Europe Farming & Agriculture
EU gives Icipe grant to help farmers fight armyworm
Meet the farmer who found happiness in an ancestral way of life
Passion fruits open EU markets for Kitale farmer
EU says Bayer Monsanto must not hurt competition in digital farming: paper
Emotional support peacock denied flight by United Airlines
Polish government campaign encourages citizens to 'breed like rabbits'
Sensors that make sense: from farming to water control
Trapped farm animals die due to strong floods in Spain
2018-04-19 04:46:53 Animal rights activists filmed pugs and cows trapped in their pens trying to escape the flooding. In the video, pigs can be seen trying to desperately stay afloat any way they can. According to the regional government, at least a thousand pigs were trapped “with water up to their necks,” Spanish newspaper El Pais reported. The government allegedly warned farmers about the floods and said: “it was up to the owners to evacuate the animals   Read More ...
Hog wild: Pigs outnumber people in Denmark, No. 1 in Europe
2018-03-04 16:00:01 BERLIN (AP) — Statistics show pigs are hogging the market in Europe as the largest livestock category and outnumber people in Denmark by more than two-to-one. European statistical agency Eurostat said Thursday that with a population of about 150 million in the European Union, pigs far outnumber cattle and other bovines, the second-largest livestock category with 89 million head. Eurostat says 40 percent of the EU’s pigs are in Spain and Germany, with significant numbers also in France, Denmark, Netherlands and Poland   Read More ...
Hog wild: Pigs outnumber people in Denmark, No. 1 in Europe - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-03-01 14:49:46 BERLIN (AP) - Statistics show pigs are hogging the market in Europe as the largest livestock category and outnumber people in Denmark by more than two-to-one. European statistical agency Eurostat said Thursday that with a population of about 150 million in the European Union, pigs far outnumber cattle and other bovines, the second-largest livestock category with 89 million head. Eurostat says 40 percent of the EU's pigs are in Spain and Germany, with significant numbers also in France, Denmark, Netherlands and Poland   Read More ...
Hog wild: Pigs outnumber people in Denmark, No. 1 in Europe
2018-03-01 14:43:50 BERLIN (AP) — Statistics show pigs are hogging the market in Europe as the largest livestock category and outnumber people in Denmark by more than two-to-one. European statistical agency Eurostat said Thursday that with a population of about 150 million in the European Union, pigs far outnumber cattle and other bovines, the second-largest livestock category with 89 million head. Eurostat says 40 percent of the EU's pigs are in Spain and Germany, with significant numbers also in France, Denmark, Netherlands and Poland   Read More ...
Hog wild: Pigs outnumber people in Denmark, No. 1 in Europe
2018-03-01 14:39:11 BERLIN (AP) — Statistics show pigs are hogging the market in Europe as the largest livestock category and outnumber people in Denmark by more than two-to-one. European statistical agency Eurostat said Thursday that with a population of about 150 million in the European Union, pigs far outnumber cattle and other bovines, the second-largest livestock category with 89 million head. Eurostat says 40 percent of the EU's pigs are in Spain and Germany, with significant numbers also in France, Denmark, Netherlands and Poland   Read More ...
Bee-harming pesticides could face complete Europe-wide ban after EU report confirms threat
2018-02-28 18:09:51 The threat posed to bees by pesticides has been confirmed in a major new EU evaluation that could pave the way for a Europe-wide ban on the most harmful chemicals. According to the new report, neonicotinoid pesticides put both honeybees and wild bees at risk when used in any outdoor setting. In the past, these chemicals have been linked to “large-scale population extinctions” in bees   Read More ...
EU gives Icipe grant to help farmers fight armyworm
2018-02-22 16:11:12 Kenyan farmers will benefit from a Sh870 million European Union grant that will promote natural methods to fight the Fall armyworm. Scientists at the Kasarani-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology will manage the grant until 2022. Icipe’s push-pull farming technology, which can be adopted by farmers at no cost, will be a major beneficiary. Icipe researcher Zeyaur Khan says the push-pull entails planting a repellent crop and an attractive trap plant such as nappier grass around the farms   Read More ...
Meet the farmer who found happiness in an ancestral way of life
2018-02-22 01:34:44 French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon has shunned modern techniques such as machinery and pesticides, choosing the manual subsistence farming methods once followed by his peasant ancestors. Reuters photographer Stephane Mahe spent seven days with Jean-Bernard and his partner Laurence in Riec-sur-Belon, a corner of southern Brittany on France's west coast, to capture scenes of their unique way of living. Jean-Bernard, 70, describes himself as a "happy outsider"   Read More ...
Till the cows come home: Irish dairy farmers fret over Brexit border talks
2018-02-21 18:19:21 Dubai With the Brexit deadline of March 2019 a little over a year away, dairy farmers on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the only place where the UK will continue to meet the EU, are anxiously preparing for the worst. “I was out recently on a farm [that straddles Northern Ireland and the south], and there’s a stream where the farmer takes the cattle over across the border, so he’s on both sides   Read More ...
UK promises post-Brexit agriculture plan as farmers demand more clarity
2018-02-21 04:48:18 BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - The British government will publish a consultation paper on future agriculture policy “very shortly”, Environment Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday, as farmers demanded more clarity on their prospect after the country quits the European Union. “Our consultation paper will outline how we plan to change things more broadly. The paper will outline a clear direction of travel on how we can better deliver support,” Gove said at the annual conference of National Farmers Union   Read More ...
Passion fruits open EU markets for Kitale farmer
2018-02-17 14:09:10 Farmer Ephantus Mwangi in Kitale had not considered farming until he and his wife Pauline visited the Netherlands at the invitation of a Dutch couple with whom they worked on youth mentorship. Their passion was helping pregnant teens, young mothers and babies, and they set up a rescue home outside Kitale town. Visiting that food-secure country in northwestern Europe got them thinking   Read More ...
British fruit farmer cutting jobs and expanding in China as Brexit uncertainty hits UK agriculture
2018-02-13 21:07:14 One of Britain’s largest berry farmers is cutting hundreds of jobs due to uncertainty over the availability of EU migrant workers as a result of Brexit. Haygrove farm near Ledbury in Herefordshire will employ 200 fewer seasonal workers this summer amid concern over availability of workers and Theresa May’s promise to end freedom of movement next year. The farm is dependent on seasonal workers from eastern Europe, but owner Angus Davison said the farm is cutting the workforce by 20 per cent due to lack of clarity over the status of workers, and would consider expanding abroad   Read More ...
EU says Bayer Monsanto must not hurt competition in digital farming: paper
2018-02-10 13:30:19 FRANKFURT: Bayer needs to ensure that a merger with rival Monsanto does not stifle competition in digital farming, the European Union's Competition Commissioner Margrethe Verstager told a German newspaper on Saturday. Bayer's US$63.5 billion takeover of U.S. Monsanto, announced in 2016, is set to create the world's largest seeds and pesticides company. "Digitalisation is radically changing farming. We need to beware that through the merger, competition in the area of digital farming and research is not impaired," Verstager told Germany's Rheinische Post   Read More ...
EU says Bayer Monsanto must not hurt competition in digital farming-paper
2018-02-10 13:09:19 FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer () needs to ensure that a merger with rival Monsanto () does not stifle competition in digital farming, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Verstager told a German newspaper on Saturday. Bayer’s $63.5 billion takeover of U.S. Monsanto, announced in 2016, is set to create the world’s largest seeds and pesticides company. [IFR3fvQLn] “Digitalisation is radically changing farming   Read More ...
EU says Bayer Monsanto must not hurt competition in digital farming: paper
2018-02-10 13:09:13 FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer () needs to ensure that a merger with rival Monsanto () does not stifle competition in digital farming, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Verstager told a German newspaper on Saturday. Bayer’s $63.5 billion takeover of U.S. Monsanto, announced in 2016, is set to create the world’s largest seeds and pesticides company. [IFR3fvQLn] “Digitalisation is radically changing farming   Read More ...
UK crops left to rot after drop in EU farm workers in Britain after Brexit referendum
2018-02-05 12:35:31 British farmers have been forced to leave thousands of pounds worth of vegetables to rot in their fields, because of a drop in the number of farm workers from the European Union (EU). James Orr, whose farm outside St Andrews produces potatoes, carrots, parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower, said his farm suffered a 15 per cent drop in the number of workers between August and November   Read More ...
France wants farmers, not supermarkets, to set grocery prices
2018-01-31 09:45:17 The French government is considering new laws designed to balance the needs of farmers and those of retailers and consumers following fears that the country's producers are finding it impossible to earn their living because of downward pressure on prices. Here are some of the measures proposed by Stéphane Travert, the country's Agriculture Minister, who says he wants to restore the idea of a "fair price" which has been undermined by supermarket price wars   Read More ...
Emotional support peacock denied flight by United Airlines
2018-01-31 09:45:15 By Daniella Silva. Finally an answer to the age-old question: Can peacocks fly? United Airlines turned away an emotional-support animal — a proud peacock — at a New Jersey airport this weekend, as airlines have been considering new guidelines for service and comfort animals. United Airlines said in a statement to NBC News that the peacock “did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size   Read More ...
EU approves EUR 9 mln in support to rain-hit Lithuanian farmers - The Baltic Times
2018-01-27 00:16:32 VILNIUS - The European Commission has allocated 9.12 million euros to Lithuanian farmers who last year suffered losses due to heavy rains, with the money to be paid by late September, however, the Agriculture Ministry plans on paying the money earlier. The EU's executive body has approved a total of 15 million euros in support for all three Baltic countries and Finland, the Lithuanian Agriculture Ministry said   Read More ...
Dairy sector trembles at EU powdered milk mountain
2018-01-25 14:31:22 HERSTAL (BELGIUM) (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of sacks of powdered milk lie stacked on pallets in a warehouse on a nondescript industrial estate in eastern Belgium: part of a vast EU stockpile that is causing dairy producers sleepless nights. The European Union, through its member states, bought up hundreds of millions of tonnes of powder from 2015 onwards in a bid to stabilise milk prices that were in freefall as a result of overproduction and the financial crisis   Read More ...
Switzerland's farmers become landscape gardeners
2018-01-24 01:33:47 UK farmers will no longer receive subsidies after Brexit but instead get payments for "public goods" such as planting meadows and boosting access to the countryside under proposals from Environment Secretary Michael Gove. "We have apple, cherry, and quince," says Fritz Bernhard. "We make juice, and schnapps, but only for ourselves." His farm, located a few kilometres north of the Swiss capital Berne, is benefitting from a direct payments scheme   Read More ...
EU cereal crops in good shape after mild, wet weather - analyst
2018-01-19 06:29:09 PARIS (Reuters) - Cereal crops in the European Union are in decent condition after mild temperatures and abundant rainfall so far this winter, analyst firm Strategie Grains said on Thursday. The rain has boosted groundwater reserves - an important factor for crop development during spring and summer - including in Spain where water reserves had been partially replenished after drought last year, it said in a monthly report   Read More ...
Fish exports increased by over 45% to EU
2017-12-28 08:02:44 Fish exports increased by over 45% to EU Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development says the fish exports increased significantly afer the ban imposed by the European Union on the island’s fishery products lifted last year. The European Union imposed a ban on Sri Lanka’s fish exports in January 2015. The ban was lifted on 22nd June 2016 as a result of extensive discussions held by the present government with the European Union after it came to power in January 2015   Read More ...
EU agrees to catch more fish sustainably in 2018
2017-12-13 19:00:48 BRUSSELS | European Union nations have agreed to set quota levels that ensure more sustainable fishing in the northeastern Atlantic and the North Sea, but environmentalists insist the bloc is behind in its schedule to end overfishing by 2020. After marathon talks that ended early Wednesday, EU fisheries ministers said they added nine fish stocks — species of fish in defined geographical areas — to those that are managed sustainably, bringing the total to 53   Read More ...
EU Farm Ministers Urged to Support CAP with Strong Budget
2017-12-13 00:26:39 EU - During a high-level meeting with the Estonian Presidency yesterday, Copa and Cogeca told EU Farm Ministers that the new EU Commission Communication on the future of food and farming is a good starting point. It is ambitious and as such requires the appropriate levels of funding. Speaking on behalf of European farmers and cooperatives, Cogeca President Thomas Magnusson said it is good that the plan keeps both pillars of the CAP and maintains direct payments to farmers   Read More ...
EU and Solidaridad sign US$5.89mn deal to develop Liberia’s cocoa sector
2017-12-11 12:36:01 Emma Sundblad, Chargé d’affaires at the delegation of the European Union (EU) to Liberia, and Isaac Gyamfi, regional director at Solidaridad West Africa, have signed US$5.89mn grant agreement to develop the cocoa sector in Liberia Under the Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Programme (LICSIP), Solidaridad is expected to support to improve the quality of Liberian cocoa and increase cocoa exports. With funding from EU, Solidaridad will work in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture on sector policies and regulations to create a competitive and profitable cocoa economy   Read More ...
IFA Looks for Changes to EU Veterinary Medicinal Proposals
2017-12-08 12:27:50 IRELAND - In meetings this week with Irish MEPs, IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart again outlined the concerns farmers have with EU proposals for the regulation of veterinary medicinal products. He said these regulations have the potential to impact negatively on Irish farmers and their ability to ensure the health and welfare of their animals in a practical and cost-efficient way   Read More ...
Copa and Cogeca: EU Farmers, Cooperatives Making Huge Efforts to Tackle AMR
2017-12-07 00:41:42 EU - Copa and Cogeca highlighted yesterday the progress farmers and their cooperatives have made in tackling antimicrobial resistance, with EU reports showing a 13 per cent decline in antimicrobial use in livestock production. The move came at a high-level event organised in European Parliament by the European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals "Delivering on Epruma’s commitment to the responsible use of veterinary medicines" hosted by MEP Françoise Grossetête   Read More ...
Initial Reaction to EU Commission Plan on Future CAP Outlined
2017-12-01 00:26:07 EU - Reacting to the EU Commission plan on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) yesterday, Copa and Cogeca called for a real simplification of CAP rules and for any further renationalization of the CAP to be prevented. President Joachim Rukwied of the European Farmers Organisation Copa said: "We need a strong, competitive CAP in the future, with common and simple rules across the EU   Read More ...
All Carrefour Eggs Going Cage-Free By 2025, Retailer Says
2017-11-16 00:26:32 EU - French retailer Carrefour has announced its commitment to selling only cage-free eggs under its private label brand in Europe by 2025. European Supermarket Magazine reports that Carrefour is committing to this new strategy for Carrefour-brand eggs sold in Spain and Romania in addition to its targets set for France, Italy, Poland and Belgium. The retailer says that it is working with its partners on ending sales from cage-reared hens on a larger scale by 2025   Read More ...
Viet Nam Strives to Export Chicken Meat to EU
2017-11-14 00:24:47 VIET NAM - Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam held a working session with Dutch company Jan Zandbergen and some partners exporting livestock products to the European Union. BizHub reports that during the meeting in Ha Noi on Thursday, the Dutch company’s representative said the EU’s 500 million people market has high demand for chicken meat and it currently imports the meat mainly from Brazil, Thailand and Ukraine   Read More ...
Polish government campaign encourages citizens to 'breed like rabbits'
2017-11-09 20:02:54 The Polish government invested almost 3 million PLN (€706,378) into a controversial public campaign encouraging citizens to “breed like rabbits”. The 30-second video featured rabbits munching on lettuce and carrots while a rabbit “narrator” revealed the secrets of producing many offspring – exercising, healthy lifestyle and avoiding stress. At the end of the advert, a couple enjoying a romantic picnic made a brief appearance. The campaign was the Ministry of Health’s attempt to address country’s decreasing fertility rate, which is one of the lowest in Europe. What are the top stories today? Click to watch: euronews: the most watched news   Read More ...
Takeaway: Fitness trackers for cows
2017-11-08 12:00:48 Why do these cows wear fitness trackers? It's a part of a research project in Scotland Collar sensors are tracking cow's eating The data is wirelessly collec   Read More ...
Sensors that make sense: from farming to water control - futuris
2017-11-07 12:00:59 Dairy farming has been a family affair at Parkend Farm in Scotland for three generations. But keeping an eye on the cows has never been easier. On his smartphone, Brian Weatherup receives automatic emails from the farm's computer system, that alert him of any changes in the cows' health or fertility status. The data is collected by collars the animals wear around their neck. *Collars for cows* "The collar indicates that there's been a drop in a cow's average eating time or average rumination… READ MORE : euronews knowledge brings you a fresh mix of the world's most interesting know-hows, directly from space and sci-tech experts   Read More ...
Farmers protest against Trumps plans for new U.S - Mexico border wall
2017-11-06 17:45:19 A collective of farmers from Central and South America gathered at an existing border fence between Mexico and the USA to protest against President Donald Trump’s plan to divide the two countries with a modernised border wall. The farmers are part of a regional farming bodies from countries such as Colombia, Haiti and Guatemala. Their message is that Trump’s planned border wall will be bad for human rights, trade and will not stop the flow of migrants crossing north to the USA   Read More ...
Sensors that make sense: from farming to water control
2017-11-06 16:45:16 Dairy farming has been a family affair at Parkend Farm in Scotland for three generations. But keeping an eye on the cows has never been easier. On his smartphone, Brian Weatherup receives automatic emails from the farm’s computer system, that alert him of any changes in the cows’ health or fertility status. The data is collected by collars the animals wear around their neck   Read More ...
No Fipronil-Contaminated Chicken Meat on Bulgarian Market
2017-09-30 00:25:10 BULGARIA - There is no fipronil-contaminated chicken meat on the Bulgarian market, the Food Safety Agency said late on Thursday through the Agriculture, Food and Forestry Ministry's press office. Bulgarian news agency BTA reports that the Agency has done lab testing of chicken meat samples from the four largest local producers. Meat of broiler chickens and laying hens was tested by an accredited laboratory, which found that all four samples were free of fipronil   Read More ...
Viet Nam Strives for Chicken Meat Export to EU
2017-09-30 00:24:58 VIET NAM - Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam held a working session with Dutch company Jan Zandbergen and some partners exporting livestock products to the European Union. During the meeting in Ha Noi on Thursday, the Dutch company’s representative said the EU’s 500 million people market has high demand for chicken meat and it currently imports the meat mainly from Brazil, Thailand and Ukraine   Read More ...
Milking 4,500 cows in the US with some help from Irish students
2017-09-29 23:37:39 Now, Rodney and his wife and three children run Drumgoon Dairy that has allowed Irish agriculture students the chance of a lifetime - to help milk the 4,500 cows on the farm. Milking happens three times a day on the farm at Lake Norden in a milking parlour that operates 24 hours a day. Rodney moved to America because the state of South Dakota presented much more opportunities to grow a dairy business than Ireland, he says   Read More ...
'Keep NI farmers,' says Ulster Farmer's Union
2017-09-29 15:04:28 The future of agriculture should not be a battleground between farmers and environmentalists, the head of the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) has said. Barclay Bell told environmental groups they should seek common ground with farmers who were committed to the environment, but also needed to make a profit. He urged them to "keep farmers here farming". "It's very hard to be green when you are in the red," said Mr Bell   Read More ...