Wednesday, March 4, 2015

North Dakota Senate approves change to anti-corporate ag law

2 Sisters Food Group looks at eliminating shift at poultry plant

  • Andrea Gantz
    2 Sisters Food Group is looking at eliminating a shift and 300 jobs from its poultry plant in Llangefni, Anglesey.
    From WATTAgNet:
    The U.K.'s 2 Sisters Food group has begun consultations to reduce operations at its poultry plant in Llangefni, Anglesey, Wales, that had been tied to a food safety scare in 2014.
    If the plant reduces its shifts from two to one, as the company is considering, as many as 300 of the facility’s 590 jobs could be eliminated.
    A company spokeswoman said the decision to downsize the plant followed "a strategic review of our poultry operations." She further stated that 2 Sisters Food Group was "committed to the site" and that it was paramount that "we simplify our business to ensure that we have the right products and processes within our factories to ensure that we have the right products and processes within our factories to ensure we can sustain the high levels of quality and service our customers expect."
    The plant became embroiled in a Campylobacter scare in July 2014, after The Guardian newspaper alleged it had been guilty of hygiene breaches that could heighten the risk of the further spread of Campylobacter.
    Following the release of the article in The Guardian, the Food Standards Agency found no risk to public health at the plant, calling the conditions "good."
    2 Sisters welcomed the positive audit, but added "We must not be complacent. We operate our business in an environment of continual improvement, and we will be carrying on with that to ensure we produce first-class British products for all our customers."

Researchers examine global implications of climate change, trade

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    Two new studies look at the global implications of climate change and trade.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Two new studies look at the global implications of climate change and trade.
    In one study, Kansas State University researchers found that at least one-quarter of the world’s wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.
    The study found that wheat yields are projected to decrease by 6 percent for each degree Celsius the temperature rises if no measures to adapt to extreme weather fluctuations are taken. Based on the 2012-2013 wheat harvest of 701 million tons worldwide, the resulting temperature increase would result in 42 million tons less produced wheat — or a loss of nearly one-quarter of the current wheat production.
    In another study, conducted by DTB Associates in Washington, it was found that several influential countries are not complying with the domestic agricultural support commitments they made as part of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The study, an update of a similar one conducted in 2011, shows that India, China Turkey, Brazil and Thailand have dramatically increased trade distorting subsidies for wheat, corn or rice production over the past ten years to levels that exceed their WTO agreements — in most cases by large margins.
    Member countries are required to report their domestic support levels to WTO regularly, but more than 650 notifications were late as of November 2014.

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Corn, soybean acreage expected to be lower in 2015

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    The USDA says U.S. producers are expected to plant fewer acres of corn and soybeans in 2015.
    From WATTAgNet:
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says U.S. producers are expected to plant fewer acres of corn and soybeans in 2015 due to lower commodity prices and reduced farm income.
    Although there is a period of depressed prices forecast, the USDA says the financial health of the agriculture sector is strong because producers took advantage of record harvests and high prices in past seasons to strengthen their bottom line.
    USDA also says U.S farmers are expected to benefit from strong global demand and new trade deals.
    “The forecast for the coming production year is bright,” said Robert Johansson, USDA’s acting chief economist. “Record production has meant that stock levels are higher and prices are lower, but producers will benefit from record asset levels and from new farm programs intended to cushion declines in farm income.”
    Eighty-nine million acres of corn is expected to be planted in 2015, down 1.6 million acres from 2014. Soybeans are expected to be planted on 83.5 million acres, a decrease of 200,000 acres. Based on USDA’s yield forecast, that would produce 13.6 billion bushels of corn and 3.8 billion bushels of soybeans.
    Corn prices during the 2015-16 marketing year are expected to average $3.50 per bushel, down from $6.89 three years ago. Soybeans are expected to fall to $9 per bushel from $14.40 three years ago.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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