Ireland of the past was truly an agricultural economy. A century ago two thirds of Irish farms were owner-occupied and this trend was to gather pace in the following decades. The size structure of farms was heavily weighted towards smaller holdings: about 230,000 farms were less than 30 acres in contrast with around 50,000 today. […]
Farming sea cucumbers is giving coastal communities in Madagascar an opportunity to earn a sustainable income while contributing to increasing levels of marine life of all kinds, previously in decline due to overfishing. Sea cucumbers are a vital part of the marine ecosystem. They keep ocean acidity levels in check, decompose organic matter into recyclable […]
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Like farmers throughout the Midwest, this spring’s torrential rains turned Andrew Dunham’s land into sticky muck that set him back nearly a month in planting his crops. Unlike other farmers, though, Dunham won’t get a piece of a $16 billion aid package to offset his losses and he can’t fall…
To help meet its ambitious climate goals, California is paying farmers to grow cover crops. The aim is to promote healthier soil that can absorb more carbon from the atmosphere.(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)
A few weeks ago, Farmguy and I gathered our sheep for their spring shearing. We’ve had a number of warm days since late March with temperatures in the 70’s, and the sheep were appearing a bit stressed by the heat. I was happy to finally get a shearing date, but also a little nervous about […]
I mandags blev årets første lam født. Og det er stort, ikke bare at det er årets første, men med to moderfår i alt er der megen opmærksomhed på den enkelte. Krølle, som det ene får hedder, kom ikke hen til høbunken for at spise, men lå i ly og stønnede. Af og til stak […]
As the sun comes up on farmers across Essex County, Ont., it’s not their livestock or crops they check first thing in the morning — it’s the markets.
The tough talk between Canada and the U.S. around NAFTA negotiations is having real-life consequences for those working in the industry every day.
“You’re at everybody else’s whim and whatever they want,” said Henry Denotter, a grain and oilseed farmer in Kingsville, Ont.
Denotter’s farm covers nearly 610 hectares, where he grows everything from soybeans and corn to wheat and rye. But each morning, he looks to the U.S. to see what kind of profits he can expect.
“We can’t set the prices, we’re looking at Chicago everyday to see how grain is doing. And somebody starts a rumour — whether it’s [U.S. President] Donald Trump or China and the market goes down 30 cents, 10 cents, even a penny makes a difference in our end profits.”
Those profits are what keeps Denotter’s equipment running and business afloat, he said, as he has to make payments on machinery just like anyone would on a home or car.
As a grain farmer, Denotter said he is selling on a global stage, not part of Canada’s supply management system of quotas, which control how much its dairy, poultry and egg farmers are allowed to produce.
Water scarcity and heat are threatening two of Switzerland’s main agricultural products: milk and cheese. But the shortage affects far more than cows — Swiss glaciers also feed Europe’s major rivers.(Image credit: Eleanor Beardsley/NPR)