About: farm policy

Agrifood 19-12-2019

Dutch farmers block highways with tractors, angry at EU rules on pollution

Dutch farmers and construction workers blocked roads with tractors on Wednesday (18 December) and gathered outside the offices of national broadcaster NOS in the latest of a series of protests over environmental pollution rules.
Agrifood 16-04-2018

French farmers want to strengthen risk management in the future CAP

Risk management tools to stabilise farmers’ incomes are a priority for French farmers’ representatives. However, their growth could be hampered by the decline of the CAP budget. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 10-12-2015

German Farmers’ Association accused of hypocrisy

The German Farmers' Association (DBV) has complained of the "drastic worsening" of conventional farming, attributing blame to non-German and non-EU causes. But Green and environmental organisations criticised the call for help as "hypocritical". EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 30-11-2015

Commission hopes new CAP grants will boost number of young farmers

The new Common Agricultural Policy for the period 2014-2020 is expected to provide nearly 180,000 young farmers with an installation grant, an EU spokesman has told EURACTIV.
People under a faidherbia fertilizer tree in Tigray, Ethiopia. [Chris Armitage]

Agroforestry is crucial to the food production challenge

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just published the world’s most comprehensive study in seven years of the impact climate change has (and will have) on the world’s natural environment. Diversified farming, including agroforestry, may help mitigate the effects and food production, writes Patrick Worms.
Agrifood 21-01-2014

30,000 gather in Berlin to protest against intensive farming

Some 30,000 people gathered in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday (18 January) to demonstrate against large-scale 'agribusiness', but the question remains about how to produce enough food to feed a growing population without intensive farming.
Agrifood 16-12-2013

EU ministers give farm policy final political seal

EU ministers gave their final political approval today (16 December) for the Common Agricultural Policy, which sets out the European Union's farming strategy for 2014-2020.
Agrifood 04-12-2013

FAO director: ‘A man who wakes up hungry is an angry man’

When people are food insecure, they either lash out or resort to “negative” coping strategies, such as migration or selling assets they may actually need for their longer term resilience. So one of the ways to reduce conflict and civil instability is to ensure people have access to good food, says Richard China.
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Agrifood 24-09-2013

EC’s Dacian Ciolo? on the CAP reform

Farmers could miss out on huge EU payments if ministers and parliamentarians fail to complete the last set of negotiations for Europe’s new agriculture policy today (24 September). Ministers and a delegation from the European Parliament will attempt to smooth out legal issues during the last round of negotiations over the EU's reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Agrifood 24-09-2013

Stakes high for farmers as EU risks CAP delay

Farmers could miss out on huge EU payments if ministers and parliamentarians fail to complete the last set of negotiations for Europe’s new agriculture policy today (24 September).
Agrifood 19-09-2013

EU farm subsidies rise despite downward trend: OECD

Public support made up 19% of all EU farming revenues last year despite a historic downward trend, the OECD said in a report released yesterday (18 September).
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Agrifood 24-01-2013

CAP reform far from a done deal

The European Parliament’s agricultural committee began adopting dozens of amendments to the EU’s future farm policy on Wednesday (23 January), but approval remains far from certain when the full Parliament considers compromise proposals in March.
Agrifood 30-03-2012

Pesticide makers walk fine line over public concerns

Manufacturers have recognised their failure to address concerns over the environmental and health risks of pesticides, promising "a huge change of mindset" in engaging with society while sticking to their traditional argument that their products are safe to use.
Agrifood 22-03-2012

Europe needs to nurture a new generation of farmers

The Common Agricultural Policy's reform needs to be decoupled from strict, technical standards that will be unappealing to younger generations if we are to have a sustainable farm policy, writes Staffan Nilsson.
Regional Policy 12-10-2011

Ciolo?: CAP money slowly shifting eastwards

Farmers in Western countries such as France could see their subsidies cut by up to 7% as more money is being channeled to Central and Eastern European states. EU farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolo? spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of proposals today to reform the EU's Common Agricultural policy for 2014-2020.

EU farm policy reform seen affecting land prices

Plans for a more equal share-out of direct subsidies to farmers in different European Union countries are set to affect farmland prices from 2014, a senior EU official said on Wednesday (6 April).
Agrifood 19-01-2010

Ministers want to give farmers better bargaining power

EU-27 farm ministers agreed yesterday (18 January) to push for measures that would ensure all actors in the food supply chain, and particularly farmers, receive fair compensation for their work. 
Agrifood 27-09-2006

“Health check” could lead to CAP-subsidy cap

The planned review of the EU’s agricultural policy in 2008 could lead to lower ceilings for farm subsidies after data show that EU funds mainly benefit big businesses.
Agrifood 28-07-2006

Commission reclaims millions in farm aid from Member States

161.9 million euros in payments under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy has been misspent by Member States and must be reimbursed, says the Commission.
Agrifood 02-08-2005

Despite measures, organic farming remains tiny in EU

Recent figures by Eurostat show organic farmers represented only a tiny share (2%) of the total number of EU-15 farmers in 2002 and that this proportion has remained unchanged since the turn of the century.