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Trade Minister Jim Sutton says the WTO talks in Cancun foundered on so-called "Singapore issues" and not agriculture….[more]

The World Trade Organisation's ministerial talks in Cancun have collapsed, according to Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez, the conference's chairman. It marks the second failure of talks aimed at curtailing farm subsidies by power blocks from Japan, the EU and the US….[more]

At last, a real effort from within agricultural academia to examine the staffing problems on New Zealand dairy farms from a worker's perspective….[more]

A joint forum of sheep farmers from the United States, Australia and New Zealand could allay suspicions the groups have of each other and could prove a lucrative development in complementary marketing, says a farm lobbyist….[more]

Dairy giant Fonterra has become the country's first firm to buy a licence from a genetics company that has controversially patented human dna….[more]

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