckers went head-to-head in Essex today to determine which is the most worthy to hold the title – and it was Irishman Vincent Pilkington who came out on top.
Farmers pulling together for FUW flood relief aid
A huge load of silage donated by West Wales farmers has just been delivered to a Somerset farm that suffered severe flooding recently.
UTZ Certified launches sustainable hazelnuts in Turkey
UTZ Certified is launching a three-year initiative in Turkey aimed at bringing sound sustainability standards to hazelnut farming.
Politics

Call for new Oxford Farming Conference Directors
The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is inviting expressions of interest for three new directors to join the nine-strong team from January 2015 for a three year term to deliver the conferences from 2016-18.
Farmers pulling together for FUW flood relief aid
A huge load of silage donated by West Wales farmers has just been delivered to a Somerset farm that suffered severe flooding recently.
Copa-Cogeca welcomes first package of CAP delegated acts
Copa-Cogeca welcomed today the fact that both the European Council and the European Parliament have given the green light to the first package of delegated acts for the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
CLA: Landowners must not pay to eradicate invasive alien species
The CLA has  welcomed aspects of the Environmental Audit Select Committee’s report on invasive alien species but said landowners should not have to pick up the bill for eradication.
Increase in size of Scotland’s greenhouse gas sink
Between 2011 and 2012 the amount of greenhouse gases removed from Scotland’s atmosphere due to Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) increased by three per cent.
Countryside gets set to claim £15bn under CAP reform
Thousands of people involved in farming, wildlife preservation and rural businesses will receive first details this week (15 April) setting out how they might benefit from £15 billion in EU funding over the new seven years Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) period.
World

US farmers welcome fertiliser transport decision
The US National Farmers Union has praised a decision by the US Surface Transportation Board (STB) that ordered BNSF Railway (BNSF) and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) to direct all necessary railcars and locomotive power to move fertilizer into position to avoid planting delays this spring.
FAO urges countries to step up action against destructive banana disease
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle East, and which has the potential to affect countries in Latin America.
Australian dairy offers best risk adjusted returns in global agriculture
Australian dairy currently offers the highest risk-adjusted return of any sector in global agriculture, according to Aquila Capital, one of Europe’s leading independent alternative asset managers.
Agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions on the rise
New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them.
New US GMO labeling bill launches national conversation
Farmers and ranchers in the US have welcomed the introduction of the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 4432), which will make it clear that the Food and Drug Administration is the nation’s foremost authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients
New McGovern-Dole projects to benefit 2.7 million children worldwide
US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $183 million in US agricultural commodities and support to benefit an estimated 2.7 million children in 10 developing countries as part of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

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