Precision farming

Agrifood 11-02-2019

Young farmers call for strong CAP budget to ensure generational renewal

EU member states will have to deal with the generational renewal of the EU farming sector “whether they like it or not,” young farmers say. And to do so, they first need to support a strong budget for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), they argue.
Agrifood 17-01-2019

Scientists call for radical change of diet to transform global food system

The global food system needs urgent reform, less meat consumption and more legumes, as three billion people worldwide are malnourished and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries, scientists have warned in a new report.
Agrifood 28-12-2018

The role of digitised information in water safety planning

Digital tools, which provide water utility operators with accurate and timely information, can improve drinking water quality and ensure better water safety planning, experts say. The quality of drinking water currently faces two main challenges: algae blooms and turbidity. Algae...
Agrifood 21-11-2018

Fertiliser industry vows to feed one ‘extra Germany’ per year

The EU fertilisers industry published its 2030 vision on Wednesday (21 November), stressing the need to optimise fertiliser use across Europe and improve production in order to adjust to the principles of the circular economy and feed a growing world population.
Agrifood 12-11-2018

Biodiversity can benefit from new technologies, EU official says

It is the duty of scientists to point out what could be accomplished by using new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs), according to European Commission official Barend Verachtert, who praised the virtue of new technologies in agriculture at an event organised by EURACTIV on 5 November.
Agrifood 30-10-2018

Greek plan to digitise agriculture wins EU approval

In an effort to break from its austerity-driven past and improve the economy’s competitiveness, the Greek government will soon present its national strategy for the digitisation of the agricultural sector.
Agrifood 16-10-2018

Worldwide study: Women say gender discrimination persists in agriculture

Discrimination against women in the farming sector is still widespread, though less than a decade ago, according to a global study carried out by Corteva AgriscienceTM which concluded that empowering women could help revive rural areas and meet the rising food demand.
Agrifood 28-09-2018

Agriculture expert: Like organic, transition to digital farming needs support

Changing farming practices is always risky and if we want EU farmers to enter the digital era, we need to support them financially for a certain transition period, as has been the case with switching to organic farming, agriculture expert Luc Vernet told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 27-09-2018

Agriculture digitisation not only for controls, stakeholders ‘remind’ the EU Commission

The much-awaited digitisation of the EU farming sector has taken centre stage in the last few years. But its ultimate application in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is still unclear.
Agrifood 06-09-2018

Internet of farms to reduce red tape and enable more transparency

Precision farming is consistent with the less-bureaucracy pillar of next CAP and favours a better connection between consumers and producers, stakeholders and lawmakers advocated at the showcase of EU satellite-based systems for agricultural purposes.
Agrifood 04-09-2018

EU farmers ‘hostages’ of unstable politics and technology gap, report claims

The lack of access to modern technologies combined with the fragile political landscape has put agriculture production in the EU under enormous pressure, at a time when other major farm markets in the world are growing, a new report has found.
Agrifood 13-07-2018

Agricultural industry eyes space data

Data access has become a key issue for the agricultural sector, which could benefit from European space programmes. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 30-05-2018

EU farmers: Prevention is better than cure for sustainable livestock

Prevention is far better than cure when it comes to animal diseases and creation of sustainable livestock. Vaccination may play a role in reducing the need for antibiotics, but it needs to be accompanied by other "tools", like education and training, farmer representatives and EU politicians have told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 02-05-2018

Commission throws the ball to EU states on CAP rural development, prioritises direct payments

The European Commission has proposed to cut the budget of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy by approximately 5%, but has prioritised the direct payments pillar in order to ensure farmers’ income and leave smallholders unaffected.
Agrifood 27-04-2018

Customised nitrogen fertilisation saves money and the environment, Yara says

Referring to a case study in France, Norwegian multinational fertiliser and crop nutrition company Yara says that nitrogen fertiliser efficiency generates additional income for farmers and reduces ammonia’s climate and environmental impacts.
Agrifood 24-04-2018

EU agri-food operators sign milestone data sharing deal

In a bid to speed up the exploitation of new technologies in EU farming, a coalition of associations from the EU agri-food chain signed on 23 April a joint EU Code of Conduct on sharing of agricultural data.
Agrifood 18-04-2018

Hogan: 3 reasons EU farmers should take the risk and invest in agriculture

European farmers should invest in post-2020 agriculture as it will be less bureaucratic, more focused on “technology breakthroughs” and will improve their standard of living, EU Commissioner Phil Hogan told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 27-03-2018

Farmers say CAP simplification and digitisation will attract investment

A revamped European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with less paperwork and more long-term policy perspective focused on digitisation will attract more investment and more young people to the sector, EU farmers argue.
Agrifood 14-02-2018

DowDuPont boss: Merger will speed up innovation to face farming challenges ‘quickly’

A merger between Dow Chemical and DuPont (DowDuPont) aims to accelerate innovation in agriculture to help all farm sizes, as well as rapidly facing up to future challenges, DowDuPont’s Pierre Flye Sainte Marie told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 12-02-2018

Vestager: Bayer-Monsanto deal must preserve digital farming

Bayer needs to ensure that a merger with rival Monsanto does not stifle competition in digital farming, the European Union's Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told a German newspaper on Saturday (10 February).
Agrifood 09-02-2018

Precision farming position in the new CAP still unclear

New technologies will keep on receiving financial support in the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 “possibly” under the current funding regime. However, it’s not clear yet whether precision farming will be linked to the direct payments pillar or to the environmental performance in general.
Agrifood 22-01-2018

Farming debates in 2018: Innovation and the new CAP

In light of Brexit, there is no doubt that the future of the EU agricultural policy will dominate discussions in Brussels in 2018. But the need for innovation and the introduction of new technologies in the sector will spark intense debates and trigger strong reactions from green NGOs.
Agrifood 28-11-2017

Greek farmers highlight the need for advisory in agriculture

Greece needs new and functional structures and enhanced farm advisory services in order to give smart farming a boost, an agricultural expert told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 24-11-2017

New tariffs on Spanish olives indicate US protectionist trend

The US trade department decided on Tuesday (21 November) to impose tariffs on imports of Spanish table olives, in another sign of rising protectionist measures under Donald Trump, which have drawn criticism from Europe.

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