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Monsanto versus farmer battle goes into 4th judicial round

Lyon - A 12-year-old judicial battle pitting a cereal farmer against Monsanto, the biotech giant, goes to a fourth round Wednesday before the French courts.

Poland denies cull aimed at wiping out wild boar

Warsaw - Polish authorities on Thursday denied any plans to wipe out nearly all Poland's wild boar to stem an outbreak of disease threatening its pork industry as petitions against a mass cull drew hundreds of thousands of signatures.

Protesters urge end to wild boar 'massacre' in Poland

Warsaw - Hundreds of protesters rallied in Warsaw on Wednesday demanding an end to a mass cull aimed at wiping out Poland's entire wild boar population in what authorities insist is a bid to fight a disease threatening the pork industry.

Global growth in AgTech to address farming concerns

The application of digital technology in agriculture continues to advance and there are signs that AgTech is shaping the agricultural economies of many countries. Examples of countries from three continents are highlighted.

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.

Farmer-herder conflict sparks Nigeria stability fears: report

Lagos - Worsening violence between farmers and herders could hit Nigeria's general election and "destabilise" the country, according to a new report published Thursday.

Nigerian villagers bury their dead after attacks, then flee

- In the fields of Nghar, 79 people lie under a vast mound of earth -- victims of a wider massacre that killed more than 200 in villages across Plateau state, central Nigeria.

Over 200 killed in weekend violence in central Nigeria: governor

Jos - More than 200 people were killed in violence against farming communities last weekend in Plateau state, central Nigeria, according to a speech by the governor published on Wednesday.

Shadow of jihadists falls on Cameroon's cattle farmers

Maroua - Issoufa Mahama is worried. To take his livestock out into the pasture beyond the village, he explains, is to roll the dice."We can't take the cattle out into the bush any more," he says. "It's because of Boko Haram.

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.

Thousands of Indian farmers protest in Mumbai

Mumbai - Tens of thousands of Indian farmers protested in Mumbai on Monday after walking more than a hundred kilometres to demand better crop prices and land rights.

Macron faces grilling from farmers at agricultural fair

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday faced heckles and whistles from French farmers angry with reforms to their sector, as he arrived for France's annual agricultural fair.

Automating agriculture with light weight robots

Across agriculture automation systems are superseding strenuous manual labor. A new dual-arm robot for the automated harvesting of cucumbers has been successfully tested.

Nigeria grapples with mob justice in farmer-herder clashes

- In the heart of Gboko's main market, in Benue state, central Nigeria, stains still darken the dusty corners of the car park, where seven men were burned alive in broad daylight.

Australia toughens foreign investment rules amid China concerns

Sydney - Australia announced tougher restrictions on foreign buyers of agricultural land and electricity infrastructure on Thursday amid fears over rising Chinese influence.

Nigeria farm violence leaves 10 dead in 2 days

Jos - Ten people in central Nigeria were killed over two days in violence linked to cattle grazing, part of a months-long crisis that has heightened religious tensions, sources said late Thursday.

Battle for land becomes Nigeria's biggest security challenge

Lagos - Boko Haram may dominate headlines about Nigeria, but more than twice as many citizens are being killed in battles over land between farmers and herders than they are by jihadists.

Combining solar panels and agriculture makes land more productive

Solar farms are sprouting up everywhere, and large utility-scale solar projects can take up a lot of space. This can present a problem in densely populated countries where the loss of farmland in favor of solar panels means less food is grown.

Satellite technology aids ranchers with crop management

The Canadian government has laid down a challenge to technology companies to help farmers to manage crops using new risk management tools.

French wine country unveils its answer to kobe beef

Dijon - As the unofficial capital of France's Burgundy region, Beaune is a town that thrives on wine -- and now even its cows are going to taste like grapes.

With immigrants targeted, U.S. farms look to automation

The Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants has hit the U.S. agricultural sector rather hard, especially when seven out of 10 farm workers are undocumented. Rather than fight this policy, many farms are looking to automation and robotics.

Why farmers need advanced imaging: Interview Special

Today, farming and technology are becoming one. A key example is with imaging technology to help optimize crop production. To obtain an overview of the agriculture imaging technology sector we spoke with Ashwin Madgavkar of Ceres Imaging.

As croissants go global, France butter shortages bite

Rennes - Gone are the days of the butter mountains when the EU had to step in to mop up surpluses.

Plantix, the app that helps farmers spot disease

Berlin - Designed in Germany and being successfully used in countries like Inida, the newly developed app Plantix allows farmers to identify pests from crop damage. The app also gives advice on how to treat crop diseases.

Taiwan's battle with betel nut addiction

- For years Huang Sheng-yi helped feed Taiwan's addiction to the betel nut, planting thousands of the trees on his mountainous farm.

Interview: The use of agDrones in Asia Special

Hong Kong - The adoption of commercial drones in Asia is happening at an accelerated rate, presenting challenges and opportunities for agriculture in the region. To find out more Digital Journal spoke with representatives of Ipsos Business Consulting.

Underground air-raid shelter feeding London restaurants

London - Under an anonymous back street in south London lies a vast underground air-raid shelter that has been turned into a pioneering urban farm supplying supermarkets and restaurants in the capital.

The digital farm and the impact of ‘green’ eggs

Okanagan - Scientists have been tracking the environmental footprint of Canadian egg products and looking at the optimal models of farming to reduce environmental impacts. The model has utilized digital technology.

Disruption and opportunities with expansion of agribusiness drones

A new report by Ipsos Business Consulting highlights opportunities for the adoption and growth of agriculture drones within Asia. Agriculture drones increased 344 percent between 2013 and 2015, rising in sales from US$ 94.1 million to US$ 323.9 million.

Climate change threatens Latin America coffee producers

Washington - Climate change is threatening the Latin American zones most favorable for growing coffee, according to a study out Monday that warns seed production could drop by nearly 90 percent by 2050.
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Nothing but fields and more fields, all getting ready to be harvested, New Richmond, WI
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Farmer working on his field of oats.
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A cow and some sheep in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
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Farming in Jiangyan, Sichuan, China. Notice the air pollution. Photo taken: Dec. 6 , 2006
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Merriam turkeys.
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Holstein-Friesian milk cow
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Views of the Coin countryside.
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Horses in the rain.
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Farmer working on his field of oats.
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A farmer in a tractor
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Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event in Martin Place, Sydney.
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DISCOVERY: Drakes Bay and Drakes Estero are thought to be where English explorer Sir Francis Drake landed in 1579.
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A cow in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
A cow in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
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At the IHT Luxury Conference on Friday, Bono described Africa as "remarkable creative, and entrepreneurial," and reminisced about conversations he shared with friends at EDUN's launch in 2005. "Our African friends said to us... 'Is it another charitable project?' And we're like, 'No, it's a business.' 'Oh thank GOD.'"
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Tanzania's landscape
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Views of the Coin countryside.
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A view of shiitake mushrooms growing from the ground
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SHELLFISH: Workers harvest oysters at Drakes Bay Oyster Co., California"s last oyster cannery, north of San Francisco.
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