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Farm commissioner job goes to Ireland NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Week, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
With outgoing agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos not re-nominated by Romania, the role has gone to Ireland's Phil Hogan. As this report makes clear, it is a decision likely to be welcomed by farmers: Hogan The Irish Farmers' Association have ce...
Agricultural policy outside the EU NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
There has been relatively little discussion so far of what kind of agricultural policy the UK might have if it left the EU and hence the CAP. Agricultural economist and CAP expert Alan Swinbank has been trying to stimulate debate on this issue, but...
How the EU is handling Russia's food import ban NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
I have written on this subject here: Food Import Ban...
Big changes at ComAgri NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
With the extension of co-decision to agricultural policy by the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee has become a much more important player in the decision-making process. It has tended to contain MEP...
Ciolos odds on favourite for farm commissioner NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 16 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Dacian Ciolos looks like he is the front runner for re-appointment for a second term as farm and rural development commissioner. He has not offended any major players among the member states and has been careful not to upset the French, being percei...
Getting a start in farming NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 17 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
If you don't have a farm to inherit, getting a start in farming is difficult. The capital costs of setting up, equipping and stocking a viable farm are huge. For some the practical route is to become a farm manager, but then you are working for som...
Wellcome result for Co-op NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
The Co-operative Group has sold its farm business to the Wellcome Trust for £249m. This is indeed a welcome result as it ensures a benevolent owner for the business which takes a long-term view and shares many of the ethical standards of the C...
Call for major changes to food and farming policy NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 18 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
A coalition of NGOs including the RSPB and the National Trust working with the Centre for Food Research have called for UK food and farming policy to be reoriented around ecosystems and the promotion of healthy food in a report entitled Square Meal..
The EU, Britain and agriculture NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Months, 3 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Defra has published the 'balance of competences' report on the relationship between the EU and Britain in the area of agriculture. At first glance there is a lot of 'x stakeholder says this' and 'y' stakeholder says that, but it will certainly repay...
New farm minister owns wellies NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Months, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Liz Truss is the second woman MP from South-West Norfolk to hold the post of farm minister. Her predecessor Gillian Shephard held the portfolio from 1993 to 1994. There has been a long line of agriculture ministers from East Anglia.Farm leaders wa...
Farmers and Scottish independence NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Some farmers are passionate about Scottish independence out of personal conviction, but many are cool about the idea. They are uncertain whether it will bring the claimed benefits, particularly given the importance of English markets.The Scottish Na...
Green peas lead to row NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 3 Months, 6 Days, 28 Minutes ago
New CAP rules require that large arable farmers ensure that five per cent of their land is set aside as an ecological focus area (EFA). The Government has caused controversy by deciding that one of the five options available to farmers to meet the c...
The oddities of the wine market NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 4 Months, 4 Weeks, 3 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Jens Beckert, Jorg Rossel and Patrick Schenk at Cologne's Max Planck Institute have been looking at variations in the price of wine. Or more specifically, as the title of their paper states 'Wine as a Cultural Product: Symbolic Capital and Price For...
Cows to get climate change fix NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 5 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 54 Minutes ago
If it was April Fools Day one would think this was a joke, but a White House climate change initiative is searching for a 'cow of the future' whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks.Methane i...
Climate change report emphasises food supply effects NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Hour, 42 Minutes ago
The latest UN report on climate change emphasises food supply effects: Climate change. The report argues that climate change has negatively affected wheat and maize yields both regionally and on a global basis. The effects of climate change on two...
The politics of grains NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Few commodities are more politicised than grains. They were the first products to be covered by the Common Agricultural Policy. The US has run export subsidy schemes for them in the past. International trading houses like Cargill are involved.Fear...
Commodity prices under pressure NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 6 Months, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Commodity prices in agriculture are facing upwards pressure. It's nothing like the price spike of 2008, but the bearish mood that prevailed at the end of last year has disappeared. The structural pressures of increased demand and little effective i...
Yes, we have no bananas NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 6 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The famous song of this title dates from 1923: Bananas. Bananas have been a hot topic in agricultural trade negotiations: I have a book on the subject on my shelves. They are an enjoyable fruit which provides an energy boost and are the biggest f...
Is milk white gold? NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 17 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
There is currently a supermarket war going on using milk as a loss leader. Farmers have been reassured that it will not affect the price that they are paid, but some are concerned about the treatment of liquid milk as a commodity. With the impendi...
Different versions of food futures NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Earlier this week I went to a very interesting workshop on future global food systems. As is inevitably the case, two different versions of the future emerged.One view is that in order to feed a growing world population (of which anything between 1...