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Czech agriculture goes digital as science meets with farmers

Close collaboration between scientists, researchers and farmers has helped agriculture in the Czech Republic to take significant digital steps and increase its competitiveness, analysts told EURACTIV Czech Republic. An increasing number of Czech farmers have embraced the idea of “producing more with less input” through the application of technology-based precision farming practices. There are already about […]

Digitalising agriculture: Opportunities and market control

By Florence Schulz | EURACTIV.de | translated by Daniel Eck This article is part of our special report Innovation in post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy. With the EU’s new Common Agricultural Policy, the European Commission is set to foster innovation and digitalisation in agriculture. German companies are hoping for multi-billion euro deals, yet management and infrastructural issues stand in the way. EURACTIV Germany […]

Butterfly numbers down by two thirds, German scientists find high-intensity agriculture reduces number of butterfly species in adjacent areas

Meadows adjacent to high-intensity agricultural areas are home to less than half the number of butterfly species than areas in nature preserves. The number of individuals is even down to one-third of that number. These are results of a research team led by Jan Christian Habel at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Thomas […]

Responsible innovation key to smart farming

The so-called ‘fourth agricultural revolution’ must provide social benefits and address potentially negative side-effects of agri-tech — by University of East Anglia, UK Responsible innovation that considers the wider impacts on society is key to smart farming, according to academics at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Agriculture is undergoing a technology revolution supported by policy-makers […]

No water, no agriculture

The state of Europe’s water ecosystems puts a big question mark over the future availability of freshwater, for people and for all manner of industry, not least for food production and agriculture, writes Jabier Ruiz. Jabier Ruiz is senior policy officer, agriculture and food, at the WWF’s European Policy Office. Water is one of nature’s […]

EU food alert system exposed to antimicrobial resistant contamination

On 25 October 2018, the European Parliament adopted a new legislative framework for veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed, a step forward in preventing the rise in antibiotic resistance. This op-ed is signed by MEP Barts Staes (Greens/EFA), MEP Lynn Boylan (GUE), MEP Guillaume Balas (S&D), MEP Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA), MEP Maria Heubuch (Greens/EFA), MEP […]

German action plan for insect protection: Farmers want greater say

By Florence Schulz | EURACTIV.de | translated by Rob Kirby   With insects declining at an alarming rate, the German environment ministry wants an action plan to protect them before the end of the year. But farmers are feeling ignored in the process and are calling for more environmental protection incentives. EURACTIV Germany reports. A […]

LIFE AgRemSO3il First visit from the external monitoring team NEEMO

On February 28th, 2019 the first visit from the external monitoring team, NEEMO, took place in the IMIDA facilities located in Murcia, Spain. The purpose of this visit was to monitor the progress of the AgRemSO3il’s actions since the its beginning on July 1st, 2018. In order to do so, each partner made a detailed […]

Young people and women in EU farming

The EU farming sector is faced with an ageing population. In 2016 only 11% of farm managers in the EU were young farmers under the age of 40 years, according to Eurostat. According to European Parliament surveys, even though EU assistance has been available to young farmers for more than three decades, the ‘young farmer […]

MEPs want less EU money going to intensive farming

Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee have voted for a reduction in subsidies going to intensive farming under the common agricultural policy as of 2021. EURACTIV France reports. The future common agricultural policy will have to reduce subsidies for intensive farming, the MEPs have said in an opinion on the CAP for the 2021-2017 […]