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Category: Pig

End of the dry spell: situation of the pig sector looks brighter

historical poster

After a few years of downturn in many countries, the year 2016 showed positive signs for the profitability of pig production in many countries. At the same time, the global trade of pork and side-products is expanding further. These were key results of the annual Pig Conference which was run jointly by the two networks agri benchmark Pig und InterPIG in Wageningen. Both networks agreed a long-term[more]

Category: Cash Crop

Profitable crop production in Russia, Ukraine and Argentina will boost output and exports; European producers ahead of serious changes in their cropping systems

wheat exports germany

From June 12th to 15th more than 50 international agricultural economists met in Berlin for the annual Cash Crop Conference; this year´s conference was managed by the agri benchmark headquarter team at the Thünen Institute, Braunschweig, Germany. During this conference, economic results for 2016 crop production and related outlook for 2017 and ahead were presented. The first key finding: Due[more]

Category: Organic

China and USA: Big and small in organic cereal production at the same time

wheat field

China and the USA are the biggest organic cereal producers worldwide in terms of area under cultivation. But it is worthwhile to take a closer look on this fact. It´s true, China and USA dispose over the largest surfaces for organic cereal production in hectares. But their respective shares in organic cereal areas were the smallest among the 10 largest organic cereal producing countries in 2014-2[more]

Category: Organic

European organic farming does not keep pace with growing demand


In the EU, the total value of the organic retail market doubled from 11.1 billion Euro in 2005 to 24 billion in 2014, the number of organic producers and processors grew by nearly 50 percent from 207,000 to 308,000 over the same period. Obviously, the market for organic products is growing faster than the production. Therefore, the question has been raised how to close the gap between demand and s[more]

Category: Fish

Danish RAS trout farms remain competitive thanks to productivity growth

Danish trout farm

The Danish trout sector is traditionally dominated by pond aquaculture. The tightening of environmental regulations in recent decades has led to an ongoing restructuring of the Danish trout farming: Larger farms using recirculating techniques internalize the costs of effluent discharge and enhance productivity. With an annual production in 2014 of 30,400 tonnes Denmark is one of the leading trout[more]

Category: Pig

agri benchmark Pig Report 2016: lots of pigs, lot of know-how


The first issue of the agri benchmark Pig Report 2016, compiled by the international expert network of agri benchmark Pig provides facts and figures on global pig production. Nowadays, consumers and politicians have a critical view on animal production in domestic and international markets. Against this background, independent and reliable information on production, consumption, economics and bur[more]

Category: Cash Crop

Economic pressure on global grain producers continues – Thai small holder based crop production very dynamic and competitive

hosts of CCC 16

Lower commodity prices put pressure on crop producers globally in 2015 – but currency devaluations against the US Dollar softened the blow for producers in some parts of the world. This was one of the key findings from this year’s annual agri benchmark Cash Crop Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, which was jointly organized by the Knowledge Network Institute of Thailand (KNIT), the Thailand Research[more]

Category: Beef and Sheep

Beef and sheep farming with lower profitability - Spain is moving towards exports of beef and sheep

Global Forum BSC16

Compared with other meats and milk, beef and sheep results looked relatively favourable in the last years. With prices for the two red meats eventually decreasing in 2015, profitability worsened in most countries. This was one of the main conclusions of the agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Conference 2016 hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) and its public se[more]

Category: apple

Apple production costs are expected to rise due to minimum wage


Apple production is characterized by intensive labor use. Manual work is required for pruning, fruit thinning and harvest and usually carried out by rather low-paid unskilled seasonal workers. Although wages differ widely between the countries in the agri benchmark Horticulture network, the importance of hired labor costs is very similar at a level of about 25% of total costs. The introduction o[more]

Category: Cash Crop

Irrigation pays off for corn production

irrigation corn

Irrigation is commonly accepted as an important strategy to enhance productivity of crops. But besides legal and technical issues related to water access, irrigation requires substantial investments. Therefore, a close look is needed to answer the question whether it is interesting to invest in irrigation to produce corn.  Samuel Balieiro has analysed the overall effect of irrigation for cor[more]

Category: Organic

Organic farming is growing worldwide

organic farming

As of today, there are 43.7 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide. This was one of the facts and figures which were shown by the latest global data on organic farming presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International at the BioFach fair 2016 in Nuremberg. Australia is the country with the largest organic agricultural area (17.2&[more]

Category: Beef and Sheep

CAP has significant impacts on cow-calf and beef finishing


The present CAP-reform lasts from 2014 to 2020. Up to now many farms with suckler-cows and finishing cattle enjoyed relatively high levels of coupled (linked to the number of animals) and/or decoupled payments (per farm, independent of the number of animals). Mainly, payments exist in two different forms: Suckler-cow: coupled suckler-cow payments of different levels were common in several member[more]

Category: wine grape

Climate change: What are the costs of measures for protecting German wine grape production from extreme weather?

wine leaves in hail

Late frost or hailstorms can cause severe damage in vineyards. Mitigation measures such as hail nets, frost candles or wind machines are potentially profitable where these extreme weather events are common. The choice of measures depends on farm size and production system characteristics. For Germany, climate change is expected to lead to an increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather ev[more]

Category: Beef and Sheep

Beef and sheep prices - which policy framework conditions have the highest impact?


This was one of the questions answered during this year’s Beef and Sheep Conference. The session considered important events in the last years in policy framework with the most significant economic impact on beef and sheep farming. Here are selected results for some countries: In EU-countries the top issue is the EU-CAP reform and its national implementation. The conversion of the single farm pay[more]

Category: Cash Crop

Rapeseed, sunflower or soybean – which oilseed crop has the highest on-farm competitiveness?

different oilseeds

This question was analysed in three in-depth agri benchmark case studies for Canada, Hungary and Ukraine. The results were presented during the International Rapeseed Congress in Saskatoon, Canada in July, 2015. Canada The most common oilseed in Canada is rapeseed (canola) in terms of area. But there are some advantages of soybeans in comparison to rapeseed shown in the Western Canadian study: [more]

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