GFM Network News


China reshapes global meat markets as swine fever rages

Reading Time: 4 minutes London | Beijing | Reuters – China is scouring the world for meat to replace the millions of pigs killed by African swine fever (ASF), boosting prices, business and profits for European and South American meatpackers as it re-shapes global markets for pork, beef and chicken. The European Union, the world’s second largest pork producer […] Read more

Australia drought cuts IGC global wheat crop outlook

Reading Time: < 1 minute London | Reuters – The International Grains Council (IGC) on Thursday trimmed its forecast for global wheat production in the 2019/20 season as the outlook for Australia’s crop dimmed. In its monthly update, the inter-governmental body cut its global wheat production projection by 2 million tonnes to 762 million tonnes. The wheat crop in Australia […] Read more



Straw prices soar, piling pressure on N.Europe livestock farmers

In some areas straw now more expensive than grains

Reading Time: 3 minutes Hamburg | London | Reuters – Livestock and dairy farmers across northern Europe are paying soaring prices for straw used in food and bedding for cattle, as hot, dry weather across the region reduces crops. The higher bills put further pressure on farmers already facing one of their toughest summers ever; many have had to […] Read more



Record crops to send grain stocks to all-time peak, IGC says

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters –– Global grain stocks are expected to surpass 500 million tonnes for the first time at the end of the 2016-17 season, the International Grains Council said on Thursday, raising its forecasts for both corn and wheat production. The intergovernmental body, in a monthly update, put total grain carryover stocks at the […] Read more


EU to give 500M euros to farmers hit by Russia sanctions

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brussels | Reuters — The European Commission announced a 500 million-euro (C$743 million) package of measures on Monday to provide relief for farmers stung by slumping prices, triggered partly by the loss of exports to Russia due to EU sanctions against the country. The crisis has triggered a wave of protests which culminated on Monday […] Read more



Rapeseed crop may not be as big as first thought in W.Europe

Reading Time: 2 minutes London/Reuters — Rapeseed production in Western Europe looks set to increase this season but early promise may not be fully realized, crop analysts said on Wednesday. Crops were sown in favourable conditions, enjoyed a safe passage through winter and had healthy growth in the spring but yields have failed to meet expectations in both north-east […] Read more

U.K. floods pose threat to animal welfare, farm investment

Reading Time: 3 minutes London | Reuters — The immediate threat to British agriculture from floods and storms has put animal welfare in the spotlight, but in the long term increasingly erratic weather is likely deter investment despite continuing global growth in demand for food. Floods have destroyed cattle bedding and feed in flood-hit regions such as southwest England […] Read more