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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’

Syngenta Looks to a Shared Vision for Sustainable Agriculture

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 settembre 2018

Syngenta has announced that over the coming three months it will undertake consultation and engagement with stakeholders from around the world in an effort to build a shared vision for the future of sustainable agriculture. Through listening and dialogue, Syngenta is seeking to better understand the role it can play and the commitments needed from all sides to help make a shared vision reality.Syngenta Chief Sustainability Officer Alexandra Brand said, “We want to work together with stakeholders to build viable, productive and resilient farms, using modern agricultural technologies to safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We will continue to provide farmers and rural communities with solutions to help them to thrive and deliver safe and nutritious food. Agriculture currently uses 70 per cent of the world’s fresh water1 and is a major source of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions2. Our products and solutions help address such challenges and improve outcomes for the environment, particularly soil health and biodiversity.” Setting out why Syngenta is doing this now, Mrs. Brand said, “It’s time to have a more direct and inclusive conversation to help rebuild the trust between society and science. As a company we need to align our role with the roles of others and work in a way that continues to build society’s confidence in the farming and agricultural innovation sectors. We want to make sure we are able to respond appropriately to the expectations of all our stakeholders so we can move forward constructively and together. Building consensus on how different agriculture systems can help support delivery of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals will be the base on which the listening sessions are built.”Mrs. Brand went on to say, “Once completed around the end of November 2018, we will be able to establish where we intend to focus our own efforts. Outcomes from the consultations will help form the basis of new commitments for achieving a future vision, together. We will establish how to accelerate the development of products and technologies that can continue to meet the needs of small farmers, large farmers and society, in the future. We will also translate our findings into the next evolution of our successful Good Growth Plan beyond 2020. We expect that by early next year we will announce how we intend to move forward.”Mrs. Brand said the listening sessions would take different forms including roundtables and one-to-one conversations. “Around the world we will reach out directly to different groups and individuals who, together, represent a cross section of those with a stake in the future of sustainable agriculture.”

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Pour une PAC renouvelée en soutien à une agriculture durable

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 Maggio 2018

Paris Mardi 29 mai à 15h Institut Jacques Delors 19, rue de Milan La Politique agricole commune (PAC) a évolué au fil du temps vers un simple soutien au revenu des agriculteurs, principalement fonction des surfaces cultivées (“premier pilier”) associée à un modeste budget finançant le développement rural (“second pilier”). La tentative de verdissement des aides décidée en 2013 a été globalement un échec. Les propositions qui sont aujourd’hui sur la table laissent envisager une PAC beaucoup moins commune, où les budgets du second pilier seraient fortement réduits, et où l’on renoncerait à toute politique environnementale ambitieuse. La valeur ajoutée européenne d’une telle politique pose question, la forte dépendance des revenus agricoles aux subventions européennes devenant le seul argument probant pour défendre les budgets de la PAC. Pour que celle-ci retrouve une légitimité, il est nécessaire que des objectifs clairs lui soient assignés au service d’un modèle agricole européen. La PAC doit soutenir davantage des biens publics (protection du capital naturel, gestion des eaux, stockage de carbone, maintien de la biodiversité, etc.) ; ses aides doivent être conditionnées à des résultats effectifs et non plus à de tatillonnes obligations de moyens ; et l’allocation des financements aux Etats de l’UE doit reposer sur des critères objectifs et non plus sur la préservation de retours budgétaires nationaux.Jean-Christophe Bureau a obtenu sa thèse à l’université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne en 1986. Professeur d’économie à AgroParisTech (ex Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon), il travaille sur la politique agricole et les négociations commerciales. Il coordonne le master d’Economie de l’environnement et de l’énergie de l’Université Paris-Saclay. Il a travaillé auparavant à l’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) où il a dirigé l’Unité Mixte de Recherche en Économie publique (UMR INRA 210), à l’Organisation de Coopération pour le Développement Économique (OCDE), à l’Economic Research Service de l’US Department of Agriculture, à Trinity College Dublin et à Iowa State University. Il a été membre de la cellule permanente du Conseil d’analyse économique du Premier ministre de 2002 à 2004. Il travaille régulièrement pour la Commission européenne, le Parlement européen. En 2016 il a été élu “Fellow” de l’European Association of Agricultural Economists. Il est chercheur associé au CEPII (Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales) et à l’Institut Jacques Delors.

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The Climate Corporation Expands Its Industry-Leading, Global Digital Agriculture Platform into Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 novembre 2017

climateThe Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), announced today at Agritechnica, the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural machinery, the pre-commercial launch of the Climate FieldView™ digital agriculture platform into regions of Europe for the 2018 growing season. Through the company’s innovative, analytics-based digital tools, farmers in these European regions will be able to get all their data into one, connected platform, uncover valuable field insights and maximize productivity to get the most out of every acre.“Transformative digital technologies are helping more farmers around the world gain a deeper understanding of their fields through easy-to-use tools that are helping enhance their operations through the power of data,” said Mike Stern, chief executive officer for The Climate Corporation. “Farmers around the world are experiencing the value of the Climate FieldView platform on millions of acres, and soon farmers in Europe will have the opportunity to bring their field data to life. Farmers will be able to seamlessly collect data, quickly visualize it, and gain personalized insights to optimize agronomic practices and make critical management decisions that impact sustainable crop production.”
Over the past year, the Climate FieldView platform conducted robust testing efforts across farms in Germany, France and Ukraine. For the upcoming season, more farmers in these countries will be able to experience data collection and visualization in the cab of their equipment, along with additional tools to analyze and evaluate crop performance and manage variability through customized seeding and fertility prescriptions.“Climate FieldView is an extremely user-friendly, intuitive tool,” said Andreas Roehrl, a farmer from Bavaria who participated in beta testing the Climate FieldView platform this season. “From my point of view, it is the first tool that has the potential to help me finally get all my data in one place and easily analyze all the available information to start planning ahead and ensure I’m making the best decisions for the success of my operation. I’m excited to accompany this coming year’s growing season and harvest with Climate FieldView, and I hope the positive projections on my business can be implemented in practice and will bring desired results.”

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Mass Surveillance of IT users

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 gennaio 2015

BruxellesBruxelles Wednesday 21 January at 11:30 in the glass room, EP press room – PHS00B001 During the briefing, Mr Rübig will give details about the study and its main findings. The aims of the study were to:
1. Analyse the security risks of the current generation of internet services and applications and propose measures to reduce the risks identified with the current generation of networks and services.
2.Identify long-term options for a more secure and more privacy friendly internet, while allowing governmental law enforcement and security agencies to perform their duties, and obtain quickly and legally all the information needed to fight crime and to protect national security interests.
STOA is Parliament’s own Science and Technology Options Assessment unit. STOA carries out studies, workshops and conferences in collaboration with research institutes, universities, laboratories, consultancies or individual researchers. STOA is led by a panel, consisting of 15 MEPs from Parliament’s committees on Industry, Internal Market, Environment, Employment and Social Affairs, Transport and Agriculture.

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Council Activity Calendar

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 ottobre 2011

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October 17-31: The Council will organize a series of U.S. Corn education/promotion seminars and one-on-one trade and technical servicing meetings in Indonesia and Malaysia. Program participants include national feed companies, trading groups and livestock integrator companies. This event is intended to assist buyers of U.S. corn with proper contracting and grain procurement. The U.S. Grains Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital/family status. Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information should contact the U.S. Grains Council.
The Southeast Asia U.S. Agricultural Cooperators Conference in Indonesia attracted “the elite of the elite buyers of Southeast Asia,” according to Frank Kralicek of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council. Kralicek, who delivered the U.S. and world corn supply and demand presentation, reported a record turnout of more than 180 people representing major feed milling, integrated feed-meat-food producing and trading companies from the region. He praised Adel Yusupov, USGC regional director, for the quality of the program and the turnout. “I got a lot of questions even before speaking,” Kralicek reported. “Not just about quality and supply, but even about farm programs, the markets, and whether we have the transportation facilities to supply enough corn to Southeast Asia. They asked questions the whole time I was there.” Trades negotiated at the conference increased from $368,939,351 worth of commodities in 2010 to $461,901,280. Wheat sales dropped from 2010 and soybean sales declined slightly, but corn, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and soybean meal sales registered major gains.
“This conference continues to receive tremendous support from the industry. We hope with each passing year to continue providing this platform to help the region’s agricultural industry progress,” Yusupov concluded.

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White House Sees Value of Ag Export Programs

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 settembre 2011

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Amid the serious cuts the White House has proposed for key agricultural programs, there are a few bright spots. The U.S. Grains Council applauds the administration for recognizing the value of expanded agricultural exports in its proposal for mandatory spending cuts. “It’s recognition for the benefits agricultural exports bring back to the U.S. economy,” said Floyd Gaibler, USGC director of trade policy. “It’s evidence that the work of joint government-industry groups like the Council is paying off for American farmers, for American business, and for our nation’s economy.” The administration recommended extensive cuts in USDA spending to the so-called “super committee” working on a government-wide deficit reduction plan but specifically cited “increased funding for programs to expand U.S. agricultural exports” as one of the ways it supports U.S. agriculture. Other examples of programs it supports included the pursuit of trade agreements, agricultural research programs, and assistance for beginning and disadvantaged farmers. In contrast, the White House recommended eliminating direct payments, reducing subsidies to crop insurance companies (including a change in subsidies for farmers’ crop insurance premiums), and reducing conservation spending by targeting it to the most environmentally beneficial programs.

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U.S. Grains Council

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 settembre 2011

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Washington, D.C. Leaders from Taiwan’s Feed Industry Association (TFIA) have signed a formal letter of intent today announcing plans to purchase from 7.7 million metric tons to as much as 10.5 million tons (303-413 million bushels) of U.S. corn and a half to three-quarters of a million tons of corn co-products such as distillers dried grains and corn gluten in 2012 and 2013. “For U.S. farmers, Taiwan is a long-established and deeply valued customer and partner,” said U.S. Grains Council Past Chairman Terry Vinduska, who signed the letter on behalf of the Council at a formal ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. “Taiwan is the sixth-largest export market for U.S. agriculture, and our fifth-largest corn market,” he noted. “This letter of intent is the latest in Taiwan’s unique tradition of goodwill missions to announce its plans. It represents a promise of more than 300 million, maybe as much as 400 million bushels of corn exports.” The value of the Taiwanese corn purchase commitment is estimated to total from $2.47 to as much as $3.39 billion. TFIA Chairman Yau-Kuen Hung represented the Taiwanese association. The delegation, which also included representatives from Taiwan’s oilseed processing association and flour millers’ association, signed similar letters outlining their intent to purchase 3 to 3.2 million tons (110-118 million bushels) of U.S. soybeans and 1.7 million tons (62 million bushels) of U.S. wheat. After formal visits in Washington, the delegation will travel to Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa for meetings with producer groups and state officials. Taiwan, with the second-highest per capita consumption of U.S. agricultural products in the world, imported 2.4 million tons (94 million bushels) of U.S. corn in the 2010/2011 market year.

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The agriculture of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 Maggio 2010

The European Union should reorganise agricultural subsidy policy and significantly reduce the total percentage of subsidies for agriculture. It should monitor the effective use of subsidies and support the production of goods that are in demand. Those producers phasing out agricultural  activity due to reduced subsidies deserve temporary support, intended to aid the continuous development of rural areas. The EU should ensure that the same farm subsidies apply in all member states. Information and consultancy should be made accessible to farmers and these should also be involved in the programming and monitoring of funds which are intended for them. The EU should ensure that agriculture does not have adverse effects on health and environment and promote food self-sufficiency. This would include the promotion of sustainable agricultural practices such as organic farming, local food production, reduced fertiliser and  pesticide use. GMOs should be banned except for medicinal purposes.

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