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This Greek cattle feeder prefers to take Belgian Blue bull calves to finish.

Greek beef feeder favours Romanian ‘Blues’

Farm aims for improved efficiency in a competitive market


Consumers in Greece love their beef, creating a high year-round demand for the protein source. To feed this demand there are a number of larger beef-fattening units set up around the country, supplying the meat to both private customers and wholesalers. However, Greek beef farmers say the recent financial crisis in the country has hurt […] Read more




The Agricost farm has over 50,000 tonnes of grain storage.

Europe’s biggest arable farm extends to 57,000 hectares

The largest farm in the EU is in Romania, but owned by a UAE investment fund

With 57,000 hectares to harvest and a subsidy cheque of $15 million coming in, Agricost is the largest farm in Europe and is based in Romania. In the spring of 2018, United Arab Emirates-based investment fund Al Dahra purchased the farm from a Romanian businessman in a deal worth over $345 million. This investment group […] Read more


EU to ban Bayer’s Calypso insecticide

Brussels | Reuters — European Union governments on Tuesday widened the EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides after deciding not to renew their approval for Bayer’s thiacloprid. Farmers will not be allowed to use the neonic insecticide, sold under the brands Calypso and Biscaya, after April 30, 2020, when its current approval expires. A majority of […] Read more




U.S. set to widen trade war on EU front

London/Brussels/Washington | Reuters — The United States won approval on Wednesday to impose import tariffs on US$7.5 billion worth of European aircraft and agricultural goods over illegal EU subsidies handed to Airbus, threatening to trigger a tit-for-tat transatlantic trade war as the global economy falters. The decision by the World Trade Organization pushes a 15-year […] Read more


With a poor crop in parts of the EU this year, Canadian grain marketers say demand potential for Prairie canola shipments could increase as high as 1.5 million tonnes.

How to get your farm ready for sales to the EU

Canola Council urges producers to get sustainable stamp, a "five minute" process which could open market doors


Doyle Weibe, who farms near Saskatoon, Sask., is one western Canadian farmer who is ready with his sustainable farming certification when the expected demand to supply canola to the European Union (EU) biofuel market breaks. With a poor crop in parts of the EU in 2019, Canadian grain marketers say there is potential for the […] Read more

Global wheat production to decrease, USDA says

MarketsFarm — In the latest supply and demand report from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the global wheat forecast was revised downward due to difficult weather conditions. USDA has now projected 765.53 million tonnes of wheat to be produced in 2019-20, according to the department’s world agriculture supply and demand estimates (WASDE), released Thursday. That’s […] Read more