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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...


France | 13 May 2016
French wheat stockpile estimate slashed 29% as exports improve

French wheat stockpiles will be much smaller than previously forecast as exports accelerate and as farmers hold back grain in hopes of higher prices. Supplies available to the market at the end of ...


France | 10 May 2016
Powering French homes with cheese

Charles de Gaulle asked back in 1962, “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” But maybe the famed general — who led Free France during World War II and founded the country’s ...


France | 6 May 2016
France leads EU revolt against Mercosur trade talks

Almost half of the countries in the EU have risen up in open revolt against the European Commission’s plans to revive a long-stalled trade deal with Latin America’s Mercosur bloc next week. Brussel...


France | 22 April 2016
New map shows pesticide black spots in France

An organisation aiming to raise awareness of the health problems caused by the use of pesticides in France has released a map showing exactly where the black spots are. The map released by Générat...


France | 22 April 2016
French farmers shedding tears over Dutch 'fake shallots'

French shallot producers are accusing their Dutch rivals of flooding the market with cheaper onions mislabelled as shallots. UK newspaper The Telegraph reports that the French producers are demanding ...


France | 20 April 2016
Danone's sales rise as dairy product demand revives

Danone on Tuesday reported stronger than expected first-quarter sales and said it was on track to deliver higher sales and profits this year despite challenging conditions in Brazil and Russia. The...


France | 19 April 2016
Europe's wheat crop seen falling from record as yields decline

The European Union’s wheat harvest will probably fall from last year’s record as yields return to more normal levels in the bloc’s biggest producing countries. Total output of wheat, including duru...


France | 31 March 2016
France pushes meat, dairy companies to publish results

France has unveiled plans to increase fines for food firms that do not publish annual results, part of government efforts to bring transparency to price talks blamed for hurting farmers. The govern...


France | 30 March 2016
France’s abattoirs to be inspected for animal cruelty after shock film

All France’s abattoirs are to be inspected “within the month” following revelations of animal cruelty at a slaughterhouse whose organic meat is dispatched to France’s top-starred restaurants, the gove...


France | 25 March 2016
French agriculture minister confirms BSE case and calls for EU-wide probe

Tests have confirmed a suspected BSE case identified in France last week. France is calling for a European investigation into isolated infections in young animals. The agriculture ministry in Franc...


France | 25 March 2016
French agriculture ministry confirms case of mad cow disease

France's agriculture ministry confirmed on Thursday that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, had been discovered in the northeastern region of Ardennes. ...


France | 24 March 2016
Why are so many French farmers taking their own lives?

Louis Ganay sits on his knees, alone in a massive farm building, holding a noose in one hand and looking up toward the high beam above him. It is late afternoon in February 2015 and Ganay, 35 year...


France | 23 March 2016
European dairy’s value-add brings pain and gain

The need to shed some myths. To understand the fundamental changes that are occurring in European dairy, we need to first shed some myths. Dominant among these myths is that the European industry o...


France | 23 March 2016
France finds suspected mad cow case

France has found a suspected case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the northeastern region of Ardennes, the farm ministry said on Tuesday. If confirmed, it would be the first case of BS...


France | 9 March 2016
Rural spirit lives on for French drawn to Paris farm show

The annual Salon International de l’Agriculture has been making headlines in Paris, popping up daily on television news channels and billboards across the city. It would be hard to imagine this fes...


France | 8 March 2016
EU farming crisis to stay 'for some time'

EU states have proposed over 100 initiatives to help the European farm sector recover from the “long-lasting, profound crisis”, EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan said Monday (7 March). But he ...


France | 7 March 2016
France calls for reduced EU milk production to tackle dairy market glut

The French proposals to the EU agriculture council want an incentivised scheme established to help cut EU milk production in 2016. Ireland has submitted a range of proposals to tackle the current p...


France | 3 March 2016
Nicolas Sarkozy sees destiny in agriculture

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has made an impassioned appeal to save France's agricultural industry from decline. During a walkabout at the annual agriculture fair in Paris on Wednesday,...