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03 April 2020
European Commission announces aid for farmers amid coronavirus pandemic
On 2 April, the European Commission proposed a package of measures to soften the blow of the coronavirus pandemic on the EU economy....
US agriculture, wildlife and conservation groups advocate for conservation funding support
On 2 April, 76 farm, conservation and wildlife groups delivered a letter to Congress requesting full funding for conservation programmes and technical assistance for 2021....
02 April 2020
As 35,000 badgers are culled, RSPCA urges Government to accelerate new bTB plans
As highest ever number of badgers killed in latest cull, RSPCA urges Government to end culls now and speed up introduction of new herd management plans....
01 April 2020
Irish farmers petition European Commission to suspend non-EU beef imports
The Irish Farmers’ Association has submitted a letter to the Government and European Commission urging a halt in beef exports from outside Europe....
Australia subsidises air freight for agriculture exports to offset pandemic
On 31 March, Australia’s government said it will spend A$110 million ($67.4 million) to subsidise air freight for exports of agricultural products like beef and dairy after flight disruptions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic....
31 March 2020
NFU provides new service to report how coronavirus impacts UK farming
A new online service aimed at capturing farm business issues related to coronavirus has been launched by the NFU....
US Senators question meat packers’ surging profits during COVID-19
US Senators are calling for investigations of beef processors’ record profit margins after market shake up....
27 March 2020
USDA makes the federal loan process more flexible
US farmers facing financial difficulty due to coronavirus will be able to access more flexible federal loans....
26 March 2020
NCBA advocates economic relief for the beef supply chain in relief bill
After the US Senate passed coronavirus relief legislation, the NCBA issued the following statement. ...
NFU US welcomes stimulus bill
New stimulus bill would address the most urgent concerns for family farmers and rural hospitals, says NFU....
25 March 2020
USDA and US Trade Representative announce progress on farm provisions of the US-China trade deal
The United States and China have made progress in implementing the agriculture-related elements of the US-China trade deal....
24 March 2020
EU border delays put mounting pressure on meat trade
As the EU mulls possible slaughterhouse shutdowns and staffing issues as the coronavirus pandemic worsens, advocates call for restrictions on live exports....
Canada announces measures to shield the agri-food sector from coronavirus fallout
Prime Minister Trudeau announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. ...
23 March 2020
NFU UK publishes coronavirus advice for employers
The NFU has published a Q&A webpage for employers on coronavirus....
19 March 2020
“Misled” shareholders of Brazil’s JBS seek over $270 million in damages
A group of shareholders in JBS SA began arbitration proceedings against the company, stating they were misled after the company’s IPE in Brazil back in 2007....
Increased calls for debt and loan relief for US farmers as coronavirus spreads
US livestock producers and the American Farm Bureau Federation are urging the USDA to allow deferments or adjustments on government loans as the coronavirus hits the reeling farm economy....
Climate, food and national security at a crossroads
In this podcast, ffinlo Costain interviews Caitlin Werrell, co-founder of the Centre for Climate and Security and Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, the UK's former Climate, Energy and Security Envoy, to explore the relationship between climate change, the...
17 March 2020
Australia announces new stimulus to shield farmers from COVID-19 fallout
Australian Government announces stimulus package to assist farm business as part of a strategy to counteract the economic shock of COVID-19. ...
16 March 2020
UK's APHA receives £1.4 billion budget windfall for world-leading Weybridge Laboratory
The UK’s world-leading scientific and veterinary capability will be enhanced after a £1.4 billion investment boost to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to protect the country against the increasing threats of animal and plant diseases....
Botswana to liberalise beef exports, says minister
BOTSWANA - Botswana will open up its beef industry to allow farmers to export their meat directly, the minister of agricultural development and food security told parliament late on Thursday....
NFU says Packers and Stockyards Act lacks teeth to provide basic needed protections to farmers
US - A rule proposed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) would undermine the intent of the Packers and Stockyards Act, according to comments submitted on Friday (13 March) by National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew....
IFA: collective effort needed to deal with COVID-19 challenge, farmers entitled to illness benefit if affected
IRELAND - IFA President Tim Cullinan has said a collective effort will be needed to deal with the challenge of COVID-19....
13 March 2020
Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme (SUCKLERS) open for applications
IRELAND - The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine informed farmers and advisors that the application process for the Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme (BEEP (SUCKLERS)) for 2020 opened yesterday, (Thursday, 12 March)....
12 March 2020
Govt probes sale of meat from dead cattle
ZIMBABWE - The government has instituted investigations into the sale of contaminated meat by some abattoirs, butcheries and illegal meat traders, which is putting the lives of the public at risk....
US opens market to UK beef exports
UK - Beef from the UK could soon be heading to America after government officials agreed the next step of an export deal worth around £66 million over the first five years....
11 March 2020
15,000 people sign NFU’s food standards petition
More than 15,000 people have urged the Government to commit in law that food that would be illegal for British farmers to produce here will not be imported as part of future trade deals....
UK loses "A" grade in global test of animal welfare leadership
The UK has dropped a grade in the global assessment of countries’ records on animal welfare due to Brexit parliamentary delays which have held up planned laws such as animal sentience and export regulation....
09 March 2020
Report confirms TB strategy retains culling option
UK - The UK government has announced plans for the next stage of its 25-year bovine TB eradication strategy including field trials of a cattle vaccine, plans to vaccinate more badgers against the disease and improved testing to intercept bTB earlier....
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