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25 May 2021
Urgent answers are needed from government on UK-Australia trade deal, says NFU
As negotiations over Australia's free trade agreement with the United Kingdom progress, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has outlined five key areas of concern that the UK government needs to address. ...
24 May 2021
Thailand restricts cattle movements amid animal skin disease outbreak
Thailand has ordered strict controls on the movements of buffaloes and cattle after an outbreak of a virus that causes lumps to form on the animals’ skin and reduces milk production....
BMPA warns that the devil is in the detail regarding the UK-Australia trade deal
Despite reassurances that the UK's beef industry will be unscathed under the parameters of the Australia-UK free trade agreement, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) believes that sector will be negatively impacted....
UN bodies set up “One Health” panel to advise on animal disease risks
The World Health Organization and three other international bodies have formed a team of experts to help develop a global plan to prevent the spread of diseases from animals to humans....
21 May 2021
Argentina rubber stamps beef export ban, saying Asian demand justifies the move
Argentina's government put the official seal on a controversial beef export ban on 20 May, formalizing the measure unveiled earlier in the week in the country's official gazette and citing hot demand in Asian markets for pumping up prices....
Weekly beef and dairy digest: USDA issues its EU Milk Report and US cattle ranchers cry foul
US cattle ranchers are calling for an investigation of beef packer market manipulation, and USDA analysis indicates that Europe's dairy herd could shrink further. ...
Canada hopes new investment will build public trust in the food system
Canada's Minister of Agriculture, Marie Claude Bibeau, has announced a $244,000 investment to support the CCFI's efforts to build trust and transparency in the country's food system. ...
Australia's NFF urges calm over UK-Australia free trade agreement
The National Farmers Federation (NFF) says that the outcome of any free trade agreement is that both parties have improved export options - there is no reason to think that the UK-Australia FTA will be any different. ...
EU farming organizations call for a comprehensive impact strategy for the Farm to Fork strategy
Farming unions and cooperatives from multiple agriculture sectors have issued a joint statement drawing attention to the lack of analysis for the EU's Farm to Fork Strategy a year after its publication....
20 May 2021
UK farming groups respond to lump sum exit payment consultation
The National Farmers Union (NFU) and Country and Land Business Association (CLA) have issued statements following the UK government proposed changes to the Basic Payments Scheme (BPS), including a proposal that would pay farmers who wish to exit the industry...
UK government publishes consultation on paying older farmers to retire
The new scheme, which hopes to encourage new entrants to the UK's farming sector by changing elements of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), would give farmers wishing to leave the industry a lump sum payment....
Shares of Brazilian meatpackers slide on Argentina beef export ban
Shares in Brazilian meatpackers slid on 18 May after their operations in Argentina were hit with a 30-day beef export ban in that country, as Buenos Aires struggles to rein in rampant inflation....
19 May 2021
Tensions build in Argentina’s farm sector over government meat export ban
Argentine farm groups will halt trading of livestock in protest against a 30-day government ban on meat exports aimed at bringing down domestic prices....
Over 2,000 UK farmers have applied for the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot
More than 2,000 farmers across the United Kingdom have responded to Defra’s call for applicants for the pilot of the Sustainable Farming Incentive, due to start in October 2021....
UK government must stand up for farmers as Australia and New Zealand trade negotiations progress, says NFU
As trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand reach an advanced stage, farming organisations from across the UK have urged the government to remain committed to its negotiating objectives and stand up for UK farmers in all of its negotiations....
18 May 2021
Argentina stops meat exports for 30 days due to inflation fears
Argentina announced a 30-day halt on meat exports on 17 May amid rising prices that have spooked the government as it struggles with runaway inflation ahead of key mid-term elections at the end of the year....
UK gears up for COP26 by showcasing green credentials
UK ministers are touring the nation to learn about the country's green future ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow....
Dr Jewel Bronaugh confirmed as US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
In a voice vote, the US Senate confirmed Dr Jewel Bronaugh to serve as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, making her the first Black woman to hold the position....
17 May 2021
EU Action Plan aims for zero pollution in air, water and soil
The Commission has adopted a new Action Plan to tackle pollution as part of the European Green Deal, proposing a broad range of measures that will reduce pollution, improve air and water quality and adopt circular economy principles....
Newly introduced UK legislation formally recognizes animal sentience
The UK's proposed Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill will formally recognize that animals are sentient beings and establish a committee that considers animal welfare when making policy decisions....
15 May 2021
Global agri-food systems must be transformed, say EU and FAO
The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to increase joint efforts to transform agri-food systems, in order to make them more inclusive, efficient, resilient and sustainable....
14 May 2021
New report shows that CAP measures help bolster farm income
The EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) measures play an important role in supporting farm income, according to a newly-published report....
Mexico voices “disquiet” over US farm and meat packing labor practices
Mexico has voiced its disquiet in a 12 May letter sent to US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh over alleged failures to enforce labor laws in the US agriculture and meat packing industries....
13 May 2021
EU and Northern Ireland risk being cut off from vital UK meat trade, says BMPA
Nick Allen from the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) writes that the post-Brexit meat export system threatens to cut off the UK's trade with the European Union and Northern Ireland. ...
UK NFU calls for strengthened trade standards as part of Action Plan for Animal Welfare
The National Farmers Union has welcomed the recent raft of animal welfare measures proposed by the government, but says that the improved standards should apply to both imported and domestic goods. ...
12 May 2021
UK to ban live animal exports for slaughter as part of welfare plan
Britain said on 12 May it would ban the live export of animals for slaughter and fattening, explore prohibiting the sale of foie gras and formally recognize animals as sentient beings as part of a post-Brexit welfare plan....
11 May 2021
Youth activists urge bigger say in decision making for climate-hit Africans
Grassroots activists are well-placed to tailor climate messages for local food producers and livestock keepers and could help build long-term support for climate action....
Canada selects 24 innovators for its Food Waste Reduction Challenge semi-finals
The 24 semi-finalists for the $20-million Food Waste Reduction Challenge have pitched diverse and high-impact solutions for Canada's food waste issues....
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