Agricultural economics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26264/all en French farmers take to the streets, protest EU environment rules http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/farmers-blast-environment-rules-french-street-protests French farmers held protests across the country on Wednesday, including a pre-dawn street blockade near the farm ministry in Paris, to attack what they see as burdensome environmental regulations linked to European Union targets on water quality.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/farmers-blast-environment-rules-french-street-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Business European Union European Union Federalism Technology France Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:23:00 +0000 5735130 at http://www.globalpost.com Cash crisis sucks life out of EU farm policy reform http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/cash-crisis-sucks-life-out-eu-farm-policy-reform <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* EU leaders likely to cut future farm budget by 10 pct</p> <p>* Politicians diluting farm policy reforms in response</p> <p>* Plans to leave more land fallow and rotate crops at risk</p> <p>* Move to liberalise EU sugar sector also facing delay</p> <p>By Charlie Dunmore</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Jan 21 (Reuters) - European Union politicians will scale back or ditch reforms to the farm subsidy system as they seek to mollify powerful farmers' lobbies angry at subsidy cuts forced on them by the bloc's debt crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/cash-crisis-sucks-life-out-eu-farm-policy-reform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Agricultural subsidies Business Economy of the European Union European Union Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:15:53 +0000 5737206 at http://www.globalpost.com EU lawmakers vote to limit funds for biggest farms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/eu-lawmakers-vote-limit-funds-biggest-farms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Parliament committee adopts position on farm policy reform</p> <p>* Politicians seek to delay sugar sector reform to 2020</p> <p>* MEPs and governments to start talks on reform in March</p> <p>* Farm budget for 2014-2020 yet to be finalised</p> <p>By Charlie Dunmore</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/eu-lawmakers-vote-limit-funds-biggest-farms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Agricultural subsidies Business Economy of the European Union European Union Politics Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:15:24 +0000 5738387 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish farmers protest for EU subsidies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/spanish-farmers-protest-eu-subsidies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Farmers demonstrated in Madrid on Thursday against an overhaul of the European Union's agricultural policy in which they fear losing hundreds of millions of euros in subsidies each year.</p> <p>Hundreds of protesters, some dressed as cows and others in the orange T-shirts of their Union of Small Farmers which organised the demonstration, blew whistles and set off firecrackers as they marched through the streets of the Spanish capital.</p> <p>The farmers fear that subsidies from the European Union will be cut at a time when their revenues have fallen due to the economic crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/spanish-farmers-protest-eu-subsidies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Agricultural subsidies Business Subsidies AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:46:13 +0000 5749258 at http://www.globalpost.com Leaders set for first-ever cut to EU budget http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/leaders-set-first-ever-cut-eu-budget <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>EU leaders looked ready on Friday to cut the bloc's budget for the first time in its six-decade history, with a tentative agreement to trim spending by three percent in absolute terms over the rest of the decade, diplomats said.</p> <p>As marathon talks entered an 18th hour, a sustained push led by British Prime Minister David Cameron for the EU to share in the austerity cuts the 27 member states are implementing won crucial backing from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/leaders-set-first-ever-cut-eu-budget" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Business Economy of the European Union European Union European Union AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 08:46:50 +0000 5749753 at http://www.globalpost.com EU leaders inch toward first EU budget cut http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/eu-leaders-inch-toward-first-eu-budget-cut <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>EU leaders appeared poised Friday to cut the bloc's budget for the first time in its six-decade history, with a tentative agreement to trim spending by three percent over the rest of the decade, diplomats said.</p> <p>After a short break following a 19-hour session lasting through the night, the bloc's 27 leaders were due to return to the negotiating table at 1200 GMT.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/eu-leaders-inch-toward-first-eu-budget-cut" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Business Economics Economy of the European Union European Union AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:46:12 +0000 5749921 at http://www.globalpost.com Farm subsidies still get top share of EU austerity budget http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/farm-subsidies-still-get-top-share-eu-austerity-budget <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Farm spending set to fall 13 pct under EU budget deal</p> <p>* Agriculture would claim 38 pct of total budget pot</p> <p>* Farming giant France hails result as a victory</p> <p>* Reform of EU farm policy rules still to be finalised</p> <p>By Charlie Dunmore</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Farm subsidies will continue to gobble up the biggest share of the European Union's budget to 2020, despite a 13 percent drop in future agricultural spending, under a deal struck by EU leaders on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/farm-subsidies-still-get-top-share-eu-austerity-budget" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Business Economy of the European Union European Union European Union Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 19:45:26 +0000 5750494 at http://www.globalpost.com EU parliament moves to 'green' Europe's farms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/eu-parliament-moves-green-europes-farms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>European lawmakers on Wednesday approved plans for a radical overhaul of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by capping subsidies and tying them to environmental concerns.</p> <p>Members of the European Parliament notably agreed a sea-change in the European Union's controversial farming subsidies -- tying 30 percent of direct subsidies to respect for the environment.</p> <p>The measures include crop diversity, maintaining permanent pastures, and creating ecological fallows that are havens for plants, animals and insects on arable land.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/eu-parliament-moves-green-europes-farms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Agricultural subsidies Business Economy of the European Union European Union Politics AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:19:01 +0000 5782523 at http://www.globalpost.com EU states agree farm reform, but deal not yet done http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/eu-states-agree-farm-reform-deal-not-yet-done <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>European Union agriculture ministers agreed a plan to reform the bloc's often contested farm policy, its top budgetary item, after marathon talks winding up late Tuesday.</p> <p>Ireland, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, hailed the deal struck after two days of talks as "an enormous step forward" and "a watershed moment" in months of efforts to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that accounts for 38 percent of the EU budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/eu-states-agree-farm-reform-deal-not-yet-done" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Agricultural subsidies Business Economy of the European Union AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:30:31 +0000 5788629 at http://www.globalpost.com Senate panel approves massive farm bill to cut spending while still growing farm programs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130514/farm-bills-considered-week-will-cut-spending-while-still-gro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - The Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday approved a massive five-year farm bill that would cut spending while also creating new subsidies for farmers.</p> <p>The legislation approved 15-5 includes concessions to Southern rice and peanut farmers, thanks to a new top Republican on the committee, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. The bill eliminates $5 billion in annual subsidies, called direct payments, that are important to those Southern farmers but makes it easier for them to receive alternate subsidies if prices dip.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130514/farm-bills-considered-week-will-cut-spending-while-still-gro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Agricultural policy Business Social Issues Subsidy The Canadian Press Tue, 14 May 2013 15:15:40 +0000 5837553 at http://www.globalpost.com Almost the same cost, spent differently: Comparing farm bills in House, Senate committees http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/almost-the-same-cost-spent-differently-comparing-farm-bills- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Senate and House agriculture committees approved separate versions of the farm bill this week, and the full Senate is expected to take up the bill next week. A look at some similarities and differences between the two versions of the legislation:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/almost-the-same-cost-spent-differently-comparing-farm-bills-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Business Economics Government Politics Senate The Canadian Press Thu, 16 May 2013 09:01:42 +0000 5839106 at http://www.globalpost.com Big farms set to lose in EU agriculture subsidy shake-up http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130624/big-farms-set-lose-eu-agriculture-subsidy-shake <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Charlie Dunmore and Nigel Hunt</p> <p>LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union negotiators gathered on Monday for talks to finalize reforms of the bloc's 50 billion euro-a-year farm policy that could remove almost half of the subsidies now given to some of its largest grain and livestock producers.</p> <p>Many of the proposals are meant to make the 50-year-old common agricultural policy (CAP) more fair and environmentally friendly, to justify the huge sums paid to farmers each year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130624/big-farms-set-lose-eu-agriculture-subsidy-shake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Agricultural subsidies Business Economy of the European Union Environment European Union Thomson Reuters Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:32:29 +0000 5865614 at http://www.globalpost.com EU reaches deal to overhaul farm subsidies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/eu-reaches-deal-overhaul-farm-subsidies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>European institutions on Wednesday agreed to reform the Common Agricultural Policy to favour small farms over big business and promote environmentally friendly farming in an overhaul of the EU's most costly programme.</p> <p>The Irish presidency of the European Union announced on its Twitter account it had reached an agreement between member states and the European Parliament and the European Commission.</p> <p>The deal is to be confirmed by Parliament committee later on Wednesday.</p> <p>The CAP accounts for about 38 percent of the EU's budget.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/eu-reaches-deal-overhaul-farm-subsidies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Agricultural subsidies Economy of the European Union Environment European Union Human Interest AFP Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:05:03 +0000 5868084 at http://www.globalpost.com EU reaches deal to overhaul farm subsidies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/eu-reaches-deal-overhaul-farm-subsidies-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>European institutions on Wednesday agreed to reform the Common Agricultural Policy to favour small farms over big business and promote environmentally friendly farming in an overhaul of the EU's most costly programme.</p> <p>The Irish presidency of the European Union announced on its Twitter account it had reached an agreement between member states and the European Parliament and the European Commission.</p> <p>The deal is to be confirmed by Parliament committee later on Wednesday.</p> <p>The CAP accounts for about 38 percent of the EU's budget.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/eu-reaches-deal-overhaul-farm-subsidies-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Agricultural subsidies Economy of the European Union Environment European Union Human Interest AFP Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:05:26 +0000 5868088 at http://www.globalpost.com EU agrees on outline of 7-year farm reform program with fresh environmental incentives http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130626/eu-agrees-outline-7-year-farm-reform-program-fresh-environme <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS - In what's being cast as a major breakthrough, the European Union agreed Wednesday on an outline for a major farm reform program that seeks to boost environment-friendly agriculture.</p> <p>The seven-year program is to kick off next year. It is designed to move away from the subsidy-heavy policies that led to excessive red tape and rules that were kinder to huge companies than to the small farmers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130626/eu-agrees-outline-7-year-farm-reform-program-fresh-environme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural economics Business Economy of the European Union European Union Technology The Canadian Press Thu, 27 Jun 2013 02:33:17 +0000 5868800 at http://www.globalpost.com