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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....
08 January 2021
Weekly beef and dairy digest: exports up year on year and JBS is in the crosshairs over labour practices
JBS and other meat processors in Brazil are facing allegations of sourcing cattle from farms that use slave labour and US beef exports remain steady despite pandemic pressures. ...
CME update: live cattle futures end mixed while feeder futures firm as rally in corn prices stalls
US cattle futures closed narrowly mixed on 7 January with the spot February contract drifting lower in range-bound trade, awaiting direction from cash markets....
Argentina’s government says that it is “evaluating” corn export suspension
Argentina’s government said it would review a decision to temporarily suspend corn exports after a meeting between the farming minister and leaders of the country’s main agricultural associations....
UK NFU welcomes government consultation into gene editing
The NFU believes that harnessing gene editing technology and biotechnology can help the UK reach its net zero carbon ambitions....
BMPA warns that the UK risks food shortages if food factory workers are not prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine
The British Meat Processors Association warns that the UK Government's failure to prioritise food processing workers for the coronavirus vaccine puts the country's food supply at risk. ...
07 January 2021
CME update: cattle futures inch lower as traders weigh slowed meat processing
Live cattle futures fell on 6 January as traders considered declining beef cut-out values against expected tighter market-ready cattle supplies in the second quarter of the year....
Smithfield Foods prepares for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to US employees
Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, says it is actively preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to employees and has medical capabilities at its US plants....
US Farmers Union condemns yesterday's violence at the Capitol
The National Farmers Union has called the violent group who stormed the US Capitol building on 6 January "insurrectionists" and condemns their attempt to undermine democracy. ...
UK sets up consultation for gene editing crops and livestock
Plans to consult on gene editing – which could unlock substantial benefits to nature, the environment and help farmers with crops resistant to pests, disease or extreme weather and to produce healthier, more nutritious food – will be set out today...
06 January 2021
Zimbabwe reports increase in tick-borne diseases in cattle
Multiple provinces in Zimbabwe are losing cattle due to tick-borne diseases, with ongoing outbreaks of January disease reported in Mashonaland West....
JBS responds to slavery allegations on Brazil’s cattle ranches
Brazilian meatpackers must clean up their supply chains, labour experts said on 5 January, after an investigation showed six firms bought cattle from ranches that used slave labour....
CME update: live cattle futures rally on fund-driven buying
US live cattle futures rose by 2 percent on 5 January, bouncing back from a sell-off a day earlier....
Argentina’s farmers will strike over corn export suspension from Monday
Argentine farmers will hold a 72-hour strike from 11 January to protest a government decision to temporarily suspend corn exports....
Australian export update – Japan and South Korea stand out
November was another challenging month for Australian red meat exports, with tight supply of livestock impacting exports, particularly beef and mutton....
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....
CME update: live cattle futures sink amid larger Wall Street retreat
US live cattle futures fell more than 2 percent on 4 January, pressured by ample beef supplies and fund-driven selling as Wall Street equities declined....
Argentina’s meat industry believes that recent corn export suspension will not lower local food prices
Argentina's recently announced suspension of corn exports will not have its intended effect, which was to lower the cost of local staples like steak, the country's CICCRA meat industry chamber said on 4 January....
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....
Chinese consumers are turning away from imported meat due to COVID-19 fears
Chinese supermarkets and consumers are embracing domestic meat as import numbers stagnate and concerns over food-borne transmission of the novel coronavirus continue....
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. ...
Food Price Report: Families to Pay $695 More for Food in 2021
Meat and vegetables are behind the expected overall 3% to 5% increase in food prices in 2021, according to the annual Canada’s Food Price Report....
03 January 2021
UK secures "listed status" to protect £5 billion animal export market
The UK has been granted "national listed status", ensuring that exports to the EU of live animals and animal products can continue after the end of the Brexit transition. ...
02 January 2021
RABI’s online well-being service helps to remove barriers to support
RABI’s new online wellbeing and counselling platform has seen a 90 percent return rate since launching in October....
01 January 2021
UK meets the Brexit deadline and casts off into the unknown
The United Kingdom left the European Union's orbit on Thursday, turning its back on a tempestuous 48-year liaison with the European project for an uncertain post-Brexit future in its most significant geopolitical shift since the loss of empire....
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