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Avian flu outbreak escalating in Taiwan
Avian fluFriday January 8, 2016 2:58AM ET
An avian flu outbreak on poultry farms in Taiwan has intensified over the past few weeks as the weather turned cooler, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said.
Hong Kong bans poultry meat import and products from France
PoultryFriday January 8, 2016 2:26AM ET
Hong Kong authorities banned the import of poultry meat and products from France's Lot Department because of outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.
Drought to especially affect potatoes in the Canary Islands
PotatoesThursday January 7, 2016 9:50AM ET
The Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Canary Islands, Narvay Quintero, said that the potato sector will be the most hurt by the lack of rainfall.
Irradiation good for grapes and blueberries
Phytosanitary irradiationThursday January 7, 2016 9:15AM ET
New research reveals that phytosanitary irradiation can be effective in preserving the quality of blueberries and grape during long-distance transportation, distribution, storage.
U.S. pig herd reached new record hitting 68.3 million head
PigThursday January 7, 2016 8:32AM ET
The U.S. pig herd reached a new record on December 1, 2015, hitting 68.3 million head, the highest since size estimates began in 1988, according to AHDB Pork.
Reformed Defra will help British farming lead the world
Elizabeth TrussThursday January 7, 2016 6:58AM ET
Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has committed the government to improving the country’s resilience to animal disease” by investing around £65 million in new centres for livestock, crop health and precision engineering.
UK farmers waiting for money, RPA kept its promise by less than 1%
Meurig RaymondThursday January 7, 2016 5:32AM ET
The NFU is urging the RPA to give farmers certainty and confidence in lieu of a paid claim as the RPA announces that just 50 percent of farmers received a BPS payment last month.
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