Mushroom firm enters administration just two years after £1.5m investment

A Co. Armagh mushroom farm – which invested more than £1.5 million (1.68 million) into a new packing house just two years ago – has entered administration. It’s understood the loss of a key customer contributed to the Collone firm’s problems. Third generation mushroom growers Jonathan and David McKew hoped the £1.5 million (€1.68 million) investment would allow […]

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US officials cut Aussie wheat hopes, but stand by export forecasts

US officials stood by expectations for near-average Australian wheat exports this season, despite following other commentators in downgrading their estimate for the drought-hit harvest to a 10-year low. The US Department of Agriculture’s Canberra bureau cut to 20.0m tonnes its estimate for the newly-started harvest, citing the “poor rainfall and high temperatures across most wheat-growing […]

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Global focus: Farming 450,000ha in Russia

Volga-Donselhozinvest Russia – an agricultural group – farms 450,000ha in Russia. Last week, Richard Valentine Willows outlined the workings of the operation to the R&H Hall conference in Co. Kildare. Willows – a UK citizen – is head of group sales and has worked in Russia since 1996. The group’s land holding, he explained, covers 450,000ha across […]

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Black Sea crop held back by logistics

GRAIN exports continue to flow from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) nations following another big harvest in the region. However, a combination of a logistical squeeze through key Black Sea ports and the downturn in Australian production may mean the extra stocks on the world market do not drive Australian wheat prices down significantly. Richard […]

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