Farmers warned high kiwi will hit prices for lamb

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Farmers would do no harm working towards a conservative budget of $100 to $105 for an average sized lamb, says Silver Fern Farms chief executive Keith Cooper. Cooper said Beef+Lamb New Zealand’s forecast of $105 for a 17.9- kilogram lamb this season for upper South Island farmers was a reasonable indication of where prices would…


Livestock farmers hard pressed for loans

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Although banks are prioritizing agricultural production as ordered by the central bank, most livestock farmers say interest rates are still too high for them to borrow. Nguyen Van Son, a pig farmer in the Mekong Delta Province of Tien Giang, said he needed 60 million dong (US$3,000) to revitalize his farming which was severely damaged…


Farmers form alliances to boost profits

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Farmers in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai are joining alliances to enhance the value of their agricultural products as part of a project that uses funds from a governmental loan from the World Bank. Le Van Linh, deputy director of the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the province is taking…


Rice prices escalating, farmers now have more power in bargaining

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For the first time in the last many years, the summer-autumn rice price does not decrease, even though it is now the highest harvesting season. The price keeps the upward trend, bringing more profits to farmers. Vietnamese farmers now can sell rice well thanks to Thai price increases caused by the Thai government policy on…


Bumper beet crop on the cards for Norfolk’s sugar farmers

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  A bumper beet crop is on the cards, according to the early results of British Sugar’s pre-campaign sample programme. And given further sunshine, further significant growth is expected ahead of the official start of the latest processing campaign on Wednesday, September 14. Average sugar contents for British Sugar’s Wissington factory, which processes about a…


Farmers will not be ‘unduly worried’ by dairy price caution, says IFA

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DAIRY farmers will keep an eye on short-term milk price caution expressed by giant Dutch co-op FrieslandCampina, but they will not be unduly worried by it, according to IFA dairy chairman Kevin Kiersey. FrieslandCampina’s business partner Fonterra yesterday decided to maintain its mid-term farmgate milk price forecast despite the Dutch co-op’s cautions about a "stagnant"…


Europe’s pest-hit farmers lift sowings of GM corn

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Losses to the corn borer moth have prompted Portugal and Spain, Europe’s top adherents of genetically modified seed, to raise to a record their sowings of biotech corn this year. Nonetheless, the GM crops represent only a tiny fraction of corn production in the region, limited by, in many countries, "hostile public opinion", a report…


Ludwig as bad as drought, say beef farmers

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Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig’s decision to halt live cattle exports to Indonesia so angered the industry that beef producers have now put him on par with floods and droughts. Farmers fronted a Senate inquiry in Broome on Thursday complaining of their lot in life, namely "floods, droughts and Ludwigs". West Kimberley producers said they…


Quinn samples the show Progress; Illinois farmers know how to grow crops

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DECATUR – Gov. Pat Quinn received a warm welcome Tuesday as he made his way through the Farm Progress Show. Quinn spent about an hour at the show, walking through several exhibits, shaking hands and posing for pictures along the way. Quinn said he wanted to acknowledge the important role agriculture plays in the state.…


Maize harvest will inform biogas variety choice

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Farmers growing maize for biogas production could soon be better informed about what variety performs best, according to Masstock. The firm says this year’s maize harvest will provide sufficient data to make a meaningful evaluation of varieties initially developed for the mainland EU market and see how they have performed over the past three years…


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