Title Title
Government assistance for Australia's drought-affected farmers increases to $1.8 billion How will livestock farmers manage after this year's weather?
Summary Summary
  This year's summer drought has caused food shortages for farmers' livestock across Europe and Australia
Highlights Highlights
Content Content
  <strong>This year is on course to be the fourth hottest year on record (<a href="https://www.carbonbrief.org/about-us">Carbon Brief</a>; <a href="http://www.noaa.gov/news/july-2018-was-4th-warmest-july-on-record-for-globe">NOAA</a>). The summer drought it created has caused food shortages for farmers' livestock across<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_European_heat_wave"> Europe</a> and Australia (<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-11/drought-how-bad-is-it-and-why-has-it-been-so-dry/9826130">ABC</a>; <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/calls-for-farm-support-intensify-as-europe-struggles-with-heat-wave-drought/a-44902321">DW</a>). This has meant livestock farmers have had to use winter silage (compacted grass) just to get through summer, sell livestock that they are unable to feed, and slaughter earlier than usual. According to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/20/crop-failure-and-bankruptcy-threaten-farmers-as-drought-grips-europe"><em>The Guardian</em></a> there are also reports of European farmers going bankrupt too.</strong>
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  <strong>Questions this article will seek to answer:</strong>
  <ul>
   <li>How will livestock farmers cope this winter if they have already used their winter feed?</li>
CATTLE FOLLOWING VEHICLE IN PADDOCK Copyright: (c) 2018 Thomson Reuters, Date: 19/08/2018 07:15  <li>What effect (if any) will this have on food prices?</li>
GUNNEDAH, AUSTRALIA (FILE - JUNE 22, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)  
   <li>How many farmers have been affected by having to sell livestock, slaughter earlier or going bankrupt and how has it affected them?</li>
   <li>What government support have farmers received?</li>
   <li>How can farmers better prepare for future droughts?</li>
  </ul>
  <strong>Secured interviews</strong>
  <ul>
   <li>Phil Bicknell, Market Intelligence Director at the <a href="https://ahdb.org.uk/">Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board</a></li>
  </ul>
  <strong>Proposed interviews</strong>
  <ul>
   <li><a href="https://copa-cogeca.eu/Copa.aspx">COPA-COGECA</a> (European farmers)</li>
   <li><a href="https://www.nff.org.au/">National Farmers Federation</a> (Australia) representative/experts</li>
   <li><a href="https://www.nfuonline.com/home/">National Farmers Union</a> (UK) representative/expert</li>
   <li>UK/European/Australian farmers affected</li>
  </ul>
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Categories Categories
  Australia, Business, Climate Change, Economics, Environment, Europe, Food, Markets, United Kingdom, Environment
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  emerging
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  drought, farming, liv, livestock farming
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