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China's answer to trade war - Farmers told to plant soybeans

U.S. President Donald Trump may have bitten off more than he can chew - especially if he thinks the U.S. can beat China in a tit-for-tat trade war. Beijing has previous trade war experience and a lot of tactics at its disposal.

Slovak president calls on govt to address protesting farmer demands

Bratislava - Slovakia's president on Wednesday called on the government to address the demands of farmers who drove their tractors into the capital to protest against irregularities in EU farm subsidy payments first made public by murdered journalist Jan Kuciak.

Drought haunts farmers in Poland, Baltic states

Warsaw - Poland's prime minister on Wednesday warned of "very significant" crop losses as the EU country scrambled to help farmers struggling to cope with an unusual spring drought amid soaring temperatures.

The 'Internet of Farming' is disrupting traditional agriculture

Generations of farmers have relied on knowledge and family expertise to grow food, but the sector is set for a surge of disruption at the hands of made-in-Canada artificial intelligence-powered systems.

US farmers stressed, angry at trade wars

New York - US farmers find themselves in the crosshairs of a trade war with China and others launched by President Donald Trump, who was elected with the support of many in rural America.

More than 4 million eggs recalled in Poland

Warsaw - Poland's veterinary service on Friday recalled some 4.3 million eggs contaminated with an antibiotic, just days after Dutch eggs were pulled from supermarket shelves in Germany.

US farm belt tries to head off another surge in suicides

New York - Responding to signs of rising despair in rural America over a farming downturn exacerbated by the current trade war fears, agricultural leaders are mobilizing to try to prevent another suicide crisis.

Africa embraces digital farming

This month saw the inaugural East Africa Digital Conference and Exhibition, focused on realizing the benefits of the digital transformation of farming for the continent. This includes artificial intelligence and automation.

Digital transformation trends in agriculture

New technology is re-shaping the approach to agriculture and it can potentially deliver many benefits, including improved production. These innovations are particularly of use to low income countries.

Grey gold: Ivory Coast cashes in on the cashew

Abidjan - Famous for its cocoa and coffee, the Ivory Coast has drawn up an ambitious five-year plan for the cashew industry, seeking to modernise production in a sector where it is already the world's number-one exporter.

Weed killing robots offering chemical alternative

A technological solution to over-use of agricultural chemicals is there. An artificial intelligence-powered robotic weed hunter can potentially reduce the need for herbicides, as well as genetically modified crops.

Australia restricts live sheep exports after shocking treatment

Sydney - Horrific footage of dead and dying sheep on ships bound for the Middle East has prompted sweeping reforms to Australia's live export trade, but Canberra stopped short of an outright ban Thursday.

Seven chateaux and counting: Chinese billionaire is big in Bordeaux

Saint-laurent-des-combes - Over the past decade Chinese investors have conquered dozens of chateaux in Bordeaux, France's famed wine-growing region.

Largest mass child sacrifice event may be tied to El Nino

Around 550 years ago, members of the Chimu empire, whose lands encompassed a stretch of desert coast in northern Peru, gathered more than 140 children and 200 baby llamas on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and slaughtered them all.

In southern Iraq, drought tightens its grip

- Abu Ali carefully crank-starts a generator to pump water from a well out into his parched field in southern Iraq. There used to be no need for a well in his village, but a creeping drought is now threatening agriculture and livelihoods in the area.

Mediterranean fears bitter future for citrus crops

Paris - Could we soon be forced to do without a glass of orange juice or a slice of grapefruit at breakfast? The answer is unfortunately yes.

Return to the soil lifts refugees' spirits in Greece

Nest - On a field deep in Greek farm country north of Athens, Suzan from Syria is smiling over an onion patch.

One impact of climate change occurring in U.S. no one hears about

A boundary that divides the humid eastern U.S. and the dry western Plains appears to have shifted 140 miles to the east over the past century due to global warming, new research suggests. How will this affect farming and agriculture in the years to come?

Fresh clashes as anti-capitalists attempt to rebuild French camp

Notre-dame-des-landes - Police said hundreds of activists attacked officers on Sunday ahead of a peaceful rally to protest the forced closure of an anti-capitalist camp in western France.

Fresh clashes as anti-capitalists attempt to rebuild French camp

Notre-dame-des-landes - Police said hundreds of activists attacked officers on Sunday ahead of a peaceful rally to protest the forced closure of an anti-capitalist camp in western France.

Another trade war looms with US... on Spanish olives

La Roda De Andaluc - The US flag still flutters next to others in front of the AgroSevilla factory, the world's biggest exporter of black olives based in southern Spain.

NAFTA deal 'fairly close,' Trump says

Washington - President Donald Trump said Monday negotiators were "fairly close" to resolving their differences over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement but an outright US withdrawal was still possible.

Export ship blocked after 'shocking' Australia sheep footage

Sydney - An export ship due to carry more than 50,000 sheep to the Middle East has been blocked from leaving Australia after secret footage emerged of distressed animals dying and struggling to breathe in filthy conditions.

Malaysian state wants Koranic recitals for cows

Kuala Lumpur - Cows in a conservative Malaysian state could be played Koranic recitals in the hope it will help them relax and improve the quality of their beef, a senior official said Thursday.

UN food agency urges 'agroecology' to fight famine

Rome - Current food production methods are harming the planet while failing to provide millions of the world's poor with enough to eat, the UN food agency warned Tuesday.

Deadly olive tree disease detected in Corsica

Ajaccio - A deadly bacterial disease with no known cure that ravaged olive groves in southern Italy three years ago has been detected in the French island of Corsica, industry officials said Tuesday.

Agriculture robot speeds data collection

Chicago - A technological advance for the agribusiness. A new Ag robot has been developed, which speeds data collection and has the capability of analyzing crops as they grow.

Avocado town becomes symbol of Chile's water war

Petorca - Karina Torres has spent more than seven years without running water in her home in central Chile. Yet, across the road, water flows in abundance to irrigate thousands of hectares of avocados.

Agriculture must make water use go further: experts

Bras - In a world where water risks running short for many, the especially thirsty agricultural industry must learn how to manage the vital resource better, experts said Tuesday.A day after the United Nations warned that 5.

Bird populations in rural France 'collapsing'

Paris - Bird populations across an eerily quiet French countryside have collapsed, on average, by a third over the last decade-and-a-half, alarmed researchers reported on Tuesday.
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