Precision farming

Agrifood 29-03-2017

Kofi Annan: ‘What is the point of economic growth if you cannot breathe?’

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called yesterday (28 March) for investment in developing countries in order to “produce more food with fewer resources”, while making agriculture more sustainable.

Agrifood 24-03-2017

Commission: Technology will make farming more transparent to consumers

Technologies can enhance “transparent farming” and, as a result, better inform European consumers about the food they eat, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 23-03-2017

French farmers seek expert advice on going digital

France’s farming community has already started introducing new technologies but it’s still concerned about the cost as well as the lack of information on the “right choices” of equipment.

Agrifood 22-03-2017

Smart farming seeks role in post-2020 CAP

Precision farming could play a leading role in making EU agriculture more sustainable. But green NGOs claim that the concentration of food production in the hands of the agri-food industry will have catastrophic consequences.

Agrifood 21-03-2017

Hogan: Data ownership should not weaken farmers’ position

Data ownership and access should be organised in such a way that farmers' competitiveness is improved, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

Agrifood 20-03-2017

Smart farming hinges on e-skills and rural internet access

The digitisation of agriculture could help Europe address food security and environmental issues at the same time. But realising this vision will require e-skills, proper broadband infrastructure and big data management, experts warn.

Agrifood 20-03-2017

EU farming getting smarter

The European Union is exploring ways of helping its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) enter the digital era after 2020.

Data protection 28-02-2017

Report: Partial digitalisation will modernise farming equipment

Partial digitalisation may be the way forward for farmers still using mainly traditional mechanical equipment, according to the EU agricultural machinery industry.

Agrifood 03-02-2017

Agri-machinery expert: EU CAP should go digital to be ‘green and attractive’

The post-2020 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should include targeted support measures for farmers to invest in precision farming technologies with proven environmental benefits, Ulrich Adam said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

UK & Europe 04-01-2017

UK promises scrapping ‘three-crops’ farm rule post-Brexit

The UK’s new agriculture minister has promised a major scrapping of EU farming regulation - including key green measures - after it leaves the bloc.

Agrifood 23-12-2016

Agricultural innovation: A driver for sustainability?

As the global population continues to grow, lawmakers are looking for innovation-driven solutions to feed the world while addressing the environmental impact of agriculture. 

Agrifood 27-10-2016

EU farmers dream of the digital age

Europe's farmers are beginning to embrace new technologies. But poor internet connections and the high cost of new digital tools can be discouraging. EURACTIV reports.

Transport 25-10-2016

Farmers want the brakes put on ‘costly’ push for ABS in tractors

European Commission plans to force tractors to have anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are unnecessarily expensive for manufacturers and based on inaccurate analysis, EU farmers and machinery industry representatives have warned.

Agrifood 24-10-2016

New CAP struggling to improve farmers’ resilience

Since the launch of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 2015, the EU’s farmers have suffered a string of crises. The CAP’s greening measures have helped farmers maintain their revenue, but the questions of job creation and access to land have proved harder to answer. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 06-10-2016

COPA chief: ‘All farmers should be connected to the worldwide web’

Being connected to the internet has become "vital" for farmers' everyday work, says Martin Merrild. But this should not encourage regulators to introduce new control programmes that will make farmers’ life even more difficult, he told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 26-09-2016

Agricultural policy: At the limits of green growth

The Green Economy is meant to create wealth and protect the environment at the same time. But experts are increasingly doubtful about the concept and are calling it a whitewash. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 06-09-2016

EU rural areas must enter digital era, says Hogan

The future of EU’s rural development depends on digital technologies, which are essential to fill the existing gap with urban areas, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan has said.

Agrifood 29-07-2016

Smart farming trying to find its feet in EU agriculture

The EU Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 should mobilise both direct payments and rural development pillars, in order to pave the way for the introduction of much-needed digital technologies in the farming sector, experts in precision agriculture told EURACTIV.com.

The EU's commitment to agricultural innovation is also a benefit to the consumer
Agrifood 28-07-2016

The EU’s commitment to agricultural innovation is also a benefit to the consumer

In innovation, 21st century agriculture and the food industry have the key tool needed for more efficient and sustainable production.

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Precision agriculture: future of the CAP?
Agrifood 15-07-2016

Precision agriculture: future of the CAP?

Increasing yields and the quality of the production while reducing energy consumption and inputs or "produce more with less" is the principle of precision agriculture (PA).

Agrifood 30-05-2016

Biostimulants take centre stage in EU push for green fertilisers

The review of the European Union's Fertilisers Regulation will promote innovative products such as biostimulants, in an effort to help agriculture take the turn of the circular economy.

Agrifood 23-05-2016

‘Farming 4.0’ at the farm gates

Big data and analytics are set to transform the world of agriculture as we know it. Ulrich Adam asks what kind of changes can we expect and what has to be done to make ‘Farming 4.0’ a reality?

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How can innovation help agriculture be more sustainable?
Agrifood 19-02-2016

How can innovation help agriculture be more sustainable?

The agricultural sector is today faced by the demands of an exponential population growth and pressured by different challenges, including climate change and changing socio-economic dynamics.

Agrifood 29-01-2016

Commission promotes smart farming to mitigate climate change

The European Commission wants to build “bridges” between agriculture and the ICT sector in order to better address the environmental challenges of farming.