• Farmers receive just 11 cents for every Thanksgiving food dollar spent

    While we bow our heads and pray around a table piled high with food, surrounded with family and friends, we often take pause to reflect on the things we are thankful for. One thought might slip everyone’s mind, however, we often take for granted the labors of the farmers and ranchers whose labor is responsible for our Thanksgiving feasts. Those farmers and ranchers take home just 11.4 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives for each item they grow or raise.
  • At least 30 killed in farmer-herder violence in Nigeria

    At least 30 people were killed when farmers attacked herdsmen in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state, police told AFP on Wednesday. State police spokesman Othman Abubakar said farmers from the Christian Bachama ethnic group stormed four settlements of Muslim Fulani herders in Numan district on Monday, hacking residents and burning homes. "We have so far recovered 30 bodies from the affected villages but the toll is not conclusive as rescue teams are still combing the bushes in the area for more bodies," he said. A man-hunt had been launched for the assailants, he added.
  • China's pig farmers go north, upending world's top meat, grain market

    China’s largest pig farming companies and new entrants are racing to build vast, modern hog farms in the north-eastern cornbelt, expanding the world’s biggest pork market and upending traditional trade flows in meat and grain. At least eight listed companies have announced or confirmed plans to produce around 17 million pigs annually in the north-east in coming years. Many more companies, including the country’s biggest pig farmer, Guangdong Wen’s Foodstuff Group Co Ltd, are building farms in the area, suppliers and sources say, adding to China’s annual $1 trillion pork market.
  • Israeli technology to transform Indian agriculture

    Agriculture, the backbone of Indian economy, has been facing various challenges in recent years - lower productivity, resource crunch and erratic weather, all of these translating into lower returns. Amongst these, one of the most critical issues for the farming community is availability of water. Fresh water withdrawals are highest by the agricultural sector, and accounts for nearly 84-85 percent of water withdrawal in India, which is well above the global average. India and Israel have had a very strong partnership in Agriculture. Under the India-Israel Agriculture Project, Centre of Excellences were established in various states which are helping the farming fraternity in India to adopt the latest technologies such as micro irrigation systems.
  • Turkey farmers facing squeeze after Trump kills agriculture rules

    Ike Horst raises 22,000 turkeys a year on his farm in the rolling hills of south-central Pennsylvania, selling them to a processing company that was providing him with enough of a nest egg that he hoped he could sell the farm and retire. But a Trump administration decision to block proposed agriculture regulations may blow up those plans, preserving the multibillion-dollar meat industry’s power over the smaller turkey farmers whose birds will grace the tables in millions of American homes this Thanksgiving. Horst is one of the independent businessmen caught up in the Trump administration’s governmentwide deregulation frenzy.
  • Improvements being made to Barbados agriculture

    Barbados now has an agricultural commodities trading platform. Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Dr. David Estwick said that this trading platform, which is currently being tested in his Ministry, will put buyers and sellers in direct contact with each other through the use of information communications technology. He noted that the initiative has been working “reasonably well”, but there is one hiccup in respect of the slow speed of emails between buyers and sellers, which he indicated is being addressed.
  • One of New Zealand's foremost "robo dairy-farms" on the market

    One of New Zealand's most state-of-the-art robotic dairying operations is for sale. Riverholme Pastures at Pleasant Point was the first location in the South Island to introduce a DeLaval voluntary milking system where cows walked themselves to the milking shed to be processed in fully-automated milking units. It is one of the first automated dairy farms to come up for sale. The Riverholme Pastures voluntary milking system cost about $400,000 more than a conventional 50-bail rotary shed
  • 'Farming for the Future' set in four Kansas locations

    Historically low crop prices and slipping farmland values continue to weigh on the bottom line for farmers and ranchers. To address those challenges and support producers as they plan for what’s to come, Kansas State University will host a one-day program “Farming for the Future” in four locations this winter. The program, offered by K-State Research and Extension and the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics, will be the same at each location:
  • India farmers protest may bring challenges to Modi before polls

    Thousands of farmers protested in India’s capital, demanding better prices for their crops and relief from high debts, underscoring the challenges Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces before elections in his home turf Gujarat next month and nationally in 2019. Representatives from 184 farmer organizations squatted on a road leading to the parliament building in the heart of New Delhi, demanding a nationwide waiver of crop loans on the lines announced by some states like Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, higher prices for their produce and lowering seeds and fertilizer costs.
  • What can African agriculture learn from Brazil?

    Last month, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, took a series of bets on Africa's ability to feed itself, lift millions of its people out of poverty and help feed the world. The huge potential of the continent — fertile soils and up to 360 million hectares of uncultivated arable land, in addition to its status as the largest producer of a number of food and cash crops — puts Africa in a strong position to feed the world. However, there is still much to be done. The continent has made lots of progress over the years, leading to a reduction in chronic under-nutrition from 25 percent to 13 percent. As part of the global nutrition targets for 2025 set by the World Health Assembly in 2012, the United States Agency for International Development
  • Australia holds first ever National Agriculture Day

    Australia has celebrated its inaugural National Agriculture Day, to celebrate the contribution farmers make to society and the economy. To mark the occasion, the National Farmers Federation has released its "Food, Fibre & Forestry Facts: A Summary of Australia’s Agriculture Sector" which has found that last year Australian farms surpassed $60billion in farm gate income and that total could to rise to $100billion by 2030. Out of the total food and fibre Australian farmers produced last year, 77 per cent, or $44.8 billion was exported. Horticulture made up six per cent of Australia's total, behind meat and livestock at 29 per cent. Quite promisingly for the industry, food imports accounted for only 15 per cent of household food consumption.
  • Importance of NAFTA to agriculture in each state for 2016

    As modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA 2.0, continues, concern from the agricultural community over a potential NAFTA withdrawal has intensified. NAFTA supporters point toward the tens of billions of dollars in U.S. agricultural exports delivered to our NAFTA partners each year or point out that exports to Mexico and Canada represent 30 percent of all U.S. agricultural exports. Put simply, Mexico and Canada are among our top three export markets. Total withdrawal from NAFTA would make U.S. farmers and ranchers less competitive in our top export markets – and could result in billions of dollars of agricultural products accumulating in inventories – further weakening the U.S. farm economy. The integration of the North American agricultural
  • Anonymous farmer donates €11500 heifer to brain injury charity

    A heifer came to the rescue of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s Transitional Living Unit based in Sligo,this autumn when it was donated to the charity as part of a fundraising initiative. The four-star pure Limousin Heifer was donated by a generous benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous and raffled off on September 28 in Aurivo Mart in Ballymote. The final amount raised was a wonderful €11,500 and the heifer has since given birth to a bull calf. Local services manager Teresa Boyle said: “Acquired Brain Injury Ireland would like to publicly thank our very generous benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, for this most generous donation to the service.
  • Rise in US farmer depression as dismal state of industry triggers anxiety

    Farmers in the US are increasingly suffering from depression and anxiety, leaving them at risk of suicide as crop prices stagnate. Rural growers, fishers and forestry professionals were the most likely occupational groups to commit suicide in 2012, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prices for the top crops produced in the US – including corn, soybeans and wheat – have been in stagnant at best for the last couple of years, and have gradually declined since mid-2012. Research has shown a close connection between the measurements of farmers’ mental health and the prices of the crops they farm. A recent Minnesota survey found that those who worked closely with farmers had observed increasing signs of issues like
  • Trump proposes farm research cuts to pay for storm aid

    The Trump administration would pay for hurricane relief in part by cutting conservation and research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—an idea that's running into a roadblock from advocates for those programs. In its $44 billion request for supplemental appropriations to respond to this year's storms and wildfires, the administration proposed to eliminate all $212 million in funding for improvements to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) buildings and facilities, as well as $1.4 billion from various conservation programs. The chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), said through a spokeswoman that although appropriators will work with the
  • Study: 28% of US jobs are linked to food and agriculture

    Because so many U.S. jobs and economic interests are vested in food and agriculture, renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement are being watched closely by industry analysts and farmers alike. One of the main goals of the NAFTA trade talks is simply to modernize the agreement, which was set in 1993. Digital trade and telecommunications have modernized in the last quarter century, so many want the trade deal to be retooled to reflect the current working environment. The thornier aspect of renegotiations involves the possibility that President Trump may want to drastically increase taxes on food items imported to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico. Many argue this strategy would drive consumers to buy American-grown foods and boost growth. But U.S. farmers are concerned
  • 'Cultivate' brings 'TED Talk' style to agriculture

    A shiny new regional high-tech agriculture event was launched Nov. 16 in Fargo, N.D., with a promise for a second event in four months on March 22, 2018. "Cultivate" is a project of Emerging Prairie, a Fargo-based non-profit organization of entrepreneurs dedicated to celebrating entrepreneurs in high technology. The event attracted about 219 registrants. The event was held at The Stage, a theater venue near downtown Fargo. Cultivate was organized in less than two months and featured a list of 18 panelist-speakers in a four-hour span, with "TED Talk" style mini-speeches.
  • Higher freight costs a risk for agriculture commodity market

    Rising freight rates and the increasing likelihood of an occurrence of the La Nina weather phenomenon are among the risks that farmers, investors and commodities traders face in 2018, according to a leading agricultural lender. Bumper global harvests in recent years have provided importers and buyers with lower prices of grains and oilseeds. However global inventories are slowly declining making markets more susceptible to volatility, Rabobank said in its annual outlook report published on Tuesday.
  • Odisha farmer commits suicide, 10th such case since October

    A farmer allegedly committed suicide in Balasore district, with his family claiming that he took the extreme step due to crop loss caused by unseasonal rains, an official has said. The suicide is the 10th such case reported since October in Odisha. The state government has promised early compensation to farmers who have suffered crop failure. Jitendra Biswal of Bhanupur village allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide. He was engaged in share farming on about three acres of land, the official said on Sunday. Biswal’s family claimed that he was forced to take the extreme step due to crop loss following unseasonal rains.
  • South Korea confirms H5N6 bird flu at duck farm

    South Korea on Sunday said it had confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the south west of the country and raised its bird flu alert level to the highest ranking. The virus was discovered on a farm on Saturday with some 12,000 ducks in Gochang county, over 270 km (167.77 miles) southwest of Seoul. All of the ducks were slaughtered after the discovery, the agriculture ministry said in a statement. This was the country's first such outbreak since June this year. The ministry has stepped up disinfection measures to contain a wider spread of the highly contagious bird flu virus and issued a temporary nationwide transport ban of poultry for 48 hours, starting from midnight on Sunday in Seoul.

News source: Farming UK