Irish farmers slate e-auction for egg tender

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The Irish Farmers Association has slated a move by retail group Musgrave – owner of SuperValu and Centra – to seek tenders for their egg supplies via an online auction. "This is a blatant attempt to force a beleaguered industry to drop the price of eggs below the cost of production, which is not sustainable,"…


Scientists, farmers partner to boost grain production

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SCIENTISTS and grain farmers in South Australia are partnering to better prepare for the impacts of climate change. The last decade had more than its share of drought years, and indications suggest that this will be typical of future weather patterns. Dryland farmers across the low rainfall zone of South Australia have always dealt with…


Cotton defaults may change pricing, says Glencore

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Soaring levels of default in the cotton market may fuel a shake-up in pricing, Ivan Glasenberg, the Glencore chief executive, said, as the commodities giant revealed it too had fallen foul of farmers reneging on deals. Many other commodities markets had witnessed high levels of default in volatile markets, with buyers and sellers walking away…


Milking goats can be profitable – if you don’t mind nannying

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As dairy farmers feel the squeeze, milking goats could appear to be an easier option, but unless set-up and contracts are in place, things may not be quite as straightforward, as Aly Balsom reports Milking is about the only thing dairy goats and cows have in common and as such a completely different attitude is…


Mexico coffee farmers shelter from risk behind hedges

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(Reuters) – For generations, indigenous coffee farmers in the lush mountains east of Mexico’s capital sold their beans to middlemen without understanding the workings of the international coffee market. Now some of those same farmers, tired of falling victim to wild price swings, have taken the unique step of learning the complexities of derivatives trading…


Paraguay wants 6 pct soy export tax; farmers balk

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Paraguay’s government wants to put a 6 percent tax on the country’s burgeoning soy exports, a measure that could aggravate already tense relations between left-leaning President Fernando Lugo and the farm sector. Soy cultivation has expanded rapidly in the South American country, which is the world’s fourth-biggest soybean exporter. The farm sector accounts for 36…


Farming Makes a Comeback

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There’s no Aruba, Barbados or Maui for this bunch. A modern farmer’s life still portends grueling hours, endless chores and plenty of sweat, especially in the sweltering summertime when many of us head for the mountains or the beach. Yet six local farmers insist that they wouldn’t have it any other way. “We don’t really…


Bumper fruit crops for farmers in Lincolnshire

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BUMPER crops of tasty fruit are being reported by growers across the county. Fruits such as apples, pears and plums are ripening as long as four weeks early, with some UK fruit farmers reporting the best harvest in 20 years. According to experts from the Royal Horticultural Society, the autumn is coming early for some…


Delta rice farmers reap big benefits

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Aggregation of land and the formation of co-operatives is providing economies of scale in Mekong Delta paddies, resulting in greater efficiency and improved production. Ngoc Le reports Viet Nam is among the top three rice exporters in the world, and the country’s "rice basket", the Mekong Delta, accounts for as much as 90 per cent…


Minn. smallgrain farmers make harvest progress

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Minn. small-grain farmers make harvest progress Eds: APNewsNow. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Limited rain helped Minnesota’s small-grain producers make progress on harvesting while development of the Corn crop is catching up to the averages. In its weekly crop weather report Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Minnesota’s spring wheat and barley producers harvested 54…


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