Farm exports surge in six months

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Vietnam’s agriculture, aquaculture and forestry exports reached US$12 billion during the first half of this year, a year-on-year increase of 38.7 per cent, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. During that period, agricultural products accounted for the largest proportion of total farm export turnover, with approximately $7 billion worth of goods, marking a…


Canada cuts wheat harvest hopes – for a third time

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Canadian farm officials, for a third time, cut their estimate for the domestic wheat harvest, dashing hopes of a recovery in exports from, historically, the world’s third-ranked shipper of the grain. Canada’s farm ministry, AAFC, gave up on hopes that harvested area of wheat, excluding the durum variety used in making pasta, would rise from…


BPEX: Pig leadership awards

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Ten pig unit supervisors received leadership awards at the end of the first BPEX leadership programme for the South. Their training, on the BPEX/Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Development Programme, has helped them boost pig productivity and staff motivation on their units. A special top delegate award went to Ken Boyden who works for…


Dairy reform necessary, U.S. ag chief says

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When farm milk prices plummeted in 2009, causing thousands of dairy farms to fail, the situation inspired what could become major policy reforms at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Depending on whom you ask, the proposed reforms are welcomed or feared. But something has to change or there will be a repeat of 2009 in…


Survey of farm use of water

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FARMERS and growers will be surveyed on how much water they use, what they do to conserve it and how they could be affected by climate change. The NFU is launching its Water Survey, which takes place every five years, to get an up-to-date picture of water use on farms. After three unusually dry winters…


Illinois Soybean Association recognizes two Pike County farmers

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Soybean Association recognized two Pike County farmers Sunday at its annual meeting. Mark Sprague of Hull was presented with the 2011 Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Award, and Philip Bradshaw of Griggsville is the state’s nominee for the American Soybean Association Meritorious Service Award. Bradshaw was one of four industry leaders…


These cows are the cream of the crop!

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MILK produced by cows on a farm in Over Hulton are champion — and they have the rosettes to prove it. Farmer Michael Partington, who owns and runs Dearden’s Farm, in Manchester Road, Over Hulton, has seen his homebottled milk named official champion at the Great Yorkshire Show — one of the country’s biggest agricultural…


Pig poo powers plant to keep porkers sizzling

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PIGS living on a farm near Morpeth won’t need blankets to keep them warm thanks to a state-of-the-art facility which converts their dung into green energy. The £1.2million anaerobic digestion plant is the first in the region to be installed on a working farm and is part of a major drive by Newcastle University to…


Elders lifts cloud over Aus-Indonesia cattle trade

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Elders dispelled some of the cloud over Australia’s cattle exports to its biggest customer, Indonesia, by confirming the first shipment since a ban imposed on animal welfare grounds was lifted three weeks ago. The farm retail-to-feedlot group said it would in the second week of August transport 3,000 cattle to Indonesia, the first shipment from…


Old field farm seeks manager

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Old Field Farm explores the interaction and mutual benefit of art and agricultural practices, where a diversified culture for both plants and animals can thrive. Old Field Farm/Art and Agriculture consists of 160 acres of forest, wild bee pastures, indigenous and cultivated mushrooms, habitat for goats, chickens, pigs, ducks; vegetable and fruit gardens. Integral to…


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