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Independent ministry for fisheries broadly welcomed

The Central Government’s decision to constitute a separate ministry for animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries has brought cheers to the fisheries sector.

The Hindu - Business Line

US

TRUMP SIGNS DISASTER BILL WITH $3 BILLION FOR AGRICULTURE

A smiling President Trump announced enactment of the $19.1 billion disaster bill that includes $3 billion for agricultural relief on Thursday.

Successful Farming

INDIA

India's Water Crisis: Can a new ministry fix our water emergency?

Among the first steps taken by the Modi government in its second phase was the May 31 creation of a Jal Shakti Ministry under a full-fledged cabinet minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. 

India Today

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ISRAEL

REINVENTING AGRICULTURE: FROM DRIP IRRIGATION TO SMARTPHONE FARMING

Every 10 minutes, the company's algorithm analyzes the weather forecast and data collected by sensors on the ground, stem and fruit to decide whether to supply water to the crops.

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POULTRY

Cooling chickens with sprinklers has multiple benefits

According to Tom Tabler, PhD, a sprinkler system cannot only dramatically reduce water use, it enables better humidity control. There’s also increasing evidence that performance among birds raised with a sprinkler system is comparable to birds raised with cool-cell systems.

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POULTRY

Poultry as bad as red meat for cholesterol

Turning a conventional wisdom on its head, researchers have found that consuming red meat and white meat, like poultry, have equal effects on blood cholesterol levels. The study indicated that restricting consumption of meat altogether, whether red or white, is more advisable for lowering blood cholesterol levels than previously thought.

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Bayer and Arvinas, Inc. to form an exclusive joint venture

A collaboration with Arvinas, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company based in New Haven, Connecticut. The new life science research partnership uniquely leverages the full potential of Arvinas’ novel PROTAC® technology, coupled with Bayer’s leading expertise in health and agriculture to develop innovations for the benefit of patients and farmers. 

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INDIA POULTRY: UPPCB to look into pollution by poultry farm

The Hindu

 

KENYA POULTRY: If done right, poultry farming can be very lucrative

Standard Digital

PESTICIDES: To curb pesticide use, Telangana plans to offer diplomas to dealers.

Times of India

PESTICIDES: USA lags behind EU, Brazil and China in banning harmful pesticides

Science Daily

FISHERIES: Sustainable fisheries: Commission details progress, profit

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FISHERIES: Fish farming industry bids to relax limits on toxic pesticide.

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Sigma Agriscience and Heliae® Agriculture announce partnership

Houston-based Sigma Agriscience, a manufacturer of granular biofertilizers and biostimulants, has announced it will begin offering new performance-based fertilizer blends in partnership with Heliae® Agriculture.

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Tractor sales across the world: What’s up and what’s down?

2018 figures indicate a decline in sales of new tractors in Europe, China and Turkey, and growth in the US and India. That’s according to data presented recently by FederUnacoma (Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation).

Agriland

ARTICLE: Hydroponically Grown Produce Threatens Real Organic Agriculture

Truth out

RESULTS (INDIA): NFL achieves its best ever financial results in FY1

Millennium Post

ARTICLE: Balanced soil enlarge agriculture fertility

The Technology Times

RESULTS: DowDuPont Q1 agriculture results weak in U.S., strong in Asia Pacific

Xinhuanet

UK: NFU reiterates its net zero aims for agriculture

The Poultry Site

INDIA: Goa minister proposes agriculture subject in school syllabus

Business Standard

CAMBODIA: Cambodia: Minister of Agriculture stresses need to increase yields and quality of produce

Fresh Plaza

CHINA: Across China: Green agriculture helps farmers grow wealth

Xinhuanet

ARTICLE: Agriculture faces a scientific innovation drought

The Hill

ARTICLE: Climate change has U.S. fund managers adjusting agriculture investments

Hellenic Shipping News

ARTICLE (INDIA): Fixing agriculture a decade after cyclone Aila: A farmer recollects

Mongabay

INDIA: PepsiCo’s Lawsuits Against Farmers: HC tells Deesa court to check cold storages too

The Indian Express

PAKISTAN: HAC Agri invests millions in cold storage

Fresh Plaza

INDIA: State-of-the-art vegetable market remains a dream

The Hindu

ARTICLE (INDIA): Reaping fruits of labour

The Tribune

INDIA: Tiger Logistics India Ltd receives project from Chittaranjan Locomotive Works

Equity Bulls

ARTICLE: Blockchain, cooperation and sustainability in the logistics of the future

Fresh Plaza

ARTICLE (INDIA): Innovation In Farming

Business World

BRAZIL: U.S. tractor maker AGCO rolls out Fendt line for Brazil farmers

The Western Producer

US: Kubota launches new tractor line

Lawn & Landscapes

INDIA: Tractor sales growth pace hits three-year low in FY’19

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UK: Sirius Minerals secures European supply deal for its $5B fertilizer mine

Mining

PAKISTAN: Import of additional 100,000 tons of urea: Fertilizer industry trying to block government’s decision

The Business Recorder

ARTICLE: Here’s how precision agriculture could help farmers reduce fertilizer use

Anthropocene

LIBERIA: Leading African Fertilizer Company, Notore, Eyes Liberia

The Observer

BAYER: Bayer supervisory board backs management post-vote

Market Watch

BAYER: Bayer execs face investor heat after rare no-confidence vote

Financial Times

BANGLADESH: Boosting Agricultural Productivity

The New Nation

UGANDA: UK Injects Shs577.6b to Boost Agriculture

All Africa

NIGERIA: Bank of Agriculture eyes N200billion capital base

The Nation

LIBERIA: Prof. Gwaikolo Calls for Agriculture Education that Considers Market Participation and Value Addition

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OMAN: Royal decree appoints minister of agriculture and fisheries

Times of Oman

INDIA: No Bank of Maharashtra loans for drought-hit farmers

The Hindu

US: Trump wants Japan to cut tariffs on agriculture

Financial Times

ARTICLE: How Self-Driving Tractors And AI Are Changing Agriculture

Forbes

INDIA: Pre-monsoon rainfall records 27% dip, says IMD; agriculture may take a hit

Business Standard

ARTICLE: UW researchers develop dairy products with longer shelf life

WSAW

ARTICLE: Scientists are growing meat on blades of grass

World Economic Forum

BOLIVIA: Bolivia Secures Meat Export to China

Prensa Latina

ARTICLE: Nearly all vegetarians go back to eating meat — but that doesn't mean vegetarianism is a waste of time

Honey Coach

US: CALIFORNIA DAIRY FARMERS ARE SWITCHING TO ALMONDS

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ARTICLE: Confused by almond milk? FDA commenters sure aren’t

The New Food Economy

CANADA: Saputo to acquire Specialty Cheese Business of Lion-Dairy & Drinks Pty Ltd in Australia

Dairy Reporter

URUGUAY: Uruguayan Dairy Exporter Betting Soy and Oats Won't Replace Cow Milk

Daily Herd

MALAYSIA: Malaysian poultry firm Leong Hup launches up to $290 mln IPO

Business Insider

US: Mountaire Farms opens new poultry site

Global Meat News

INDIA: Kannur to be poultry waste-free soon

The Hindu

US: States Weigh Banning A Widely Used Pesticide Even Though EPA Won’t

Kaiser Health News

ARTICLE: We Don’t Need To Ban Pesticides To Save Bees

The Federalist

DENMARK: Denmark's waterworks to be tested after pesticide discovery

The Local dk

ARTICLE: EU precautionary pesticide bans threaten sustainable agriculture

Genetic Literacy Project

GHANA: Badgie Calls For Hazardous Chemical And Pesticides Control

The Voice

INDIA: Illegal cultivation of Bt brinjal suspected in Haryana

Deccan Herald

NIGERIA: World Bank partners Kaduna Govt. to boost Agriculture

Pulse

CANADA: Sister duo heading to Winnipeg to teach kids about artificial intelligence in agriculture

CBC

JAMAICA: Several Entities Under Agriculture Ministry to be Transformed

Jamaica Information Service​

BULGARIA: Exports From the Agriculture and Food Sectors in Bulgaria Reached EUR 4.5-5 billion

Novinite

GERMANY: Bayer CEO Gets Boost From Agriculture as Investor Meeting Looms

Yahoo Finance

ARTICLE (INDIA): Smart farming: Agriculture data can reap a bumper harvest

Financial Express

MALAYSIA: More than 1,000 job vacancies open in Sabah’s Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry

Human Resources

GUATEMALA: Guatemala strengthens its family agriculture programmes and the fight against malnutrition with support from the EU

Relief Web

ARTICLE: Delivering bundled digital products and services for climate-smart agriculture in Zimbabwe

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UK: Boost for UK agriculture with new Liverpool grain store

Dry Bulk

US: Women increasing in Montana agriculture

ABC Fox Montana

US: IS HEMP THE NEW DARLING OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE?

CBD Today

ARTICLE: The fight to define regenerative agriculture

Green Biz

SAUDI ARABIA: Poultry, bakery, and food businesses driving Saudi food giant Almarai’s growth while dairy and juice profits shrunk

Food Navigator Asia

NIGERIA: Cross River: Ayade begins construction of poultry/livestock farm

The Sun

US: FSIS Publishes Proposed Rule Rescinding Dual Labeling Requirements for Certain Packages of Meat and Poultry

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US: USDA announces $1.5m in grants to support dairy industry

Dairy Reporter

US: U.S. TRACTOR MAKER AGCO ROLLS OUT FENDT LINE FOR BRAZIL FARMERS

Sucessful Farming

CANADA: The next made-in-Canada tractor

Manitoba Co-operator

US: Commentary: Tractor monopoly is bleeding US farmers

Ag Week

MALTA: Overseas tests for pesticides taking up to a year - urgent need for local lab

Times of Malta

US: Federal Court Orders EPA to Justify Use of Chlorpyrifos within 90 Days

Beyond Pesticide

ARTICLE: Tips to Reduce How Much Pesticide Enters the Environment

Growing Produce

INDIA: Director Agriculture reviews implementation of welfare programmes

State Times

CANADA: Sollio Agriculture invests $4.2 million in Truro

County Weekly News

MOROCCO: Moroccan Agriculture Minister Predicts Average Cereal Production

Morocco World News

GAMBIA: The Military Has No Role In Agriculture: Cancel The Army-AGCO Venture

The Voice

JAPAN: Fukushima agricultural exports bounce back from nuclear disaster to hit record high

The Japan Times

KENYA: How Kenya killed its agriculture

Business Daily

PHILIPPINES: Underrated crisis in agriculture and fisheries

Business World

HAITI: Haiti - Agriculture : The drought hits hard Artibonite for nearly 6 months

Haiti Libre

 

ZAMBIA: Government is committed to growing the Agriculture Sector despite challenges-President Lungu

Lusaka Times

ARTICLE: Melinda Gates: How I learned to see agriculture (and everything else) as a gender issue

CNN Business

ARTICLE (INDIA): Agriculture is taking the hardest hit of climate change in Chhattisgarh

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PHILIPPINES: Agriculture beyond rice

Inquirer

ARTICLE: Livestock Waste Treatment Technology: An Emerging Market in Agriculture

Investing News

US: Sherman and Wendt recognized for their contributions to agriculture and Association of Women in Agriculture

Hoards Dairyman

EU: EU Trade Negotiations Progress Despite Reluctance to Include Agriculture

Ag Net West

 

INDIA: IMD working at faster pace to issue block-level weather forecast by next year 

The Economic Times

ARTICLE: ROBOTIC AGRICULTURE WILL PROVIDE SUSTAINABLE ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS IN FEEDING THE MOUTHS

Analytics Insight

PAKISTAN: Tractor sales drop

Dawn

IRELAND: New tractor sales in Ireland are up, but by how much?

Agriland

ARTICLE (CANADA): Cow comfort and its impact on dairy's carbon footprint

Real Agriculture 

NEW ZEALAND: With 70% herd growth over 23 years, NZ dairy industry has wreaked havoc - Greenpeace

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INDIA: NDDB lab gets FSSAI status of NRL for milk, dairy products

The Hindu - Business Line

INDIA: Pulwama’s entrepreneurs are running booming dairy farms

The Kashmir Walla

INDIA: Lactalis to milk more in India. Why that may worry some

Down to Earth

AUSTRALIA: Get on rail for savings on freight: CSIRO

Transport & Logistics News

MYANMAR: IFC invests in agri-logistics group

World Grain

Corteva Agriscience Agriculture launches new corn seed brand in INDIA

Corteva Agriscience Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, has announced the introduction of a new corn seed brand ‘Brevant seeds’ for the Indian market.

New Research: Cleaner, cheaper ammonia: Cheaper fertilizer

Ammonia -- a colorless gas essential for things like fertilizer -- can be made by a new process which is far cleaner, easier and cheaper than the current leading method. Researchers use readily available lab equipment, recyclable chemicals and a minimum of energy to produce ammonia. Their Samarium-Water Ammonia Production (SWAP) process promises to scale down ammonia production and improve access to ammonia fertilizer to farmers everywhere.

ATPBR: Professional training in 'Quality Seed Production & Legal Compliance'

This 4 day course is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge on seed production, quality control measures/ genetic integrity responsible to yield quality seeds for the market. Knowledge about ISTA & seed certification prepares you to meet unseen challenges and better understanding on export import of seed help you to setup your own business.

Delhi HC lifts Centre’s curbs on GI tag for basmati rice

The Delhi High Court has struck down the decision of the Central government restricting the famously aromatic basmati rice production to only seven States in the Indo-Gangetic plains.

The High Court’s verdict came on the Madhya Pradesh government's plea to include 13 districts in the State under the Geographical Indications (GI) category for basmati rice.

Argentine stem weevil fights back, costs agriculture $200m a year

In the evolutionary arms race between the Argentine stem weevil and the parasitoid wasp, the weevil has for the moment got the upper hand - at the cost of about $200 million a year to agriculture.  The story of the search for a biocontrol which could rein in the weevil which eats ryegrass, and the subsequent fight back by the South American invader, goes back to the 1990s and has attracted worldwide attention. 

JBS (Seara) became the first company in Brazil authorized by India to sell chicken products in the Asian nation.

In a statement sent to Reuters on Thursday, JBS said Seara became the first company in Brazil authorized by India to sell chicken products in the Asian nation.

India’s per capita chicken consumption is forecast to increase to 2.23kg in 2019, up from 2.18kg in the previous year, as personal incomes rise, according data from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Vegan meat maker Beyond Meat is in the News

Beyond Meat will be the first plant-based meat company to go public next week;  8.75 million shares will be sold at between $19 and $21 per share, with the funds allowing the company to raise $183 million for R & D and expanded manufacturing capabilities. If Beyond Meat stock eventually sells at the top end of this bracket, the company will be valued at $1.2 billion.

Michigan State University researchers believe pesticide use could be reduced by taking cues from wild plants

The study, published in Science Advances, traced the evolution of a specific gene that produces a sticky compound in the tips of the trichomes, or hairs, on the Solanum pennellii plant found in the Atacama desert of Peru -- one of the harshest environments on earth. These sticky hairs act as natural insect repellants to protect the plant, helping ensure it will survive to reproduce.

Graph Blockchain Implements IoT Sensors for the Agriculture and Cannabis Sector

Graph Blockchain has completed building a blockchain solution for the agriculture and cannabis industry focusing on the cultivation environment and has also just entered into a deal with Korean Agtech company Ezfarm to utilize the Company’s Blockchain solutions for the collection and processing of data from the agricultural field.

From theory to practice: Perspectives on Climate-Smart agriculture in India and Africa

The impact of climate change on agricultural food systems the world over cannot be overemphasised enough. A strong scientific consensus has already been reached regarding the projected long -term impacts of climate change globally, regionally and locally. (FAO, 2018) It is expected that climate risks related to extreme weather events – such as droughts and floods, and changes in local weather patterns – will affect ecosystems and, by extension, communities. Therefore, communities and ecosystems will need to adapt to the emerging conditions and build their resilience.

Kubota becomes the fastest growing tractor company in India

Kubota Agricultural Machinery India Pvt. Ltd. (KAI), the Indian subsidiary of Kubota Corporation, Japan, has achieved a phenomenal 35 per cent growth rate in India.

As per recent Tractor and Mechanization Association (TMA) data, Kubota has sold a total of 10877 units in the year 2018-19 viz-a-viz 8036 units in 2017-a growth rate of 35 per cent and making it fastest growing tractor company in India in the Tractor Industry across all companies.

Syngenta announces EPA registration of dicamba herbicide Tavium Plus VaporGrip Technology

Syngenta announced today that its newest herbicide, Tavium® Plus VaporGrip® Technology herbicide, has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As the market’s first premix residual dicamba herbicide, Tavium contains built-in residual control to manage resistant weeds and maintain clean fields throughout the season. Tavium, a proprietary Syngenta premix, will be available for the 2019 growing season, subject to state approvals.

 EPA Releases Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Plant Regulator Label Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally weighed-in on the murky and often misunderstood topic of label claims for plant regulators and plant biostimulants in posting its Draft Guidance for Plant Regulator Label Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants

World Bank Launches Energy Efficient Cooling Program for Developing Countries

The World Bank has established a new Efficient, Clean Cooling Program to accelerate the uptake of sustainable cooling solutions, including air conditioning, refrigeration and cold chain in developing countries. The program will provide technical assistance to ensure that efficient cooling is included in new World Bank Group investment projects and mobilize further financing.

Israeli invents device that can test pesticide residues on food in real time

A sample of the product is placed in Inspecto’s disposable capsule and then inserted into a pushbutton-activated device resembling a coffeemaker. Within a few minutes, the user sees a quantified measurement of the selected contaminant in the sample.

“Using our system will save on cost and turnaround time over the current lengthy and expensive process of sending samples to certified labs,” Avidan tells ISRAEL21c.

Rs 1 crore Monsanto package for Lovely Professional University Agriculture Student 

- Kavita Faman, a student of MSc agriculture (agronomy) at Lovely Professional University.

- Package is almost equivalent to 200,000 Canadian dollars.

- She belongs to Punjab's Gurdaspur district.

- Monsanto Canada has hired her as a production manager for its Manitoba office.

Pinnacle Agriculture and The Climate Corporation Expand Partnership

Pinnacle Agriculture Distribution, Inc., and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Bayer, announce a partnership to bring more farmers data-driven, digital tools through the Climate FieldView platform to help them optimize yields, maximize efficiency and reduce risk. “Climate FieldView is another tool in Pinnacle’s robust toolbox,” Rob Marchbank, Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle said in a news release. “With the foundation of strong, lasting relationships built locally, we are committed to bringing farmers strategic options for how to continue to optimize their farming operations. 

Efficiency up, pollution down in farming sector in China

China has made great progress in promoting agriculture over the past several years, resulting in reduced environmental pollution, according to a report released by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

The use of synthetic fertilizers in China started to decline after reaching a peak in 2015, with about 59 million metric tons used in 2017, which is a decrease of more than 1.6 million tons from 2015, the report said.

University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited distance degree programmes in agriculture

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture. The decision was taken by the higher education regulator at its last meeting on the ground that a degree programme in agriculture is technical in nature as it requires practicals or laboratory courses. 

Studies reveal "death switch" in plant immune systems

Chinese researchers have discovered a "death switch" in plant immunes system that can activate cell death to limit the spreading of microbial pathogens and provide plants with resistance.

Scientists say the discovery "will become textbook knowledge" for understanding plant immunity and offers new perspectives on developing next-generation disease-resistant crops that will be more environmentally-friendly with less pesticide use.

CMFRI joins hands with ISRO to protect coastal wetlands

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have joined hands to map, validate and protect smaller wetlands in the coastal belt of the country. 

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of the ISRO to develop a mobile app and a centralised web portal with a complete database of wetlands smaller than 2.25 hectares in the country.

Syngenta: Accelerating Innovation in a Changing World

Syngenta announced today that it will accelerate its innovation to address the increasing challenges faced by farmers around the world and the changing views of society.

“Farmers today need to manage climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss, as well as changing consumer expectations and views on agricultural technology,” said Alexandra Brand, Chief Sustainability Officer of Syngenta. 

A&G Partners and EM3 Agri Services launch accelerator programme to bring Israeli agritech firms to India

Mumbai-based A&G Partners has launched an accelerator programme, called Agribator, in partnership with Noida-based EM3 Agri services. A&G Partners was started by Anat Bernstein Reich from Israel, and it helps startups from Israel set up shop in India.

Founded in 2014 by former Airtel CEO Rohtash Mal and his son Adwitiya Mal, EM3 Agri Services offers an entire range of global farm equipment — from laser-levelling machines, equipment for deep ploughing, and power harrows to make seed beds on a pay-per-use model.

Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture – Organic Farming the Vegan Way

This question seems superfluous at first glance, since it is generally assumed that these staple foods are vegan per se because they do not contain any animal ingredients. However, if one looks at the common production of fruits and vegetables, it can be seen that, especially in organic farming, organic inputs of animal origin such as manure and slaughterhouse waste (blood meal, bristle meal, feather meal and horn chips) are often used for fertilisation. 

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