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The future of small farms NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Week, 4 Days, 28 Minutes ago
The president of the Agricultural Economics Society, Steve Wiggins, has written some interesting reflections on this enduring topic in their latest newsletter which I reproduce below.'Small-scale family farms remain an enduring feature of agriculture...
Review of the CAP in 2014 NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Week, 6 Days, 58 Minutes ago
Agra Europe have provided a useful review of developments in farm policy in 2014 and a look forward to 2015: Year in review They claim that it was an 'eventful' year and although decision-makers were certainly busy, it would be difficult to claim th...
Will flexibility underline common policy approach? NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Will the amount of flexibility allowed in the latest CAP reform package undermine the common policy approach and create an uneven playing field in the European Union in terms of competitiveness? This is the question posed in an informative House of...
Phil Hogan approved as commissioner NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Phil Hogan has been approved as agriculture commissioner by a majority of over three to one in the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He was asked some awkward questions about his career in Irish politics, as well as...
Greening of CAP has been a failure NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Researchers have suggested that the 'greening' of the CAP has been a failure. The latest version of the CAP is no greener than its predecessor and would fail a basic Advertising Standards Authority test in terms of its claims: No greening The resea...
The rise in farmland prices NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Over the past decade farmland prices have grown at twice the rate of prime London property with good agricultural land increasing 270 per cent in value compared with a 135 per cent rise in London house prices during that time according to Savills. T...
Farm commissioner job goes to Ireland NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Hour, 23 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 5 Months, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 53 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 5 Months, 1 Week, 11 Minutes ago
I have written on this subject here: Food Import Ban...
Big changes at ComAgri NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 37 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 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 2 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 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 28 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 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 26 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 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 38 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 6 Months, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 19 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 6 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 28 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 7 Months, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 9 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 7 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 44 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 9 Months, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 5 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 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 10 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...