Little different twist as both this and next week will be combined over the rest of the holiday season

Breus relacionats amb la biotecnologia ag, trade – and perhaps some other interesting items out there related to agriculture – will be posted on this page throughout the remainder of the 2016 l'any (novament afegits elements serà en verd al fons de les seccions).

Happy Holidays and looking forward to a prosperous 2017 for everyone!

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COMERÇ, QÜESTIONS RELACIONADES AMB EL COMERÇ:

U.K. Mulling Turkey-Style Trade Pact After Brexit, Liam Fox Says – Bloomberg – By Timothy Ross (DEC 18)

Enllaç: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-18/u-k-mulling-turkey-style-trade-pact-after-brexit-liam-fox-says

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox strikes new trade deals with South Korea leading to post-Brexit jobs and exports boost – El sol (REGNE UNIT) – By David Wooding (DEC 18)

The International Trade Secretary expects it to open up lucrative new markets for UK goods once Britain leaves the EU next year

Enllaç: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2424427/international-trade-secretary-liam-fox-strikes-new-trade-deals-with-south-korea-leading-to-post-brexit-jobs-and-exports-boost/

Exclusiu: Britain will be front of the queue for trade deal with US under Donald Trump’s new commerce secretary – El telègraf (REGNE UNIT) – By Ben Riley-Smith (DEC 17)

Enllaç: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/17/exclusive-britain-will-front-queue-trade-deal-us-donald-trumps/

EU sees Japan free-trade deal in early 2017 – Reuters (DEC 17)

Enllaç: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-eu-idUSKBN1460GF

Rússia: EU prolongs economic sanctions by six monthsEuropean Council of the European Union, Comunicat de premsa (DEC 19)

Enllaç: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/12/19-sanctions-russia/

Ernst: Expanded trade opportunities critical for IowaIowa Farm BureauBy Senator Joni Ernst (DEC 19)

Enllaç: https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/Article/Ernst-Expanded-trade-opportunities-critical-for-Iowa

Is Donald Trump’s Trade Talk Confusing on Purpose? – Diari de Wall Street – Per William Mauldin (DEC 22)

Some experts see a strategy for approaching negotiations with China and other countries

Enllaç: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/12/22/is-donald-trumps-trade-talk-confusing-on-purpose/

A tough year for free tradeDW (Alemanya) – By Rolf Wenkel (DEC 27)

Donald Trump in the US and rising populist parties in Europe – 2016 wasn’t a good year for advocates of free trade. Recent studies have identified some key aspects of globalization that nativists fear most.

Enllaç: http://www.dw.com/en/a-tough-year-for-free-trade/a-36865533

Editorial: Panama’s new canal and Chicago: A plus for the Midwest, but also a triumph of human yearning – Chicago Tribune (DEC 28)

Enllaç: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-panama-canal-expansion-chicago-trade-midwest-edit-1229-jm-20161228-story.html

Trade worries dim optimism for the new year – Premsa granja sud-oest – Els documents de Hawkes Logan (DEC 28)
Trade and Secretary of Agriculture appointment remain concerns as President-elect Trump gets closer to Inauguration Day. Trans Pacific Partnership and North American Free Trade Agreements are key trade deals concerning farmers who depend on export markets.

AG, AG TECH, PRODUCCIÓ, RECERCA, TEMES RELACIONATS:

Scientists get down and dirty to unlock northern Australia’s agricultural potential – ABC (Austràlia) – By Dominique Schwartz (DEC 19)

The samples are now being analysed as part of the Federal Government’s multi-billion-dollar plan to develop the Top End and double the nation’s agricultural output.

Enllaç: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-18/scientists-dig-up-the-dirt-on-northern-australia/8124142

Farmers are abandoning traditional ploughing – BBC – Per

Enllaç: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-38332276

*Nota – story includes GFN member Jake Freestone (REGNE UNIT)

Survey Shows Producer Support for GMO Crops – Agri-pols – By Spencer Chase (DEC 16)

Enllaç: http://www.agri-pulse.com/Survey-shows-producer-support-for-GMO-crops-12162016.asp#.WFcR2RMjd7s.twitter

Cuba comenzará cultivos transgénicos de maíz y soya en 2017 – El Espectador / AFP (DEC 17)

Si bien este país cultivará especies transgénicas a gran escala con el fin de disminuir su déficit alimentario, lo hará bajo estricto control científico y legal.

Traduït: Cuba to begin transgenic corn and soybean crops in 2017 – “Although this country will grow transgenic species on a large scale in order to reduce its food deficit, it will do so under strict scientific and legal control.

Enllaç: http://www.elespectador.com/noticias/elmundo/cuba-comenzara-cultivos-transgenicos-de-maiz-y-soya-201-articulo-670922

Global omega-3 supply set for GM plant shock? – NutraIngredients.comBy Shane Starling (DEC 20)

The omega-3 sector has faced down some mega challenges in recent times: Sustainability concerns. Research questioning health benefits that has affected global markets. But volume may be its greatest challenge.

Pesticide sensors could be saving grace for agriculture – Premsa granja sud-oest – Els documents de Hawkes Logan (DEC 22)

This biosensor is made of graphene, a strong and stable nanoparticle, and provides instantaneous feedback versus the time and money it would otherwise take to send a sample to a lab and await results.

Enllaç: http://www.southwestfarmpress.com/crop-protection/pesticide-sensors-could-be-saving-grace-agriculture

Australia’s OGTR Authorizes Field Trials of GM Banana – Actualització de cultius biotecnològics, ISAAA (DEC 21)

Enllaç: http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15038

POLÍTICA, REGLAMENT, ACTIVISME, ALTRES:

Californian farmers delight in US Government $A766 million drought aid package – ABC Rural (Austràlia) – Per Sarina Locke (DEC 19)

After years of wrangling over water allocations for the environment and fish, the legislation was approved by the US House and Senate, and signed by President Obama.

Enllaç: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-19/californian-drought-assistance-package/8131570

Important wins were notched up for African agriculture in 2016 – La conversa – Els Calestous Juma (DEC 18)

Leaders need to upgrade their capacity to govern increasingly complex agricultural economies if they’re to sustain the gains seen and reported in 2016.

Enllaç: http://theconversation.com/important-wins-were-notched-up-for-african-agriculture-in-2016-69907

No mandatory labelling needed for GM foods, Commons committee says – iPolitics (Canadà) – By Kelsey Johnson (DEC 14)

Enllaç: http://ipolitics.ca/2016/12/14/no-mandatory-labelling-needed-for-gm-foods-commons-committee-says/

Del Monte’s pretty in pink with OK for GMO – Notícies de seguretat alimentària – Coral platja (DEC 20)

Enllaç: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2016/12/beach-beat-del-montes-pretty-in-pink-with-ok-for-gmo/#.WFlemuYrKUk

Affluent nations’ anti-GMO stance is arrogant – La envasadora – By Joe Guenthner (DEC 19)

“… he pointed his finger at me and said people in the U.S. interfered in Africa and prevented approval of a biotech corn variety that was resistant to drought.

Enllaç: http://www.thepacker.com/news/opinion/affluent-nations%E2%80%99-anti-gmo-stance-arrogant

USDA Demands Holiday Snacks (and Parents) Be Removed from Schools – Revisió Nacional – By Julie Gunlock (DEC 21)

Enllaç: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443243/school-food-rules-christmas-cookie-crisis-fears-empower-federal-government

California applauds President’s signature on massive water bill – Premsa granja occidental – Per Todd Fitchette (DEC 18)
California farmers and water users applaud President’s signature on massive water bill though most say it’s thefirst stepin a long journey to repairing the state’s broken water system
GM soybeans risk evaluation: EU court finds for Commission – Alimentar Navigator – Per Jane Byrne (DEC 21)

Monsanto developed genetically modified soybeans were risk assessed in accordance with EU regulations, found the EU Court of Justice (CJEU).”

Few pesticide worries in latest California sampling data – Notícies de seguretat alimentària (DEC 23)

Almost four out of 10 samples of both domestically grown and imported fruits and vegetables that were put to the test by California showed no signs of pesticide residue — whatsoever.

Enllaç: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2016/12/no-pesticide-worries-in-latest-california-sampling-data/#.WGKnHxsrKUm

The miracle of food logistics – La terra (Austràlia) – By Pennie Scott (DEC 28)

When cruising supermarket aisles and dazzled by the array of foods from which to choose, spare a thought for the people who go through hell and high water to ensure these products are there, day in, day out.

Enllaç: http://www.theland.com.au/story/4377903/the-miracle-of-food-logistics/?src=rss

There Are No ‘GMOTomatoes: Backlash Erupts After Hunt’s Marketing Blunder – Forbes.com – Els Kavin Senapathy (DEC 28)

Enllaç: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kavinsenapathy/2016/12/28/there-are-no-gmo-tomatoes-hunts-marketing-blunder/#1017c196467d