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France | 31 August 2016
Lactalis strikes price deal with French milk producers

Lactalis, the world's largest dairy firm, reached a deal with French milk producers on Tuesday to raise prices paid to suppliers and farmers called off their week-long protests, the company and unions...


France | 31 August 2016
France grants extra aid to milk farmers to cut output amid oversupply

France will supplement a set of European subsidies announced last month to encourage milk producers to cut output and reduce overproduction to avert a collapse in prices, Agriculture Minister Stephane...


France | 30 August 2016
French farmers step up fight against dairy giant Lactalis

French milk producers on Monday stepped up their protests against global dairy giant Lactalis amidst a slump in prices ahead of crunch negotiations on Tuesday. Hundreds of angry dairy farmers, dema...


France | 26 August 2016
Lactalis talks with French milk producers end with no deal

A meeting between Europe's largest dairy group Lactalis and French milk producers requesting a rise in prices ended in a deadlock after 10 hours of negotiations, sources close to the talks said. ...


France | 25 August 2016
French farmers may face more pain as dry weather hits crops

French farmers can’t seem to catch a break from the weather. After deluges earlier this year decimated wheat crops, now not enough rain is threatening their corn. Many fields in the European Union’...


France | 25 August 2016
French farmers protest over low milk prices outside major milk processor

Some 400 French dairy farmers have blockaded the roads around Lactalis, the milk processor based in Laval, France, this week in protest against low milk prices. The farmers have taken over the roun...


France | 24 August 2016
Lactalis ready to discuss milk prices with angry French farmers

Europe's largest dairy producer, Lactalis, said on Tuesday it was ready to renegotiate milk prices paid to producers after hundreds of farmers protested outside its headquarters in northwestern France...


France | 23 August 2016
French farmers, dismayed over diving prices, picket dairy group

French farmers are occupying an intersection outside the headquarters of dairy giant Lactalis and crying for help as they struggle to compete with cheaper countries in Europe's single market. A glu...


France | 19 August 2016
Brexit is ‘fabulous’ for France, says Bruno Le Maire

French conservative presidential candidate Bruno Le Maire said Thursday the prospect of Britain leaving the European Union was a “fabulous opportunity for France” as it would remove the bloc’s main ch...


France | 12 August 2016
Rainy summer weather causing misery for EU wheat farmers

Rain this summer has fallen at the worst possible time for west European wheat farmers, disrupting the harvest and hitting ripe grain plants, which could sprout and lose grain quality, experts said on...


France | 10 August 2016
France faces ‘catastrophic’ 30-year low in wheat yields

France, the European Union's biggest grain producer, is heading for its worst wheat harvest in three decades due to heavy rains and lack of sunlight, the agriculture ministry said Friday. Wheat out...


France | 9 August 2016
EU dairy prices improving on the world market

EU average farm gate milk price is 14% lower compared with May of last year. EU dairy prices have improved in the last two weeks on the world market, when expressed in dollars, the EU’s Milk Marke...


France | 5 August 2016
Poor French wheat yields to dent EU crop as rain hampers harvest

The smallest French wheat harvest in at least a decade is set to push European Union production down sharply from last year's record, while persistent rain is also raising the risk of lower quality in...


France | 4 August 2016
European dairy industry struggling to deal with low milk price crisis

European farmers are divided in trying to find a solution to the dairy crisis that's engulfing farmers around the globe. It's the second year of low prices for farmers, with large dairy sectors str...


France | 3 August 2016
Brussels briefing: Eurocrats on hols as farmers face credit crunch

It's that time of year again as Brussels has cleared out for the summer. But for farmers, the traditional end-of-season liquidity crunch has set in, with cashflow issues at their most acute. Add...


France | 2 August 2016
France to harvest least wheat in 28 years after rains, ODA says

French farmers will harvest the least wheat in almost three decades after rains and an overcast spring damaged crops in the European Union’s biggest producer, Offre & Demande Agricole said. Output ...


France | 29 July 2016
French plans for origin labelling slammed by dairy and meat processors

France is to trial mandatory country of origin labelling for two years. Dairy and meat processors have heavily criticised plans to introduce origin labelling in France. EU Health Commissioner Vy...


France | 28 July 2016
France to support grain farmers after crops hit by weather

France will help grain farmers cope with an expected plunge in revenue after torrential rain and a lack of sunshine in late spring hit the country's cereal crops. First results of the still ongoing...


France | 20 July 2016
Did France ignore its farmer's needs when voting against renewal of glyphosate's license?

After more than 40 years of worldwide use without health problem, against the advice of the European Commission and its initial proposal of extension of 15 years, the French government opposed the ren...


France | 19 July 2016
EU grants additional 500 million euros to farmers, mainly dairy

The European Commission will grant an additional 500 million euros (£417 million) to help farmers tackle a long-lasting crisis linked to low prices, mainly in the dairy sector hit by the scrapping of ...


France | 15 July 2016
France's amour of farming shines on Bastille Day

On France's national day, catch up with our recent Gallic coverage and find out what brings French and Irish farmers together – and what drives them apart. This Thursday is Bastille Day and the war...


France | 14 July 2016
Scientists fuming over new pick to lead French agriculture agency

Philippe Mauguin, an agronomic engineer and chief of staff to France's agriculture minister, is poised to become president and CEO of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). ...


France | 8 July 2016
French dairy giant Danone to take over US foods company

French dairy giant Danone has agreed to buy US organic foods producer WhiteWave Foods for 11.3 billion euros. Analysts say the decision to buy the Denver-based company for 11.3 billion euros was ba...


France | 27 June 2016
Milk farmers sour as quota end brings price crash

A surge in milk production since the EU lifted milk quotas has skimmed profits for dairy farmers, leaving them sour as authorities struggle to get to grips with the crisis. Last year the European U...


France | 24 June 2016
Inside Europe: Is China changing the face of rural France?

In France, farms have often been in the same families for generations. But that's begun to change for agricultural communities in Berry, a cereal growing region in the center of the country. C...


France | 20 June 2016
Farmers fear mergers of agriculture firms

Three megamergers in the agrochemical sector including Bayer and Monsanto, have raised concerns among farmers who fear higher prices and of consumers who fear more genetically modified (GM) food. E...


France | 15 June 2016
France bans U.S. cherries due to insecticide

France’s decision to ban U.S. cherries won’t have a big commercial impact on U.S. farmers but nonetheless raises troubling questions about trade, experts say. The country is prohibiting cherry impo...


France | 26 May 2016
French poultry firm LDC sees tougher year ahead

France's largest poultry processor LDC on Wednesday forecast a slight fall in operating profit for its 2016/17 financial year, citing weak demand and the risk of higher grain costs. Poultry demand ...


France | 25 May 2016
Secret anguish of the French farmer

France, a nation of farmers who trace their traditions back to medieval times, cultivates the soil with pride. Photographer Jonathan Alpeyrie set out to tell the stories of farmers struggling unde...


France | 18 May 2016
EU milk prices set to continue falling this year - French makers

Milk prices in the European Union will continue to fall this year, with no improvement seen until 2017, as overproduction in the north of the bloc continues to weigh, French milk producers said on Tue...