Europe Farming & Agriculture
Sensors that make sense: from farming to water control
'Keep NI farmers,' says Ulster Farmer's Union
My Moscow Watermelon Prophet Says: Buy Gold and Rubles - Dump the Dollar
Dairy industry to bring back school milk
Embassy of Netherlands holds agribusiness fair to interact with farmers
Netherlands Embassy launches irrigation initiative targeting small scale farmers
EU cereal crops in good shape after mild, wet weather - analyst
2018-01-19 06:29:09 PARIS (Reuters) - Cereal crops in the European Union are in decent condition after mild temperatures and abundant rainfall so far this winter, analyst firm Strategie Grains said on Thursday. The rain has boosted groundwater reserves - an important factor for crop development during spring and summer - including in Spain where water reserves had been partially replenished after drought last year, it said in a monthly report   Read More ...
Fish exports increased by over 45% to EU
2017-12-28 08:02:44 Fish exports increased by over 45% to EU Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development says the fish exports increased significantly afer the ban imposed by the European Union on the island’s fishery products lifted last year. The European Union imposed a ban on Sri Lanka’s fish exports in January 2015. The ban was lifted on 22nd June 2016 as a result of extensive discussions held by the present government with the European Union after it came to power in January 2015   Read More ...
EU agrees to catch more fish sustainably in 2018
2017-12-13 19:00:48 BRUSSELS | European Union nations have agreed to set quota levels that ensure more sustainable fishing in the northeastern Atlantic and the North Sea, but environmentalists insist the bloc is behind in its schedule to end overfishing by 2020. After marathon talks that ended early Wednesday, EU fisheries ministers said they added nine fish stocks — species of fish in defined geographical areas — to those that are managed sustainably, bringing the total to 53   Read More ...
EU Farm Ministers Urged to Support CAP with Strong Budget
2017-12-13 00:26:39 EU - During a high-level meeting with the Estonian Presidency yesterday, Copa and Cogeca told EU Farm Ministers that the new EU Commission Communication on the future of food and farming is a good starting point. It is ambitious and as such requires the appropriate levels of funding. Speaking on behalf of European farmers and cooperatives, Cogeca President Thomas Magnusson said it is good that the plan keeps both pillars of the CAP and maintains direct payments to farmers   Read More ...
EU and Solidaridad sign US$5.89mn deal to develop Liberia’s cocoa sector
2017-12-11 12:36:01 Emma Sundblad, Chargé d’affaires at the delegation of the European Union (EU) to Liberia, and Isaac Gyamfi, regional director at Solidaridad West Africa, have signed US$5.89mn grant agreement to develop the cocoa sector in Liberia Under the Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Programme (LICSIP), Solidaridad is expected to support to improve the quality of Liberian cocoa and increase cocoa exports. With funding from EU, Solidaridad will work in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture on sector policies and regulations to create a competitive and profitable cocoa economy   Read More ...
IFA Looks for Changes to EU Veterinary Medicinal Proposals
2017-12-08 12:27:50 IRELAND - In meetings this week with Irish MEPs, IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart again outlined the concerns farmers have with EU proposals for the regulation of veterinary medicinal products. He said these regulations have the potential to impact negatively on Irish farmers and their ability to ensure the health and welfare of their animals in a practical and cost-efficient way   Read More ...
Copa and Cogeca: EU Farmers, Cooperatives Making Huge Efforts to Tackle AMR
2017-12-07 00:41:42 EU - Copa and Cogeca highlighted yesterday the progress farmers and their cooperatives have made in tackling antimicrobial resistance, with EU reports showing a 13 per cent decline in antimicrobial use in livestock production. The move came at a high-level event organised in European Parliament by the European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals "Delivering on Epruma’s commitment to the responsible use of veterinary medicines" hosted by MEP Françoise Grossetête   Read More ...
Initial Reaction to EU Commission Plan on Future CAP Outlined
2017-12-01 00:26:07 EU - Reacting to the EU Commission plan on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) yesterday, Copa and Cogeca called for a real simplification of CAP rules and for any further renationalization of the CAP to be prevented. President Joachim Rukwied of the European Farmers Organisation Copa said: "We need a strong, competitive CAP in the future, with common and simple rules across the EU   Read More ...
All Carrefour Eggs Going Cage-Free By 2025, Retailer Says
2017-11-16 00:26:32 EU - French retailer Carrefour has announced its commitment to selling only cage-free eggs under its private label brand in Europe by 2025. European Supermarket Magazine reports that Carrefour is committing to this new strategy for Carrefour-brand eggs sold in Spain and Romania in addition to its targets set for France, Italy, Poland and Belgium. The retailer says that it is working with its partners on ending sales from cage-reared hens on a larger scale by 2025   Read More ...
Viet Nam Strives to Export Chicken Meat to EU
2017-11-14 00:24:47 VIET NAM - Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam held a working session with Dutch company Jan Zandbergen and some partners exporting livestock products to the European Union. BizHub reports that during the meeting in Ha Noi on Thursday, the Dutch company’s representative said the EU’s 500 million people market has high demand for chicken meat and it currently imports the meat mainly from Brazil, Thailand and Ukraine   Read More ...
Polish government campaign encourages citizens to 'breed like rabbits'
2017-11-09 20:02:54 The Polish government invested almost 3 million PLN (€706,378) into a controversial public campaign encouraging citizens to “breed like rabbits”. The 30-second video featured rabbits munching on lettuce and carrots while a rabbit “narrator” revealed the secrets of producing many offspring – exercising, healthy lifestyle and avoiding stress. At the end of the advert, a couple enjoying a romantic picnic made a brief appearance. The campaign was the Ministry of Health’s attempt to address country’s decreasing fertility rate, which is one of the lowest in Europe. What are the top stories today? Click to watch: euronews: the most watched news   Read More ...
Takeaway: Fitness trackers for cows
2017-11-08 12:00:48 Why do these cows wear fitness trackers? It's a part of a research project in Scotland Collar sensors are tracking cow's eating The data is wirelessly collec   Read More ...
Sensors that make sense: from farming to water control - futuris
2017-11-07 12:00:59 Dairy farming has been a family affair at Parkend Farm in Scotland for three generations. But keeping an eye on the cows has never been easier. On his smartphone, Brian Weatherup receives automatic emails from the farm's computer system, that alert him of any changes in the cows' health or fertility status. The data is collected by collars the animals wear around their neck. *Collars for cows* "The collar indicates that there's been a drop in a cow's average eating time or average rumination… READ MORE : euronews knowledge brings you a fresh mix of the world's most interesting know-hows, directly from space and sci-tech experts   Read More ...
Farmers protest against Trumps plans for new U.S - Mexico border wall
2017-11-06 17:45:19 A collective of farmers from Central and South America gathered at an existing border fence between Mexico and the USA to protest against President Donald Trump’s plan to divide the two countries with a modernised border wall. The farmers are part of a regional farming bodies from countries such as Colombia, Haiti and Guatemala. Their message is that Trump’s planned border wall will be bad for human rights, trade and will not stop the flow of migrants crossing north to the USA   Read More ...
Sensors that make sense: from farming to water control
2017-11-06 16:45:16 Dairy farming has been a family affair at Parkend Farm in Scotland for three generations. But keeping an eye on the cows has never been easier. On his smartphone, Brian Weatherup receives automatic emails from the farm’s computer system, that alert him of any changes in the cows’ health or fertility status. The data is collected by collars the animals wear around their neck   Read More ...
No Fipronil-Contaminated Chicken Meat on Bulgarian Market
2017-09-30 00:25:10 BULGARIA - There is no fipronil-contaminated chicken meat on the Bulgarian market, the Food Safety Agency said late on Thursday through the Agriculture, Food and Forestry Ministry's press office. Bulgarian news agency BTA reports that the Agency has done lab testing of chicken meat samples from the four largest local producers. Meat of broiler chickens and laying hens was tested by an accredited laboratory, which found that all four samples were free of fipronil   Read More ...
Viet Nam Strives for Chicken Meat Export to EU
2017-09-30 00:24:58 VIET NAM - Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam held a working session with Dutch company Jan Zandbergen and some partners exporting livestock products to the European Union. During the meeting in Ha Noi on Thursday, the Dutch company’s representative said the EU’s 500 million people market has high demand for chicken meat and it currently imports the meat mainly from Brazil, Thailand and Ukraine   Read More ...
Milking 4,500 cows in the US with some help from Irish students
2017-09-29 23:37:39 Now, Rodney and his wife and three children run Drumgoon Dairy that has allowed Irish agriculture students the chance of a lifetime - to help milk the 4,500 cows on the farm. Milking happens three times a day on the farm at Lake Norden in a milking parlour that operates 24 hours a day. Rodney moved to America because the state of South Dakota presented much more opportunities to grow a dairy business than Ireland, he says   Read More ...
'Keep NI farmers,' says Ulster Farmer's Union
2017-09-29 15:04:28 The future of agriculture should not be a battleground between farmers and environmentalists, the head of the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) has said. Barclay Bell told environmental groups they should seek common ground with farmers who were committed to the environment, but also needed to make a profit. He urged them to "keep farmers here farming". "It's very hard to be green when you are in the red," said Mr Bell   Read More ...
And on that farm he had some solar panels…Farmers milk green energy
2017-09-29 12:10:05 Three hundred Dutch dairy farmers will soon be milking a new resource: solar energy. A new project between energy firm GroenLeven and dairy co-operative FrieslandCampina means they will be hiring out the roofs of their cowsheds so that solar panels can be installed. The aim is to cover the costs of dairy production with green energy, and ‘save’ the equivalent of 100 kilotons of carbon emissions by 2020 by generating solar power instead, says GroenLeven in a press release   Read More ...
NI farms 'can expect same support' post-Brexit - Gove
2017-09-28 20:04:55 Farmers in Northern Ireland can expect to get roughly the same amount of financial support after Brexit, the UK agriculture minister has said. Michael Gove was speaking on a visit to a farm near Doagh in County Antrim. Mr Gove said there would be a move away from a system where farmers were paid for the amount of land they had   Read More ...
My Moscow Watermelon Prophet Says: Buy Gold and Rubles - Dump the Dollar
2017-09-28 14:11:51 It is a lovely partly sunny early morning with a refreshing 54 (F) degree breeziness. As is usual I walked over to the farmers market down the street to pick up some fruits and veggies for later, before the crowds pick through the nicest offerings. There (again) in front of the melons was my “Znakhar” (Seeress) woman I wrote about in the past   Read More ...
H5N3 Avian Influenza Outbreak Reported in France
2017-09-28 12:16:03 FRANCE - Dr Loic Evain has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a farm in Maine-et-Loire. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the outbreak was reported on 26 September after presence of the H5N3 strain was confirmed on 25 September. Nucleotide sequencing and real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) tests were carried out at the ANSES Reference National Laboratory for Avian Influenza, Ploufragan, confirming the presence of the LPAI virus   Read More ...
Dairy industry to bring back school milk
2017-09-28 10:11:26 From Monday more than 500 primary age pupils at Helvetia House, St George’s and St Michael’s schools will each receive a free 200 ml carton of milk once a week. Jersey Dairy says the pilot scheme is the first step in the dairy industry’s plan to eventually make free milk available once a week to the more than 6,000 primary pupils across the States and private sector schools   Read More ...
Ireland tops world league for country ‘best able to feed itself’
2017-09-27 19:38:11 European nations, meanwhile, may see strains caused by an aging population that pays less in taxes and demands more social services, it found. The study places a high value on government support for agricultural research, which is important to keeping nutrition inexpensive and available as food needs increase, Powell said and this is where Ireland has excelled while the US has faltered, according to the report   Read More ...
MP Claims Refugee Children Not More Important Than Sheep Farmers
2017-09-27 18:12:40 Icelandic MP and ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson is dissatisfied with the handling of matters at Alþingi, seeing as very few parliament issues could be discussed. Among those being the state of sheep farmers, which has been in disarray after Minister of Agriculture, Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir's plans to aid them were put to a halt because of the sudden elections   Read More ...
Post office workers grow vegetables, breed chickens on Paris rooftop "farm"
2017-09-26 16:43:50 PARIS (Reuters) - An urban agriculture initiative to make Paris more environmentally sustainable, mainly through farming on the capital’s rooftops, has been such a success that the mayor is unveiling a new round of projects this week. Rooftop farming has boomed in the past years from New York to Tokyo via London and Paris. By 2020, the French capital will host more than 100 hectares (0   Read More ...
Embassy of Netherlands holds agribusiness fair to interact with farmers
2017-09-22 21:12:26 The university of Eldoret in partnership with the embassy of Netherlands have organized a 3 day trade fair to offer an opportunity to farmers in the county of Uasin Gishu to access agri-business products and knowledge. This to ensure farmers from the region embrace modern ways of farming which offer a majority of solutions to ensure maximum profits.   Read More ...
Tributes paid to farmer who died after quad bike accident
2017-09-22 15:37:34 The 67 year-old man became the second victim of a farm tragedy within a week, when his quad bike overturned while he was spreading weedkiller on Thursday evening. The victim, named locally as Anthony (Tony) O'Malley, Derrew, Ballyheane, Castlebar, was killed instantly. The local community is devastated by the loss of the popular farmer who retired about two years ago from his post as a member of the outdoor staff of Mayo County Council   Read More ...
People are being trafficked to Ireland to work as slaves on farms - Watchdog
2017-09-21 23:37:27 The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) said victims were housed in large reception centers mixing men and women instead of specialized units where they could be better catered for. “Most countries would have a dedicated shelter with five, six places in all, (located) at a secret address and run by a specialized NGO   Read More ...
Farmer attacked by cows on his farm died due to crush injuries, inquest hears
2017-09-21 14:06:20 The incident happened at the Kilkenny farm on April 6 as Mr Walsh and his brother reportedly tended to cows that had recently calved. Health and Safety (HSA) officers attended the scene and conducted a full investigation into the incident, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard. HSA Inspector Eddie Wall told Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane that the authority’s investigation has now concluded. “There will be no further action at this time,” Insp Wall said   Read More ...
Netherlands Embassy launches irrigation initiative targeting small scale farmers
2017-09-21 13:12:02 The Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands Wednesday launched a smart water for agriculture project that is set to benefit 20,000 small scale farmers across Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Meru, Laikipia and Machakos counties.   Read More ...
Record numbers at Ploughing as over 100,000 descend on Tullamore
2017-09-19 23:05:44 The Department of Agriculture used the event to announce that 95,000 would be receiving significant farm payments today. However, the event was marred by news during the day of the death of a well-known farmer in a farming accident. It brings to 16 the number of farming-related fatalities in Ireland this year. Today’s attendance at the Ploughing is up from the 100,000 that attended the first day last year and comes ahead of predicted showers tomorrow as Met Eireann predicts widespread rain moving across the country   Read More ...
Young man killed in farm tragedy 'an incredibly hard-working individual'
2017-09-19 18:07:26 A man who died following a farming accident in Co Wexford this afternoon was an "incredibly hard-working individual" who will be greatly missed, a relative said.   Read More ...
UPDATE 1-Bayer dismisses antitrust concerns about digital farming
2017-09-19 14:43:41 * Bayer says fails to see how to address digital farming concerns * EU had voiced concerns about digital product bundles * Bayer divisional head says will not propose asset sales * Liam Condon says has yet to be convinced by EU Commission (Adds additional executive comments, context) The European Commission last month started an in-depth investigation into the German group’s plan to acquire the U   Read More ...
Farmers tell court they were 'bullied and threatened' by billionaire brothers
2017-09-19 10:05:58 Rory Bridgette and Albert Murphy have used lands at Cloghran, Swords, near Dublin Airport, for grazing their horses and ponies since they went into occupation of the property in 2003. They fenced off the five acres, which are owned by Hugh Byrne. Mr Byrne, they claim, knew they put their horses on the land but never tried to put them off the land   Read More ...
Land prices soar by 32pc as investors return to market
2017-09-19 08:37:55 There are now indications that property investors and developers are making a return to the market, with significant prices being paid for ground with development potential on the outskirts of urban areas. A Farming Independent survey of land auctions in the first six months of 2017 found the amount of land sold at auction nationally between January and June 2017 was down 5pc on the same time last year   Read More ...
HK Bans Poultry Meat, Egg Imports from Italian Province
2017-09-19 00:21:02 HONG KONG - The food safety authority of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) announced on Monday a ban on the import of poultry meat and eggs from a province of Italy. In view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the Province of Padua in Italy, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the HKSAR government's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from the province, the CFS said   Read More ...
European live animal trade raises major welfare concerns
2017-09-18 04:04:47 Animal welfare is being neglected on long journeys across Europe amid a booming livestock trade, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme found. Livestock hauliers were found to routinely break EU laws for the protection of animals in transit. It follows monitoring by welfare charities in Bulgaria, an EU entry point to Turkey and the Middle East. The UK government said it would “take steps to control the export of live animals for slaughter” post-Brexit   Read More ...
Living in Rural Ireland: How can you farm when you can’t think what day of the week it is?
2017-09-17 17:06:40 It was the early 1980s and he’d had a few tough years on his farm in Co. Meath. There had been bad weather for two years and he was struggling to manage the farm. “I remember the lead up to it, my concentration was gone. My ability to organise things was gone. On the farm, you are a one-man show, and I was having to spend more and more time doing things that should take no time   Read More ...