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The International Competence Center on Large Scale Agriculture (LaScalA) brings together a network of international experts in the field of large farm management. Our major focus is on research into economic, organizational and ethical aspects of large scale farming activities as well as into institutional frameworks that enable the development of large agricultural enterprises. LaScalA project flyer is available here for download.

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19 November 2019

Global cropland expansion and biodiversity loss

Modern science defines biodiversity as “the sum total of all of the plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms on Earth”, which “can be observed and measured at any spatial scale ranging from microsites and habitat patches to the entire biosphere”. On both local and global scales, healthy biological diversity is crucially important for the future...

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06 December 2019

EkoNiva to produce organic beef

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EkoNiva, the largest Russian producer of raw milk, plans to completely reorient all its beef farms to the production of organic beef by mid-2021. The company wants to get its organic production certified internationally, in particular by the EU. To formalize all the processes, EkoNiva established three new legal entities which are 100% owned by...

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06 December 2019

Food safety scandal: 11 former employees of BRF charged

BRF, a Brazil-based and the world’s leading meat producer, has been lately involved in a food safety scandal. Brazil’s federal prosecutors charged the company’s 11 former employees including two former vice-presidents of falsifying the documents and labels between 2012 and 2018 and use of banned ingredients for production of livestock feedstuff as...

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05 December 2019

Steppe: revenue up 47%

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Steppe agroholding, a Russia-based agricultural subsidiary of AFK Sistema Corporation, raised its revenue 26.3% to $ 162 million in Q3 2019, as compared to Q3 2018. In January – September 2019, revenue grew 47% and reached $ 333 million, a record high for the whole period of the company’s operations. The key reason for the revenue growth was...

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05 December 2019

Grain Alliance reports on storage operations

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Grain Alliance, a Ukraine-based agroholding operating 57,000 hectares of the country's farmland, reports to have been able to store 47,000 tonnes of grains from own production this season at its subsisdiary elevator Nizhynskyi. From now on, the elevator is also available for storage of grains delivered by other agricultural producers. The one-time...

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