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In central Nigeria peace eludes farmers and herders

Makurdi - Madu Maji sits on a bench at the cattle market in Makurdi, central Nigeria, dragging his bare feet through the dust to stave off boredom.In the pens, the few cows that remain are little more than skin and bone.

Nigeria to send troops to restive central states: army

Abuja - Nigeria's army on Wednesday said it would send troops into the country's volatile central states to quell violence between farmers and herders that has killed hundreds in recent weeks.

Evicted Zimbabwe white farmer handed back his land

Harare - A white Zimbabwean farmer forced from his land as part of controversial mass evictions became this week the first to return to his property under a new government bid to reverse illegal land seizures.

Dutch farmers 'powerless' in the face of contaminated eggs

Ede - In the dark and silent shed of a small Dutch poultry farm, 1.8 million eggs closely packed together wait to be destroyed.In the barn, the machine that sorts and packages the eggs has been shut off and its rolling belt is starting to gather dust.

Aldi pulls Dutch eggs in Germany as scare widens

Berlin - Discount supermarket giant Aldi said Friday it was pulling all Dutch eggs from its shelves in Germany over an insecticide scandal that has spread to food stores across Europe.

Aldi pulls eggs from German stores over insecticide scandal

Berlin - German discount supermarket giant Aldi said Friday it was pulling all the eggs from its shelves in the country over an insecticide scandal stemming from the Netherlands.

Millions of Dutch eggs destroyed in growing insecticide scandal

Den Haag - Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany were Thursday removing millions of eggs from their shelves believed to have been contaminated by a toxic insecticide in a widening food scandal.

Tainted Dutch eggs scandal widens across borders

Den Haag - Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany moved to halt some egg sales Thursday as hundreds of thousands may have been contaminated by a toxic insecticide in a widening food scandal.

The prize-winning tech helping Ghana's farmers to grow

Accra - Agyei Douglas is a farmer who grows vegetables near Kumasi in Ghana's central Ashanti region. He used to struggle to access markets and capital.

Rabbit farming gets EU lawmakers hopping mad

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday urged Brussels to help improve the lives of 340 million rabbits raised for food in Europe every year, mainly in cramped cages.

Dolores Huerta: little-known militant icon with a big part in history

Bakersfield - "Who has the power? People have the power!"Small, slender Dolores Huerta, with her soft but firm voice, was whipping up a crowd at a Los Angeles rally against an oil pipeline in North Dakota. Dozens of people boisterously echoed her words.

EU court upholds Monsanto GM soybean approval

Luxembourg - A top EU court on Thursday upheld the European Commission's approval of genetically modified soybeans made by US agri-chemicals giant Monsanto which environmentalists claim may harm human health.

Farmers and microbiologists team up to tackle E. coli

Michigan - The bacterium Escherichia coli provides a risk to consumers through food poisoning. One point of origin is the farm, through farming practices. Microbiologists and farmers have teamed up to reduce opportunities for transmission.

German scientists seek way to end live chick shredding

Dresden - In a basement of Dresden University, German scientists are busy refining a technique that could save millions of fluffy chicks from being shredded to death moments after they hatch.

Lower fertilizer applications with the help of fungi

With concerns about the use of chemical fertilizers being discussed in both the U.S. and Europe, news that fungi might present an alternative means for improving crop yields has been welcomed by scientists and policy makers.

Ethiopia: 30 years on from famine and Live Aid

- Three decades ago, the world looked on in horror at images of dying famine victims in Ethiopia, as musicians led the giant global fundraising concert, Live Aid.

EU clears 19 genetically modified products

Brussels - The EU has cleared 19 controversial genetically modified products including human food, animal feed and cut flowers, the European Commission said Friday.

China's wind farms produce more energy than all U.S. nuclear plants

China now has enough wind farms to produce more energy renewably than all that is made by America's nuclear plants as the growing nation expands its power generation to fuel its new mega-cities.

Chinese farmer stumbles across 7.85kg of gold on ground

A farmer in a remote region of China has stumbled across a huge gold nugget on the ground on the land. The incredible find has an expected value of at least $250,000.

Crowds flock to new Bavarian crop circle (Video)

Raisting - A farmer in Raisting, Upper Bavaria, has an interesting problem on his hands. Hot air balloonists discovered a crop circle in one of his fields and he has no idea how it got there. Now the mysterious crop circle is attracting thousands of visitors,

Photo Essay: Lots of fun at the farm Special

London Colney - Willows Farm is located in leafy Hertfordshire, a county in England. The farm is aimed at children and attracts hundreds of visitors each day. This Easter the Digital Journal paid a visit.

Rousseff meets Brazil peasant leaders after protest

Bras - Leaders of a movement of landless peasants met with Brazil President Dilma Rousseff Thursday to air their grievances a day after a violent protest over the government's agricultural policies.Alexandre Conceicao, the movement's national coordinator, tol...

Dozens hurt in Brazilian land reform protest

Bras - Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at about 16,000 landless farmers marching for land reform in Brazil's capital, in clashes that left 42 people hurt.The march was the latest in a series of protests rocking the nation, raising security concerns j...

Brazil police fire rubber bullets at landless protest

Bras - Brazilian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Wednesday at a 15,000-strong landless protest in the capital Brasilia, injuring two, a spokesman for the demonstrators said.The spokesman told AFP police moved in after marchers carried material from a...

Kenya: Farmer group lauded for promoting regional integration Special

Agricultural experts and farmers attending a three-day workshop in Kenya have hailed the giant farmers body for being effective and people-driven in the promotion of regional integration.

Ippo the baby 'Zonkey' big attraction in Florence, Italy

Florence - Three-month-old Ippo is the rare progeny of a zebra and donkey, living in an exotic animal shelter in the center of Florence, Italy. Cute as a button, he is drawing the crowds and even Disney wants to make a cartoon character of him.

Pig-manure fertilizer linked to human MRSA infections

People living near pig farms or agricultural fields fertilized with pig manure are more likely to become infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, new research suggests.

Man refuses to pay €900 fine to Town Hall for delivering dead rat

A Spanish man living in La Manjoya in Spain's Asturias region has been fined €900 ($1,200) for depositing a dead rat at the local Town Hall as part of a personal protest. He says he won't be paying as he "doesn't work for Bárcenas."

Antibiotic resistant Salmonella traced from farm to shop

Scientists are concerned with both the use of antibiotic resistant bacteria in farming and the spread of bacteria in the food chain. A new genetic method is now available to help study the latest trends.

At least 1 million cockroaches in great escape from Chinese farm

Dafeng - Most of us try to avoid cockroaches, but one farm in China is breeding them for use in traditional medicine. Only one problem, one million of said cockroaches have now made their dramatic escape from the facility.
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Visitors being pulled on a large tractor.
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Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain.
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Joel Salatin on his Polyface Farms.
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Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain - almond blossoms with a view.
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A sheep grazes at Willows Farm
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Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain - almond blossoms.
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia  Southern Spain.
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain.
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Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain - Almond blossoms.
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A cow at Willows Farm
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Some of the varied cars at the first Silver Willow Classic car and truck show.
Willows Farm decorated for Easter
Willows Farm decorated for Easter
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Mother pig and baby piglets
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia  Southern Spain.
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain.
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Llamas at Willows Farm
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia  Southern Spain.
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain.
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An English hay meadow
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Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia  Southern Spain.
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain.
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A man holding a white ferret to show children at Willows Farm
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A swampy area at Willows Farm