Antibiotics back the news

A recent report from the OECD suggests that super-bug infections will kill around 2.4 million people across Europe, North America and Australia by 2050 unless more is done to limit drug-resistant super bugs. Health officials in England launched a campaign to try to prevent people from asking for the drugs when they do not need them. […]

Market Developments 2017/2018

The latest WASDE (World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates) from the USDA provides an initial assessment of the agricultural outlook for 2017/2018.  Global wheat supplies are projected to decline fractionally as higher beginning stocks are more than offset by a production decline following last year’s record. Global wheat production is now projected at 737.8 million […]

Scottish Agriculture and the TTIP

If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between the US and the EU come to a successful conclusion then they could have a profound impact on cross Atlantic trade; and the future direction of Scottish and UK Agriculture. The talks which are aiming to make trade easier between the EU and the US have […]

TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Deal Signed

On Tuesday 6th October in Atlanta representatives of 12 countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a free trade deal which seeks to cut tariffs and introduce common standards across the Pacific region. The deal covers key developed countries including the US,  Japan, Canada, Australia as well as emerging nations like Chile, Malaysia and Vietnam. […]

Market Update

Farm prices are continuing to come under pressure across markets, the latest  World Bank pink sheet data gives beef prices for August 18% down on August 2014, sheep meat prices down 21%, and soyabeans down 17%. Milk prices have also fallen again. The FAO Dairy Price Index for August was down by 9.1% on  July – […]

Currency Volatility Impacts on Agricultural Trade

The debt crisis in the Euro zone, and volatility in other major currencies is likely to have a significant impact on agricultural trade during 2015. Euro depreciation will have a positive impact on EU agricultural exports, with improved prospects for exports of beef, arable crops and pig meat. This is also being helped also by […]

US continues to battle Avian Influenza

The US continues to battle Avian Influenza, with 15 States now reporting outbreaks of the Highly Pathogen H5N2 virus within domestic poultry, and another 5 reporting the presence of the disease in wild birds.  Four more outbreaks were confirmed in the last week. Some States are taking drastic action to combat the disease – Indiana […]