News from Italy

02-06-2014 00:44 AM
Exports soar as Italy's rice fields find 'niche markets'
The rice fields around Vercelli in northern Italy stretch as far as the eye can see with the snow-capped Alps behind. The first shoots coming up w...
29-05-2014 01:41 AM
Paltry fine for poultry criminals
Scottish egg producers have been 'slapped in the face' by the small fine imposed on Italy for ignoring EU rules on battery cages. Italy was found g...
28-04-2014 00:57 AM
Farmers in Italy want an end to bear hunting ban
Arriving home late at night at the guesthouse that they run in the mountains of Italy’s South Tyrol region, Markus and Karin Kerschbamer knew instantl...
01-04-2014 04:36 AM
Italian firm buys WA dairy company
Italian dairy giant Parmalat has bought control of Western Australian milk and fruit juice company Harvey Fresh. Harvey Fresh, established in the f...
20-03-2014 05:07 AM
Mafia-glorifying food must stop, say Italian farmers
Celebrating the mafia through food brands named for mafiosi, such as Al Capone pasta or Don Corleone liqueurs, is in very bad taste and must stop, Ita...
17-01-2014 10:43 AM
Farm machinery and sustainable agriculture must evolve together
Farm machines have revolutionized agriculture and reduced drudgery for millions of farm families and workers, but the machinery of tomorrow will have ...
19-12-2013 10:54 AM
Italy’s ‘pitchfork’ protesters demand government’s resignation
Thousands of protesters furious about high unemployment and a political class they regard as corrupt rallied in central Rome on Wednesday demanding th...
11-12-2013 10:39 AM
Italian farmers stage nationwide protest
Tension escalated in Italy as groups of farmers, truck drivers, and other anti-government demonstrators have staged a nationwide protest, causing majo...
06-12-2013 10:28 AM
Italian farmers protest food imports
Italian farmers have staged rallies outside the parliament to protest the government’s economic policies that allow food imports, used to make classic...
05-11-2013 01:23 AM
Italy's corn production commodity
Just when we think things can’t get any nuttier in the anti-GMO universe, that the ultimate in craziness has been achieved, along comes another episod...
03-09-2013 05:08 AM
Italian poultry worker tests positive for avian flu
A man who works with poultry in Italy has tested positive for avian influenza following outbreaks among birds on farms in the northern Emilia Romagna ...
29-08-2013 02:00 AM
Italian tech to hit Zimbabwean agricultural market
Imported technology from Italy is being offered to the Zimbabwean agricultural market, following collaborations with products which are being showcase...
29-08-2013 01:48 AM
Italy moves to control poultry farm avian flu outbreak
Italy is trying to contain an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza - 'bird flu' - on three poultry farms, with the European Commission an...
09-07-2013 00:24 AM
Italy leads world in food purity, says farmers group
Italy leads the world in terms of food purity, according to Coldiretti. In a study released Monday, the Italian farmers association said only 0.3% "of...
21-06-2013 10:37 AM
Italian farmers face fines for violating milk quota
The European Commission has ordered Italy to collect €1.4 billion in fines from dairy companies for exceeding EU milk production limits over a period ...
18-06-2013 09:05 AM
Italian island prison rehabilitates criminals through agriculture
High on a hillside overlooking the azure sea on a small Mediterranean island, two brawny men toil under the sun in a vineyard that has just released a...
03-06-2013 09:13 AM
Italy wants to ban GMO: "very positive signal for the Made in Italy"
Italy wants to adopt the safeguard clause of foreseen by the art.23 of the directive 2001/18/CE and/or adopt the protective measure following art. 34 ...
23-05-2013 10:28 AM
Another weekend of bad weather jeopardizes crops
Since January, almost double the amount of rain has fallen in Northern Italy with compared to 2012 and there were 50 days more of bad weather. In addi...
10-05-2013 10:52 AM
Quality agriculture can help tackle crisis: Italian experts
Italy's economic crisis has not spared agriculture but unions are convinced that quality-oriented policies can boost the industry, experts told Xinhua...
09-05-2013 10:52 AM
A Ban on Some Italian Cured Meat Is Ending
The United States Department of Agriculture will relax a decades-long ban on the importation of many cured-pork products from some regions of Italy st...
25-04-2013 10:31 AM
Genetic resources play crucial role in food security – UN agricultural agency
ROME, Italy ---With climate change affecting agricultural productivity and growing populations demanding more food, it will be crucial for countries t...
07-03-2013 08:43 AM
More people working in Italian agriculture
In 2012, agriculture was the sector that in Italy, recorded the highest number of employees. With a record increase of 3.6% over the previous year. ...
19-02-2013 08:46 AM
Nestle pulls meals in Italy, Spain as horsemeat scandal grows
Swiss giant Nestle has become the latest food company hit by Europe’s horsemeat scandal, announcing it is removing two pasta meals from supermarket sh...
21-12-2012 09:45 AM
Italy's Parmalat defends valuation of U.S. dairy buy
Parmalat SpA (PLT.MI) on Thursday defended its acquisition of Lactalis American Group, which some shareholders had criticized as too expensive, by say...
20-12-2012 09:52 AM
Italian aid authorised for agriculture
On 19 December, the European Commission authorised an Italian state aid scheme of €2.66 billion to support the recovery of the Italian agricultural se...
22-10-2012 07:37 AM
Italian dairies can survive without quotas - minister
Italy's dairy sector will survive the ending of European Union milk production limits in 2015, agriculture minister Mario Catania told Reuters. "Pr...
18-09-2012 08:42 AM
Italy: Collapse of agriculture production
The agricultural production has decreased sharply. A 22% reduction for pears, 13% for apples, 35% for tomatoes and 5% for grapes. All these crops requ...
14-09-2012 09:07 AM
Italy's wine production may slide 8% on drought
Italy’s wine production may slide 8 percent this year after drought and heat damaged grapes, researcher Istituto di Servizi per il Mercato Agricolo e ...
15-08-2012 07:40 AM
Italy hunger for Irish weanlings
Of the million suckler calves that are born here annually, almost half are sold as weanlings, mainly in the latter half of the year, either through th...
02-08-2012 09:28 AM
Italian cows producing less in heat wave
Italian dairy cattle are producing 10 percent less milk because of a heat wave, even as farmers take steps to cool the animals including showers and f...
15-06-2012 09:17 AM
Italian jailed for stealing tomatoes
A man in Italy has been sentenced to 20 months in jail for stealing two crates of tomatoes worth 100 euros ($125), AKI news agency reported. Accord...
07-06-2012 09:35 AM
Italy counts economic cost of earthquakes
Italy has revised the economic cost of last month’s earthquakes which struck the north of the country killing 26 people.
04-05-2012 08:15 AM
UN body reports food price fall
World food prices eased in April after three months of gains, driven down by falls in grains and sugar, and can remain under a downward pressure in th...
03-05-2012 07:31 AM
Unemployed Italians become shepherds
Thousands of young Italians are becoming shepherds as a way to make a living after facing the worst employment opportunities in more than a decade, ac...
02-12-2011 09:31 AM
Italian job mix-up as role given to wrong man
Italy’s new, "technocratic" government of highly qualified bankers, admirals and professors was missing a minister today after he vani...
04-10-2011 08:35 AM
UN urges cities to protect their trees
The United Nations urged the world’s cities on Monday to protect their trees, saying they can ease fallout from natural disasters and can help a...
29-09-2011 09:25 AM
Italian winemakers eye Asian growth with caution
Financial markets may have turned sour but well-heeled consumers, especially in Asia, are still thirsty for renowned top quality wines, such as Italy&...
17-09-2011 09:21 AM
Italy struggles to engage youth in agriculture
He didn’t become a farmer because he was against industrial agriculture, GMOs, or on a mission to change the world.
16-07-2011 08:45 AM
Minister refuses to resign amid mafia probe
Italy’s agriculture minister Saverio Romano has refused to resign over alleged links with the Sicilian mafia and vowed to clear his name. "...
21-04-2011 08:45 AM
Italy Wheat Imports Increase 17%
Italy, the world’s third-largest wheat buyer, boosted imports of the grain by 17 percent in January, the national cereal-industry association re...
16-12-2010 08:45 AM
Italy shields companies from CO2 cuts
Italian taxpayers are set to pay €1.7 billion for unnecessary international carbon credits to meet the country’s obligations under the Kyoto Pro...
06-12-2010 06:49 AM
Albania and Italy discuss cooperation in agriculture
Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha received on Friday Mr. Giancarlo Galan, Italy’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies...