Mag to offer agri insight

A new publication aimed at bridging the information gap between the general public and the agri-food sector in the wake of the Food Harvest 2020 report will be included in this Friday's Irish Independent.

The 48-page, full-colour magazine, titled 'The A-Z of agri-food' is designed to give readers an insight into farming and fishing communities, dairy co-ops, farmers' markets, artisan producers and major exporters.

It will be distributed in schools nationwide and is published in conjunction with IFP Media and the Department of Agriculture.

'No rise' in grain prices

World grain prices for 2012/2013 are not expected to return to the highs seen in the past two years, according to Rabobank analysts.

Global wheat production is set to rise by 3pc to 662m tonnes in the 2012/2013 production year, the fourth largest on record.

However, poor planting conditions in Ukraine and drought problems in the USA mean it is unlikely that this year's record yields will be replicated.

"We do not expect prices to return to the highs seen in 2010 or 2011," Rabobank analysts said.

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