Foreign-owned farms control over 6% of Czech farmland

zech News Agency | 17 May 2010 Prague, May 16 (CTK) – Farms of foreign owners control more than 6 percent of the total Czech farmland area of 3.6 million hectares, weekly Euro says in its latest issue to be published on Monday, referring to data of the Czech Statistical Office (CSU). There are over 378 farms controlled or partly owned by foreign entities which operate on nearly 230,000 hectares of Czech farmland, Euro says. Foreigners acquired Czech land during a seven-year moratorium which the Czech Republic negotiated before its entry into the European Union. Under the moratorium, which is to expire on May 1 next year, foreigners are banned from buying farmland and forests in the Czech Republic. However, land can be bought by EU citizens which have lived and worked as farmers in the Czech Republic for at least three years, and by legal entities with foreign owners which are based in the...
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Hot 100: Britain’s mega-growth companies

Via: http://realbusiness.co.uk/hot_100_2010/the_hot_100_2010_rankings_list Real Business ranking of this year's fastest growing private companies. Size does matter here. From bomb-disposal firms and online retailers to fresh-fish suppliers and recruitment companies, here is the 2010 list of mega-growth businesses: http://media.caspianpublishing.co.uk/document/bf20291c62ab28769a8da9767f146afc.pdf In the top 20, on 13 there is an agricultural UK company: Dunns (Long Sutton) -Dunns is a privately owned major independant UK Seed  company which also specializes in premium quality edible Peas and Beans. ...
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Every day is Earth Day for ag

Author: JACQUI FATKA 04 May, 2010 10:58 AM Via:http://fw.farmonline.com.au FOR more than 40 years, Earth Day has brought attention to preserving the environment, and it's often said that "every day is Earth Day for farmers." To a farmer, Earth Day is much more than recycling a plastic bottle. Farmers make their living from the land; it is their life blood. US National Association of Wheat Growers secretary-treasurer Bing Von Bergen said the number-one priority as agriculturists is to manage the land to make it produce the most it can while still maintaining the land and not harming it by overproducing on it. This is done through putting nutrients back into the ground, rotating crops and reducing the number of passes over the field. Von Bergen noted that his father and grandfather were both sustainable agriculturists, and the reason he's still able to farm on his land is because of that. He one day hopes...
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The World Bank in the hot seat

Source: http://www.grain.org/articles/?id=64 Against the grain | 4 May 2010 The World Bank in the hot seat GRAIN A curious thing happened last week. A lot of people were under the impression that the World Bank was going to release its long-awaited study on global land grabs at its annual land conference in Washington DC on 26 April 2010. This is what GRAIN was told. It's what many journalists were told. And it's what those involved in producing the study expected. But it didn't happen. Instead, the Bank gave another powerpoint presentation summarising what the study will show, reiterated its proposed seven principles for "socially responsible" land grabs and unveiled its new business-to-business website – a kind of internet dating service to match up corporate land grabbers and government land givers. This is not the first time that this study has been delayed. Indeed, ...
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Romania 2010 – a gate to the agribusiness future

I am pleased to tell you that in June this year, on the 17th and 18th, in fact, I am organising a conference on the agribusiness potential of Romania. Since joining the EU in 2007, Romania has accelerated its economic progress and is in a superbe geographical location to link Europe to the growing markets in the Middle East and Asia, Western Europe or worldwide. Romania is going to be revealed from many different angles of its agricultural potential with eminent Romanian speakers such as ex-Minister of Agriculture, Dr Valeriu Tabara and University professor Dr Mihai Berca. We will also look at the financial and legal structures needed to succeed in business in Romania based on contributions from professional institutions, specialists of agricultural sectors, agri-traders etc. We will also be able to listen and question business-men who are already active in this type of enterprise and happy to share their experience with us. A field trip to one or two farms and...
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US agriculture faces ‘colliding’ forces

By ROD SMITH Source: www.farmonline.com.au US PORK producers are ending what has possibly been their worst-ever economic period, having experienced huge losses for 30 months because of a combination of factors - most of which have been beyond their control. In response, the National Pork Board has developed and launched a new strategic plan to advertise and promote pork, conduct industry research and provide consumer and producer information (Feedstuffs, March 29). In that plan, the board outlined a number of challenges and opportunities for the pork sector that also are just as applicable to all of US agriculture. American agriculture has entered a new time in which production has not only changed dramatically but will continue to change rapidly, if not abruptly, according to the plan. "At the very highest level," a number of macro forces are contributing to "a new world order for US agriculture," several of which "are colliding at the...
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Australia – Leading demographer plays down population growth concerns

Author: JOSEPH SAPIENZA A LEADING demographer has rubbished claims Australia's population growth over the next 40 years will have a significant impact on its environment and living standards. According to a demographic report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia's population is growing at twice the rate of the rest of the world, after crashing through 22 million late last year. The report shows the population grew at 2.1 per cent in the year to the end of September, outstripping the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. The world population grew 1.1 per cent in the same period. Western Australia recorded growth of 2.9 per cent. The population also increased in NSW (1.7 per cent), Queensland (2.7 per cent), the Northern Territory at 2.3 per cent and Victoria at 2.2 per cent. WA's population is expected to reach 3.5 million by 2050 while Australia is forecast to reach 35 million over the same...
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Look at the big picture

Author: HELENA BOGLE Via: http://www.farmonline.com.au HYDEN farmer Kent Mouritz said the biggest issues which struck farmers last year were the low grain prices, high input costs and low yields. Mr Mouritz spoke at the recent crisis meeting held in Kulin. "We can't handle all three at once, which was proved last year," Mr Mouritz said. "To get out of the crisis, it has to rain, the input costs have to come down and we need an average grain price." Mr Mouritz spent $450,000 on fertiliser and chemicals for his 5000 hectare program last year, which was 40 per cent more than usual. "It was a very poor start to the season and very staggered - there was no real weed germination due to no reasonable rain event," he said. "The staggered germination of ryegrass, radish and barley grass made it harder to kill the weeds; therefore we had to spend more money on chemicals. "The crop only...
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Temperatures are rising over land and sea

Some critics argue that the global record of land surface temperature over the 20th century could be to some extent corrupted by heat from towns and other factors. There is a clear warming, though, if a lesser one, in two other records made independently; that of the temperature of the oceans' surface waters and of the night time air temperature over the oceans. While the larger warming over land could in part reflect some error of procedure, though that is not proven, the trends all have the same shape. Source: The Economist on-line http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15748082&fsrc=nwl ...
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