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Colin Ley

Colin Ley is a freelance journalist and agricultural communications professional who writes for IEG Policy on a range of topics, specialising notably in French agriculture and agri-politics.

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France commits to basing food pricing on farmers' production costs

French President Emmunuel Macron has committed to effectively reversing the country’s food chain pricing structure so that it starts with what farmers need to cover their production costs and then moves forward to the retail point. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Income loss attached to crop-based biofuels cap pegged at €20 billion

Crop-based biofuel producers have been urged to keep fighting for the best deal under the EU's draft directive on renewable energy (REDII) with the warning that the proposed reduction in the crop cap to 3.8% by 2030, if approved, will remove €20 billion from EU farm incomes and rural processing businesses.

European Agricultural Policy Biofuels

French farmers critical of 'bad signals' for agriculture in national budget

The French Government's newly unveiled national budget for 2018 has drawn sharp criticism from farming leaders who say it gives "very bad signals" for agriculture and suggests the Macron administration is not prepared for the future from a farming perspective.

European Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Glyphosate battle leads list of French farm concerns

French farmers have clashed with President Emmanuel Macron’s government over its intention to ban the herbicide glyphosate while, at the same time, lorry drivers are blocking roads over new labour laws and complaining about the EU’s livestock transport regulations. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Minister insists Irish agriculture can adapt to Brexit trade challenge

The future relationship with the UK is a cause for concern for the Irish agriculture sector but exporters are already making plans for post-Brexit, according to the country’s trade minister. 

European Agricultural Policy Brexit

French farmers up pressure on Macron and Travert

French agriculture remains in crisis, with the retail end of the country's food chain being blamed for not returning a fair percentage of market value to producers.

European Agricultural Policy Traceability & Supply Chain
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