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Worst anthrax outbreak in 20 years hits French farms

Gap - More than 50 cows, sheep and horses have died in France's most serious outbreak of anthrax in two decades, according to officials who have warned of a vaccine shortage.

S. Africa land reform debate hots up as showdown looms

Vereeniging - "We live like sardines while white farmers live on hectares of land. Bring back our land!" declared Nthabiseng Tshivhenga, a black civil servant.

Trump's trade beef with China may backfire on meat

Shanghai - A key objective of President Donald Trump's trade war is to pressure Beijing to "buy American", but when it comes to millions of dollars of US meat imports, China may simply take its business elsewhere.

US giant Monsanto known for controversial chemicals

San Francisco - From "Agent Orange" and DDT to genetically modified crops, Monsanto has long been associated with controversial chemicals, but a US court order for it to pay damages because one of its herbicides may cause cancer could open the door to thousands more c...

Brazil wrestles with ban of controversial weed killer

Bras - Brazil's government is contesting a court suspension of licenses for products with glyphosate, one of the most common industrial weedkillers and the subject of a high-profile US case against agrochemical colossus Monsanto.

Farm workers protest in Italy after migrant crash deaths

Foggia - Hundreds of mostly African farm labourers downed tools Wednesday and marched from fields in southern Italy chanting "we are not slaves", protesting at conditions for tomato pickers after 16 migrant workers died in two road crashes.

Italy's Salvini declares war on mafia after migrant worker deaths

Foggia - Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Tuesday declared war on mafia networks exploiting foreign agricultural workers after 16 died in two crashes in the country's south.

16 foreign farm labourers killed in two crashes in Italy

Rome - Sixteen foreign agricultural workers died in two separate crashes within the space of 48 hours in southern Italy, prompting the government on Monday to respond to the plight of tomato pickers during harvest season.

12 foreign farm labourers killed in Italy road crash during tomato harvest season

Rome - Twelve foreign agricultural workers were killed Monday when the van transporting them during tomato harvest season smashed into a lorry in southern Italy, the Italian fire service said.

Latvia slaughters pigs after African swine fever outbreak

Riga - Latvia's government on Friday voted to fund the disposal of pig carcasses after a pork producer decided to exterminate all of its livestock when the animals contracted African swine fever.

N. Korea says 'unprecedented' heatwave causing heavy crop damage

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday warned that an "unprecedented" heatwave has caused heavy damage to crops as it urged citizens to "join the struggle" to prevent drought-like conditions from worsening and hampering food production in the impoverished country.

UN food agency sounds alarm on 'overlooked crises'

Rome - The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization on Wednesday launched a $120 million appeal for "the world's most severely underfunded crises", in Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan and elsewhere.

Made in Fukushima: Japan farmers struggle to win trust

Koriyama - The pumpkin is diced, the chicken carved and the eggs beaten into an omelette, but the people preparing the food are not chefs -- they are scientists testing produce from Japan's Fukushima region.

Facial recognition is set to disrupt agriculture

Biometrics and facial recognition are not just for recognizing and interpreting human characteristics. Technology is becoming available for agriculture, allowing farmers to differentiate animals and to study crop patterns.

Iraqi farmers fight to save cattle from drought

- Iraqi farmer Sayyed Sattar knows he'll soon have to let some of his buffalo go as he surveys the herd bathing in a dwindling pond close to the holy city of Najaf.

Mnuchin insists agriculture was part of US-EU trade talks

Washington - The US treasury secretary insisted Sunday that agricultural issues were discussed in President Donald Trump's talks last week with Jean-Claude Juncker, contradicting the EU Commission president's account of the negotiations.

Innovative startups offering connected agtech solutions

To address problems of food supply, data can be central to improving agriculture. A new of startup agtech companies are working on new solutions to improve global agriculture, drawing upon the cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

How agtech is disrupting African farming

Agtech offers new solution for farming, centered on improving efficiency with new technology. This is most notable across Africa. A new report has identified 2 agritech startups continent-wide.

New plan to coordinate European agtech

Waterford - The Waterford Institute of Technology is to become the coordinator for a €20 million EU-wide SmartAgriHubs project, representing the Irish Republic and the U.K. The institute will act as one of nine new clusters for agriculture technology.

Henna losing its allure as Tunisia's 'red gold'

Qabis - In and around the Tunisian coastal city of Gabes, henna has long been a key driver of the economy -- so much so that the plant is known as "red gold".

Dying groundskeeper links Monsanto's Roundup to cancer

San Francisco - A California groundskeeper dying of cancer said Monday he would "never" have used Monsanto weed killer Roundup, had he known it could lead to his terminal illness.

In Mozambique, a joint fight against climate change and forest loss

Mocuba - From a distance, the Gile National Reserve in northern Mozambique is a vast, dense ocean of green that reaches as far as the horizon.

Dying groundskeeper to testify in Roundup cancer trial

San Francisco - A California groundskeeper dying of cancer is slated to testify Monday before jurors hearing evidence in his lawsuit blaming Monsanto weed killer Roundup for his terminal illness.

Sweden's farmers count cost of historic drought

Norrt - As an unprecedented drought scorches large swathes of Sweden's green pastures, farmers are having to send their animals to slaughter because they have no hay left to feed them."This is the worst thing I've ever experienced...

India rights watchdog sounds alarm over farmer suicides

New Delhi - India's rights watchdog has sounded the alarm over the suicide of hundreds of farmers in the western state of Maharashtra in recent months, calling for an official response.

Odds of El Nino forming this winter rises to 70 percent

An El Niño watch was issued in the latest outlook from NOAA, indicating an increasing chance for El Niño conditions to develop later this year.

West African states in joint fight against root crop 'Ebola'

Abidjan - Researchers from half a dozen states in West Africa have joined together in a battle against what one expert calls a root crop "Ebola" -- a viral disease that could wreck the region's staple food and condemn millions to hunger.

Iraq's treasured amber rice crop devastated by drought

Diwaniyah - Standing on his farm in southern Iraq, Amjad al-Kazaali gazed sorrowfully over fields where rice has been sown for centuries -- but which now lie bare for lack of water.

British strawberries in a jam over picker shortage

Faversham - After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine the strawberry season is in full swing in the so-called Garden of England.

Moroccan fruit pickers say they were exploited, harassed in Spain

Madrid - Ten women who left their children at home in Morocco to earn money picking strawberries in southern Spain have said that they were lied to, exploited and even sexually harassed.
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Burial chamber of Sennedjem, Scene: Plowing farmer. Circa 1200 BCE Did the Anthropocene start with the advent of agriculture?
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Growing vegetables using robotics.
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Parched soil by the White Nile in Khartoum, Sudan.
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Screen grab showing government officials inspecting health certificates of vendor selling pork in Fujian Province.
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Ukraine is often referred to as the 'break basket of Europe" ©dobrych
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With the advent of genetically engineered corn, glyphosate herbicides are needed say farmers.
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National security now covers a vast array of issues, including "food security."
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Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, CA. This year they will be participating in the livestock competition both county fairs of Sonoma and Napa and will also be selling the livestock they raised.
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A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests.
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AAFT's primary mission is to access, develop, adapt and deliver appropriate agricultural technologies for sustainable use by smallholder farmers in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) through innovative partnerships and effective stewardship along the entire value chain.
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EcoRobotix claims its robo-brigade will decrease total herbicide use by a factor of 20.
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Transgenic or GM corn in a field in Kenya. In an effort to reduce corn stem-borer infestations, corporate and public researchers partnered to develop local transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis corn varieties suitable for Kenya
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Grape vines in Crimea. June 16, 2003
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