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28 October 2021
US House subcommittee finds that COVID-19 infections at meat plats were much higher than previous estimates
Workers at the leading US meatpacking plants experienced cases and death from COVID-19 that were up to three times previous estimates....
UK farmers call for additional investment in ag sector ahead of government budget
The UK's National Farmers Union (NFU) has made a pre-budget submission to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, highlighting the wide-ranging economic benefits of investing in the UK food production system....
27 October 2021
China greenlights beef imports from Italy
China’s Customs Administration has approved beef imports from Italy from 26 October....
WTO panel examines Chinese import duties on Australian beef and wine as relations sour
The World Trade Organization has agreed to set up a panel to examine China's imposition of duties on imported Australian wine and beef, two of several disputes souring relations between the two countries....
Australian farmers respond to government commitment to net zero carbon emissions
Australia's National Farmers Federation (NFF) welcomes the government's strategy for delivering net zero carbon emissions....
26 October 2021
US House approves cattle contract library bill
The US House Agriculture Committee has passed the Cattle Contract Library act of 2021 (HR 5609), creating a library for cattle contracts within the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. ...
UK's new Trade and Agriculture Commission hopes to boost farm exports
UK ministers are building on the recommendations made by the first Agriculture Mission, takings steps to safeguard animal welfare and address antimicrobial resistance in trade agreements. ...
Australia's NFF hits back against "anti livestock agenda" ahead of COP26
National Farmers Federation President Fiona Simson is hitting back against the "anti livestock agenda" in the background of the upcoming UN Climate Conference in Glasgow. ...
MEPs make further progress on Farm to Fork strategy
Members of the European Parliament are presenting plans to revamp the EU's food systems, to produce healthier food, shore up food security, a fair income for farmers and reduce farming's environmental footprint. ...
25 October 2021
What will the UK-NZ trade deal mean for the UK beef and dairy sector?
The UK and New Zealand recently announced an "agreement in principle" for a future trade deal, but UK cattle farmers fear that they could be undercut by food imports....
EU begins consultation on new animal welfare legislation
The European Commission has begun a wide public consultation as part of its efforts to revise animal welfare legislation. ...
Opinion - push to change diets shouldn't harm public health
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) warns that government efforts to nudge consumers towards sustainable diets might back fire - and that changes to UK diets shouldn't harm overall health. ...
21 October 2021
UK launches £17.5 million Farming Innovation Program
As part of Britain's agricultural transition, the government has launched the Farming Innovation Program to support agri-tech innovation. ...
20 October 2021
US to end immigration enforcement raids in meat plants
The Biden administration has decided to stop "mass workplace raids" for undocumented immigrants and will focus on targeting companies who continually violate labor laws....
CIPD urges UK to provide more temporary visas to EU workers as “safety valve”
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a human resources trade body, says that the UK should temporarily allow more young people from the EU to participate in its labor markets to fix staffing shortages....
US farm assistance hopes to reach historically underserved communities
The USDA is investing $4.7 million in 56 different organizations as it shores up its outreach and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who have been historically underserved. ...
19 October 2021
Major UK food systems report reveals lack of trust in global food
The UK recently published its first ever "Trust in Food" index, launched by farming standards agency Red Tractor and pollster YouGov, capturing the UK public's attitudes to food and drink. ...
Opinion - "despite its commitment to gender equality, not enough has been done to mainstream gender across the EU’s policy making"
Lotte Folkesson, Chairwoman of Copa and Cogeca's women's committee celebrated, Rural Women's Day on 15 October and is calling on the European agriculture community to celebrate the role women play in sustainable farming....
18 October 2021
USDA unveils new online tool to help drought-stricken ranches estimate compensation costs
An online tool is now available to help ranchers document and estimate payments to cover feed transportation costs and water hauling expenses caused by drought, which are now covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised...
US redoubles efforts to monitor carbon levels in soil with $10 million investment
The USDA has launched the first phase of soil carbon monitoring efforts through an initiative with the Conservation Reserve Program....
"No checks on imports from the continent has handed the EU a nice Brexit dividend", says BMPA
The latest opinion piece from the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) notes postponing import checks from the EU leaves UK meat exporters at a significant disadvantage....
15 October 2021
What are the next steps in the US ag trade agenda?
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall gives his take on the Biden Administration's approach to international trade and what it means for the US farm sector....
"We can’t afford to get this wrong," Aussie farmers say about climate goals
The bright and prosperous future of farmers and regional Australians depends on the Government getting its climate change commitments right, says Australia's National Farmers Federation (NFF). ...
14 October 2021
New study suggests that the EU Green deal could have uncertain impacts on farm net income
A qualitative assessment carried out by Wageningen University Research (WUR) has found that the European Green Deal and Farm-to-Fork strategies have diverse and uncertain impacts on farm income. ...
EU to propose easing checks on British trade to Northern Ireland
The European Commission will put to Britain a package of measures to ease the transit of goods to Northern Ireland, while stopping short of the overhaul London is demanding of post-Brexit trading rules for the province....
"It's time to listen to the data on the Farm-to-Fork strategy," say EU farm groups
Farming groups across the European Union have signed a joint declaration saying that the European Commission must acknowledge the significant trade-offs in the Farm-to-Fork strategy. ...
13 October 2021
ARS confirms that cattle are not susceptible to COVID-19
Researchers with the USDA Agricultural Research Service have determined that cattle cannot replicate the SARS-CoV-2 virus or transmit it to humans. ...
24 countries join global methane pact ahead of COP26
Two dozen countries have joined a US- and EU-led effort to slash methane emissions 30% by 2030, giving the emerging global partnership momentum ahead of its launch at the UN climate summit in Glasgow later this month....
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