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17 June 2021
Argentine meat packers reach preliminary export agreement with government
Argentine meat packers have reached a preliminary deal with the government that will allow them to partially reopen beef exports after a month-long suspension aimed at cutting domestic food price inflation, an industry source said on 16 June....
How significant is the UK-Australia deal for UK agriculture?
The latest analysis from the AHDB's David Swales delves into the implications for food standards and farm animal welfare in the recently-agreed trade pact between the United Kingdom and Australia....
USDA defends debt relief for minority farmers despite legal fight
The US Agriculture Department (USDA) is defending efforts to wipe clean government-backed loans to farmers facing decades of discrimination, despite a temporary restraining order on the debt relief plan issued by a US District court last week....
16 June 2021
RABDF raises concerns over lack of detail in UK-Australia Free-Trade deal
The RABDF is concerned about a lack of detail in the free trade deal between the UK and Australia as a broad agreement was reached on 15 June....
USDA Secretary backs proposed meatpacking investigator
US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday 15 June threw his support behind a proposal to establish a special investigator to address concerns about anti-competitive practices in the meat and poultry industries....
UK NFU hopes that UK-Australia FTA will include safeguards for agriculture sector
The National Farmers Union has issued a statement after Australia and the United Kingdom agreed in principle to a free trade pact on 15 June....
US farming organizations speak out against temporary order stopping relief for minority farmers
Farming groups across the United States have issued a statement deploring a temporary restraining order that stops indigenous and minority ethnicity farmers from claiming relief under Section 1005 of the American Rescue Plan Act....
15 June 2021
Australia touts “great win” in UK’s first post-Brexit trade deal
Britain and Australia have agreed a trade deal after talks between their prime ministers ironed out outstanding issues, Australian Minister for Trade Dan Tehan said on Tuesday 15 June....
Don't sign the UK-Australia trade deal, says RSPCA
The UK's RSPCA is urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stop a trade deal with Australia that could see the UK importing food raised at lower animal welfare standards....
EPA's water rule reversal a "blow to agriculture", says AFBF
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall commented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of its intention to reverse the Navigable Waters Protection Rule....
EU farming unions warn that new biodiversity strategy disregards realities on the ground
While debating the European Union's biodiversity policy, members of the European Parliament re-defined the concept of sustainability to focus more on environmental elements - but this could hamstring the agriculture sector's ability to deliver on biodiversity...
Irish food and drinks sector posts promising export figures to UK in new report
Despite Brexit and COVID-19 identified amongst the top risks for the Irish food and drinks sector, 1 in 3 Irish businesses surveyed recorded an uplift in retail sales during COVID-19 and almost half of all Irish companies exporting to the UK anticipate...
14 June 2021
Brazil's Amazon deforestation surges 67% in May as Bolsonaro pledges fall flat
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose for a third consecutive month in May, preliminary government data showed on Friday 11 June, with President Jair Bolsonaro yet to follow through on his April pledge to boost funding for environmental enforcement....
USDA begins work to enforce the Packers and Stockyards Act
The Department of Agriculture will begin work on three proposed rules to support enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act, which would give farmers stronger protections from corporate abuse. ...
UK meat industry groups call for veterinary agreement to protect exports to the EU
The UK's food and feed trade associations, hauliers, farmers and veterinary groups are advocating for a new veterinary agreement to avoid a "catastrophic drop" in food exports to the EU....
11 June 2021
Weekly beef and dairy digest: JBS contends with fallout from cyberattack
JBS left with an $11-million bill after cyber attack and the FAO warns that food import costs could surge. ...
US ag groups petition Senate leadership for farm labor reform
The National Farmers Union (NFU) and members of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) call immediate action to address worker shortages in the farm labor system....
US invests over $4 billion to strengthen food system
The USDA has earmarked more than $4 billion to shore up critical supply chains and make green investments in the US food system....
10 June 2021
US ag economy barometer posts sharp declines in May
The Ag Economy Barometer fell by 20 points in May as producers remain bullish on farmland values....
09 June 2021
Crackdown on livestock worrying in England and Wales
New measures to crack down on livestock worrying are to be introduced in England and Wales through the Kept Animals Bill introduced to Parliament on 8 June. ...
UK government introduces new protections for livestock in second Animal Welfare Bill
New powers increase protections for farm animals will be introduced in legislation, further cementing the UK's leadership in animal welfare....
08 June 2021
Canada to help farmers adopt clean technologies
The Canadian government is helping farmers and agri-businesses adopt clean technologies to reduce carbon emissions as part of the new Agricultural Clean Technology Program. ...
USDA invests $1 billion in food bank capacity as part of the Build Back Better initiative
The USDA will invest $1 billion to purchase healthy food and shore up food bank capacity as part of the new Build Back Better Initiative. ...
American Farm Bureau urges administration to act amid surge of undocumented immigrants
The recent increase in undocumented immigration is raising concerns among US farming and ranching families, says the American Farm Bureau Federation. ...
07 June 2021
Australia Institute responds to ag-sector criticisms of its latest emissions report
In response to the Australian farming sector's criticism of the Banking on Australia's Emissions report, Richie Merzian, Director of the Climate & Energy Program at the Australia Institute, explains that the report is not an indictment of the agriculture...
New data from Defra shows increased growth of UK organic sector
Provisional 2020 organic farming statistics released by Defra reveal reasons to be optimistic about the future of the organic sector, with the overall UK land currently in conversion increasing significantly by 12%....
05 June 2021
The US launches the annual Feds Feed Families Nationwide Food Drive
The USDA has kicked off the annual government-wide Feds Feed Families (FFF) campaign and has created a website that makes it easy to participate, measure donations and share success stories....
04 June 2021
Weekly beef and dairy digest: US meat industry faces tough scrutiny and China ups its dairy capacity
FAO data shows that global food prices are surging while US meat industry practices are put under the government spotlight. ...
 
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