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11 January 2021
Fonterra, Nestlé, DairyNZ team up to expand plantain trial for dairy diets to reduce GHG emissions
Incorporating certain varieties of plantain into a cow’s diet has been shown to reduce the nitrogen concentration in their urine, which can leach through soil into groundwater....
10 January 2021
EU publishes CAP recommendations for individual member states
The European Commission has published recommendations for the Common Agricultural Policy to support member states as they embark on the European Green Deal....
09 January 2021
A Thai landfill has been converted to an urban farm to feed the poor during COVID-19
An urban farm developed on a former landfill site in northern Thailand has boosted the food security and livelihoods of poor families during the coronavirus pandemic – and can be a model for unused spaces in other cities....
05 January 2021
New report alleges slave labour on Brazil’s cattle farms
A new report states that feeder farms for some of Brazil’s beef producing companies have used slave labour, prompting refreshed calls for Brazil to clean up its meat supply chain....
Red Tractor UK wants farmers to take the lead in shaping future standards
Farm assurance body, Red Tractor, is urging farmers across the UK to participate in a consultation on how its farm standards should evolve beyond 2021. ...
04 January 2021
A five-point plan for better silage in 2021
Taking decisive steps now can help farmers make better silage for 2021. ...
Smart Control: maintaining grazing practices through geofencing
Smart cattle grazing can play a decisive role in improving soil quality and combatting climate change....
Delegates at the Oxford Real Farming Conference to champion regenerative agriculture
In the run-up to the COP26 Climate Conference, farmers and communities from 75 countries gather at global summit to show how farming can help fix the climate crisis. ...
31 December 2020
New Year's message from the UK NFU
NFU President Minette Batters thanks the public for their ongoing support and acknowledges that British farming has entered a new era. ...
28 December 2020
UC Davis Establishes Research, Training in Cultivated Meat
Is cultivated meat — essentially, animal protein grown under lab conditions — a nourishing prospect to help feed the world, or is it more sizzle than steak?...
26 December 2020
UK awards £21 million to farm sector to boost productivity
More than 3,800 farmers are expected to benefit from £21 million investment in productivity-boosting equipment from the UK Government's Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme. ...
25 December 2020
500 hectare planting boost for England’s Community Forests
Over 500 hectares of trees will be planted in ten Community Forests over the next five months thanks to new £12.1 million fund....
24 December 2020
Novel feed ingredient enables significant reduction of methane emissions in beef cattle
A 2-year large-scale trial in beef cattle in Alberta, Canada has successfully demonstrated that a novel feed ingredient, developed by Royal DSM, can be included in commercial feedlot diets to reduce methane emissions by up to 80%, without negative effects...
Even Small Efforts to Keep Cows From Creeks Can Significantly Improve Riparian Health
With a little time and effort, rangeland managers can have a dramatic impact on the resilience of California’s riparian areas, which are important to the state’s human, environmental and economic well-being....
Research says confidence in Canada’s food system at an all time high
According to the 2020 public trust research conducted by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI), Canadians are feeling more confident than ever about our food system....
Producers should follow recommended veterinary practices for dehorning cattle
Producers with horned cattle should develop and implement a dehorning plan that improves efficiency and animal well-being, Oklahoma State University experts said....
21 December 2020
New app helps young farmers achieve top growth rates in cattle
Two young farmers report achieving outstanding growth rates with free precision livestock app Breedr....
20 December 2020
European bison returns from brink of extinction
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has moved the European bison from the Vulnerable states to Near Threatened status...
18 December 2020
Former NFU presidents urge President-Elect Biden to take action against climate change
Former presidents of the US National Farmers Union have penned a letter to President-Elect Biden, urging him to advance US climate leadership. ...
UK Beef farmer wins first regenerative farming award
Andy Rumming and his family who farm on the upper reaches of the River Thames have won the first ever Russ Carrington Award in recognition of their regenerative farming methods. ...
UK organic farmers can get extra support ahead of Brexit
Leading initiatives support imports and exports of organic goods after Brexit. ...
16 December 2020
EU farming unions pen open letter urging the European Commission to adjust policy to reflect market realities
European agri-food associations urge the Commission to adjust the 2021 Annual Work Programme with a less dogmatic approach to make efficient use of its promotion budget for sustainable agri-food goods....
15 December 2020
Methane-reducing seaweed additive wins The Food Planet Prize
A seaweed-based cattle feed that dramatically reduces methane emissions, outlined by research body CSIRO, has won the largest monetary reward on the global food stage....
14 December 2020
Biden’s pick for Agriculture Secretary will likely reassure farmers but disappoint activists
President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack for USDA secretary – a move that will likely reassure commodity crop farmers but disappoint climate activists and small-holder advocates....
13 December 2020
Australia's NFF welcomes new climate change measures and reduced emissions targets
The National Farmers' Federation says that Australia's suite of climate change action measures recognise the agriculture sector's capacity to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change. ...
12 December 2020
US NFU creates new Climate Change Policy Advisory Panel
The NFU has created the 16-member panel to strengthen its efforts to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. ...
11 December 2020
UK NFU says there is still a place for beef and dairy in sixth Carbon Budget
The UK's Climate Change Committee has released its sixth Carbon Budget, but appears to overlook the nuances of British meat and dairy....
10 December 2020
New report shows Australia's agriculture sector weathering the challenges of 2020
The National Farmers' Federation released its 2020 report card and says that Australia's agriculture sector is poised for growth in 2021. ...
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