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15 October 2020
View news from United Kingdom NFU president meets Prime Minister
NFU President Minette Batters met Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 14 October to discuss the need for the UK to safeguard British farming's high standards in trade policy. ...
View news from Global 7 Research Takeaways: Rethinking sulfate sources of trace minerals in animal feed
Trouw Nutrition is sharing global research findings that show the source of trace mineral affects dairy cow performance. The “Time to Rethink the Use of Sulfates in Dairy Rations” presentation draws on research conducted internally and with multiple...
14 October 2020
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures rebound after recent losses
US live cattle futures corrected on 13 October amid a stronger wholesale market....
View news from Argentina Argentina’s oilseed workers go on strike at key ports
Argentina’s Federation of Oilseeds Workers began open-ended wage strikes on 13 October, with no sign of government intervention that would force members back to work during new contract negotiations....
View news from Ireland New campaign hopes to give grass-fed Irish beef an edge
Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, is launching a big impact marketing campaign placing grass-fed Irish beef in the spotlight this autumn in a bid to drive awareness of its premium qualities and Ireland’s unique grass-fed production systems...
View news from European Union EU farming union calls for leaders to use ERI to help the agriculture sector recover from COVID-19
Investments and the rapid deployment of funds are critical to keep the EU's agriculture sector and rural areas on track during the on-going COVID-19 crisis. ...
View news from United Kingdom The UK must reward farmers for maintaining and improving landscapes, says NFU
The UK's National Farmers Union is launching a new report that shows the pivotal role British farming plays in maintaining the nation's landscapes and sets out how future policy needs to enable farmers to continue their work. ...
13 October 2020
View news from China China’s September meat imports inch up on August numbers
China imported 834,000 tonnes of meat in September 2020, slightly higher than last month....
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures slip as market feels seasonal pressure
US live cattle futures fell on 12 October following softening seasonal demand and the continued impact from backlogs at slaughterhouses....
View news from United States What are the key farming issues in the upcoming US election?
Despite President Trump enjoying wide support among US farmers, some have reservations about the impact his trade policies on crop prices and international movement of US farm products....
View news from United Kingdom UK vets stunned as MPs vote against Agriculture Bill amendment on import standards
Vets across the United Kingdom lament a "severe blow for animal welfare" as MPs vote against an amendment that would require food imports to meet the same rigorous welfare and safety standards as UK farm products....
View news from Global Women underrepresented in meat industry workforce - new report
New report shows that women make up 36 percent of meat industry work force, 14 percent of board-level director positions and 5 percent of executive roles. ...
View news from United States Ribeye-eating pigs demonstrate protein quality for humans
Nearly a decade ago, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) developed a new index to assess protein quality in foods. The goal, writ large, was to address food security for the world’s most vulnerable populations, creating more accurate...
12 October 2020
View news from European Union EU leaders move to ensure tough enforcement powers in Brexit deal
The Financial Times reports that EU leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron will insist on stringent enforcement rules for any trade deal with the UK....
View news from United Kingdom UK dairy profits expected to recover in 2020, says Old Mill
The newly-released Milk Cost of Production Report from Old Mill shows UK Dairy farmers' profits recovering in 2019/20 after falling in 2018/19, mainly due to reduced purchased feed costs. ...
View news from Brazil Barretos beef plant resumes exports to China
COVID-19-affected plant owned by Brazil’s Minerva resumes exports to China....
View news from United States CME update: feeder cattle futures sink to three-month low
Feeder cattle futures dropped on 9 October amid pressure from surging prices for US grain....
View news from United Kingdom UK ministers move to deny MPs vote on blocking chlorinated chicken imports
Reporting in The Independent states that British cabinet members will use an “obscure” rule to prevent lawmakers from voting on food imports....
View news from United States US Conservation Stewardship Programme may miss the mark
The USDA recently issued a final updates to the Conservation Stewardship Programme, but the NFU fears that the rules leave structural flaws unaddressed. ...
11 October 2020
View news from United States Lack of White House support is stalling COVID-19 relief bill - NFU
Despites Congress passing an amended version of the HEROES Act on 1 October, President Trump is refusing to move the law forward until after the election....
10 October 2020
View news from New Zealand New research suggests that New Zealand's beef and sheep farms are approaching carbon neutrality
Independent research has found New Zealand’s sheep and beef farms are already close to being carbon neutral and strengthens calls for the formal recognition of on-farm sequestration....
09 October 2020
View news from Germany German minister calls for meatpackers to work longer hours after latest COVID-19 outbreak
Germany’s agriculture minister has called for state governments to allow slaughterhouses and meat packing plants to work longer hours to address a backlog of animals that built up on farms during the first wave of the coronavirus....
View news from Global Weekly protein digest: beef exports from US decline while the dairy industry gains ground
Jim Wyckoff's latest beef and dairy update tracks decreasing beef exports from the United States and the impacts of Spain's recent COVID-19 spike....
View news from European Union EU livestock organisations lobby for stricter labelling of vegan meat products
European livestock organisations are launching a campaign against the "misuse of meat denominations" for vegan and plant-based meat products. ...
View news from United States Arbiom demonstrates scale-up of wood-to-food technology
Biotechnology pioneer Arbiom achieves continuous process operations in demonstration programme of its wood-to-food technology....
View news from European Union EU moves closer to adopting carbon-crediting scheme for farmers
The European Parliament's plenary vote on the EU-wide Climate Law took place on 7 October, moving the trading bloc closer to a carbon farming model that incentivises farmers to boost carbon sequestration. ...
View news from United Kingdom More UK farmers seeking mental health support with FCN
The Farming Community Network's (FCN) helpline reports that mental health queries now make up the majority of calls....
08 October 2020
View news from Germany New COVID-19 outbreak in Germany shutters meatpacking plant
A German slaughterhouse contending with a coronavirus outbreak has been ordered to close by health authorities....
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