Norway upgrading international seed vault

The Arctic facility stores and safeguards the world’s crops and plants from global natural or man-made disaster

A giant vault in Norway that holds seeds from around the world is set for a $12.5 million upgrade in order to further protect global food supplies. The work includes a new concrete-built access tunnel, a service building to house emergency power and refrigerating units, and waterproof walls to prepare for a warmer future. Built […] Read more


European Union floats 30 percent cut in ag subsidies

A controversy has erupted in Europe after details emerged of a plan to slash farm subsidies by 30 percent to compensate for the $20.3 billion shortfall after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. The U.K. voted to leave the EU in 2016 and has a deadline to quit the union by March 2019. With […] Read more


Third of consumers say willing to eat lab-grown meat

Almost 30 percent of consumers in the United States and United Kingdom interviewed for a survey said they would eat meat grown in a lab. Sixty percent of vegans also said they would give the lab meat a go. The results were obtained from an online survey of 1,000 U.K. and U.S. consumers conducted by […] Read more



Tasmania’s largest farm is on the auction block

Interest in the 54,000 acre farm is thought to be high among overseas investors; price is expected to top $70 million

A massive farm extending to 54,000 acres is up for sale in Tasmania after it was put on the market by its New Zealand owner. Rushy Lagoon is the biggest farm in Tasmania, an Australian island state south of the Australian mainland. It is owned by Alan Pye, who bought it in 1996. Interest is […] Read more


Challenging times for fertilizer use in European Union

Extra pressure in the form of new fertilizer application regulations are being piled on to European farmers along with a fresh hike in costs of the commodity. Whether it is organic or artificial, fertilizer is an essential ingredient for European farmers to increase production, but its use is proving costly and a headache for many. […] Read more



European Union floats 30 percent cut in ag subsidies

The proposed budget cut would compensate for the $20.3 billion deficit expected when Great Britan leaves the EU

A controversy has erupted in Europe after details emerged of a plan to slash farm subsidies by 30 percent to compensate for the $20.3 billion shortfall after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. The U.K. voted to leave the EU in 2016 and has a deadline to quit the union by March 2019. With […] Read more


China takes hog farming to next level

New technology that uses a combination of machine vision, voice recognition and temperature sensors is being used on hog farms in China in a bid to increase herd health and reduce mortalities. Due to a bigger appetite for pork from China’s middle class, the country is stepping up efforts to increase its national pig herd […] Read more


Irish producer likes feed management system

Dairy farmer says milk quality and herd health benefit from using the Keenan InTouch system to increase mix accuracy and efficiency

A dairy farmer in Ireland reports good reviews for a feed management and support system that continually reviews and advises producers on their herd’s nutritional needs. Seamus Byrne, 63, milks 190 pedigree Holstein cows at Ardcath in the Republic of Ireland with his wife, Mary. He said he is realizing improved milk quality and herd […] Read more



Farmers need to be shown the value in smart-farming tools

Most farmers recognize the need for new farm technology, but understanding how to monetize it is another story. The smart farming era is changing the industry via the use of digitally gathered data, robots, sensors, software and most importantly, network connectivity. Yet on a wider perspective, smart farming still has a long way to go […] Read more


U.K. farmers warned against feeding table scraps to pigs

Pig farmers in the United Kingdom have been warned not to feed kitchen scraps to their animals due to a risk of them catching African swine fever. The disease is spreading across eastern and central Europe, prompting government veterinarians to voice concerns. African swine fever has never been detected in the U.K., but if it […] Read more