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19 January 2015
China Boosts Financial Support to Agriculture
CHINA - China's central bank has raised its re-lending quota by 50 billion yuan ($8.17 billion) to boost financial support for small businesses and agriculture....
UK Appoints Agri Counsellor in China to Help Boost Trade
UK - The UK has appointed its first Agriculture and Food Counsellor in China to help increase growing food and drink exports to the country....
How Big of a Deal is China’s Ban on Imports of US Poultry and Egg Products? 
CHINA & US - The initial reaction to about any problem with exports in general and exports to China in particular is “The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!”, writes Steve Meyer & Len Steiner....
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly
CHINA – Chinese farm produce prices rose slightly during the week of 5-11 January, although meat, poultry fish and eggs all saw small falls according to a survey of 36 large and medium sized cities by the Ministry of Commerce....
16 January 2015
US Counts the Cost of Chinese Ban on Its Poultry Exports
CHINA & US - As a result of China's ban on imports of all poultry and products from the US on the grounds of spreading avian flu, the US will be forced to send to rendering most of the huge volume of chicken paws (feet) and wing tips that it previously...
Why is McDonald's Passionate about Sustainability?
ANALYSIS - McDonald's vision is to source all of their food and products sustainably, said Francesca DeBiase, VP Strategic Sourcing, Sustainability at McDonald's....
All Poultry Sales Take a Hit in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Poultry purchases have fallen sharply since the first outbreak of avian influenza there. While geese have been hit by the virus, so too have sales of all poultry in the country but there are concerns that supplies may be tight for the New Year....
CME: WASDE Provided USDA’s Final 2014 Crop Estimates
US - A quick note on Monday’s record-high FI hog slaughter: It really wasn’t all on Monday. USDA’s estimate for Monday was a record high daily total of 455,000 head, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. ...
Irish Food and Drink Exports Up For Fifth Year Running
IRELAND – Irish food and drink exports earned €10.5 billion in 2014, a four per cent increase and the fifth consecutive year of export growth, says The Irish Food Board (BordBia)....
Brazilian Farmers Should Expect Good Year
BRAZIL – Brazilian economists have offered a positive outlooks for Brazil’s pig and poultry producers on supply and demand forecasts....
CME: 2015 US Meat Expectations in Context of Long-term History
US - Steve Meyer and Len Steiner explain how the results of US meat and poultry markets in 2014 and expectations for 2015 fit with longer term history....
Poultry Plays Pivotal Role in Gambian Economy
THE GAMBIA - The poultry sector plays a pivotal role in the country's economy, according to a senior government official, and it is set to play a key role in future food security....
15 January 2015
Brazilian Agriculture Exported $6.77 Billion in December
BRAZIL - Brazilian agriculture exported $6.77 billion in December. Between January and December 2014, the amount reached was $96.75 billion....
Sales in US of Animal Health Products $7.5 Billion in 2013
US - Sales of animal health products for livestock and pets were similar in 2013 to the year before, according to new figures from the industry body....
Cargill Expands Animal Nutrition Innovation Centre
NETHERLANDS - Cargill has expanded and renovated its Global Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Velddriel....
14 January 2015
Positive Outlook for Indian Poultry Sector in 2015
INDIA - 2014 ended with Poultry India showing overwhelming participation by the world’s leading companies and with a record number of visitors, according to Dr T. Kotaiah of Indbro Research & Breeding Farms Pvt. Ltd. ...
Chickens, Eggs, Turkeys Bring Jobs, Economic Growth to US
US - Over the last two years, the nation's poultry industry has added 477,000 jobs and had an impact on economic output to the tune of $204 billion, according to a new study....
USDA Reports to Support Corn Prices
US - The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA has released the final estimates of the size of the 2014 US corn and soybean crops and estimates of the stocks of corn and soybeans in storage as of December 1, 2014, writes Darrel Good....
Deadline Approaches for International Poultry Council's Rome Meeting
ITALY - The International Poultry Council (IPC) is urging delegates to register for its conference in Rome in April before the deadline on 31 January 2015....
NZ Agritech Sector Worth NZ$1.2 Billion
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's agritechnology sector was worth approximately NZ$1.2 billion in 2013 according to new research into the size, value and future potential of the sector....
13 January 2015
How Will Increase in Broiler Production Affect Meat Prices?
US - Looking at the weekly statistcs for the main species, one item stands out—the sharp increase in broiler production and the implications this has for meat prices in 2015, writes Steve Meyer & Len Steiner....
US Farming Groups Unite to End Cuban Embargo
US - Prominent US food and agriculture associations - including the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation - and companies have announced the formation of a coalition that seeks to advance trade relations between the United States...
Exit from EU Would Pose Risk to Scottish Farming
SCOTLAND - The EU referendum is the biggest threat facing British farming, Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has warned. Leaving the EU could see UK farmers lose Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) direct support which is worth nearly...
12 January 2015
Head of Anaerobic Digestion Association Hits Back at Criticisms
UK - Last week at the Oxford Farming Conference in the UK, environmental campaigner and author, George Monbiot, launched an attack on several farming practices....
CME: Minor Revisions Expected in WASDE Report
US - Analysts polled ahead of the release of the USDA WASDE report (Jan 12) expect only minor revisions to the supply/demand tables for major grain crops, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
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