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Belarus: A surprise in the East

By Christoph Foth

»Toss your preconceptions overboard«. Here’s a socialist country that’s not behind the times and neither corrupt nor poverty ridden. Although on mainly poor soils, its agriculture remains productive thanks to a well-managed planned economy.

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Ripp’s Dairy Valley: Perfect conditions for high performance cows

By Sibylle Möcklinghoff-Wicke, Dairy Innovation Team

Ripp‘s Dairy Valley is a family business run by brothers Chuck, Gary and Troy Ripp and their families. Stocking is 980 cows, 880 of them milked three times daily. Labour force: 18 workers including eight milkers.

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Water pollution: Who’s to blame?

By Prof Tobias Licha, Göttingen University

Often agriculture gets the blame for negative effects on water quality. But there are other ways in which nitrate or plant protection substances can land in the environment.

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Cubicles: Best bedding for cows

By Sibylle Möcklinghoff-Wicke, Dairy Innovation Team

Cows must feel comfortable for optimum milk production. Maximum time in the cubicles and enough space to lie down and get up comfortably help secure cow comfort.

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Cropping for starch: cardboard creates more demand

By Dr Christian Bickert

Spiralling starch production is taking place in Europe’s south and west, particularly from wheat and maize. This affects traditional price differences between inland and coastal grain markets.

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Ukraine: Europe's »Middle East«

By Dr Christian Bickert

Maize and soybeans as far as the eye can see. If it weren't for the sunflower fields, this could be the USA's Midwest. There are other important differences too.

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Pig production: Cost advantages slip away

By Robert Hoste, Wageningen Economic Research

Over the last five years or so, Dutch pig producers have faced massively increased competition. There are many reasons for this, but a prominent role is played by the problems of manure disposal.

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Cow comfort – the American approach

By Sibylle Möcklinghoff-Wicke

Only cows that feel comfortable can produce lots of milk while remaining healthy. The aim in America is to optimise housing so that all negative performance factors are avoided.

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Entrepreneur: bettering your business skills

By Enno Karstens

Advisers know it. Farm business comparisons show it. The biggest influence on farm results is the farmer’s entrepreneurial spirit.  Increasing output through more fields and more livestock is not the only way ahead. So what else do modern farmers need for business success?

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Current business environment and expectations for business development of Brazilian farmers mediocre

The business environment in Brazil is imbalanced at the moment. Cash crop producers tend to be satisfied, but there is dissatisfaction among dairy cattle farmers.

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Pig farmers focus on animal health and efficiency

By EPP (European Pig Producers)

Pig farming is an important and significant industry in the global agricultural and food sector. A decisive factor for the increase in global demand for high-quality food in the past two decades was the demographic development.

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Does wheat cause disease and obesity?

By Dr Friedrich Longin, University of Hohenheim

Nutrition. A flood of currently published books claims wheat is bad for health. But too often the respective authors ignore or misinterpret the cereal’s scientifically proven benefits: an approach that does more harm to humans who really suffer from wheat-caused diseases.

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Drones: The airtech revolution agriculture

By Per Frankelius, Charlotte Norrman and Knut Johansen

In a research project that had been running for five years at Linköping University, Sweden, the entry of unmanned aircraft technology and sensors in global agriculture has been studied. Per Frankelius ranks the use of unmanned aircraft technology in parity with the satellite revolution or other earlier agricultural developments.

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Romania: From subsistence to agribusiness

By EAF

The 2018 European Arable Farmers (EAF) event led members in June to western Romania – one of the country’s most interesting regions and one characterised by high investment activity.

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Protein: Grain often underestimated

By Dr Christian Bickert

Protein strategies or »homegrown protein« – these are the terms when talk is of substitutes for imported soymeal such as peas, field beans or rapeseed meal. But more than half the protein in European feed troughs is already EU-produced, particularly from grain.

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Pig production in Spain: High integration and plenty space

By Christin Benecke

In Spain a couple of advantages help competitiveness in this sector. Not – as often claimed – laxer environment protection rules. But instead, efficiency right along the production chain and a positive public image.

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Doing business in Africa: The Mali example

By Marc van der Sterren

The right investments in West-Africa are those for the local market. It’s the imports and exports that give a company troubles. And the local market is big enough. Moreover: West-Africa is one enormous market.

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Agrochemicals: Bayer, Monsanto and all the others

By Doris Ahlers, Thomas Preusse

The movement that sees increasing concentration of companies in the agrochemical sector has more than a few farmers bemused. Among the reasons for the mergers and takeovers are the huge costs of developing new products. But could this revolution also be opening new perspectives in the markets?

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China: Rapid development of farmer cooperatives

By Prof. Ren Dapeng and Wei Rong

Since the mid-1980s, Chinese farmer organisations play an increasingly important role, a development  strongly supported by the July 2007 introduction of the “Law on Specialised Farmers Cooperatives”.

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Crowdfunding – for farms too!

By Thomas Künzel

Raising capital. Got a brilliant business idea? But no starting capital? Maybe you should consider crowdfunding? Credit providers in the Internet invest in projects, ideas or companies – in agriculture too.

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Ways ahead for wheat

By Christian Bickert

Harvest yields. The larger wheat harvests throughout the world are only the product of the crop’s increased yield capacities and not through expansion of growing area. This sort of situation increases harvest risks – but also the chances of higher prices. This applies even more so for barley.

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Farmland formed by man

By Thomas Preuße

Polders. Normally, soil is seen as simply the basis for growing crops. But now and again in the Netherlands one gets the impression that soil is a special substrate widely adaptable for a range of requirements.

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Polder pioneers

By Thomas Preuße

The Netherlands. The efforts involved in wresting polder land from nature have been huge. And because polder soil is fertile, scarce and therefore expensive, it’s intensively farmed. Here, we present three outstanding farming businesses in the northeastern polder and Flevopolder.

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