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09 January 2020

Large farms produce a half of U.S. agricultural output

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The latest U.S. federal government report informs that family farms prevail over corporate farms in the structure of the U.S. agriculture. Altogether, the family farms represent 98% of U.S. farms and 88% of U.S. agricultural production. At the same time, the large-scale family farms with annual gross profit of more than $1 million account for 46%...

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08 January 2020

Agricom Group to produce flakes from its own oats

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Agricom Group, a Ukrainian producer and processor of crops operating 40,000 hectares of farmland, plans to grow more oats to provide raw materials for its flakes production plant. In particular, the company plans to allocate up to 4,000 hectares for oats production and thus cover about 60% of its needs in commodities for processing as compared to...

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07 January 2020

U.S. 10% largest farms got 50% of trade aid in 2019

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The Market Facilitation Program (MFP) of the Trump administration allocated $15.9 billion of subsidies to the U.S. crop and hog farmers in 2019 as compensation for their losses due to the U.S.-China trade war. However, most of the aid allegedly went to the largest agricultural enterprises leaving the medium and smaller ones behind.

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30 December 2019

MHP to launch the world’s largest biomass power plant

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MHP, a Ukraine-based agroholding, reports to have started a launch of a 24-megawatt biomass power plant in the Vinnytsia region. The facility uses organic waste from broiler production for biogas generation. After reaching its full capacity, the plant will become the world’s largest biogas facility of its kind. For now, the amount of energy...

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27 December 2019

Study: Foreigners control 5% of Russia’s farmland through ownership in agroholdings

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Russian official statistics recognizes the following three types of agricultural producers: agricultural enterprises (corporate farms), peasant farms and individual rural households. However, none of these groups officially includes so-called agroholdings – vertically and horizontally integrated large farming structures consisting of numerous...

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27 December 2019

Epicentr K on loan from foreign investor

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Epicentr K, a Ukraine-based agroholding, will receive a $ 70 million loan for the period of seven years from the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB). The funds will be invested in business development, particularly asset acquisition as well as construction of new and modernization of existing grain elevators. Epicentr K plans to raise its...

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23 December 2019

MHP awarded for sustainable practices

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MHP, a Ukraine-based agroholding, received an award for implementing its waste management project from the Ukrainian Forum Eco-Transformation-2019. The project aims at minimizing the harmful effects of large-scale operations on the environment through sustainable waste utilization and switching to renewable energy sources. MHP uses plant-based...

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23 December 2019

Astarta raises attractiveness of employment in farming sector

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Astarta Kyiv, a Ukrainian leading producer of crops, sugar, and milk, was awarded with “HR Brand Ukraine 2019: innovations, trends and the best decisions of employers” for successful implementation of its project “My future in agro: new opportunities in IT”. Launched back in 2017, the project aims at deconstructing the biased attitudes and...

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20 December 2019

JBS to import corn due to high domestic prices

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JBS, a Brazil-based meat producer, plans to import nearly 200,000 tonnes of corn in response to increased domestic prices. The corn shipments, likely originating from Argentina or Paraguay, will allegedly arrive in early 2020, when supply is expected to decline. Corn prices have increased more than 30% since September 2019 reaching a record high...

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20 December 2019

Svarog West Group completed harvesting campaign

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Svarog West Group, an agroholding operating 80,000 hectares in the Khmelnytskyi and Chernivtsi regions of Ukraine, reports to have finished the harvesting campaign in the current season. The average yield results are as follows:  winter wheat -7.4 tonnes/hectare, spring wheat - 6.5 tonnes/hectare, corn - 10.2 tonnes/hectare, soybean - 3.8...

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