"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not mean all who were laughed at were geniuses. They laughed at Columbus. They laughed at Fulton. They also laughed at Bozo the clown." Carl Sagan
In week ended 5th January, the deadweight prime cattle average price levelled on the week at 365.0p/kg. read more
As domestic lamb continues to compete with increased volumes of cheaper imports and demand remains subdued, DW lamb prices eased in week ended 5th January. read more
World prices eased back towards the end of 2012 although remained at levels comparable to the same period in 2011. read more
Having shot to record levels during September and October, GB finished pig prices continued to rise in November and early December, albeit more slowly. read more
The GB weekly average price rose by £4.63/t to £227.93/t and the free-buy average fell by £4.45/t to £330.74/t. read more
Mid-January saw the release of much-anticipated information from the USDA in the form of world supply and demand estimates, US winter wheat plantings, final 2012 production estimates and quarterly stocks. read more
The USDA data set a bearish tone for oilseed markets with upward revisions to US and Brazilian crops. read more
UK malting barley export prices are at €245/t FOB (spring, South Coast) w/e 11th April. read more
The latest National Statistics produced by Defra on the activity of UK hatcheries and poultry slaughterhouses. read more
USDA’s latest quarterly stocks report, released on 28th September, estimated US maize stocks (at 1st September) at 25.1m t, down 12% on the same point in 2011 and the lowest since 2004. read more
TPP has the potential to revitalise Japan’s agriculture sector
Research released by the New Zealand Asia Institute has found that Japan joining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) could potentially trigger a revitalisation of its agriculture sector.
NZ exports to China held up at the border
Federated Farmers is hopeful an administrative issue affecting New Zealand meat exports to China will soon be resolved.
Contribution of forests to food security and nutrition needs more attention
Governments, civil society and the private sector should ensure and strengthen the contributions of forests, trees and agroforestry systems to food security and nutrition, according to participants in the first-ever International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition (13-15 May), organized by FAO.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack unveils vision for US organic agriculture
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed his vision for US organic agriculture and USDA efforts to ensure its continued success during remarks to the Organic Trade Association.
Commission to call for African Caribbean and Pacific countries to use geographical indications in marketing agri-food products
A conference on the potential contribution of geographical indications ("GIs") to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries’ economies ("Geography of Food - Reconnecting with origin in the food system") is taking place in Brussels tomorrow.
Decision on 2,4-D, Dicamba-tolerant traits an unnecessary barrier for soybean farmers
American soybean farmers expressed their disappointment with the announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) will conduct a full environmental impact statement (EIS) on soybean, corn and cotton crops designed to tolerate the 2,4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and Dicamba herbicides
Farm Bureau finds USDA plan on new GM crops ‘troubling’.
Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, has responded to the USDA’s announced intent to prepare environmental impact statements for biotech crops under review for deregulation.
USDA announces intent to prepare environmental impact statements for GM plants under review for deregulation
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the Agency plans to prepare two separate environmental impact statements (EIS) to better inform decision-making regarding the regulatory status of crops genetically engineered (GE) to be resistant to the herbicides known as 2,4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and Dicamba
Fonterra tankers get a school milk makeover
From this week, Fonterra drivers will be hitting the roads in 14 brand new Fonterra Milk for Schools themed tankers.
Strong cereal production seen in 2013more
Strong growth is expected for global wheat, coarse grains and rice production in 2013, according to early forecasts published in the May issue of FAO’s monthly Cereals Supply and Demand Brief.
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