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Food Prices Expected to Fall Over Next Decade

  • 3 Jul 12:23

Food Prices Expected to Fall Over Next Decade Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook report produced by the OECD and FAO. Nonetheless, prices will likely remain at levels above those seen in the early-2000s. Lower oil prices will contribute to lower food prices, by pushing energy and fertiliser costs down, and removing incentives for the production of first-generation biofuels made from food crops. The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024 projects that agricultural trade will increase more slowly than in the previous decade,. Read more...

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Strong Growth in Egg Output Recorded in Africa and Oceania

  • 2 Jul 12:00

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Strong Growth in Egg Output Recorded in Africa and Oceania Egg production in African countries has been increasing faster than the global rate, with Nigeria leading the league table of egg producers, reports industry analyst Terry Evans, while Australia continues to lead the field in Oceania. Africa Increases Its Global Egg Share Egg production in Africa expanded by 3.8 per cent per year between 2000 and 2013. As this far exceeded the global growth rate of 2.3 per cent, Africa’s share of world output increased from 3.7 per cent to 4.5 per cent. In volume terms, production in Africa rose from 1.9 million tonnes to 3.1 million tonnes over this period (Table 1 and Figure 1). Table 1. World. Read more...

Sustainable Intensive Agriculture: The Route to Feeding 9 Billion by 2050

  • 2 Jul 11:58

Sustainable Intensive Agriculture: The Route to Feeding 9 Billion by 2050 Sustainable intensive agriculture is key to feeding nine billion by 2050. This was one of the topics discussed by Dr Sean Rickard at a conference held at the Farmers Club, London, organised by ANPARIO plc, Stuart Lumb reports. Dr Rickard is an economist at Cranfield University and a former adviser for the UK’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU). Dr Rickard has a reputation for being rather controversial and he put forward some very interesting suggestions in his presentation. Expert reports have concluded that global food production will need to rise by 70-100 per cent by 2050 in response to a 30 per cent rise in global population and rapidly rising affluence. Read more...

How Can US Poultry Producers Protect Flocks from Avian Flu Threat?

  • 1 Jul 12:09

How Can US Poultry Producers Protect Flocks from Avian Flu Threat? Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) serotype H5N2 appear to be slowing in the US, but the potential for new outbreaks as migrating birds move south in autumn is high, reports Eric Gingerich, DVM (Technical Specialist in Poultry, Diamond V). Higher seasonal temperatures are helping, along with growth of vegetation – corn and soybeans growing in fields around poultry houses – which helps to reduce movement of dust carrying virus particles. However, during summer, migratory waterfowl flyways intermingle in the Arctic, so with the coming of autumn and the return of infected birds, resurgence in H5N2 outbreaks is likely. It can become. Read more...

Further African Swine Fever Reported in Russia

  • 1 Jul 12:07

Further African Swine Fever Reported in Russia One new outbreak of African Swine Fever has been reported in Russia. One wild boar was affected, which was later destroyed. The outbreak occurred in the Kurskaya Oblast, in. Read more...

Industry Trends, Like Animal Welfare, Drive Hog Slat's Global Business

  • 1 Jul 12:06

Industry Trends, Like Animal Welfare, Drive Hog Slat's Global Business David Herring, Vice President of Hog Slat, said global industry trends drive their business and domestic and international offering. "Domestically, over the last four to five years there's been a big push on animal welfare. A lot of farms are converting from gestation crates over to group sow housing," Herring said. Wath the video here. "Globally, we are looking at Eastern Europe or China or even South America, they are adopting the practices that were proved here in the states and growing more of a modernized industry, using the technology and engineering that has been so prevalent [in the US] in the last 25 years." Mr. Herring. Read more...

Pork Commentary: USDA June Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report

  • 30 Jun 12:55

Pork Commentary: USDA June Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report Last Friday the USDA released the June 1st Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.At first glance the June 1 Hogs and Pigs Report is bearish. 4 plus million market hogs in inventory is a daunting number compared to last year. On a 25 week production cycle an average 180,000 more market hogs a week. The current hog cash market is a disappointment. Prices are significantly lower than last year at 48? lean a pound lower or about $100 per head. That is a huge decrease. Last year we projected that PED had increased market hogs by $30 - $40 per head. We were wrong. Again, looking at current prices it was closer to $100 per head. PED. Read more...

New Phone App Allows Quick Reporting of Swine Health

  • 30 Jun 12:53

New Phone App Allows Quick Reporting of Swine Health The Western Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network has introduced a new cell phone app designed to make it easier for veterinarians to report on the health status of swine in their regions, writes Bruce Cochrane. Swine veterinarians in western Canada are now beta testing a new cell phone app developed as part of Canada's swine health surveillance system. Dr Egan Brockhoff, the national animal health coordinator with Canadian Pork Council, explained the app was developed over the past six months and is currently being used by veterinarians in the four western provinces. Dr Egan Brockhoff-Canadian Pork Council: The app is designed in a way that it takes about. Read more...

Russia Extends Ban on Imports of Agricultural Products to 2016

  • 29 Jun 12:27

Russia Extends Ban on Imports of Agricultural Products to 2016 The Russian Government has announced that it will be extending the ban on agricultural products from the EU until 5 August 2016. The list of banned products is thought to remain the same, including beef, pork, meat by-products, fish and shellfish, milk and dairy products, vegetables, sausages and so on. RussianPrime Minister,Dmitry Medvedev, stated: "We took these decisions a year ago and are extending them in response to recent decisions of the European Union and a number of other states. We didn’t start this sanctions standoff, and mutual efforts are needed to put an end to it. Unfortunately, we have not seen any positive changes from these states so far.. Read more...

Report Shows Implications of Climate Change for Food Industry

  • 29 Jun 12:23

Report Shows Implications of Climate Change for Food Industry Global warming will have profound consequences on where and how food is produced, and also lead to a reduction in the nutritional properties of some crops, experts say in a new book. All of this has policy implications for the fight against hunger and poverty and for the global food trade. "Climate Change and Food Systems" collects the findings of a group of scientists and economists who have taken stock of climate change impacts on food and agriculture at global and regional levels over the past two decades. "The growing threat of climate change to the global food supply, and the challenges it poses for food security and nutrition, requires. Read more...