1. Agriland RSS
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 12:22 PM

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    A second trial into Monsanto’s Roundup product in the US has found that the herbicide was the cause of a man’s cancer in California.

    The phase one verdict of the court proceedings ruled in favour of the plaintiff Edward Hardeman in the case of Hardeman v Monsanto, a trial conducted in the federal glyphosate multi-district litigation before Judge Vince Chhabria in the Northern District of California.

    The jury reached a decision in this first phase on causation, but still must decide the question of liability in phase two before there is a final verdict in this case.

    In a statement reacting to the court findings, Bayer – owner of Monsanto and the Roundup product – said: “We are disappointed with the jury’s initial decision, but we continue to believe firmly that the science confirms that glyphosate-based herbicides do not cause cancer.

    “We are confident the evidence in phase two will show that Monsanto’s conduct has been appropriate and that the company should not be liable for Mr. Hardeman’s cancer.

    Regardless of the outcome, however, the decision in phase one of this trial has no impact on future cases and trials because each one has its own factual and legal circumstances.

    “We have great sympathy for Mr. Hardeman and his family, but an extensive body of science supports the conclusion that Roundup was not the cause of his...
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 12:22 PM

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    Contracts between farm machinery manufacturers (suppliers) and their dealers are “unbalanced and drafted too unilaterally”.

    That’s the message from CLIMMAR – a body that represents farm machinery dealer organisations across much of Europe.

    CLIMMAR is calling on manufacturers to reach a situation whereby “suppliers and dealers are more equal”.


    A spokesperson explained: “It is simply too uneven. We are seeking an equal business relationship – with mutual respect.

    Trust and loyalty are the fundamental ingredients for a stable and profitable relationship. If this does not exist between a supplier and a dealership, the future relationship will not survive changes or difficulties.

    The organisation is inviting and encouraging manufacturers (suppliers) to open up dialogue, with the aim of “balancing dealer contracts”.


    In a related development, French trade association SEDIMA (a member of the wider CLIMMAR network) hosted a dealer meeting at the recent SIMA show in...
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 12:22 PM

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    Crossborder milk processor LacPatrick has followed the suit of its soon to be the business partner Lakeland Dairies in holding its price in one jurisdiction and dropping in the other.

    A spokesman put the differential down to currency differences, saying that sterling had fallen from 87c to 85c.

    It means for the month of February, producers in the Republic of Ireland will see their standard litre price held at 31.75c plus a 2c/L early calving bonus.

    However, in Northern Ireland producers will see it slide 0.75p, from 26.5p/L to 25.7p/L.

    LacPatrick has around 1,300 suppliers – a figure which includes around 700 farmers in Northern Ireland and 600 south of the border.

    However, in a silver lining, all LacPatrick suppliers, regardless of their location, will see their transport charges removed for the month.

    Cartage is currently paid by all members of the co-op and averages at around 0.25p/L or 25c/L.

    While the gesture will not mitigate the reduction in price for northern suppliers, it will go some way in easing the drop on this month’s cheque.

    The offer of free transport is expected to be carried forward into the new Lakeland Co-op assuming suppliers opt for every-other-day collection.

    LacPatrick Dairies chairman Andrew McConkey said: “The board of LacPatrick has agreed to remove the cartage charge for all our suppliers in...
  4. News
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:52 AM
    Donald Ross, winner of the AgriScot Scottish Arable Farm of the Year Award 2018, received his official farm sign from SoilEssentials’ Agronomy Manager Alison Easson at his farm last week. The winner’s prize is a bespoke precision package from SoilEssentials, the precision farming specialists, so the visit enabled a discussion on what this would include. With field boundaries now submitted for Rhynie Farm in Easter Ross, satellite imagery is now assigned, enabling for crop analysis and better informed decision-making, all accessible through the SoilEssentials’ cloud platform KORE, Historic Potential Index (HPI) map on any fields he wishes - valuable if you are contemplating renting/buying new land - and as he is already the owner of a drone, Donald will also have the ability to upload his drone flight imagery captured through the growing season to view, monitor and manage his crops more effectively.

    In addition, SoilEssentials will also use their EssentialsAnalysis service with Donald’s yield data - multiple years of gathered information which is processed, analysed and reported back through KORE. Alison took the opportunity while there to give Donald an overview of KORE, delivered some first level training on the aspects that will be of interest and benefit to him, covering scouting, field grids, application maps and also introduced the mobile app that complements the system. He said

    ‘I am excited to be on this new path with SoilEssentials and really looking...
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:12 AM

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    Supermarket giant Morrisons has become the first to sign up to Arla UK 360 farm standards programme for its entire Arla milk supply.

    The initiative supports more than 200 British dairy farmers to develop and deliver best practice on-farm.

    Graham Wilkinson, agriculture director at Arla Foods UK said: “It is hugely significant that Morrisons is supporting the Arla UK 360 programme across all of its Arla supplied milk. This level of support for our farmer-owners creates real scale to the to the 360 programme and its continued development.”

    The move means that Arla owners aligned with Morrisons will transition to the Arla UK 360 standards in the coming months with a target to have reached these by October 2019.

    The standards cover all six areas of the 360 model:

    • Animal Health;
    • People;
    • Environment and natural resources;
    • Community;
    • Economic reinvestment and resilience and
    • Research and Development.

    Sophie Throup, agriculture manager at Morrisons added: “Being supplied by farmers who care about their staff, environment and the welfare of their animals is important to our customers and therefore it is important to us. We are looking forward to working with Arla on introducing their 360 standards to our pool of farmers.”

    The announcement comes just weeks after the 360 programme was recognised at leading industry awards as...
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:12 AM

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    Deutz (engines) notched up revenues of almost €1.8 billion in 2018. This was over 20% higher than the figure achieved in 2017.

    Revenue growth was evident across all main product (engine) segments: agricultural machinery (up 12.9%); materials handling equipment (up 41.9%); and construction equipment (up 25.8%).

    Operating profit more than doubled in 2018, going up by €42 million to reach €82 million.


    Aside, it’s worth noting that Deutz withdrew from a joint venture with Dalian last year.

    “2018 was a very successful year for us,” explained Dr. Frank Hiller (pictured below) – chairman of the board of management of Deutz AG.


    “We comfortably exceeded our revenue target and registered a sharp increase in profitability. Our E-Deutz strategy is already bearing fruit and is an important step on our path to becoming a leading global manufacturer of innovative drive systems.

    Our new three-pillar growth strategy for China means that we are now also strengthening our position in...​
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:12 AM

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    Dutch publication Mechaman.nl reports that CNH Industrial, the parent company of Case IH and New Holland, intends to make its tractor brands more different from one another.

    According to the Dutch outlet, the comments were made by CNH Industrial’s chief executive officer (CEO) Hubertus Muhlhauser (pictured below). Since his appointment, he has apparently been spearheading a new strategic plan.


    Mechaman.nl quoted Muhlhauser as saying that CNH Industrial was seeking to grow externally (by acquiring other companies – presumably including manufacturers of machines that could plug gaps in CNH Industrial’s existing product portfolio).

    Such developments might, for example, see the advent of more Case IH branded equipment, following the recent arrival of a plethora of additional New Holland badged machinery (courtesy of the take-over of Kongskilde).


    Most notably, the aforementioned strategic plan will also seek to create “greater differentiation” between the New Holland, Case IH and Steyr tractor brands – not only in...
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Dutch government to investigate food safety body after 'sick cow' cases

    Written by Renate van der Zee and Christian Davies

    Allegations that animals not fit for consumption are entering food chain raise doubts over Netherlands’ inspection regime

    An investigation into the Dutch food safety authority has been ordered by the minister of agriculture, Carola Schouten, following repeated allegations that sick cows are being slaughtered in the north of the Netherlands.

    A number of cases have been brought against cattle traders and slaughterhouses for transporting and offering sick cattle for slaughter in recent years, with several consequent convictions. Now the government is to review the Dutch food safety authority (Nederlandse Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit, NVWA). The NVWA is responsible for monitoring the slaughterhouses, but questions have been raised about its effectiveness since it was established in 2012.

    Related: ‘Sick cow’ meat scandal in Poland: fears raised over other slaughterhouses

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    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:02 AM

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    The UK farming unions have joined the NFU in writing to Chancellor Philip Hammond warning that the recent UK applied tariff policy announcement is another example of how British farming will be damaged by a no-deal Brexit.

    The letter reaffirms the farming unions’ position of being absolutely committed to avoiding a disorderly exit from the EU.

    NFU President Minette Batters said: “The government’s recent no-deal applied tariff policy announcement confirms our view that to leave the EU without a deal in place would be catastrophic for UK farming.

    “While we acknowledge that the tariff policy announced earlier this month is intended to be temporary and would be in direct response to an undesirable situation facing the country, we have very significant concerns about the damage this policy would cause to farmers across the country. Without the maintenance of tariff protections we would be in danger of opening up the UK to imported food which would be illegal to be produced here, produced at a lower cost because it may fail to meet the environmental and animal welfare standards which are legally required of our own farmers.

    “Under the no-deal tariff policy even those sectors that are treated sensitively by our government will, in most instances, see worrying and large reductions in the tariff rates currently charged on non-EU imports. Tariffs currently in...
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:32 AM

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    The CLA (Country Land and Business Association) has responded to Defra’s consultation, Improving the Management of Water in the Environment,highlighting that there is no justification to ending compensation for changes in water abstraction licenses.

    Instead, the response argues that any variation of licenses to abstract water should be used as a last resort with water companies encouraged to reduce leakages, consumers pushed to be more efficient, and farmers urged to trade water and invest in winter storage facilities, first.

    The consultation follows commitments made by the government for clean and plentiful water and to reduce the risks of harm from environmental hazards, as set out in the 25 Year Plan on the Environment. In addition, the water industry is to invest £50 billion over the next five years to improve water quality and drought resilience across the UK.

    Susan Twining, CLA’s Chief Land Use Policy Advisor said: “While we wouldn’t condone unsustainable abstraction of water by any means, and support the collaborative efforts to address the problems, it is simply wrong for the government to propose revoking licenses without proper redress.

    “Many of these licenses have been in place for decades, form a vital part of many businesses’ asset base and it is only fair that they should generate full compensation for commercial losses if taken away.”...