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23 July 2018

Rusagro's revenue drops in the second quarter of 2018 by 6%

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The revenue of the Russia-based agroholding Rusagro decreased in the second quarter of 2018 by 6% or RUB 1.2 billion ($ 19 million), in annual terms, to RUB 17.9 billion ($ 283.7 million) due to the reduction in revenue of sugar and meat business. The revenue of the sugar segment declined by 24% to RUB 5.5 billion ($ 87 million) due to a drop in...

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23 July 2018

Agroeco puts into operation a new grain elevator

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The Agroeco group of companies put into operation a new grain elevator for the feed mill in the village of Gavrilsk, Voronezh region, Russia. The elevator is able to provide a storage of 120,000 tonnes of grain in 24 silos of 5,000 tonnes each. After the completion of construction, its capacity will be increased by 60,000 tonnes. Silos are designed to store wheat, barley, flax, soybeans, peas, corn, and rapeseed. It is planned to use the grain for the production of mixed hog feed. The grain elevator and the feed mill are parts of the second similar complex of Agroeco group in the region, which provides more than 150 new workplaces.

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19 July 2018

Large scale farms in Arizona accused of unlimited water pumping

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Coronado Farms, an agricultural company based in Minnesota that runs the largest dairy and feedlot in Sulphur Springs Valley, announced its plans to double its local dairy operation, adding another 8,000 cows to its 20,000 acres (8,093 hectares) of land. The company is known to be the largest water user in the valley. The water activists accused the company together with other large scale farms in pumping too much water, so that the wells of many other smaller surrounding farms have gone almost dry. Groundwater rights in Arizona are still based on the doctrine of “reasonable use,” which allows a landowner to pump as much water as necessary to be put to a “reasonable use” such as farming. The water activists require the government to place a limit for industrial-scale farm operations on groundwater use. It seems to be the only way to stabilize the aquifers in Arizona.

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19 July 2018

MHP developed environmental policy

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The Ukraine-based agroholding MHP takes measures to minimize the impact of the company’s operations on the environment. The company has developed an environmental policy and a common form of annual reporting on environmental issues for each of the MHP’s enterprises. In addition, each of the enterprises has employed certified environmentalists who maintain the relevant registries and monitor compliance of these documents with legislation.

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19 July 2018

Eridon expanded its land area

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The Eridon group of companies completed the acquisition of 39,000 hectares from the company Kyiv-Atlantic Ukraine. According to Eridon, this was the next step toward the development of vertical integration of the business, which unites agricultural production, dealership supplies of seeds, fertilizers, crop protection products, agronomy consulting, and the design and construction of modern processing and storing facilities. Eridon also reported that the nearest plan of the company is to improve performance of its current business assets.

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19 July 2018

Oane Visser: Russian agroholdings will strongly depend on governmental policies

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Russia is a major player in global agricultural markets and has vast fertile land reserves. In a decade after the financial crisis of 1998, which some experts referred to as a "blessing in disguise", Russia has achieved rapid economic growth. With real GDP growth reaching 8.3% in 2000 and 5% in 2001, Russia became attractive for investors. Especially, investments in land raised the interest of people with capital. The latter included also the Russian oligarchs who searched for new investment opportunities. Many experts see this as a starting point of the emergence of the so-called agroholdings. Oane Visser, Associate Professor at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, sheds some light on the development of agroholdings in Russia in an interview to largescaleagriculture.com.

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19 July 2018

BRF Brasil dismisses employees in Mineiros

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The agricultural giant BRF recently dismissed 50% of the employees of the turkey slaughtering sector in BRF Brasil Foods Refrigerator in the city of Mineiros. In March, BRF Brasil had already given collective vacations for 30 days to 497 workers due to restructuring. This massive layoff directly affects 500 farm workers who will also lose their...

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18 July 2018

Mega farms accused of water poisoning due to overpumping

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Scientists at Stanford University found a direct correlation between the level of water contamination with arsenic and the level of land sinking due to overpumping by mega farms. This situation is especially true for the Central Valley in California, US. The high concentration of arsenic in ground water occurs due to pumping too much water at one time. While arsenic is a naturally occurring element, high doses of it can be toxic causing cancer, heart disease, skin lesions, and liver and kidney damage. The large farms are accused of releasing too much arsenic by pumping too much ground water with the largest pumps they could find and from the deepest wells they could dig, while the government does not issue enough water regulations to create a pumping plan.

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18 July 2018

Large scale poultry farming is opposed by residents in UK

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Cinders Farm, a large scale poultry farm in Ruabon, UK, recently submitted a planning application for four large chicken sheds to Wrexham Council's planning committee. The rearing houses, measuring 110 metres long and 25 metres wide, would be designed for up to 225,000 birds, reared for meat production. However, local residents have started a...

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18 July 2018

Avex dismis 200 employees from plant in Rio Cuarto

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Cordoba-based Avex S.A., a major producer of whole, cut, chilled and frozen chicken and a subsidiary of the Brazilian food group BRF S.A., will dismiss 200 employees from its plant in Rio Cuarto, Argentina. Avex was one of the two acquisitions in Argentina made by BRF in 2011 for a total sum of $ 150 million. It employs approx. 500 people and has the slaughter capacity of 750,000 chickens per week. BRF S.A. is in the middle of a financial restructuring, selling its units in Argentina, Europe and Thailand, to focus its business on the Brazilian and Asian markets.

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