U.N. food body says Gaza farms devastated by fighting — August 14, 2014

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Rome | Reuters — The conflict in Gaza has caused serious damage to crops, herds and fishing as well as greenhouses and irrigation systems, bringing food production to a halt and sending prices sharply higher, the United Nations food body said on Thursday. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement that […]


European farmers feel Russian sanctions’ bite — August 10, 2014

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London | Reuters – European dairy firms halted production of cheese and butter destined for Russia and Norwegian salmon prices fell, as a wide array of small fresh food producers felt the first impact from Moscow’s tit-for-tat ban on their goods. Russia stopped imports of most food from the West on Thursday in retaliation for […]


Russia ban offers big opportunity for Brazil — August 7, 2014

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Sao Paulo/Brasilia | Reuters – Russia’s ban on many western food products presents a massive opportunity for meat and grain exports from agricultural powerhouse Brazil and a smaller one for its Latin American neighbours. Around 90 new meat plants in Brazil were immediately approved to export beef, chicken and pork to Russia and the South […]


U.S. forecaster lowers chance of El Nino in autumn — August 7, 2014

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Reuters — A U.S. weather forecaster scaled down its estimate for the chances of the El Nino weather phenomenon occurring during autumn and early winter in the Northern Hemisphere to 65 per cent, from an earlier estimate of 80 per cent. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, had made […]


Cargill Q4 profit falls on exchange rate loss — August 7, 2014

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Reuters — Top global commodities trader Cargill said Thursday its quarterly earnings fell as drought limited farm services opportunities in the U.S. and due to a loss stemming from the drop in the value of Venezuela’s currency. Minneapolis-based Cargill was also stung by elevated rail shipping costs and railcar shortages in the northern U.S. Plains […]


Russia ‘completely’ blocks Canadian meat, fruit, vegetable imports — August 7, 2014

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Moscow/Kiev | Reuters – Moscow imposed a total ban on imports of foods from Canada and other Western nations on Thursday in retaliation against sanctions over Ukraine, a stronger than expected measure that isolates Russian consumers from world trade to a degree unseen since Soviet days. In eastern Ukraine, a Dutch recovery team called off […]


Russia promises ‘substantial’ U.S., EU food import bans — August 6, 2014

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Moscow | Reuters — Russia will impose “quite substantial” bans on imports of foods from the U.S. and EU and has already decided to suspend U.S. poultry imports as part of President Vladimir Putin’s order to prepare a list of food import bans, its veterinary service said. Putin signed a decree on Wednesday banning or […]


Putin orders ag import bans in sanction retaliation — August 6, 2014

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Reuters/Staff – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning or limiting imports of agricultural products from countries which have imposed sanctions on Russia, the Kremlin’s press service said Wednesday. Putin ordered his government to come up with a list of goods to be banned for imports into Russia and to last one year, the […]


Food industry lobbying spikes amid GMO fight-report — July 29, 2014

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U.S. food companies spent almost as much lobbying Congress in the first quarter of 2014 as they did in the full year in 2013, a sign the industry may have intensified its fight against state labelling requirements for genetically engineered foods, according to a report released Tuesday. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), along with companies […]


Grain groups urge USDA to restore inspections at Washington port — July 29, 2014

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A coalition of U.S. grain groups has urged the Department of Agriculture to immediately restore official grain inspection services at the Port of Vancouver, Washington, which is involved in a long-running labor dispute. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the 22 national, regional and state organizations said disruptions at the port “put at […]