farm policy News

  • Common Agricultural Policy reform – reducing the impact of farming

    Today, the European Commission launched its proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013. The key objective is ‘to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas’. The proposals tie ...

  • World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture

    Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on  ...

  • Statement: Farm Bill Moves Forward With Compromise on Dairy Policy

    “We would like to thank our dairy farmer owners, supporters in Congress, the National Milk Producers Federation and other industry leaders for tirelessly working to advocate for change in dairy policy. "We are disappointed with the announcement that the new Farm Bill will not include the Dairy Security Act (DSA). The DSA was created by farmers for farmers and would have benefited dairy ...

  • Pesticide Policy Coalition Sets Priorities Post-Farm Bill

    The Pesticide Policy Coalition, made up of farm groups and industry stakeholders, met this week and agreed upon policy priorities for the year ahead. With the 2014 farm bill finally signed, attention can turn to other legislative and regulatory work. EPA has opened comment periods on both spray drift and worker protection proposed rules. The PPC will comment on both rules, as will the American ...

  • Do agri-environmental policies support mixed farming systems?

    The Large Scale Grazing Systems (LSGS) of the EU are governed by legislation at regional, national and European levels. New research investigates an LSGS in Spain and suggests that the area's traditional mix of sheep and cereal farming needs improved, better co-ordinated regulatory support to survive. LSGSs are large areas of countryside used for grazing in the EU, characterised by cultural ...

  • UK farming urges EU policy makers to consider the future of pesticides carefully

    The growing season is fast approaching and farmers and growers throughout the UK are turning their attentions to the management of fertilisers and pesticides. This month, farmers and UK industry bodies called for a balanced EU approach to pesticides, as reported by Farmers Guardian. The NFU, Crop Protection Association and Agricultural Industries Confederation presented what they have named ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Launch of the publication Mountain Farming is Family farming

    Launched today at the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations in NYC, the publication represents a contribution from mountain areas to the upcoming UN International Year of Family Farming 2014. Within its 7 chapters and 25 case studies from around the world, it gives an overview of the challenges and opportunities currently faced by mountain people and the strategies they have ...

  • Transitioning to organic farming

    As the organic food trend continues to grow; more farmers are converting from conventional agriculture to organic production. One of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. is the production of organic milk. The growth of this industry has prompted many farmers to transition their land to organic feed grain production. With transition on the rise, it is necessary for these farmers to have ...

  • Economist Analyzes Farm Bill to Kick Off College’s 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series

    As negotiations on the farm bill have adjourned until after a congressional recess, major differences still exist in the House and Senate versions of the bill, including several provisions in crop safety net programs, an economist at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economist in the college’s Department of ...


    By Ohio State University

  • EU farm policy after 2014: MEPs, Council and Commission strike a political deal

    More emphasis on environmental protection, mandatory top-ups for young farmers in all member states, stronger farmers' organisations and less red tape when spending EU funds. These are the main lines of the agreement on farm policy struck on Wednesday by Parliament, Council and the Commission. Decisions still need to be taken on capping direct payments to bigger farms and distributing funds ...


    By European Commission

  • EU farm policy 2014-2020: MEPs give final blessing to greener and fairer CAP

    A deal with the Council on five legislative acts reforming EU farm policy was endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. The post-2013 Common agricultural policy (CAP) will put more emphasis on environmental protection, ensure fairer distribution of EU funds and help farmers to cope better with market challenges. “The first ever reform of the EU farm policy decided jointly by ministers and ...


    By European Parliament

  • Farming and knowledge monocultures are misconceived

    Food needs can be met with a new vision for agriculture and science, say Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas. In mainstream policy and corporate thinking, scientific knowledge and global markets are considered key for food ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Is farming becoming more environmentally sustainable?

    The environmental track-record of agriculture has come under scrutiny in a new report which details the environmental performance of farming in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) member countries since 1990. Its findings demonstrate that progress has been made, but there are still areas for improvement which policy measures could help overcome. One of the most striking ...

  • Ecosystem-based farming comes of age

    A new FAO book out today takes a close look at how the world's major cereals maize, rice and wheat - which together account for an estimated 42.5 percent of human calories and 37 percent of our protein - can be grown in ways that respect and even leverage natural ecosystems. Drawing on case studies from around the planet, the ...

  • Rooftop farming: The next steps for development

    Urban agriculture is becoming increasingly popular. A recent assessment of rooftop farming in Barcelona shows differing attitudes towards the practice, and provides important recommendations for the development of agricultural policy for the 21st century, such as including food production as a potential use of rooftops in planning legislation. Urban agriculture, defined by the Food and ...

  • Farming must change to feed the world

    The world's farmers must quickly switch to more sustainable and productive farming systems to grow the food needed by a swelling world population and respond to climate change, FAO's top crops expert told an international farm congress here today. In a keynote speech to 1,000 participants at the IVth World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (CA) in New Delhi, Shivaji Pandey, Director of FAO's ...

  • Organic farming profitable long-term

    Organic farming is known to be environmentally sustainable, but can it be economically sustainable, as well? The answer is yes, according to new research in the Sept.-Oct. issue of the Agronomy Journal. In an analysis of 18 years of crop yield and farm management data from a long-term University of Minnesota trial, an organic crop rotation was consistently more profitable and carried less risk of ...

  • Seeds are sown for farming waste rules

    Farmers and growers are being reminded that they need to gear up for new rules governing the disposal of fuel oil and pesticides which will kick in next month. The definition of hazardous waste is increasingly broad and regulations which come into play on May 15 will place stricter controls on the disposal, recovery and movement of this type of waste for farmers in England and Wales. Waste is ...

  • Swaziland is moving towards commercial farming

    In a major effort to revitalize agriculture here, the government, the European Union and FAO have helped over 20,000 smallholder farmers produce more, higher-quality food and connect with new markets. Agriculture is on its way to become a key driver of Swaziland’s development. The vast majority of Swaziland’s 1.2 million people depend on subsistence farming. But ...

  • NFU’s Goule Participates in Farm Journal Forum Panel

    National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule participated in the Farm Journal Forum today on a panel entitled, “Point Counterpoint: Policy Innovations and Implications for Implementation.” “The Farm Journal Forum is always a great opportunity for policy dialogue across all sectors of the agriculture ...


    By National Farmers Union

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