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12 February 2016
Welfare Research Can Influence Change, Lead to On-farm Solutions
ANALYSIS - Collaborating with industry partners, FAI Farms develops research programs that influence welfare and sustainability change in the livestock industry. ...
11 February 2016
Keeping Dry Cows Cool Promotes Herd Productivity, Research Shows
AUSTRALIA - The impacts hot weather can have on milking herds are well-known and dairy farmers throughout mainland Australia employ shade and evaporative cooling, with supporting herd management strategies, to prevent heat stress and keep their milking...
10 February 2016
Food Insecurity in South Sudan Exacerbated by Livestock Raids
SOUTH SUDAN - South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people - nearly 25 per cent of the country's population - remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at least 40,000 people are on the brink of catastrophe,...
09 February 2016
Farmers Warned to Dispose of Plastic Waste Carefully or Risk Huge Fines
UK - Farmers should be careful to dispose of their waste plastic in accordance with the law or risk huge fines, following the conviction of a business in Oxfordshire....
04 February 2016
Researchers Try Oregano to Reduce Methane Emissions from Cows
DENMARK - A new research project from Aarhus University aims to reduce methane emissions from dairy cows by up to 25 per cent, benefiting producers and the environment....
02 February 2016
South African Drought: No Relief in Sight
SOUTH AFRICA - In spite of wide spread rain over many parts of the drought-stricken summer rainfall area of South Africa, chances remain low that the impact of drought will soon be broken. Glenneis Kriel reports....
20 January 2016
Ethiopia Faces El Niño Emergency as Livestock, Crops Lost
ETHIOPIA - The strongest El Niño weather episode in the last several decades has caused repeated crop failure, decimated livestock herds and driven some 10.2 million people across Ethiopia into food insecurity, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation...
12 January 2016
OFC - What Strategies are Needed to Feed a Growing Population?
UK - Sustainable intensification strategies to give greater production but with a lower environmental impact will be necessary to meet the rising demand for food, as the world population grows and the effects of climate change are felt....
11 January 2016
OFC - Call for Economic Viability for Sustainable Farming
UK - Economic viability and environmental sustainability are the major issues facing British farming....
El Niño Impacts to Hit NZ Farmers for Months
NEW ZEALAND - Recent rain has been a welcome respite from ongoing dry weather conditions in much of the country, but farmers in drought-affected parts of New Zealand will continue to feel the impacts of El Niño for months, as New Zealand's weather science...
06 January 2016
What's the Biggest Challenge for Sustainable Beef?
ANALYSIS - The biggest challenge for sustainable beef is taking practical applications to the grass-roots level, said Karl Williams, Operations Director at FAI Farms UK....
05 January 2016
Research Finds Improved Land Use Efficiency Helps Climate
UK - New research from the University of Cambridge into the potential for sparing land from food production to balance greenhouse gas emissions has shown that emissions from the UK farming industry could be largely offset by 2050....
04 January 2016
Help Extended for Flood-Hit UK Farmers
UK - Farmers hit by Storm Eva flooding in Lancashire and Yorkshire will receive emergency funding of up to £20,000 each, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced....
30 December 2015
Climate Change and Your Food: Ten Facts
GLOBAL - Here are ten facts about how a change climate affects our ability to grow food and feed ourselves....
24 December 2015
London Buses Get Greener by Running on Meat Waste
UK - Almost a third of London's bus fleet will soon be running on a greener blend of diesel, made from blending diesel with renewable biodiesel from waste products, including cooking oil and tallow from the meat processing trade....
23 December 2015
El Niño Lowers Early Production Outlook in Southern Africa
GLOBAL - Crop and livestock production prospects in Southern Africa have been weakened by the El Niño weather phenomenon that has lowered rains and increased temperatures....
16 December 2015
Dairy Industry Sets Ambitious Targets to Reduce Emissions
ANALYSIS - The British dairy industry is set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 20 and 30 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020....
Replacing Meat with Veg Worse for Planet, Study Says
US - Eating lettuce is more than three times worse for greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon, a study from Carnegie Mellon University has found. ...
14 December 2015
Cattle Methane Emissions Lower Than Previously Thought
AUSTRALIA - Methane emissions from cattle in Australia are 24 per cent lower than previously estimated, equivalent to 12.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, following analysis of new Australian research data....
Breakthrough Climate Agreement Supports Food Security
GLOBAL - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva welcomed the approval of the Paris Agreement on climate change, saying that "for the first time ever, food security features in a global climate change accord."...
10 December 2015
NZ Farmers Urged to Help Each Other in Dry El Niño Weather
NEW ZEALAND - Farming organisation Federated Farmers is encouraging drought affected farmers struggling due to the dry El Niño weather pattern to continue destocking as necessary, and to think further afield....
08 December 2015
Most Nitrogen Lost from Grassland Not a Climate Concern
IRELAND - Newly published research into soil processes discovers that over half the nitrogen applied to grazed grassland soils in temperate regions was lost as environmentally benign di-nitrogen (N2) gas....
How Can Carbon Footprinting Improve Dairy Profits?
ANALYSIS - Nearly half the dairy farmers in the UK believe that taking measures to tackle climate change will add costs to their business, writes Chris Harris....
07 December 2015
Food Prices Fell in November Amid Robust Global Stocks
GLOBAL - Major food commodity prices fell in November, reversing about half their rise in the previous month, as the cost of internationally-traded staples, except for sugar, fell across the board....
04 December 2015
Climate Change Puts Food Security Progress At Risk, USDA Says
US - Climate change is likely to impede progress on reducing undernourishment around the world in the decades ahead, according to a major scientific assessment released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on global food security and its implications...
Replacing Beef Herd with Trees "Nonsense Ideology", IFA Says
IRELAND - Environment Chairman of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA), Harold Kingston, has described remarks recently made by environmental commentators that Ireland’s beef herd should be replaced with trees as “nonsense ideology"....
03 December 2015
Hand-in-Hand Approach Needed to Address Hunger and Climate Change
GLOBAL - Providing support to developing countries and their agricultural sectors is essential for the global goals of eradicating hunger and tackling the challenges of climate change, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva....
02 December 2015
How Can Food Be Produced in the Face of Climate Change?
ANALYSIS - More information needs to be made available on the impact of climate change on food production in order to mitigate its effects in future, writes Chris Harris....
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