Strong performance from EU agri-food sector as exports rise

The value of EU agri-food exports in March 2019 was 7% higher at €12.6 billion than the same month last year, whilst imports reached €10.1 billion. In total, the EU agri- food surplus for March stood at €2.5 billion, an increase of 34%.  These are the main findings of the latest monthly trade report published […]

EU: The unfair trading practices directive has been adopted

Member countries have two years time to implement the directive on unfair trading practices in agriculture that has officially been signed by the EU President. “We have fulfilled our promise. After ten years – said Paolo De Castro, Vicepresident of EU Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural development – we managed to ban, in a […]

More women managing farms across Europe

The number of women in farming has been slowly increasing in recent years. The most recent data (Eurostat 2016) suggests that, on average, around 30% of farms across the EU are managed by a woman. But data that masks some considerable differences between countries. In Lithuania and Latvia, nearly half of all farms are managed […]

Hogan: Protecting small farmers my top priority in EU budget negotiations

EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan stated that his top priority in the ongoing EU budget negotiation is “protecting the small and medium sized farmer who remains the backbone of Europe’s food production and rural communities”. Ahead of a Citizens’ Dialogue with 400 farmers in Kilkenny City, co-organised by the IFA and […]