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Cows to get climate change fix NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Week, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
If it was April Fools Day one would think this was a joke, but a White House climate change initiative is searching for a 'cow of the future' whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks.Methane i...
Climate change report emphasises food supply effects NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
The latest UN report on climate change emphasises food supply effects: Climate change. The report argues that climate change has negatively affected wheat and maize yields both regionally and on a global basis. The effects of climate change on two...
The politics of grains NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Few commodities are more politicised than grains. They were the first products to be covered by the Common Agricultural Policy. The US has run export subsidy schemes for them in the past. International trading houses like Cargill are involved.Fear...
Commodity prices under pressure NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Commodity prices in agriculture are facing upwards pressure. It's nothing like the price spike of 2008, but the bearish mood that prevailed at the end of last year has disappeared. The structural pressures of increased demand and little effective i...
Yes, we have no bananas NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
The famous song of this title dates from 1923: Bananas. Bananas have been a hot topic in agricultural trade negotiations: I have a book on the subject on my shelves. They are an enjoyable fruit which provides an energy boost and are the biggest f...
Is milk white gold? NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
There is currently a supermarket war going on using milk as a loss leader. Farmers have been reassured that it will not affect the price that they are paid, but some are concerned about the treatment of liquid milk as a commodity. With the impendi...
Different versions of food futures NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Earlier this week I went to a very interesting workshop on future global food systems. As is inevitably the case, two different versions of the future emerged.One view is that in order to feed a growing world population (of which anything between 1...
So, farewell then, CWS Farms NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Faced with a £2 billion deficit, the Co-op is to sell off its farms. The group now regards them as 'non-core' and thinks that they distracted from its other activities. Most of the farms are arable, although there is also some soft fruit produc...
Transatlantic trade talks hit trouble over agriculture NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The US-EU trade talks are running into trouble on a number of fronts, but predictably agriculture is proving to be a particularly difficult issue. The farm lobbies on both sides of the Atlantic are active and influential and the EU feels a need to r...
Large farms may abandon basic payment NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
It is being reported that some large arable farms are considering abandoning the basic payment (the successor to the single farm payment) because of the 'three crop' rule: Three crops I do think that this rule is a typical example in the CAP of a po...
Adapting farming to climate change NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
One of the predictions of climate change is that extreme weather events will increase in frequency and although one has to be careful about generalising from a particular weather pattern, there is some evidence to support that hypothesis given the we...
Agri-environmental schemes after 2014 NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 50 Minutes ago
Not everyone's topic, but if you are affected in any way or just interested there is some useful information here, courtesy of the excellent RELU Landbridge project: Agri-environmental schemes...
Agricultural policy outside the EU NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 3 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Whether or not the UK will leave the European Union remains to be seen, but it is a sufficiently serious prospect for it to be worth thinking about its implications for agricultural policy.What one would probably have is a continuation of a version o...
Cost of farmland likely to continue to rise NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Knight Frank's farmland index reported a 7 per cent increase in prices in 2013 to reach an average of just under £6,700 per acre, and further growth is expected in 2014. Large blocks of investment grade arable land now regularly sell for over...
Mind the gap NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 4 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
HSBC head of agriculture Allan Wilkinson has drawn attention to the gap between returns from the market and costs of production, particularly in livestock enterprises. For beef the cost of production is £3.20/kg liveweight compared with a mark...
What do we mean by food security? NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 22 Minutes ago
Food security has been a dominant element in recent debates on agricultural policy, not least the recent discussions on CAP reform. But what do we actually understand by food security? There are a number of standard definitions out there, but in fa...
Farmland attracts institutional investors NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 20 Minutes ago
There is nothing new about farmland attracting institutional investors. There was a surge of interest in the 1970s when it was seen as an asset that would hold value in inflationary times. However, there is a new wave of interest. The UK's £...
Can Doha lite succeed? NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 14 Minutes ago
As trade ministers gather in Bali the question is can a 'Doha lite' agreement be concluded to rescue something from the Doha Round of trade negotiations? Or will agreement once again be foiled by arguments over agriculture?The developing world will...
Decline in meat eating claimed NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
A quarter of the British public say they have cut back on the amount of meat they eat over the past year, new research for the Eating Better alliance revealed today. Only 2% say they are eating more.The YouGov survey of the British public (1) commis...
The promise of precision farming NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
It has been estimated that the use of precision agriculture technology could increase yield on any given farm by about 10 per cent, compared with average global annual crop yield increases of about one per cent. Tractors that map fields, drive thems...