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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.