1. CPM RSS
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    Written by Charlotte Cunningham

    Global agricultural processor, Archer Daniels Midlands Company (ADM) is to purchase the remaining 50% of Gleadell Agriculture Ltd, including Gleadell’s wholly owned subsidiary Dunns Ltd. CPM reports. A major UK grain trader, Gleadell is currently jointly owned by ADM and French co-operative InVivo. However, the acquisition of the remaining stake of the company will see ADM merge with Gleadell and Dunns as well as ADM’s other businesses to create ADM Agriculture Ltd. Strategic growth In a statement, ADM said the transaction will increase the firm’s origination, storage and destination marketing capabilities in the UK, allowing it to serve as the trading partner of choice for even more farmers and customers. “With significant storage and processing capability and a longstanding reputation for being a safe and trusted trading partner, Gleadell and Dunns will be great additions to our business in the UK,” said Gary McGuigan, ADM’s president of Global Trade. “We are excited to expand our capabilities, not only to continue our strategic growth, but also to support our farmers and our customers as they work to address fast-growing consumer demand.” The deal, which is subject to regulatory review, is expected to close during the first quarter of 2019.
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    Supporting British businesses on the international stage

    Written by Jimmy.Phillips@ahdb.org.uk

    Once more the AHDB Exports team will gather British exporters together at two major international tradeshows in 2019.

    The first of the year - Fruit Logistica - takes place in Berlin from 6-8 February. Over the course of the event British horticulture and potato companies will seek to build new relationships and explore potential business opportunities with the numerous international visitors who visit the stand year on year.

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    Thu, 01/17/2019

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    Written by Rachel Martin

    The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has hit out at a report recommending adults cut their daily meat consumption to the equivalent of less than a cocktail sausage to meet climate change targets.

    Responding to the publication of the EAT Lancet Commission report, NFU vice president Stuart Roberts said: “It is vitally important that a wide-ranging, global report like this is looked at through a local lens.

    “There are significant differences in farming methods and consumption patterns across the globe and it is important we recognise that the British livestock industry is one of the most efficient and sustainable in the world.

    “For example, 65% of UK farmland is highly suitable for grass production over other crops, so the UK is well placed to produce food from sustainable livestock grazing systems. Also, grassland is a very good store of carbon, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.”

    7g of meat a day


    The report, published today (January 17) is urging massive changes to people’s diets all over the world in order to achieve “food transformation” and reduce carbon emissions by 2050.

    Entitled ‘Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT – Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems’, the three-year study is a joint initiative of the EAT Forum and The Lancet medical journal.

    The report astonishingly...
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    Highly infectious and deadly porcine virus African Swine Fever has been detected in Mongolia.

    A laboratory confirmed 85 pigs had been infected on a ‘backyard farm’ to the north of the country on Thursday (January 10).

    According to a report published by the World Organisation for Animal Health, a total of 214 pigs were slaughtered.

    The Mongolian Government issued a statement on Monday in which it advised pig keepers to take measures to prevent the spread of infection, such as using disinfectant and purchasing feed from reliable sources.

    While pigs are not a major part of Mongolian agriculture, the case is still worrying as it represents a new geographical jump for the disease.

    So far been confirmed in around 100 cases in neighbouring China and more than 1,000 cases across Europe.

    China produces about half of the world’s pork; however, is also one of the biggest consumers of pig meat.

    The disease was first confirmed in China on August 1. Local reports suggest that already as many as 900,000 pigs have been culled in the country in a bid to halt the disease’s spread.

    African swine fever is a highly contagious and usually fatal viral disease of pigs. It does not affect humans and meat from pigs does not pose any food safety risk. There is no treatment for the fever in pigs and there is no vaccine currently available.

    The disease can...
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    Checks on both sides of Irish border ‘mandatory under no-deal Brexit’

    Written by Lisa O'Carroll Brexit correspondent

    Customs expert says extra costs and delays will harm small businesses and WTO rules would ‘kill UK farming’

    European Union and World Trade Organization checks would be mandatory on both sides of the Irish border in the event of no-deal Brexit, one of the world’s leading experts on customs has said.

    Michael Lux, a former head of customs legislation and procedures at the European commission, said the UK would have to impose customs checks and tariffs on the northern side of the border, despite claims to the contrary by Brexiters.

    Related: Dublin warns medicine supply threatened by no-deal Brexit

    Related: No-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for UK farmers, warns NFU

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    Written by Rachel Martin

    Over £1.57 billion in Basic Payment Scheme money has been paid out so far to farmers in England, the Rural Payments Agency has confirmed.

    The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) paid 93.4% of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claims during December – the best performance in the first month of the payment window since the scheme started in 2015.

    Payments during December were made to 78,787 of eligible claimants and included a range of 2018 BPS claim types and sizes.

    RPA chief executive Paul Caldwell said: “We fully appreciate how critical BPS payments are to farmers and their businesses. We have increased efforts to pay more people as early as possible and RPA teams have now landed more than £1.5 billion into farmers’ bank accounts. I’m very grateful to them for all their work so far.

    “We know there is more to do and that some farmers are still waiting for payments. We have written to everyone we were not able to pay in December and will continue to keep people up-to-date.”

    Progress


    All farmers should make sure the RPA has their up-to-date bank account details. Once a payment has been made a remittance advice statement is sent in the post, confirming the amount paid.

    A claim statement will also be sent to explain how the payments have been worked out.

    A spokesman for RPA said the agency is on track to complete payments significantly...
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    Police officers in Essex have managed to recover a stolen tractor and returned it to its owner in Great Totham the following morning – all before the owner had even realised it was missing.

    On Friday, January 11, officers from Chelmsford Local Policing Team were on duty in Wickford when they spotted a tractor that looked out of place on land off Meadow Lane.

    They checked the surrounding area and searched the Police National Computer to find the owner.


    When contacting the owner to inform him of his missing tractor, he was unaware it had been stolen from his farm off Walden House Road, Great Totham overnight.

    Investigations are ongoing


    Sergeant Richard Everitt, from Chelmsford Local Policing Team, said: “The man was pleased his tractor had been recovered so quickly but of course, frustrated that it had been stolen.

    “We’ve returned it to him this morning. We will continue to disrupt and tackle theft in rural areas.”

    Anyone with information about criminal activity in rural communities is asked to call ‘101’ or report it online.

    Information regarding a crime can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on: 0800-555-111.

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  8. Agriland RSS
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    The Ulster Farmers Union (UFU), has responded to the vote on the Brexit withdrawal agreement, saying the result was expected, but that the scale of the deal’s defeat “has sent a clear signal”.

    The union’s president, Ivor Ferguson, reiterated his organisation’s point that a no-deal Brexit must be avoided.

    The withdrawal agreement was defeated resoundingly, with 432 votes cast against, and 202 in favour.

    “The UFU respects the referendum result, and that the UK will leave the EU. However, leaving with no-deal would have catastrophic consequences for family-farm businesses in Northern Ireland,” warned Ferguson.


    It means high tariffs on our exports, creating an effective trade embargo on export of animal-based products, and the possibility of lower standard imports flooding the UK market, crippling the industry and rendering our farmers uncompetitive.

    Ferguson urged Prime Minister Theresa May – assuming she wins this evening’s vote of confidence in the Parliament, as she is expected to do – to move quickly on with dealing with Brexit.

    “March 29 is fast approaching, and no deal is the default outcome. It is absolutely essential that urgent progress is made to avoid this and secure an orderly exit from the EU,” claimed Ferguson.

    He expects there to be a great deal of activity in the coming days in the House of Commons in order to...
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    Written by Justin Roberts

    Aimed primarily at larger farmers and contractors, the ‘Merge Maxx 950’ belt merger from Kuhn spans 9.5m in width. It attracted plenty of attention at last week’s LAMMA show in England.

    The machine was trialled in the UK last season and is now available through the company’s dealers. Kuhn believes that it will be of particular interest within the bio-digester sector, where soil contamination (from rotary-type rakes) can be a particular problem.

    The company points out that belt mergers have the advantage of picking up the crop directly from where it was cut, rather than pushing it along the ground. The latter can lead to the integration of soil and stones into the resulting swath.

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    The trailed machine consists of two belt merger units. Banks of pick-up tines feed the crop directly onto the conveyor belts.

    The belts can run in either direction. Usefully, the two units can be side-shifted to allow forage to be fed into the centre, or to each end of the belt. This results in multiple possible swath formation patterns.

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    Written by Rachel Martin

    NFU Cymru has organised a special livestock summit examining the challenges facing the Welsh red meat sector post-Brexit.

    The event boasts a line-up of speakers offering industry insight and perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing Welsh PGI Lamb and Beef producers, as the date for the UK’s proposed departure from the European Union draws closer.

    The Welsh Red Meat Sector in a Global Marketplace summit will be held at the International Pavilion at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd on Tuesday, February 5 from 10:45am.

    The first session of the day, entitled ‘Setting the scene’ and chaired by NFU Cymru Livestock Board chairman and NFU Livestock Board vice chairman Wyn Evans, will feature commentary from Nathan Ward, business unit director at Kantar World Panel and NFU EU exit adviser Tori Morgan.

    Session two of the summit examines the ‘Processors’ and retailers’ perspectives’ and features presentations from Nick Allen, chief executive officer of British Meat Processors Association; and Tim Rowe, Celtic Pride director and meat technology consultant.

    The session will be chaired by NFU Cymru Less Favoured Area (LFA) Board chairman Richard Tudor.

    Afternoon sessions include the topic of ‘Promoting and selling our product’. The discussion will feature contributions from HCC chairman Kevin Roberts and HCC chief executive Gwyn...