News from China

21-11-2014 01:18 AM
Is China's GMO corn ban protecting consumers or protecting markets?
For 42 years, Don Villwock has grown soybeans and corn on 4,000 acres in southwest Indiana. He has endured low prices, bad weather and trade embargoes...
21-11-2014 01:12 AM
Why Wall Street investors and Chinese firms are buying farmland
As the world's population soars past 7 billion, farmland and freshwater are becoming increasingly valuable resources. And, in response, a growing n...
19-11-2014 02:00 AM
Dairy co-op teams with Chinese company on $100 million powdered milk plant in Kansas
China’s taste for imported milk is making a splash in Kansas. A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America, a dairy cooperative based in Kans...
17-11-2014 00:39 AM
China turns to America and Australia for safer milk
Chinese consumers, spooked by recurring food-safety scandals, are looking to trusted names to provide quality milk for their children. The market for ...
17-11-2014 00:38 AM
China deal to boost WA miners and farmers
WA miners and farmers stand to be the biggest winners from the nation's biggest-ever trade deal that is set to be signed today between Australia and C...
17-11-2014 00:37 AM
China-Australia free trade pact to open up agriculture trade
China and Australia will sign a free trade deal on Monday that will open up markets worth billions of dollars to Australian farm exporters and the ser...
13-11-2014 00:28 AM
China must cast aside irrational fears about GM crops
There are many important debates about China's future direction, but the central role of science in decision-making should not be one of them. Chinese...
12-11-2014 03:22 AM
More loans for distressed farmers
The Ministry of Cooperatives is borrowing a total of US$300 million from China for relending to farmers in 2015, said Kyaw Hsan, head of the ministry....
11-11-2014 01:06 AM
U.S. hopes for GMO crop cultivation in China still alive, barely
DuPont Pioneer, one of the world's largest seed companies, is refusing to give up on efforts to cultivate genetically modified crops in Chinese fields...
10-11-2014 00:04 AM
Hong Kong farmers protest over tycoon land grab
Hong Kong farming villages bordering mainland China are locked in a bitter struggle against property developers accused of "land hoarding", as resentm...
10-11-2014 00:04 AM
Concerns as China invests in Australian dairy
Long-time Kangaroo Valley dairy farmer Robert Cochrane is worried about China buying into the Australian dairy industry. “I can see some wonderful ...
07-11-2014 01:26 AM
China deal benefits all Aussie producers: Joyce
An “imminent” deal for live cattle exports to China will benefit all Australian beef producers, according to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. Ne...
07-11-2014 01:24 AM
Beef cattle live export deal with China closer as part of bilateral trade deal
A whopping $1bn-a-year Australian beef cattle live export deal with China appears on the cards as the countries move closer to sealing a bilateral tra...
06-11-2014 00:12 AM
Over 40 percent of China's farm land degraded
Over 40 percent of China's arable land is suffering degradation, according to a report released on Tuesday by Xinhua, China's official news agency. Th...
05-11-2014 00:26 AM
China lifts beef ban in multi-million euro agriculture boost
A series of Irish food and agricultural business deals worth millions of euro to rural Ireland got the country's largest ever trade mission off to a f...
03-11-2014 02:15 AM
Chinese Government likely to allow more beef imports
The Chinese Government is likely to allow more beef imports in the face of increasing consumer demand in the vast nation for beef according to lan O’B...
03-11-2014 02:03 AM
Chinese farmers gain taste for coffee
China has traditionally been famous for its fragrant teas, but the country is emerging as a key Asian producer of a different beverage: quality arabic...
31-10-2014 00:20 AM
China and its impending great milk battle
In China, the great milk battle is coming. Two opposing forces are setting the trend. On one hand there is this ever-growing demand of milk, induced b...
30-10-2014 00:20 AM
China milk demand drop has Morgan Stanley bearish on Kiwi
New Zealand’s currency may drop to a more than two-year low, according to Morgan Stanley, as a 50 percent slide in milk powder fuels speculation the c...
28-10-2014 00:18 AM
Time to milk China’s dairy demand, says Barings agri specialist
Baring’s James Govan has bought two Asian dairy companies in order to capitalise on the growth of Chinese milk products consumption. Speaking to Ci...
24-10-2014 02:15 AM
China stockpiling GM crops in event of agricultural crisis
378 Chinese groups employing thousands of scientists are engaged in Genetically Modified Crop research. The government will have spent some $4 billion...
23-10-2014 00:53 AM
You'll never believe the insane amount of work to harvest rice
You may be familiar with the picturesque image of rice paddies -- lush, green fields, perhaps stacked in terraces -- but do you know how rice gets fro...
22-10-2014 02:16 AM
China’s GMO Stockpile
It is a hot, smoggy July weekend in Beijing, and the gates to the Forbidden City are thronged with tens of thousands of sweat-drenched tourists. Few m...
21-10-2014 01:34 AM
China pilots expanded agricultural reforms
Agricultural reforms in China are seeing the light of day as the government pilots for greater property rights allowing farmers to reap the benefits o...
20-10-2014 01:07 AM
22 killed in attack on farmers’ market in Xinjiang region
Twenty-two people were killed when four Uighur assailants armed with knives and explosives attacked a market in Xinjiang province last week, as ethnic...
16-10-2014 01:04 AM
Chinese snap up 50 dairy farms
Chinese investment is flooding into Australia’s dairy industry, with four multi-million-dollar mega-deals in progress that are likely to see Chinese s...
16-10-2014 00:55 AM
Chinese investors circling WA cattle
Chinese investors are circling prime farmland near Moora which carries environmental approval to develop one of the State's biggest cattle feedlots. ...
15-10-2014 05:11 AM
Money grows on trees for farmers
Grinning with pride, a Chinese farmer held out two precious walnuts - globes so precisely symmetrical that consumers in search of hand massages value ...
13-10-2014 01:23 AM
Feeding China: High-tech hog farms
If China can ever compete with Iowa pork producers, this may be the place. Shang Hai Farm plans to double its hog production by 2016 — to 1 million...
10-10-2014 01:38 AM
China to battle GMO crop fear from field to dinner table
The Chinese government is trying to convince Zhou Guangxiu that the corn in the congee she wants to feed her son is safe. That may not be easy. Zho...
09-10-2014 00:08 AM
Bayer hopes to cure what ails Chinese farms
Bayer CropScience AG, the agricultural subgroup of Germany's Bayer AG, will introduce 21 new products into China before 2020, as well as invest 10 mil...
06-10-2014 02:47 AM
China's appetite for Aussie farmland
Chinese group Orient Agriculture has emerged as the buyer of south-west Queensland cropping property Undabri, north of Goondiwindi, Queensland, for $3...
26-09-2014 03:15 AM
China's growing food problem/opportunity
Feeding China’s population of 1.3 billion people is a difficult task, even under the best of circumstances. Securing enough food for its people, howev...
24-09-2014 02:07 AM
Farm produce the next frontier for Chinese e-commerce
Chinese farmers are eagerly anticipating support from domestic e-commerce giant Alibaba after it pledged to reinvest funds from its record initial pub...
22-09-2014 02:18 AM
China sour on dairy management
Despite all the hype around Chinese investment in the Australian dairy sector, one Chinese investor who bought a dairy farm five years ago has lost mo...
19-09-2014 01:03 AM
China’s tech giants turn to agriculture
Following the smart money in China right now means buying a dairy, growing some blueberries or investing in a pig farm. The executives behind the c...
18-09-2014 01:24 AM
China's tech giants turn to agriculture
Following the smart money in China right now means buying a dairy, growing some blueberries or investing in a pig farm. The executives behind the c...
17-09-2014 01:12 AM
China reduces wheat irrigation as farming depletes groundwater
China is reducing crop irrigation in regions with water shortages as the world’s biggest grain consumer seeks to ease pressure on declining aquifers. ...
15-09-2014 05:01 AM
China’s food scandals prompt farming return to high-rise Hong Kong
It’s a rural tradition that faded out decades ago as Hong Kong turned into a neon-lit megacity – rice seedlings being dropped into watery paddy fields...
11-09-2014 02:20 AM
Soothing Buddhist music said to boost rice crop
Farmers in a village in East China's Fujian Province have claimed that Buddhist music playing in the fields has helped them to increase their rice pro...
11-09-2014 02:09 AM
Fonterra to invest in Chinese dairy giant Beingmate
Global dairy cooperative Fonterra will buy a 20% stake in Chinese dairy giant Beingmate to increase its access to China's infant milk market, Beingmat...
09-09-2014 06:23 AM
China poultry back on sale as HK grapples with latest food scare
Live poultry from China is back in the wet markets of Hong Kong just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations after having been banned over a ...
03-09-2014 01:48 AM
China poultry farm hit in new outbreak of H5N6 bird flu
Nearly 18,000 geese died on a poultry farm in northeast China after being stricken by the H5N6 bird flu virus last month, the agriculture ministry sai...
01-09-2014 04:56 AM
Edible cockroaches making Chinese farmers rich
Cockroach breeder Wang Fuming says business is booming for his cockroaches. The demand comes from China's pharmaceutical companies, who use the coc...
29-08-2014 02:15 AM
Farmers’ message is that China is good for all of us
We all hate being told what is good for us — stop smoking, stop speeding, stop voting for Clive Palmer. Yet, rarely do we have to be convinced to g...
28-08-2014 01:51 AM
Fonterra announces tie-up with big China dairy firm
New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has announced its intention to take a 20% stake in one of China's biggest milk processors, Beingmate. The tie-up w...
18-08-2014 02:55 AM
Sanctions on Russia open new market for Chinese farmers
It is reported by Russian media that China and Russia have reached an agreement that China will start selling fruits and vegetables directly to Russia...
12-08-2014 02:54 AM
Dairy Farm strikes $925m Chinese supermarket deal
Asia’s retail sector continues to churn out M&A deal activity with Dairy Farm International agreeing on Monday evening to buy a 19.9% stake in Yonghui...
30-07-2014 00:28 AM
China corn ban frustrates US industry
How can the U.S. regain the China corn import market? That's the question asked and topic talked about the most at this week's U.S. Grains Council del...
14-07-2014 08:53 AM
China’s investors could revitalise our agriculture
The ongoing debate about the appropriate level of foreign investment in the Australian agricultural sector takes a particularly concerned tone when Ch...