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Dry weather conditions put pressure on global wheat supply

There is mounting concern about global wheat supplies, as dry weather conditions persist in the Black Sea region, the US and Australia, sending international wheat prices skyrocketing to a near five-year high in recent weeks.

Farmer suicide rates increase as pressures on sector mounts

No farmer wants to be the person who loses the multi-generational farm. This was according to Prof Joan Mazur, deputy director of the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention at the University of Kentucky in the US, speaking out about soaring suicide rates among farmers around the world.

Strong resistance to new Indonesian peatland mega farms

Indonesia has started the development of a controversial new, large-scale food estate where rice, maize and other crops will be grown in an effort to mitigate the country's reliance on imports.

‘Mini EU trade deal’ brings relief for US lobster exporters

Despite a recent agreement between the EU and the US on lobster tariffs, it is unlikely to be followed soon by similar accords, given transatlantic differences about agriculture, EU vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis has said.

Land-use change drives drastic biodiversity decline – report

The biodiversity cost of the world’s expanding population and economic output has been significant. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) ‘Living Planet Report 2020’, which was published recently, while more food and energy than ever before were being supplied, the over-exploitation of plants and animals was increasingly eroding nature’s ability to provide them in the future.

China bans German pork imports in response to disease threat

Chinese and South Korean authorities have announced that pork imports from Germany will be banned after the first case of African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed there in the second week of September.

World’s most expensive sheep sold for over R8 million

"We knew it was going to be something really special. He was just an outstanding animal, backed up by all the best genetics. There were about seven or eight people who really, really wanted him and that's what led to the price.

Seaweed farming set to grow exponentially

The global agriculture sector has been undergoing a radical transformation in recent years, and researchers around the world are increasingly looking at alternative farming opportunities, such as seaweed farming and other mariculture operations.

World’s largest agri robot being tested in the US

Researchers from Rothamsted Research, headquartered in the UK, are currently testing the latest in artificial intelligence for farming, the world’s largest agricultural robot called the Field Scanalyzer.

Record production puts pressure on global grain prices

US grain and oilseed prices traded slightly lower during trade in the first week of August as global forecasts predicted a record global grain crop.

Researchers work to develop low-methane beef

In recent times, beef farmers around the world have increasingly come under fire from environmental organisations claiming that methane emissions from cattle pose serious consequences for the environment.

Covid-19 delays 2020 coffee harvest as prices weaken

The shortage of migrant workers to harvest coffee beans in South America due to travel restrictions aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic, could result in countries such as Costa Rica, not being able to complete their harvests.

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