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    May 22, 2018 at 11:12 AM
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    Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

    Written by Carey Gillam

    In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup

    At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he likely has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.

    On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost.

    Related: Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court wants to see the proof | Carey Gillam

    Monsanto does not want the truth about Roundup and cancer to become public

    Related: Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show...
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    May 22, 2018 at 8:32 AM
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    Liberal MPs defy Malcolm Turnbull over live export industry

    Written by Katharine Murphy Political editor

    Russell Broadbent says live exports is ‘white hot’ political issue and a vote changer


    A group of Liberal MPs have defied Malcolm Turnbull and expressed significant concern about the live export industry after the prime minister used the Coalition party room meeting as an opportunity to rebuke the architect of a private members bill banning the sheep trade.

    Malcolm Turnbull observed during Tuesday’s regular meeting of MPs that the government had a “good system” where backbenchers were able to raise their concerns with the relevant portfolio minister – which was an implicit smack down of a decision by Liberal Sussan Ley to break ranks and bring forward a private member’s bill banning live sheep exports.

    Related: Shocking live export conditions not uncommon, animal rights groups say...
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    May 21, 2018 at 12:12 PM
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    Huge opportunities for farmer-to-farmer learning across AHDB this summer

    Written by Stuart.Baxter@ahdb.org.uk

    UK farmers and growers will have access to more than 50 farmer-to-farmer learning events this summer.

    The events are part of AHDB’s Farm Excellence work to help industry prepare for the challenges ahead.

    They include meetings hosted at Strategic Farms, Monitor Farms, Horticulture Centres and more, and are designed for farmers to learn from each other in an independent, locally-relevant setting.

    Release Date:
    Mon, 05/21/2018

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    May 20, 2018 at 8:41 PM


    Fire teams are currently in attendance at a farm blaze close to Fraserburgh.

    The emergency services were called to the fire at Gowanfold Farm, south-east of Fraserburgh, just after 6.10pm.

    Three fire appliances have been dispatched to the scene of the “well alight” blaze.

    It is believed one of the farm’s outbuildings is on fire.

    Ambulance crews are understood to have been dispatched to assist anyone suffering from smoke inhalation, however a police spokesman said no serious injuries have been confirmed.

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    May 20, 2018 at 8:38 PM
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    Have you ever dreamed of getting married on your beloved farm? – Well, this couple took the plunge!
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    In November 2017, That’s Farming exclusively revealed that Dan McCarthy of Kenmare Mart has decided to tap the cattle and sheep mart forward as a potential wedding venue. While a couple have yet to uptake the generous offer, That’s Farming have since been informed of several other less than conventional wedding venues.

    As recent as this week, a couple in New Zealand tied in the knot in a milking parlour.

    An image of the bride and couple and wedding attendees was captured and posted on the Twitter page of Gillian Fullerton-Smith.

    Full story here...
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    May 20, 2018 at 7:22 PM
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    Deep in cattle country, graziers go against the flow to help the Great Barrier Reef

    Written by Ben Smee

    Conservationists hope remediating landowners’ sunken gullies could lead to a significant improvement in reef water quality

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    Strathalbyn station is cattle country, about 34,000 hectares of north Queensland grazing land, and the site of a pilot program that has demonstrated the potential to drastically improve water quality flowing towards the Great Barrier Reef.

    At Strathalbyn, which is more than 200km from the coast, bulldozers and graders work to remediate sunken gullies where sediment flows into the Burdekin river catchment. It looks more like a construction site than an environmental program.

    Related: Warning Cape York land-clearing approval puts Great Barrier Reef at risk

    Related: Millions spent on Great Barrier Reef projects against expert advice...
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    May 18, 2018 at 9:46 PM
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    May 18, 2018 at 9:41 PM


    Limousin bull averages were up £264 on the year as prices hit 7,800gns in Welshpool this week.

    Only 10% of the 29 bulls and seven females went unsold at the North West Midlands & North Wales Limousin Club's spring show and sale (Thurs, May 17).

    Sale leader, at 7,800gns, was Esmores Black Minnow from DE Evans, Mold , Flintshire .

    September 2016-born, the black-coated natural calf – a twin to another male – is by Knock Glencoe, male champion at the 2013 Royal Welsh Show. He is out of Knock Fanfare.

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    May 18, 2018 at 9:37 PM


    Genome edited (GE) crops will be sown in a field this month for the first time in the UK as part of an experimental trial at Rothamsted Research that aims to investigate genetic engineering's efficiency in developing plants to yield more nutritious diets more sustainably.Like traditional plant breeding, genome editing can create new varieties of plants with desired traits by altering their genetic code in a way that could have happened naturally or that does not incorporate genes from another species.

    Unlike traditional methods, the new technology is more accurate and can cut development times from decades to months, says Johnathan Napier, a leading pioneer in plant biotechnology at Rothamsted and an advocate for the power of genetically modified (GM) plants to deliver for the public good.

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    GM Camelina grown in glasshouses has yielded seeds rich in omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, or "fish oils". Credit: Rothamsted Research

    Plans to start sowing two GE lines of Camelina plants follow official approval of Rothamsted's application to grow GM varieties of Camelina plants engineered to accumulate omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs), a form of lipid that are also known as omega-3...
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    May 18, 2018 at 9:33 PM


    Sun shines bright for Devon County Show crowds
    Sunshine, stunning livestock and school children helped to make the second day of the Devon County Show at Westpoint, Exeter another happy and memorable day.

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    Show Secretary Ollie Allen said the glorious weather helped to create a relaxed atmosphere as visitors sat around the ringsides to watch thrilling showjumping, country life and Monster Truck entertainment.

    “All over the show ground there were happy people enjoying the best of local food and drink, shopping for everything from a dog coat to a new car, finding out more about bees, poultry and pigeons, exploring the creative and colourful displays in the crafts and gardens feature. Not to mention taking rides on the Devon Eye and watching the sheep shearing and shoeing competitions.”

    Among the hundreds of school children was a class from Wynstream Primary School, Exeter - the first school to win the £1,000 Prince of Wales Award given annually for local sustainability projects. The children were transported by the Exeter Chiefs team bus and spent the day exploring food, farming and life beneath the sea.

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