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USDA finalizes modern WIC program, secures additional $1bn in funding

By Deniz Ataman

A wider range of packaged foods, including canned fish, canned beans and some plant-based dairy, could qualify for reimbursement under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) following an update by the US Department...

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Rabobank predicts ‘better year’ for dairy farmers

By Teodora Lyubomirova

Margins are widely tipped to strengthen on the back of higher production and increased dairy commodity prices, though concerns about China imports remain and Argentina’s output remains low.

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Irish ag minister launches dairy-beef systems action plan

By Teodora Lyubomirova

During a seminar organized by the Irish Food Board (Bord Bia), the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation and Teagasc, the minister discussed how to make dairy calf to beef systems ‘a profitable and sustainable option for farmers’.

The EU is Mercosur's (Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina) second-largest trading partner, second only to China. Image: Getty/Adam Gault

‘No time to lose’: EU urged to conclude Mercosur trade talks

By Teodora Lyubomirova

A total of 23 trade bodies have called for the swift approval of the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement, which will make it easier to export EU agri-food products including key dairy commodities to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and vice versa.

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What’s next for China’s infant formula market?

By Teodora Lyubomirova

Nestlé’s plans to close an infant formula manufacturing plant in response to China’s low fertility rate has sent shockwaves through the industry. What opportunities lie ahead for infant formula makers and how is regulation changing the market?

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Canada launches $333m fund to compensate dairies for lost market share

By Teodora Lyubomirova

The funding will provide non-repayable compensation to dairy producers and processors who have lost market share due to concessions made by the Canadian government in trade deals such as the CPTPP, the Canada-EU agreement and the Canada-US-Mexico trade...